Fayemi Challenges Anyone To Bring Evidence Of A N50m Bed In Ekiti Govt House
Former governor of Ekiti State has laid to rest, the controversy surrounding the purported purchase of a N50 million bed he bought for the Ekiti State govt house which he renovated as governor.
The former governor who was the second ministerial nominee to be screened by the senate answered questions posed to him by Senators Sola Adeyeye, Shehu Sani and Andy Uba.
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, Fayemi said that the Government House he built is for the people of Ekiti.
He said he built the complex because the state never had a befitting Government House. He said at N2.5 billion, it’s perhaps the cheapest Government House in Nigeria today.
“I’m not given to irresponsible behaviour,” he said.
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.
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.