Former Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi has refuted claims that he wasted N2.5 billion on building Ekiti State government house. During his screening today at the Senate, Fayemi was faced with questions that bordered on his tenure as Governor. Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, asked to clear the allegation that he spent “untoward amount” on the renovation of the Government House at the expense of public welfare and also that of leaving a heavy debt burden for his state.
His response: On debt, he said he met obligations in excess of 30bn naira when he became governor in 2010. He said he had to complete his predecessor’s project before he moved on to commence his original promises and programmes.
With low allocation from the federation account, he had to look for ways of raising funds, particularly from the capital market and multilateral development agencies. He said he raised 25bn from the capital market and “the results are there to see”.
“I borrowed but not in rank of the figure being bandied around.” No country exists without borrowing, he said. He said his most profound legacy was the social security safety programme which gave N5,000 to indigent people monthly.
On the renovation of the Government house, He justified the action, saying Ekiti for 19 years did not have a befitting Government House.
He denied buying 50million naira bed for Ekiti Government House and challenged anybody to bring evidence to the contrary.
Responding to Shehu Sani, he said he had never gone out of Nigeria through non conventional borders.