Ekiti State Government Directs Immediate Payment of LG Traditional Chiefs Salary Arrears

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The Ekiti State Government, has directed authorities of the Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State to immediately release and disburse N6.5 million four years salary arrears to Chiefs in Awo-Ekiti.

The Deputy Governor, Chief Monisade Afuye gave the directive at a peace parley meeting held in Ado Ekiti among the Traditional Chiefs, Alawo of Awo- Ekiti, Abdullazeez Suleiman Olaleye and Officials of Irepodun/Ifelodun local Government as part of measures to resolve the crisis on obaship tussle in the community.

At the meeting, Chief Afuye held that the two Representatives appointed from the two feuding parties should ensure that the money was disbursed to the Chiefs based on the extant sharing formula to prevent anyone from being neglected.

In the petition written to the Ekiti State Ministry of Chieftaincy and Home Affairs, the Chiefs had accused the monarch of depriving them of their statutory salaries on account of their opposition to his ascension to the throne.

The complaint raised by the Chiefs led to seizure of all the salaries of Chiefs in Awo since 2019 by the Local Government.

With this directive, government had succeeded in brokering truce over the salary crisis between Alawo of Awo Ekiti, Oba Abdulazeez Olaleye and some Chiefs, who accused the monarch of sidelining them in the salary payment since August, 2015.

Reacting, the Alawo of Awo Ekiti, Oba Abdulazeez Olaleye, said he had always been extending olive branch to his opponents in the town, particularly the Chiefs, lamenting that all his entreaties were being rebuffed.

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