Ekiti State House of Assembly is not letting anything go in its bid to drag Solid Mineral Minister, Dr. Kayode Faeyemi, back to state to explain before it, how he allegedly misappropriated counterpart fund of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), while he was governor.
Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, who told his colleagues that the former governor had written the House explaining his inability to appear before it, as summoned, and directing them to seek details of the explanations they wanted in his handover note to the incumbent governor, said also that the minister would still be called in to answer questions over management of the fund.
Special Assistant (Media) to the speaker, Stephen Gbadamosi, said in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, on Tuesday, that the Speaker gave the clarification while answering questions from journalists shortly after an funeral session of the House held in honour of a Third Assembly member, Hon. Ajewole Asaolu.
Earlier, before the special session, the Speaker had read the letter written by the former governor in response to a resolution of the House mandating him (Fayemi) to appear before the Assembly on Tuesday, March 22, to shed light on the alleged misappropriated fund which, according the the Assembly, had made it impossible for the state to access SUBEB funds like its counterparts since the assumption of the succeeding government.
“You will recall that during our last sitting, we invited the immediate-past governor of the state, Mr. Kayode Fayemi to come and explain how the government he led managed or mismanaged the missing SUBEB counterpart fund.
“We expected him to appear today, but he did not show up. He, instead, responded through a letter, saying that he wouldn’t be able to come owning to certain official duties. He said his stewardship was detailed in the handing over note he presented to the current governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose; and that the issue of the SUBEB fund was also in it.
“He added that a copy of the note was made available to this House before we came on board and the Clerk of the House corroborated that claim. So, we have forwarded the letter to the House Committee on Public Account and that on Finance and Appropriation to scrutinise the facts said to be contained in the note.
“That is because the people of Ekiti State will like to know how he spent the money. Right now, Ekiti schools and our pupils are suffering because he failed to pay the SUBEB counterpart fund. That is why the state has not been able to access the funds like other states right now.
“So, the committees will look into the letter and ascertain where the details on the SUBEB fund issue are contained in the handing over note. It is then that we will know the next step to take. Thank God the tone of the former governor’s letter has it that he would be willing to come when next he is called upon. I believe that is what the tone of the letter meant,” Oluwawole said.
Earlier, during the session, members of the Assembly, both past and present, took out time to eulogise the late Honourable Ajewole, who represented Ekiti South-West I constituency, Ilawe-Ekiti, between 2007 and 2011, during the Third Assembly.