Group acgashilizes Fayose of misappropriating N251.9b allocation, IGR in 43 months
– A political pressure group in Ekiti accused Governor Fayose of mismanaging N251.9b allocation, IGR in 43 Months
– The group advised the Ekiti people to vote for APC governorship candidate, Fayemi, adding that he is the right person that can bring democratic dividends to the populace
– However, Governor Fayose’s aide dismissed the allegation, adding that Ekiti state government didn’t get as much as the group claimed
A political pressure group under the aegis of Ekiti Recovery Movement (ERM) has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose to account for how he spent a whopping sum of N251.99bn accrued to the state as federal allocation and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) under his reign.
The group, which accused the governor of misappropriating the said sum, also asked him to explain the true wage bill of the state which he claimed was N2.6 billion instead of N1.8 billion allegedly contained in all the documents from the office of the accountant general of the state, Vanguard reports.
gathered that the group advised Ekiti electorate to vote massively for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi in the July 14 election.
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It lamented that the state has lost its values under the present government.
Addressing a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday,June 6, the coordinator of the group, Olalekan Soyombo, said available statistics from the Federal Ministry of Finance revealed that Ekiti had received an aggregate of N223.99 billion as allocation in the last 43 months after tax and debt deductions, querying why Fayose had found it difficult to pay salary and pensions for the past eight months.
Soyombo said: “Putting the IGR and federal allocation together in the last 43 months, the PDP government has managed N251.19 billion, outside the Paris Club refunds, capital funds, 13-month budget support funds, excess crude oil among others that this government got under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
“Verifiable facts indicated that the state wage bill is N1.8b inclusive of political appointees on consolidated salary structure. This equals N77.4b only for 43 months. When you subtract the wage bill from the allocation and add to IGR, the state is left with N173.7billion.
“If we may ask, what then is making the state government deny civil servants and teachers their salaries and wages in spite of all these huge resources?”, he asked.
Soyombo also berated the government for increasing the tuition fee in Ekiti State University to as much as N180,000 in a poverty-stricken state like Ekiti.
“At various levels, Ekiti state deputy governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola had been approached by many unions and professional bodies, to use his good office as the official superintending over the ministry to intervene on behalf of the students, but unfortunately they decided to embark on unlawful arrest and detention of the student leaders.
“As we speak today, a lot of students have dropped out of school, because they can’t afford such humongous fee.
“It is even more disheartening that there is no functional scholarship and bursary facilities that could enable indigent students to have access to education like they did under former Governor Fayemi”, he said.
The group described Fayemi as the most prepared and one with deep knowledge of how the state could be best governed to bring democratic dividends to the populace.
“Dr Fayemi is the most prepared, most experienced and most reliable in changing the negative narrative that has been with Ekiti under this government.
“Based on this, we will embark on statewide rigorous campaign and mass mobilization with the view of ensuring his victory in the coming governorship election, in the interest of our people and for the noble cause of restoring the glory and values of Ekiti”.