‘Explain how you spent Ekiti’s N252bn’ – Group tackles Fayose
A political pressure group under the aegis of Ekiti Recovery Movement(ERM), has asked Mr Ayodele Fayose to account for how he spent a whopping sum of N251.99b being the amount that 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.
The group advised Ekiti electorate to vote massively for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi in the July 14 election, regretting that the state has lost its values under the present government.
Addressing a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, its Coordinator, Mr 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 it was so pathetic that the State has made an aggregate of N17.2 billion on an average of N400 million monthly under Fayose as IGR, lamenting that the governor allegedly kept the accrual secret
He 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 to deny civil servants and teachers their salaries and wages in spite of all these huge resources?”