Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday advised his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to stop defending his failure in the state, saying his consistent ‘lie’ that the new Government House was awarded at the sum of N2.1 billion amounted to a disservice to people he governed for four years.
Putting the situation in right perspective, Fayose said: “The total contract sum for the Oke Ayoba Government House was N3,389,722,104.59 (N3.38bn) and not N2.1bn as claimed by Fayemi.”
A statement by Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose disclosed that the contract was initially awarded to Kouris Construction Nig. Ltd on July 27, 2012 for N2,054,573,822.00, while additional contract of N730,186,636.87 was awarded on October 10, 2014, six days before the expiration of Fayemi’s administration.
He said: “Apart from the additional contract of N730million, another contract worth N604,961,645.72 for the furnishing of the Government House was awarded Kitwood Nigeria Limited on June 18, 2014, three days to the governorship election that he (Fayemi) lost scandalously.
“If Fayemi and his men lack knowledge of simple arithmetic, we will help by telling them that addition of N2,054,573,822.00, N730,186,636.87 and N604,961,645.72 will be N3,389,722,104.59 (N3.38bn).
“Now we ask, is Fayemi saying that as the governor then, he lost control such that he was not aware that the two additional contracts were awarded on June 18 and October 10, 2014?
“If Fayemi did not authorise the two contracts, shouldn’t he simply ask his Chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu, in whose office the contractors signed the contract agreements, instead of going about advertising his ignorance?”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola Olusola, while speaking at an interdenominational service organised by government in Ado Ekiti yesterday, noted that this year will mark a remarkable turn -around in the life of the Ekiti citizens.
He said the programme was meant to appreciate God for His faithfulness, assuring that “God will intervene in every sector in the State. We urged our people to be hardworking. By the grace of God, we shall fulfill all our electioneering promises to you.
Also speaking, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, encouraged the people to cultivate positive attitudes this year, prophesying goodness and prosperity for the state in 2015.
However, the state Head of Service , Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka, who spoke on the first working day of the year, said the present administration in the state accords preserved values for the workforce being the implementers of government’s policies and programmes and would continue to give attention to providing necessary capacities that can enhance optimum performance.
Faseluka, who described public service as the major instrument of government for the realisation of its objectives called on the workers to assist in turning around the palpable adversity in the state to prosperity by guiding and exploring new frontiers for resource discovery and mobilisation in view of the sliding fortunes of oil and the level of the state’s indebtedness.
He stressed that the commitment of the government of Fayose to the workers’ welfare had been demonstrated in the regular payment of salaries since the emergence of the present administration in October 2014.