The Ekiti State House of Assembly has again invited a former governor of
the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, over the controversial N850 million State
Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) funds.
The House also adopted the state Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)
2017 – 2019 document as its document at plenary on Tuesday.
Leader of the House, Olatunji Akinyele, noted that “Some time ago, the
former governor was invited to this honourable House to come and explain
how N850 million State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) fund
disappeared when he was the governor of the state. But it is unfortunate
that he failed to appear before this House.
“The former governor decided to ignore the invitation of this House. This
House is saddled with the responsibility to investigate any financial
mismanagement of this state; he should give us room to exercise our
duties. He must obey the rule of law, if truly the Federal Government,
which he is working for as Solid Mineral Minister, is claiming to be
fighting corruption. He should live by example,” he said.
Other members of the House, including the chairman, House Committee on
Information, Honourable (Dr) Samuel Babajide; chairman, committee on
Finance and Appropriation, Samuel Jeje, among others were in agreement
that, “The corruption they are fighting must be holistic.
“This House is empowered to investigate any act of mismanagement of
government fund. Ekiti State is known as a fountain of knowledge and this
issue we are talking about has to do with education.
“We have been unable to rehabilitate the schools, due to the fact that we
cannot account for the money collected by the administration of the formal
governor. Our schools are suffering in the state; no enough
infrastructural facilities and this money is meant to provide basic needs
for the schools.
“Fayemi should be honourable enough to come and explain how the said money
was spent. His failure to appear before this House has affected the
legislative work of this House.
“This House passed the resolution to re-invite him again to appear before
it and explain his roles on the money meant for SUBEB on the 16th