By Ogbolu George
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Wednesday visited the Federal Ministry of Finance to demanded for the release of the state’s N1.1bn budget support facility for the month of January.
But he was told that the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, was at the Presidential Villa attending the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
Fayose told newsmen that he was at the ministry to demand for the allocation of Ekiti state, saying that his state was the only state yet to receive its rightful allocation.
”I believe I should do a follow up today [Wednesday] to meet with the minister of finance for an update, but she actually called me on Tuesday that she just got back but she was going to look into it today [Wednesday] and have it resolved as soon as possible.
”You will however appreciate that Ekiti civil servants are restive, having spent money during Christmas and there is no money in January, obviously there will be challenges.
”By the time I got here, the minister had already gone for the Federal Executive Council meeting, but I met the Special Adviser, who assured me that the matter will be resolved when the minister is back,” he said.
The Governor who said he believes it was a mix up and wasn’t political, therefore urged the Finance Ministry to promptly rectify the issue.
”If the promise of the minister to resolve this issue as quickly as possible is not adhere to, I will have to bring it back to the public domain.
”We are all in the court of the public opinion where the public is able to judge whether justice is served at all times. Governance is beyond all of us but I want to believe that they will do it,” he said.
In a related development, the spokesman for the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, Taiwo Olatunbosun, has faulted Fayose’s claim that the Ministry of Finance withheld the states allocation.
”All the states that are enjoying the budget support funds to enable them pay workers’ salaries signed an agreement to allow the Federal Government monitor and audit the disbursement of this special fund, which is different from statutory monthly allocation from the Federation Account, for salary payment.
“While other states have kept to the agreement, Fayose asked his Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, to write to the Federal Government that the state would never open its accounts to the Federal Government for monitoring and auditing and it is only Ekiti governor that is breaching that agreement to qualify for the Budget Support Fund,” he alleged.
Taiwo who accused the Governor of not being truthful to workers in Ekiti, said it is the budget support that might have been stopped and not the statutory monthly allocation.