The Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, in a recent statement on Sunday, November 15, vowed not to partake in the meeting scheduled between the federal government and the state governors stressing that he did not believe in the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
According to Vanguard report, the governor stated categorically that the state government was not interested in the TSA policy, which he said was a fraud against Nigeria and its people.
Fayose said that Ekiti state was entitled to its own policies and that it was not under any obligation to accept Federal Government policies, especially the TSA which he described as already been robed in the garment of fraud.
Speaking through his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, the governor stated that the federal government should rather remove the veil on the face of REMITA so that Nigerians can know the real owners.
The Ekiti boss accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of using the means siphon Nigeria’s money to fund the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections scheduled to take place on November 21 and December 5 respectively.
He said: “From all intent and purposes, this TSA policy is aimed at recouping money spent on the last general elections by the APC, as well as raise money for future elections, especially the Kogi and Bayelsa states gubernatorial poll.
“It is also meant to enrich some individuals for doing virtually nothing and that can be seen from the discovery of N25 billion that already accrued to just a single company in one month!
“How can the Federal Government justify a transaction in which a single company gets one percent, amounting to N25 billion in one month?
“In this economic situation that Nigeria is, shouldn’t the one percent commission have been negotiated downward to like 0.1 percent which would have reduced the N25 billion to N2.5 billion?
Fayose stressed that even manufacturing companies with thousands of employees don’t make N25 billion profit in one month.
He said therefore that what Nigerians were expecting from the federal government was explanation on an alleged N25 billion naira scam which he said was already associated with the operation of the TSA, instead of calling state governors to a meeting which he claimed was aimed at imposing the TSA policy on the states.
The governor said that he cannot be part of the meeting maintaining that the federal government cannot force its policies on states that are federating units in the Nigerian federation.
He further said: “Ekiti state is entitled to its own policies and it is not under any obligation to accept federal government policies, especially the TSA that is already robed in the garment of fraud.
“I therefore wish to state categorically that Ekiti state is not interested in the TSA policy and since the state is not interested, I, as the custodian of the popular mandate of the entire people of the state will not attend any meeting called by the federal government on the TSA.”
The governor has recently also said that President Muhammadu Buhari should be held responsible if anything happens to Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser.
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