Governor Ayodele Fayose and the FG are about to have another serious face-off.
The FG had released N388.304 billion to 35 states due to excess withdrawals to pay off our foreign debts in 2007.
Ekiti State got the sum of N8.877 billion from the N388.304 billion released.
Fayose then paid only one out of the eight-month salary arrears he owed workers in the state.
Fayose paid a curious 13th-month salary as a bonus, leaving out salary arrears of seven months.
A source in the presidency said “The agreement between the FG and the state governors was very clear.
“50% of the amount released was to be used to offset outstanding salary and pension arrears.
“The remaining 50% was supposed to be used for the payment of other obligations.
“Security reports available to the Presidency showed that Fayose paid only one month out of eight-month salary arrears.
“The same governor went ahead to pay a curious 13-month salary to Ekiti workers. Yet, he got N8.877 billion refund.
“Instead of accounting for what he used the loan refund for, he has the temerity to attack the FG on hardship in the country.
“The relevant agencies are monitoring development in Ekiti and some states.”
Ekiti State government reacted swiftly to the allegations.
Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, admitted that the state got N8.8 billion from the Paris Club refunds.
He said Ekiti got only N5.3 billion, which he said could barely pay one month out of the arrears of salaries owed civil servants.
According to him, the wage bill for a month stands at N5.2 billion.
He also said that workers in the local government sector could only get one month from the arrears of salaries owed them.