All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop short-changing indigenes of the state under the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, scheme of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
APC publicity secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatubosun said in a statement that payment of N30,000 to beneficiaries was a far cry from the N100,000 approved for each of them by MDGs office.
He regretted that a governor who pretends to be friend of the poor could cheat them with a whopping N70,000 out of N100, 000.
APC said “the beneficiaries were paid N30, 000 by Governor Fayose instead of the statutory N100, 000 approved for them and already paid into the bank by the Millienium Development Goals, MDGs, office at the federal level.
“We wonder why Fayose will always deny Ekiti people their entitlements. The conditional cash transfer programme was a programme which started during the Fayemi administration and the present beneficiaries were selected over a year ago during which they benefitted to the tune of N5, 000 per month in addition to provision of a mobile telephone to each of them.”
But denying the allegations, chief of staff to the governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo who also doubles as the supervising officer of the MDGs in Ekiti State, described the allegations as wicked and far from the truth.
Anisulowo said government had not paid anybody any money from the MDGs, saying it was another ploy by the opposition to discredit the present administration.
According to APC, “The last stage of the programme is for them to be paid N100, 000 each as exit fund to start their businesses, but Mr. Fayose has decided to pay them only N30, 000 while helping himself with the remaining N70, 000,” Olatubosun explained.
He described the governor’s action as callous, scandalous and heartless, adding that the money was meant to alleviate the sufferings of vulnerable women by the MDGs which had already paid the money in full as confirmed by impeccable sources at the domiciled bank.
“We had long suspected that Mr. Fayose would end up messing the programme which he inherited from his predecessor because of his unconscionable appetite for wealth acquisition and we have been proven right. What will Mr. Fayose do with the remaining N70, 000 that he has withheld? Why can’t he pay the hapless women their entitlements in full? Must he shortchange almost everybody when it comes to money matters? This is how Mr. Fayose reduced the feeding allowance of the children in the School for the Handicapped by a whopping 60 percent, yet he will call himself friend of the poor,” Olatubosun lamented.

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