Fayose, Labour Leaders Connive to Divert Paris Club Fund, Alleges APC
Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, alleged that the state governor, Mr Ayodele Feyose, allegedly diverted the recent Paris Club Refund of N8.8 billion meant for the payment of backlog of workers' salaries and pensioners' allowances in the state.
The party also accused Ekiti state labour leaders of allegedly conspiring with the governor in his misapplication of the state's funds, noting that while workers suffer over unpaid salaries and allowances, the union leaders looked away in "an unholy romance with the governor for personal interests".
Taiwo Olatunbosun, the Ekiti state Publicity Secretary, on Sunday, said Fayose has refused to use the money to pay workers' salaries, pensions and severance allowances to former political office holders like his counterparts in other states that benefitted from the same fresh bailout.
The party regretted that while labour leaders in other states were always in support of workers to enjoy their legitimate benefits, Ekiti labour leaders were hobnobbing with the governor in an "unholy alliance to protect the governor for their own personal benefits.
"It is more worrisome that whenever the labour leaders chose to talk on the welfare of Ekiti workers, they always defended the governor who has pauperised the workers despite availability of funds from the bailout received twice amounting to N20 billion.
"It is very callous of Governor Fayose to collect almost N9 billion and refused to pay workers and pensioners who are being owed eight months in arrears but has chosen to deceive Ekiti people again that the monthly wage bill has risen to N5.3b up from the fraudulent figure of N2.6b he had been bandying around before the latest N8.8b bailout was approved by the Federal Government."
He added: "Fayose has fixed N5.3 billion of this money in Skye Bank so that he can benefit from the interest that will accrue on the deposit while the remaining N3.2 billion is in the JAC Account.
"Fayose only spent the state's normal monthly allocation, which has accumulated for many months, to pay one month salary while giving the impression that he paid the salary from the new bailout he collected."
But Fayose had made clarification saying “the state paid two months salaries in December out of the money which amounted to a sum of N5 billion when added with the allocation that accrued to the state.
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“The remaining N2.7 billion is reserved for the completion of the ongoing flyover and Oja Oba projects in Ado Ekiti capital city . So, there was no case of diversion , compromise or embezzlement in this matter”, he clarified.