The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has told civil servants in the state to forget about their September salary “for now”.
Mr. Fayose disclosed this Friday during his monthly media chat “Meet your Governor” in Ado-Ekiti.
“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,” Mr. 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.”
Mr. Fayose also said that he embarked on his “stomach infrastructure” 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.
Mr. Fayose, who contested under the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, defeated Kayode Fayemi, the incumbent governor of the All Progressives Congress, APC at the June 21 gubernatorial election in the state.
Since assumption of office as governor, Mr. Fayose has consistently accused Mr. 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 Mr. Fayose.