Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose on Friday in Ado Ekiti said he was not ready to pay September salary to civil servants in the state ‘for now’.
Fayose said during a media chat “Meet Your Governor” that his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi, was the one responsible for the payment of September salary to the workers, task a failed to carry out before he handed over to him.
“I became governor on October 16th and that is two months and ten days now and I want to state categorically that I have managed resources of the state very well,” Fayose said.
“Now, coming here to tell the people that I will pay September salaries, no, no, I will not say that. The salaries I’m paying now, I had interface with banks to give me leeway for six months to be able to arrange myself.
“Someone was governor for four years and he left two months salary unpaid plus debts. I have paid October, November, and December.”
In spite of the many controversies that surround his ‘stomach infrastructure’ posture towards governance, Fayose insisted that he embarked on the programme during this Yuletide to ensure that Ekiti people did not go hungry, adding that governors of Jigawa, Adamawa and Katsina States sent him rams and cows as part of their contributions to the project.
Since assumption of office as governor, Fayose has consistently accused Fayemi of wastefulness and plunging the state into debts.
On Friday, the governor said his administration is paying N700 million monthly to service bank loans of over N21 billion.
The governor had also alleged that his predecessor had embarked on a construction of a multibillion government house, including spending N50 million on two beds in the building.
“I won’t move to the N3.3 billion Oke Ayoba government house until the people’s welfare is addressed. Besides, the house is not completed yet,” said Fayose.