The Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Thursday suspended its recess to approve the N10 billion supplementary budget sent to it by Governor Ayo Fayose, despite concerns by the governor-elect Kayode Fayemi. The budget was passed by a unanimous decision of the 14 members who were in attendance.
According to the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotosho, the budget which is coming about a month to the expiration of the tenure of the Fayose administration, is to capture unforeseen expenses of government. He stated that the bill went through first and second readings as well as committee review before its passage.
Members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Assembly have described the passage as part of a plan to cover up some financial misdeeds. Minority Leader, Gboyega Aribisogan said “the APC lawmakers and some members are not in support of the bill because it has been discovered that the outgoing governor wanted to use the House to legitimise fraud. The proposed Appropriation Bill is the handiwork of Governor Fayose and his cronies to cover up massive fraud in some Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
The Appropriation Bill is not meant to improve the lives of our people in the state but to cover up some unapproved spending of the governor’’.
Aribisogan also alleged that “the Appropriation Committee did not sit on the bill. The bill was backdated to August 30 to give an impression that the Appropriation Committee had since been deliberating on the bill.’’
In a statement issued by the Media Director of his campaign organization, Wole Olujobi, Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi counseled ministry officials and Assembly members against being used for illegal appropriation of public funds. He warned that participants in such illegal acts would be called upon to account for their actions when the new administration takes effect in October.
“The media report alleging that Fayose coerced the Ministry of Budget officials to make a demand backdated to August 23, 2018 for a supplementary budget of N10billion a few days to the end of his administration is fraudulent and not in the interest of the state”, the statement read in part.