Ekiti Govt Debunks Claim That Fayose Borrowed N56bn, Says; “Govt Took N10bn ECA Grant, N1bn Loan For SUBEB Counterpart Fund”

Ekiti Govt Debunks Claim That Fayose Borrowed N56bn, Says; “Govt Took N10bn ECA Grant, N1bn Loan For SUBEB Counterpart Fund”

Ekiti State Government has described as total falsehood, report that
the State borrowed a total sum of N56 billion since Governor Ayodele
Fayose assumed office and that a fresh N25 billion loan was applied
for; saying that; “the only fresh loan taken by the government of
Fayose was the N10 billion grant from the Excess Crude Account, which
was released to all States for capital projects, N2.8 billion
requested from Wema Bank to pay State Universal Basic Education Board
(SUBEB) counterpart fund out of which N1 billion has been accessed and
N600 million for MDGs counterpart fund, which has been repaid.”

The government said “the report, which was attributed to the Debt
Management Office (DMO) was orchestrated from the media office of the
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who is
obviously struggling albeit unsuccessfully to redeem his battered
image by trying to change the narrative from the debt he plunged Ekiti
State to and the wanton looting of the treasury when he was governor.
We are aware of how hard Fayemi’s media handlers tried yesterday, to
get the false report published in major newspapers, claiming that they
had a classified document from the DMO.”

Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the report in a release
issued on Monday, said; “There is no recent bulletin from the DMO
website concerning debt owed by any state as claimed in the false
report. Nigerians, especially Ekiti people can visit the DMO website:
https://www.dmo.gov.ng/debt- profile/domestic-debts for further

He said; “As at the time Governor Fayose assumed office, some of the
loans on the debt profile of Ekiti State were; Bond from capital
market (N26.7 billion), loan for developmental projects obtained from
Ecobank using Fountain Holdings (N5 billion), loan for
recapitalization obtained from Wema Bank (N1 billion), commercial
agric credit scheme from First Bank (N420.8 million), loan for legacy
facility obtained from Ecobank (N408.2m), loan for developmental
projects obtained from Skye Bank (N7.5bn), vehicle lease obtained from
Ecobank (N146.6bn), laptop procurement (N375m) among others.”

“It is on record that Ekiti State Government was indebted to the tune
of N86, 013,689,097 as at October 16, 2014 that Governor Fayose took
over. The debts are broken down as follows: Bank Loans; N15,
831,613,425.62, Bond; N26, 749,796,784.75, Outstanding Warrants; N15,
522,552,900.76, Outstanding to Road Contractors; N21, 286,126,749,
Outstanding Remittances to FG; N709, 883,656.75, Outstanding
Remittances (State Govt); N592, 995,374.89 and EKSG Public Servants
Outstanding Emoluments; N5, 137,888,224.37.

“We are however not unmindful of the battered image of the APC in
Ekiti State and the attempt to change the narrative to ‘Fayemi’s
government truly plunged Ekiti into debt, but Fayose’s government has
borrowed more.’ This is more like someone admitting to being a thief
but calling others thieves too.

“No matter how hard Fayemi and his spin-doctors try, they cannot erase
the fact that apart from regular monthly allocation and Subsidy
Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) fund among others, Fayemi’s received
N46.4 billion from the Excess Crude Account, yet he took N25 billion
bond and N31 billion commercial bank loan. One of such frivolous loans
was the N5 billion obtained from Ecobank without the DMO approval,
using Fountain Holdings Limited, a company with N15 million share

“Finally, the website of the DMO is www.dmo.gov.ng, Nigerians can
visit the website to see whether or not there was any bulletin
published this month concerning debt owed by Ekiti State government.”