Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to use 80 per cent of federal allocations to pay outstanding salaries.
He also demanded that money from other revenues sources should be included to defray the backlog until they are fully paid.
He spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti, at the inauguration of a 32 member Kayode Fayemi APC Governorship Transition Committee.
Fayemi urged the committee to scrutinise the financial dealings of the present government to determine how best to apply them to benefit Ekiti people.
He expressed concern about the possibility of the Debt Management Office (DMO) to have under-declared the state’s debt under Fayose.
He promised to probe the issue to obtain first hand information about the state’s fiscal strength before his assumption of office.
The governor-elect promised not to fail the people, considering the overwhelming support that they gave him in the governorship election.
He commended the people for the confidence they reposed in him, and lauded the resilience of his party members in the election.
He explained that the composition of the committee should not be misinterpreted to mean that they would form his cabinet.
“People should not use them to begin to draw permutations on what our appointments will look like.
“Let me state that neither my Deputy Governor-elect, Bisi Egbeyemi and myself consider ourselves as having a repository of knowledge or answers to all problem in Ekiti. But we are relying on your wealth of experiences,” he said.
He disclosed that the committee has more financial experts with deep knowledge of fiscal issues, even as there are four former commissioners, among others.
Fayemi appealed to the present government, particularly the workers, to cooperate with the committee in the spirit of patriotism.
They should think more about the interest of Ekiti than that of any individual.
Fayemi directed the committee to submit its interim report on August 24, while the final report should be submitted on September 7, 2018.