Former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi may have left the Ekiti State Government House, but some of his deeds in office are being revealed by the current governor, Ayo Fayose who believed the Fayemi administration was insensitive to the plight of the people for four years. One of Fayose’s revelations was that, Fayemi spent about N100m to furnish his(and wife’s) bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms in the newly built governor’s lodge. The two beds expected to be used by Fayemi and his wife before they were voted out of second term, was said to have cost a whooping n50m. According to Fayose, “How can a responsible government use borrowed funds to provide this kind of luxury for the governor and his family alone in a state where a lot of people cannot afford to feed more than once in a day? “People should ask the former governor what was really wrong with the abandoned governor’s lodge used by his (Fayemi) predecessors? “Shouldn’t such funds expended on the hilltop edifice have been used to resuscitate the moribund textile factory in Ado-Ekiti that was turned to lock-up shops to provide employment for our teeming youths? “Also, was Fayemi living in that manner of opulence before he became governor? Was he sleeping on a body-massaging bed and bathing in an electric-controlled Jacuzzi? “Here is Fayemi, who could not pay workers salaries, owing them two-month salaries before he left. A Fayemi, who out of sheer wickedness refused to pay pensioners N2.4bn pension and gratuities; N400m workers leave bonus, N700m subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions and remit N2.4bn four months’ cooperative society’s deductions from workers salaries preferring to use N3.3bn borrowed funds to provide luxury for himself, his wife and children alone. Fayose, according to the statement, wondered “if the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, whom Fayemi and his so-called progressives claimed as their role-model, lived in any government house, much less of building an Emperor-like house for himself.” “Did the late Adekunle Ajasin build a monarchical government house for himself? Did Baba Lateef Jakande live in any government house? These are great Yoruba sons, who recorded landmark achievements as premier of the old Western Region and governors of Lagos State and the old Ondo State respectively. “The duo of Ajasin and Jakande were able to impact tremendously on their states because they did not like to waste public funds on the provision of luxury for themselves.” In quick response, Fayemi’s media aide, however dismissed the allegation by Fayose, saying “I don’t know where they got their figure from; it sounds absurd. I‘ll advise them to stop this theatre of absurd. Governance is a serious business and I am appealing to them not to reduce it to a joke. “Whether Fayose stays there or not is his cup of tea. The new government house is a legacy building. Dr. Fayemi did not go with it to Isan-Ekiti; it is for the state. It is not about personal aggrandizement; it is a befitting edifice for the state. Go to other states of the federation and see their government houses. Ekiti state deserves the best.” The revelation has however generated mix reactions from people within and outside the state.
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