The party said all the governor's claims to Labour leaders that the fresh fund is half of the last refund is false, misleading and an attempt to misappropriate the money for selfish reasons.
governor had last week called some selected Labour leaders to a
meeting to brief them about the fresh Paris Club refunds due to
states to pay workers salaries.
the table of Paris Club refunds to all the 36 states released by the
Federal Ministry of Finance, Ekiti State's share is N9.6b
on his media chat programme on the state media and at the meeting
with Labour leaders, the governor said the money due to Ekiti was
half of the last refund of N8.8b, claiming that debts deductions and
local government share of the refund had shrunk the balance to N4b
for Ekiti State Government.
reacting in a statement, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun,
said the governor was only applying "his usual distortion of
facts to brainwash Ekiti workers and people in general in order to
misapply the money for selfish reasons".
noted that the refund is neither subject to any deduction over debts
nor having any local government component that will make the cash
shared to Ekiti State to be less than N9.6b as published by the
to him, only statutory allocations are subject to deductions over
added that conditions are also attached to the refund, principal
among which is to pay backlog of workers' salaries and other
said: "Fayose in his usual manner has during his last media chat
denied that Ekiti share of the Paris Club Refund is N9.6b but N8.8b
which he further reduced to N4.4b in his usual mathematical
abracadabra to divert the money once again.
hinted during the programme that what Ekiti got as refund from the
Paris Club could barely pay a month salary because of deductions.
challenge Governor Fayose over this false claim as the Paris refund
is not subject to any deduction. It is the state's monthly allocation
that is subject to deduction while the local government allocation is
also not subject to deduction.
was Ekiti State Government that borrowed money from the Paris Club
and not the local governments and so refunds cannot be made to local
N9.6b refund is exclusively for the state government to pay salary
and so any other claims by Fayose to brainwash the workers to deny
them their entitlements once again is not only wicked and selfish,
but also a fraudulent practice that Fayose has elevated to an
official policy to short-change the state and her people at all
that the funds available to the state for now are enough to pay the
backlog of salaries and other allowances, Olatunbosun said:
Paris Club figure of N9.6b is intact apart from the regular monthly
allocation of N1.9b after deductions.
cash of monthly N1.3b budget support fund, including Internally
Generated Revenue of about N300m is there and this is separate from
the local government allocation, thus bringing total cash this month
alone to N13.1b.
from the Accountant-General's Office and that of the
Auditor-General's Office have shown that the actual monthly state
wage bill is N1.7b even though Fayose always claims it is the same
bill of N2.6b that Fayemi paid workers, even at a time Fayose jerked
it up to N5.3b monthly on the eve of the release of the first bailout
expect Fayose to pay a minimum of six months salary arrears as
anything short of this means Fayose has diverted the fund to the
bridge and market projects where he will get kickbacks as usual to
the detriment of workers and pensioners."
calling on workers not to allow themselves to be fooled again by the
governor, Olatunbosun adverted them to newspapers, radio and
television jingles sponsored by the Federal Government on how much
each state gets and the conditions for the release of the refunds.
added: "Fayose has so far collected two tranches of bailout
totalling18.1b, Paris refund of N9.6billion, 13.2b budget support for
nine months and Federal allocation averaging N1.8b monthly for 12
months while IGR figures remain undisclosed, making it N49.1 without
IGR in a year.
with all these, salaries and pensions are owed for seven and nine
months respectively and gratuity not paid since 2014 while graduates
are jobless but it is convenient for the governor to continue to
divert money to the flyover and new market projects in which he and
his friends outside the state have interest."
also said that Ekiti people were not deceived by declaring June 12 a
public holiday in marked departure from the governor's hostile
posturing against June 12 during his first time.
know that Fayose just wants to con Ekiti workers as if he is their
friend at the time he has again made up his mind to deceive them
again n the fresh Paris Club.
12 represents the emancipation of the people to serve their larger
interest and so if Fayose is genuinely interested in the affairs of
the people, he should let the spirit of June 12 govern his conduct by
paying workers' salaries, pensions and gratuity from the Paris Club
is sheer wickedness to continue self-enrichment through fraudulent
funds management while graduates are jobless, salaries, pensions and
gratuity are unpaid, banks and investors closing their shops over
ceaseless demands for funds and while armed robbers and kidnappers
stalk the state over the governor's refusal to fund security
agencies, even as directors in most ministries and House of Assembly
personally pay for stationery to run their offices.
is an act of wickedness for the governor to divert the Paris Club
meant strictly to pay workers' salary for the third time for projects
he has interest while workers and pensioners die of hunger,"