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FOREIGN TRIPS: GROUP RAISES CONCERN OVER EKITI DEP. GOV. STATE OF HEALTH

By Tunji Oluwasanmi
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Coalition of Non Governmental Organisations in Ekiti State, the Ekiti Movement for Peace and Good Governance (MOPEGO) has raised concern over the state of health of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, saying; “rumour of her ill health vis-a-vis her frequent trips abroad call for concern.”

The group alleged that; “Less than three weeks after she was practically forced to return to Nigeria after staying abroad for over one month, the deputy governor travelled again on Tuesday, to God knows where.

MOPEGO said in a statement jointly signed by the Coalition's Chairman, Dr Tunji Oluwasanmi, Secretary, Comrade Ebenezer Olaleye and Director of Communications and Strategy, Gbenga Babawibe that “Ekiti people deserve to know the reasons behind the spending of their resources unending foreign trips.”

It said; “Though we have heard rumour that the deputy governor was sick and that her trips abroad was as a result of the undisclosed illness, but it has now become imperative that Ekiti people are told what exactly is wrong with their deputy governor.

“Last month, it was when we raised questions over her whereabouts that she hurriedly returned to the country after staying abroad for over one month.

“Therefore, Ekiti people, from whose resources the deputy governor is paid $720 per day as estacode, aside other allowances and estacodes to her entourage when she is outside the country, must be told why there money is being spent on frequent foreign trips.”

While berating the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led Action Congress of Nigeria

(ACN) government for wasting the State fund on jamborees abroad, MOPEGO said; “In the last twelve months of Fayemi's government, the governor alone has travelled abroad more than ten times!

“All these trips are based on one excuse, 'we are looking for investors.'

“For instance, Fayemi was out of Nigeria for ten days this month alone and now, he is planning to travel to Australia again.

“During his last trip, Fayemi was in Canada to visit one of his women friends, one Toyin Akintayo with whom he stayed for days. Yet, Ekiti people were told that he travelled abroad to look for investors!”