Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has faulted Governor Ayodele Fayose’s opposition to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, policy of the federal government, saying his stance smacks of deliberate ploy to conceal fraud.
The opposition party in the state expressed dismay that Fayose was the only governor opposed to the transparency policy of the federal government in spite of the fact that all other governors, irrespective of party affiliation, had queued into the scheme to save their states from fraudulent practices among government officials.
The Ekiti State Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Monday, described the governor’s recalcitrant attitude portraying Ekiti State as an island, as a dangerous and reckless behaviour, saying Fayose’s aversion for accountability in financial matters had ulterior motives.
“TSA is aimed at ensuring that all government earnings are paid into a single account to ensure accountability and check fraud unlike in the past where several government accounts were scattered in many banks to perpetrate fraud.
“For a governor who describes himself as a friend of the poor to oppose a policy that will make the same poor people enjoy the benefits of transparent governance is the height of irresponsibility and a confirmation of allegations of fraud against him in handling financial issues.
“We can now see the reason why the governor has opened several channels of revenue collections to be paid into several phoney accounts that revenue collection officers are describing as opaque,” Olatunbosun explained.
The Ekiti APC spokesperson added: “We all know that Governor Fayose’s second coming to the Ekiti State Government House is for nothing but to feather his bottomless pocket, kill the dream of a better Ekiti State and destroy the dignity and legacies of Ekiti fore-fathers as we have seen him do in his several cloudy conducts in governance.
“As we speak, his administration keeps a secret account not known to the state treasury into which taxes and fines he has mindlessly imposed on Ekiti people are paid, notably fines on traffic offences and suffocating taxes he imposed on poor traders that he deceived with abundance of life during campaigns.
“After sacking thousands of workers in youth empowerment scheme and permanent secretaries; after cutting monarchs’ and workers’ allowances and running grants and after stopping the social security scheme for the elderly and security agencies but increased his personal monthly security vote from N100 million to N250 million, Fayose hired less than 200 political appointees as against over 800 appointees by Governor Kayode Fayemi, yet he tells Ekiti people that he pays the same N2.6 billion that Fayemi paid as salaries and allowances to workers monthly.”

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