Says ‘I won’t attend governors’ meeting on TSA’
By Charles Kumolu & Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has accused the Federal Government of using an e-Payment firm, Remita to defraud Nigeria, saying he would not attend a meeting summoned by the government to discuss the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
This came as the governor said should the All Progressives Congress, APC, decide to boycott the forthcoming local government elections in Ekiti, the exercise would still hold on December 19, as scheduled.
Fayose in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka claimed that the TSA was a policy aimed at raising money for the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship polls.
His words: ‘’Ekiti State is entitled to its own policies and it is not under any obligation to accept Federal Government policies, especially the TSA that is already robed in the garment of fraud. I therefore wish to state categorically that Ekiti State is not interested in the TSA policy and since the state is not interested, I, as the custodian of the popular mandate of the entire people of the state will not attend any meeting called by the Federal Government on the TSA.
“TSA is also meant to enrich some individuals for doing virtually nothing and that can be seen from the discovery of N25 billion that already accrued to just a single company in one month. How can the Federal Government justify a transaction in which a single company gets one percent, amounting to N25 billion in one month?
“Shouldn’t the one per cent commission have been negotiated downward to like 0.1 percent which would have reduced the N25 billion to N2.5 billion? Even manufacturing companies, with thousands of employees don’t make N25 billion profit in one month.’’