Paris Club Refund: I Consulted Labour Leaders Before Spending N2.7bn – Fayose
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said he consulted labour leaders in the state before spending part of the N8.8bn the state received from the Paris Club loan refund, contrary to claims by “frustrated liars” that he diverted the funds.
“I’m somebody that whenever I received allocation or any money from the FG, I usually invite all the workers’ leaders to a roundtable to discuss on how the money should be used in payment of salaries and emoluments and other things,” he said.
“I do this so that whenever my enemies spread any falsehood, I advise the people to ask the labour leaders in the state and local government area so that they (labour leaders) can explain to them and let them know that I usually carry them along on how we use the allocations here. I have nothing to hide.”
According to Fayose, who said the state got N8.8bn; out of which N5.4bn was for the state government and N3.4bn for the local governments, the fund is being used in line with the agreement with the Federal Government.
He said, “Out of our own N5.4bn, we signed an agreement with the Federal government that 50 per cent of it would go to human capital development by way of gratuities, pensions and salaries etc. All that could be described as remuneration for the labour force.
Fifty per cent of our N5.4bn, is N2.7bn; we used that to settle one month arrears of every entitlements to public workers, civil servant pensioners in our institutions. That is the truth of it.”
He added that the remaining 50 per cent “is in the revenue consolidated account of the government” to meet other financial obligations in other sectors of the economy.
“So, the issue of money being diverted to other things doesn’t arise here in Ekiti. We do the needful at all times. When we receive any money, we call a meeting of the stakeholders and decide on what to do. We table all our obligations to all sectors and then we prioritise our actions,” he said.
The Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, said N1.4bn of the amount was used for the payment of July salaries for ministries, departments and agencies; N1.4m for allowances of social welfare; N2.4 for maintenance of special schools in Ido; N855.6m for feeding and maintenance of special schools in Ikoro; N722.4m for July 2016 subvention; N323.46m for June 2016 pension.