The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday described the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose as a liar over claims that the fresh Paris Club refund will be insufficient to pay salaries of civil servants in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun said all the governor’s claims to labour leaders that the fresh fund is half of the last refund was false, misleading and an attempt to misappropriate the money for selfish reasons.
Claiming that the state’s share of the Paris Club refund released by the Federal Ministry of Finance was N9.6bn, Olatunbosun alleged that Fayose was “distorting facts in order to apply the money for selfish reasons.”
He stated that the refund was neither subject to any deduction over debts nor having any local government component that would make the cash shared to Ekiti State to be less than N9.6bn as published by the Fayose’s administration.
According to Olatunbosun, “Fayose hinted during the programme that what Ekiti got as refund from the Paris Club could barely pay a month salary because of deductions.
“We challenge Governor Fayose over this false claim as the Paris refund is not subject to any deduction. It is the state’s monthly allocation that is subject to deduction while the local government allocation is also not subject to deduction.
“It was Ekiti State Government that borrowed money from the Paris Club and not the local governments and so refunds cannot be made to local government.
“The N9.6bn refund is exclusively for the state government to pay salary and so any other claims by Fayose to brainwash the workers to deny them their entitlements once again is not only wicked and selfish, but also a fraudulent practice that Fayose has elevated to an official policy to short-change the state and her people at all times.
“Another cash of monthly N1.3bn budget support fund, including Internally Generated Revenue of about N300m is there and this is separate from the local government allocation, thus bringing total cash this month alone to N13.1bn.”