The Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday said the N3.3bn spent on the new Governor’s Lodge built by the former Governor, Kayode Fayemi was too expensive and difficult for the state to maintain.
He said this while administering the oath of office on the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade, and other special assistants in Ado Ekiti.
Fayose said that considering the level of poverty in the state, spending such amount on a building was extra-vagant “My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new Government Lodge on Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3bn. It was initially awarded for N2.3bn and later increased to N2.7bn, while a sum of N640m was used to procure fittings and furniture.
“And this building will cost a sum of N150m for maintenance annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it. How can a governor be living in such a house when the masses are living in abject poverty?”
Reacting to the allegation that the Government Lodge was too expensive, Fayemi’s media aide, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said he would not dignify Fayose by responding to the allegation.
He said, “That is a non-issue and does not deserve a reaction. He is entitled to his opinion.”