The Ekiti State Government has said that the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was not borrowing money to execute capital projects, adding that the governor will continue to be transparent in his handling of the state finances.
The Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the All Progressives Congress, APC, claim that the governor borrowed N10 billion to construct flyover bridge in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, said “Governor Fayose’s government is not profligate like APC government of Fayemi that took loans to plant flowers that were not seen, construct uncompleted state pavilion and civic centre and build governor’s lodge for the benefit of Fayemi and his wife.”
He said the Governor will continue to hold the welfare of workers sacrosanct by taking payment of salaries as his priority, adding that: “The challenges being faced by the government in paying workers salary was as a result of the way and manners the APC government of Fayemi mortgaged the State to irrelevant loans.
“Today, over N900 million is being deducted from Ekiti State allocation monthly and this is because of the loans the APC government took to execute white elephant projects.
“Perhaps, because of the way they used irrelevant capital projects to steal Ekiti State blind, they still carry on with the belief that other people must also be like them.”
On the desirability of the projects, Mr. Olayinka said; “To the APC elements in Ekiti State, no project is desirable provided their party is not in power. Before Fayemi became governor, he condemned the Ekiti Airport project the PDP government of Engineer Segun Oni started it, but in 2013, the same Fayemi blamed the PDP government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan for stalling the Airport project.
“Also, when the magnificent edifice built in honour of Fayemi’s deputy, Late Funmilayo Olayinka was being constructed, these same APC loudmouths said Governor Fayose was desecrating the woman’s tomb just the same way they said Segun Oni was desecrating Fajuyi’s tomb when he was building the Fajuyi Park.
“We are therefore not bothered by their ogogoro induced criticism because we know as a fact that since Fayemi, their leader wasted his opportunity to write his name in the hearts of Ekiti people, they want other people to waste theirs too.”