Gov. Fayose Condemns Fayemi for Luxury Governor’s Lodge…
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has criticised ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi for spending N3.3 billion on a “luxury governor’s lodge”.
Speaking yesterday at the swearing-in of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Modupe Alade and special assistants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, he said the money should have been used to improve the lives of the people.
His words: “My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new Government Lodge on Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3 billion. It was initially awarded for N2.3 billion and later increased to N2.7 billion. N640 million was used to procure fittings and furniture.
“And N150million will be used for maintenance annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it.
“How can a governor live in such a house when the masses are living in poverty?”
He pledged to honour the 35 per cent affirmative action for women in respect of political appointments in his administration.
“Let me tell the men here that some of them will be asked to step down for women in next year’s elections.
“I want to assure you that those who will step down have nothing to lose, we are going to reward you accordingly.
“But if you disobey us, we will still go ahead and do it so far what we are doing is in the interest of Ekiti people.”
The governor said Mrs. Alade’s appointment was a proof of the regard he accords women.
Fayose said his administration would reward loyalty and hard work to promote what he called the “culture of brotherliness and fellow feeling”.