By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, took his complaint of the federal government’s failure to pay his state’s, January budget support allocation of N1.1 billion to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Wednesday.
He told journalists in Abuja, that he was at the ministry to follow-up on the payment which he said his state deserved, just like all other states of the federation.
His words, “I believe I should do a follow up today to meet with the Minister of Finance for an update, but she actually called me on Tuesday that she just got back but going to look into it today and have it resolved as soon as possible.
“You will however appreciate that Ekiti civil servants are restive, having spent Christmas and there is no money in January, obviously there will be challenges.
“By the time I got here the Minister has already gone for the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, but I met the Special Adviser, who assured me that the matter will be resolved when the Minister is back.
“What we are talking about is a part of the monthly allocation and the budget support which is about N1.1b that have not been paid.
“I believe this should be done immediately and I want to believe also that it was a mix up and not political but if it is political, they will have a lot of questions to answer why it should be so.
“If they want to fight Fayose, they should fight Fayose, not the civil servants of Ekiti, but I appreciate the her prompt and promise to resolve the matter.”
“So, naturally I have to be and when it happened that it was just Ekiti State alone, I have to be suspicious. The Minister has given me her word, at her level as a minister, that is good enough.
“If the promise of the Minister to resolve this issue as quickly as possible is not adhere to, I will have to bring it back to the public domain. We are all in the court of the public opinion where the public is able to judge whether justice is served at all times.
Governance is beyond all of us but I want to believe that they will do it.”