Fayose Won’t Execute White Elephant Projects—Govt

By Lere Olayinka

The Ekiti State Government has said that the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose will not spend the State’s scarce resources on execution of white elephant projects, declaring most of the unfinished projects of the immediate past All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Dr Kayode Fayemi as “wasteful spending of public fund.”

Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New

Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to claim by the APC that Governor

Fayose abandoned his predecessor's “legacy projects,” said it was

shameful that the APC Spokesperson, Taiwo Olatunbosun could gleefully

claim that the Fayemi-led government commissioned an uncompleted Oba

Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.”
He added that; “At this time that intense lobby is going on in Abuja

for appointments, Olatunbosun is definitely not doing Dr Kayode Fayemi

any good by exposing him as someone who ran a dishonest and wasteful

The APC mouthpiece, Olatunbosun had said that Oba Adejugbe Hospital

was completed and commissioned by the Fayemi administration while

contract for equipping the hospital was already awarded but Fayose on

assumption of office cancelled the contract and has abandoned the

hospital to be overgrown with weeds.
However, Olayinka said “instead of wasting the State resources on

Funmi Olayinka Civic Centre, the Fayose-led government is constructing

a benefitting edifice; Funmi Olayinka Women Development Centre, which

will have a modern library and that to us is more beneficial to the

people of Ekiti than a Civic Centre.”
Olayinka, who said the Oba Adejugbe Hospital building was still being

painted as at November 2014, added that “the Fayose-led government

will complete the project as soon as the State has the required

financial capability to do so.”
“Those who mean well for Dr Fayemi should call his attention to the

fact that Olatunbosun might be clandestinely working against his

emergence as minister by indirectly exposing his wasteful spending

when he was Ekiti State governor.
“Or how do you commission a hospital without medical equipment? Is

hospital just about structures? Isn’t that a fraud, exposure of which

can cost Dr Fayemi his ministerial ambition?
“How can a sane manager of resources borrow money to build Civic

Centre? Isn’t that a sign that Dr Fayemi mismanaged Ekiti State

“No doubt, persistent exposure of this sore aspect of his government

to the public by no other person than his party’s spokesperson is

inimical to his quest to be appointed a minister by President

Mohammadu Buhari, and it is becoming more clearer that Olatunbosun has

an agenda against Dr Fayemi,” he said.