Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has explained why he is yet to appoint political office holders more than two months after being sworn-in.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that only the Secretary to Government (SSG), Chief of Staff (COS), Acting Head of Service (HOS), Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, as well as Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor, among few others had been appointed.
The state is yet to have a list of Commissioners and Special Advisers which the governor would have to send to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
However, while addressing a news conference in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the Governor attributed the delay to the sorry state of finances on ground on assuming office.
“I decided to delay appointment of politicians to government to enable me pay workers’ salaries.
“I don’t want to do media trial for anyone, so I have hired the services of a renowned audit firm to look into our finances, and the forensic state’s accounts will then be published during our 100 days in office in Jan. 2019,” he said.
The governor lamented how his predecessor, former Gov. Ayo Fayose, allegedly wasted N18b Paris Club Refund to Ekiti.
Fayemi expressed worries over how Fayose, who owed between four and eight months salary and pension arrears at the time he left office, could not defray the backlog of workers’ benefit with the refund.
The governor said he had not reneged on his commitment to offset all the outstanding salary and pension before marking his first year in office.
On the increasing wave of kidnapping and killings in the state, the governor disclosed that incentives was being given to security outfits in the state to ensure safety of lives and property.
He added that there was collaboration between the state and all security chiefs for a unique security architecture for residents to be safe and secured during the yuletide.
The governor debunked insinuation that the state collected a N11.5b Paris Club from the Federal Government, barely two months after his assumption of office.
“Let those making the allegation come with verifiable proofs to substantiate their claim. Let them come with evidence.
“I have not collected any money in the fashion of road intervention or Paris Club refund.
“Governor Fayose had the opportunity of paying the bulk of these backlogs of salaries and pensions.
“He collected the sum of N18b out of the N21.5b due to Ekiti in the refund, so what is left as balance for Ekiti to collect now is just N3.5b, which can’t pay a month if we add the overhead costs of subvention of institutions.
“As we speak, we are doing a lot of cleansing and that had reduced the monthly pay to workers to N2.1b.
“Those not properly employed had been left out until they provide evidence. The medical workers that were employed on consequential ground had been re-absorbed,’’ he said.
He said the state anti-grazing law signed into law by Fayose’s administration has not been suspended, adding that efforts would be made to control the rampaging herders in the state.