The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has posited that the four month salary arrears of workers would have been paid but for seizure of some allocations to the state by the federal government.
He told the workers to collect their outstanding salaries from the incoming governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Fayose stated that the monies he could have used to pay them as expected had been withheld by the federal government for Fayemi’s resumption.
“They paid other states Paris Refund, they didn’t pay Ekiti, Fayemi should help me pay the money. They didn’t pay N2.2 billion Budget Support Fund. My promise is fulfilled but the money is in the hands of government, they should help me to pay.”
Fayose spoke on Wednesday during the inauguration of a new school he built in his Afao-Ekiti home country as part of his legacy projects.
The governor told the gathering that he did not borrow money from anywhere to fund any of the projects.
“With all these legacy projects, I didn’t borrow any dime. I’m not owing any debt, if they say I am owing they should show evidence of transaction. Besides, no governor can borrow without the knowledge of the Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office.”
Fayose charged the incoming administration not to neglect the school or abandon any legacy project. He said the school named Gifted Academy International would receive students from Ekiti and outside on 50:50 ratio.
“The school is equipped with modern equipment, laboratories, furniture and Closed-Circuit Television for surveillance,” he said.
He urged the people of the town to preserve the heritage and support government in sustaining it.