The governor of Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi has accused the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose of wasting the 18 billion naira he received as Paris Club refund.
The governor accused his predecessor of not using the money to pay the salaries of workers and payment pensioners.
The governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Sunday during the December edition of the monthly ‘Meet your Governor’ programme, dismissed rumours that the two-month old Fayemi administration had collected Paris Club loan refund totalling N30bn.
In his word, “Let those making the allegation come with verifiable proofs to substantiate their claim. Let them come with evidence. I have not collected any money in the fashion of road intervention or paris club refund. Fayose had the opportunity of paying bulk of the backlog of salaries and pensions. He collected a sum of N18 billion out of the N21.5 billiondue to Ekiti in the fund, so what is left for Ekiti is just N3.5 billion which can’t pay a month if we add the overhead costs of subvented institutions.”
“As we speak, we are doing a lot of cleansing and that had reduced the monthly pay to workers to N2.1b. Those not properly employed had been left out until they provide evidence. The medical workers that were employed on consequential ground had been reabsorbed.“I decided to delay appointment of politicians into government to enable me pay our workers. With this, Ekiti can now know who the honest friend of the masses is.“I don’t want to do media trial for anyone, so I have hired the services of a renowned audit firm to look into our finances and the forensic state’s accounts will be published during our 100 days in office in January, 2019.”