December 1, 2014

My grouse with APC lawmakers, by Fayose

My grouse with APC lawmakers, by Fayose

Ado Ekiti—Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, yesterday, clarified that the frosty relationship between him and the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the state stemmed from their decision to bring down his government.

FayoseSpeakerFayose  accused the lawmakers of paying less attention to issues that would bring development to the state and pursuing their own narrow and  selfish interests by demanding 10 per cent of the N2 billion SME loans before approving it.

This came as he announced a reduction in the school fees of Ekiti State University, EKSU, N50,000 to N30,000.

Governor Fayose, who spoke during a maiden edition of a radio/television programme –Meet your Governor, in Ado Ekiti, weekend, also told the people of the state that his government had not received any special or ecological fund from the federal government as being speculated in certain quarters.

He said: “Adewale Omirin, as the speaker, did not attend my inauguration. After the event, we met and talked and we agreed to work together. They asked that their monthly running grant of N48 million be paid in full, even when other agencies have theirs slashed by 60 per cent or stopped totally because of poor finances, we still gave them their full grant.

“The N2 billion loan for SMEs that we wanted to access from the CBN, they now said they should be given 10 per cent of it which is N200 million and I refused. They have a mindset and directive from their leaders that they must cripple my government and I know the people of the state will not allow that.”

Fayose lamented the sorry state of finances of the state, noting that the immediate past administration led by Dr Kayode Fayemi, has plunged the debt profile of the state to N76 billion.