Less than a month before the expiration of the tenure of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, the state governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose has accused him of diverting workers’ salaries to pay government contractors.
According to a statement made public on Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, in Ado Ekiti, by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor elect alleged that workers in the state were being made to suffer unjustly as the state government was diverting funds meant to pay their salaries for the payment of contractors and severance allowance political appointees by Fayemi.
“The governor does not need to rob Peter to pay Paul. He owes workers in the state backlog of salary arrears and he has not paid them.
“Instead of paying workers, the administration is focusing on paying government contractors. The word of God says a labourer is worth his wages and those who are working for the state must not be denied their dues.
“The government must not waste further time in paying these hapless workers and save their families from hunger.
“If the government is using statutory allocations and other revenue to pay contractors and the severance benefit of the governor’s appointees, then what stops the state from paying workers?,” the statement read.
Governor Fayemi, reacting to Fayose’s claim through his Commissioner for Information, Tayo Ekundayo, denied the allegation, saying he knew nothing about such diversion because his administration would not give priority to contractors over workers.
The incumbent governor stated that he was not aware of any contractor being given top priority insisting that the government would ensure that it paid according to availability of funds.
“We have said it several times that we have paucity of funds because of dwindling money from the Federal Government.
“Beside, the arrangement we had with banks to pay salaries was thwarted by the Peoples Democratic Party. But I can assure you that we will pay according to the available funds at our disposal,” the statement read in parts.
It would be recalled that Governor Fayemi of the All Progressice Congress, APC, was defeated by Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the gubernatorial polls conducted in Ekiti State in July.
Fayemi is expected to vacate his office for the governor-elect Fayose on 10 October.
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