Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti state governor said he has left official Governor Ayo Fayose to God to judge after leaving office. He said he would accept whatever liability and assets left behind by the outgoing government, saying he trusts the government is a time, period, and that he was coming to the office to simply make a difference.
report that Fayemi spoke while receiving the report of the Transition Committee constituted to interface with the outgoing administration to facilitate the smooth change of government.
He promised to make a drastic change in the life of the people the moment he is sworn to office on October 16.
NAN reports that the governor-elect was reacting to the latest debt figure released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) which revealed that the debt profile increased from N18 billion during Fayemi’s era to N117 billion, under Fayose’s watch.
The committee had told Fayemi that the whopping debt was outside liability of salaries, pensions, gratuities and money owed retirees and contractors by the Fayose administration.
Fayemi also suggested the legislating of a law to be known as the Transition Act that would specify the duties of an outgoing administration and an incoming administration to pave the way for a smooth transfer of power.
This he said had become adjuratory, given the uncooperative attitude and difficulties the committee faced in meeting with officials of the outgoing government as well its refusal to allow his own committee to receive information from it.
He said such laws are already operating in countries like Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the western world.
“The chairman (of the committee) talks about liabilities, that is what government is all about, assets and liabilities, the government is a continuum
“We are not unmindful of the fact that there will be debts but we are focused on our agenda to make a difference in the lives of our people
“So for us, we leave whatever that is done by the outgoing government to God and God will handle that in the best way possible
“We want to focus on making the difference in the life of our people, so our people remain our priority
“We hope some reason will prevail between now and inauguration day for the outgoing government to come up with the information this committee
The governor-elect, who promised to hit the ground running after taking the oath of office on October 16, also charged aspirants to national and state legislatures in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to familiarise themselves with the contents of the report.
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Earlier while submitting his reports to Fayemi, its chairman, Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi said the outgoing government agents refused to cooperate with the committee.
He, however, said the sub-committees of the Transition Committee was able to meet with 76 interest groups outside of government, including labour unions, interest groups, civil society bodies, development partners who assisted with information of what is going on in the outgoing administration.
“The report we are submitting to you represents the voice of the people that voted you (Fayemi), and it contains what they want in the short term, medium term and in the long term”, he said.