The Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose, has described the newly-built Government House in the state as a show of wickedness to the people of the state by the immediate past Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Fayose, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the new Government House was an act of insensitivity to the plight of Ekiti state people, many of whom cannot afford to feed once in a day.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Olayinka said no progressive-minded Ekiti state indigene would see the out-of-this-world luxury provided with over N3.3 billion borrowed funds for Fayemi, his wife and children and will not weep for the state and its people.
Olayinka, who said Fayose was alarmed at the waste of Ekiti state resources to provide comfort for a single family, out of the thousands of households in the state, added: “The governor would have preferred to sell out the property and use the funds to provide basic amenities and employment opportunities for the people.”
“It is simply wicked for a governor to be more interested in this manner of ostentatious comfort at the expense of the people. The bed on which Fayemi slept before he left government alone costs over N30 million; that of his wife costs over N20 million!
“Between Fayemi and his wife, what was spent on their bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms will be in the region of N100 million”, he alleged.
“How can a responsible government use borrowed fund to provide this kind of luxury for the governor and his family alone in a state where a lot of people cannot afford to feed once in a day?
“People should ask the outgone governor what was really wrong with the abandoned Governor’s Lodge used by his (Fayemi) predecessors?
“Shouldn’t such funds expended on the hilltop edifice have been used to resuscitate the moribund textile factory in Ado-Ekiti that was turned to lock-up shops to provide employment for our teeming unemployed youths?
“Also, was Fayemi living in that manner of opulence before he became governor?
While reiterating Governor Fayose’s avowed commitment to the masses, Olayinka said: “Left for Governor Fayose, he won’t use that aristocratic government house because it is a symbol of oppression in itself.
“He will prefer to live where Ekiti people can easily see him, touch him, eat with him and discuss the progress of the state together.
“But abandoning it would amount to colossal waste of public funds.
“Let me assure you Governor Fayose will not hide himself from the masses.”