Alleged N9bn allocation: We got N2.5bn for July —Ekiti govt

Ekiti State government has announced that it got a net sum of N2.5 billion as allocation for the month of July 2016 from the Federal Government.

The state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who stated this on Monday in a broadcast to the people of the state, said “the state government got a net allocation of N2.5 billion from the Federation Account for the month of July contrary to insinuations by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) that it got over N9 billion.”

The governor said he was challenging the APC in the state “and any other person or group having any contrary figure to make it public.”

The governor said “after the deduction of over N900 million to service the state’s debts, what eventually came to the state was N2.51 billion” and added that “the 16 local government areas were given N2.01 billion.”

He said: “Those peddling unfounded rumours were given their own opportunity to lead the state and they left the state in huge debts. Their failed white elephant projects litter the state.

“I have always made known whatever comes to the state as allocation. There is nothing to hide as even the federal authorities do publish the allocations in daily newspapers. Their mischief has failed and by God’s grace they cannot defeat me. Let them continue to delude themselves, Ekiti people are not fools, they know the truth.”

The governor also used the occasion to announce that the social security scheme of the state government, where 1,000 people would be paid N5,000 monthly, would soon take off.

He gave the assurance that the money would be paid directly into people’s accounts and not given to anybody to disburse.

Governor Fayose also urged pensioners in the state who are yet to complete their verification exercise to do so between Tuesday and Thursday this week.