Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has suspended a Permanent Secretary, a director and two other officials in one of the ministries in the state’s civil service.
Governor Fayose also ordered that the immediate suspension of the officials should take immediate effect.
The governor had taken the step following what he viewed as “the misuse of public utilities by the public and government officials,” saying “such has become a drain of public resources.”
The governor had given the directive after an inspection visit to a broiler processing facility of the state government, its cooling system and its power generating set, at Erifun in Ado Ekiti Local government area of the state.
The governor expressed disgust that barely three years after the inauguration of the Broiler Processing Facility, the cooling system and the power generator had been vandalised by some unknown persons.
Fayose also condemned the poor attitude of the officers in charge of the place and ordered their suspension.
In the same manner, the governor was angry that the livestock pens were given out to private individuals to use without them paying appropriate money to the coffers of the government.
“This is a poor and bad attitude we must stop. Public facilities are provided through the use of public funds and must therefore be used judiciously.
Imagine a place built and inaugurated about three years ago being in this sorry state now. It means those in charge are not competent and not doing their work.
“Those using the livestock pens without paying appropriately to the purse of the government must do that within 24 hours or they will be ejected from this place. If they want to use it fine. But they must pay the appropriate fees. We must change our attitude regarding the use of state facilities and resources,” he said.
The governor directed that a panel be constituted to probe the activities of the department of government in charge of the facilities.
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