Nigerian Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has concluded plans to probe former Governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi over alleged mismanagement of state’s funds during his tenure.
A Judicial Commission of Enquiry has been set up to this effect.
The Ekiti State House of Assembly had in March 22, 2016, and February 7, 2017, summoned Fayemi to come and defend himself over alleged diversion of N852m Universal Basic Education Board’s fund during his time, but the former governor dishonoured the invite.
Fayemi had instead wrote the assembly stating that the explanation sought was contained in his handover note.
In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade, on Monday, it stated that the commission would look into the financial transactions of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014.
It read in part;”in compliance with the resolution of the State House and pursuant to the powers conferred on Mr. Governor in section 2 of the Ekiti State Commission of Enquiry Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, His Excellency, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, has set up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to look into the financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014.”
This, it said, is to ascertain how much Ekiti State Government received as statutory allocations during the period under review and how same were disbursed.
Other Terms of Reference of the commission are: “To ascertain the amount received on behalf of the state from the Universal Basic Education Commission.
“To investigate the allegation of fraud/loss of funds, including the diversion and conversion of the State Universal Basic Education Board Fund.
“To ascertain the amount the Ekiti State Government took as loans during the period under review and how they were utilised and all other issues relating to the finances of the Ekiti State Government within the period under review.”
Asked if setting up a probe into Fayemi’s tenure is a witch-hunt,both the SSG and the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi clarified that the development was in strict adherence to the law of the state, incidentally signed into Law in 2012 by Fayemi himself.
Alade said: “This is no witch-hunt because severally, the State House of Assembly, that is conferred with the power to look into the finances of the state, has invited former governor John Kayode Fayemi to clarify some issues bothering on the finances of the state such as the SUBEB funds which was mismanaged and others. But despite having been invited for three times, he has refused to honour the invitation.
“Since he has refused to do that, the governor, acting on the directives by the state Assembly and the powers conferred on him by the constitution, has set up this judicial Commission of Enquiry.”
The commission is headed byJustice Silas Bamidele Oyewole (Retd.) while the Director Public Prosecution, Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola is the secretary.
Other members of the panel are (Mrs) Bolawale Awe, Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo, Mr. Omodara O. Vincent, Mr. Oladele Blessing (representative of Labour Union), and Mrs. Adesoba Oluremi (Estate Valuer/Architect), and Mr S.B.J Bamise, who is to act as counsel to the Commission.