Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose spent N2.5 billion to maintain streetlights in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, in one year, an interest group in the civil service has alleged.
The Enlightened Workers’ Forum (EWF) claimed that the governor spends N210 million to maintain the streetlights monthly.
They wondered why such amount of money was spent on streetlights that only run from 7pm to 10pm daily.
But the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Deji Adesua, described EWF members as “mischievous individuals who cluster together to discredit a government that is trying its best to make life easier for Ekiti people”.
Adesua said: “Everybody knows that spending such an amount to maintain streetlights is not feasible in the Ekiti of today.
“I want you to ask them how much is the allocation that comes to Ekiti monthly?
“Can a government that is struggling to pay salaries spend such an amount on streetlights?
“There is no iota of truth in their allegation and what they have said is not credible and it is far from the truth.”
A statement yesterday by EWF Coordinator Mike Bamidele said the figure was made known at a stakeholders’ meeting in the Accountant-General’s Office.
The workers described the splurge on streetlights as an avenue to loot the treasury.
They called on anti-graft agencies to investigate the “bogus and unreasonable plot to ruin the people’s commonwealth.”
The statement said: “For the umpteenth time, we want to declare that Ekiti treasury is in trouble under Fayose. We implore whoever doubts this to investigate this claim.
“The people may not know that each time he goes on the street for his overpriced purchases, he falls back on the treasury to claim whatever he had spent and for every N10,000, he claims N1 million.
“The latest of the series of this executive stealing is the highly contestable spending of N2.5 billion on the maintenance of streetlights in Ado-Ekiti.
“The figure is a projection of the figure released by the accountant general during a stakeholders’ meeting a couple of days ago.
“The AG informed the meeting that Fayose spends N210 million to run the Ado Ekiti streetlights every month for just three hours from 7pm to 10pm. Haba!
“Even N1 million to run the lights for only three hours per day is on the high side because our investigation showed that only N260 million was spent on the installation of the lights, running it for two years at 11 hours per day as well as the electricity bills.
“Yet, Fayose had severally accused the last government of gross mismanagement. We can now judge which government is a rogue.”
Source: The Nation