Ekiti Seeks Refund of N8bn Expended on Federal Roads

The Ekiti State Government has demanded the reimbursement of the more than N8 billion it disbursed to fix federal roads in its domain.

The request was made by Governor Kayode Fayemi at a public lecture organised at the Christ School Alumni Hall, on Adebayo Road, by the local chapter of the Forum of Heads of Federal Establishments. The governor was represented by his deputy, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, who also chaired the lecture.

The pioneer Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Chief Samuel Falegan, delivered the lecture entitled: “Integrity in public service and its impact on productivity.”

Speaking on the refund, Fayemi said the state took upon itself to rehabilitate the roads to boost socio-economic activities of residents.

Noting that federal officials deployed to the state enjoy good working relationship with state officials, he said his administration would continue to collaborate with the federal government to ensure that his state gets its due share of federal presence.

On the theme of the public lecture, the governor said the productivity level could only be enhanced when public servants discharge their duties with integrity.

Urging federal officials to carry out their functions with diligence, the governor spoke of the need for supervising agencies and parastatals to periodically dispatch inspectors to their offices in the states to further enhance efficiency.

In his lecture, Falegan faulted some federal officials, who he noted, had failed in their responsibility to discharge their responsibilities with integrity.

He came down hard on the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Plc, the police and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

Falegan urged the federal establishments in the state to ensure the completion of all on-going projects in the state, particularly the road linking Ado-Ekiti to Ijan-Ekiti.

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