Ekiti Govt, APC disagree over legacy projects
A statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, stated, “it is a disservice to the people of Ekiti State for Governor Fayose to abandon legacy projects of the Fayemi administration simply because he wants to rubbish the achievements of his predecessor”
But the State Government has dismissed the allegation he would not spend the State’s scarce resources on execution of white elephant projects, declaring most of the unfinished projects of the immediate past All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Dr Kayode Fayemi as “wasteful spending of public fund.”
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to claim by the APC that Governor
Fayose abandoned his predecessor’s “legacy projects,” said it was shameful that the APC Spokesperson, Taiwo Olatunbosun could gleefully
claim that the Fayemi-led government commissioned an uncompleted Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.”
Olatunbosun in the statement had wondered why a development-oriented governor would abandon an edifice like the Oba Adejugbe Hospital, which was already completed by the Fayemi administration, such that overgrown weeds now adorn the once beautiful edifice.
He said, “Oba Adejugbe Hospital was completed and commissioned by the Fayemi administration while contract for equipping the hospital was already awarded but Fayose on assumption of office cancelled the contract and has abandoned the hospital to be overgrown with weeds.
“It will be unfortunate and sheer waste of resources if Oba Adejugbe Hospital is left to rot away because of this thought by Fayose that the project belonged to Fayemi instead of Ekiti people that are to benefit high profile healthcare which the hospital and the adjoining chest clinic are to provide”
Olatubosun regretted that Fayose had also abandoned Funmi Olayinka Civic Centre which was 70 percent completed before Fayemi left office, saying that Fayose stopped work on the project after contractors allegedly refused to pay gratification of10 percent of the money already paid.
“The Civic Centre is composed of an event centre, modern e-library, art gallery, cinema, archives and research centre. We wonder why the governor cannot complete this project instead of starting another building in the nearby Heroes Park where the late Deputy Governor Funmi Olayinka was buried thus disfiguring the park. This is sheer pettiness and unwarranted insult to the memory of the dead”, Olatunbosun stated.
He also chided the governor for allegedly leaving Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort into ruins, regretting that the facility had already assumed dilapidation into which it was after equipment and facilities at the resort were carted away during Fayose’s first term.
He accused the governor of deliberately leaving the resort in its present state while allegedly planning to sell the facility to his cronies.
“It is unfortunate that while Fayose laments daily over paucity of funds, he has deliberately left many projects that could fetch the state money to rot away simply because they were projects of his predecessor”, he said.
He also cited the Ekitiparapo Pavilion, which ought to have started generating income for the state but has been deliberately neglected after completion.
He added that it was double standard and height of hypocrisy for the governor to distance himself from Ire Burnt Bricks Industry because Fayemi, saying it, revived it is cheer hypocrisy that Fayose is now proud to associate with the success because the company has started production.
He asked the governor to take a cue from his predecessor, Fayemi who completed projects he inherited from his predecessor, Eng. Segun Oni.
He also criticised the governor over alleged diversion the dualisation of Ikere to Ondo State boundary road contract to personal gain and some obscure township roads where the variation in contract cost had allegedly ended in private pockets.
Reacting to the criticism, Olayinka said “instead of wasting the State resources on Funmi Olayinka Civic Centre, the Fayose-led government is constructing a benefitting edifice; Funmi Olayinka Women Development Centre, which will have a modern library and that to us is more beneficial to the people of Ekiti than a Civic Centre.”
Olayinka, who said the Oba Adejugbe Hospital building was still being painted as at November 2014, added “the Fayose-led government will complete the project as soon as the State has the required financial capability to do so.”
“Those who mean well for Dr Fayemi should call his attention to the fact that Olatunbosun might be clandestinely working against his emergence as minister by indirectly exposing his wasteful spending when he was Ekiti State governor.
Meanwhile, after seven months of industrial action that saw all courts closed in Ekiti State, the State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JSUN) yesterday suspended its strike, with assurances to reopen the courts for normal activities on Monday, July 6, this year.
It will be recalled that JUSUN had embarked on a nationwide strike for seven months to press home for improved welfare packages being agitated for by its members, which culminated in the closure of all the State High and Magistrate courts across the country.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose in collaboration with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), had held a meeting with the leadership of the union on Wednesday, where a truce was brokered on the need to suspend the strike to prevent the judicial arm of government from being crippled.
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