By Our Reporter
BY WOLE BALOGUN, ADO EKITI
The Ekiti State Government has reacted to allegations that it is paying only salaries with allocations that accrued to the state, while neglecting physical development of the state.
Governor Ayo Fayose had been accused by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, that he was “not doing anything other than payment of salaries”, and that he “used and dumped Mr. Dele Olugbemi,” a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly. The ex-Speaker had rejected the governor’s appointment as member of the state House of Assembly Commission.
But Governor Fayose said the “opposition is just out to misinform the people in their usual mischief and malice.”
Speaking for the governor, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi said that the governor “will continue to develop the state beyond where his predecessors left it, and he will continue to accord priority to payment of workers’ salaries.”
Adelusi added in a statement in reaction to the allegations that “it would not do the people of the state any good if the government embarks on projects that would end up as white elephants, while the people lack money to take care of their basic needs.”
According to Adelusi, “those insinuating that the governor was not doing many capital projects are only being mischievous,” saying “the meager resources coming to the state are being judiciously managed.”
Adelusi said: “Because Governor Fayose is kind-hearted and knows what salary is to an average worker, he made payment of salaries a priority. It is the sweat of the ordinary worker and he would not want to deprive them of it.”
“We see salary as something that if paid, you take care of many things and people. Market women will also get theirs as well as artisans,” he added.
He said: “Therefore, the governor gave standing instruction that whenever allocation comes, salary is the priority. We need at least N2.6 billion monthly to pay salaries, and give subvention to agencies and institutions.
“Sometimes we do have shortfall, for example in June 2014, the Fayemi administration got as much as N3.9 billion allocation, but same time this year, we got N1.8 billion, about 53.4 per cent.”
Speaking on projects embarked by Governor Fayose in his second coming, Adelusi said “he has built the Bisi Market in Ado-Ekiti, and we are working on others such as the Oja Oba and Awedele markets,” adding that “road projects are going on in Bawa-Irewumi-Iyin Road; the dualisation of Awedele Road, Car wash – Afao Road, building of drainages, dredging of canals and other ongoing MDG projects.
On Olugbemi, who stood by Governor Fayose at the peak of attempts by former APC lawmakers to impeach him, Adelusi denied that the governor had dumped him, saying “the allegation is not true.”
His words: “It is not true that Governor Fayose dumped him. The Governor appointed him a commissioner, and member of Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission. He earns same salary and entitlements like other commissioners. What else does he want?
“Tunji Odeyemi, who is the commission’s Chairman, was the Speaker during the time of Segun Oni as Governor, and also Acting Governor of the state. Is Olugbemi asking that he should be placed above Odeyemi?
“I don’t know of any other way the Governor can treat him. Mind you, if you have assisted anybody in life, it is God who used you, just as God can decide to use somebody else if you decline. In everything, we should give glory to God.”