Uproar In Ekiti Over N75m Lexus Parting Gift For Fayose
There is increasing concern about governance in Ekiti state.
This follows the approval and purchase of a 018 Lexus LX 570 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) valued at N75 million for Governor Ayo Fayose as a “parting gift”.
The purchase is already causing uproar among citizens of the state. It was learnt that the vehicle was bought about a month ago.
A memo for the purchase of the vehicle emanated from the Political and Economic Department of the Governor’s Office through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
The letter authorizing the purchase of the SUV was addressed to the SSG, Dr. Modupe Alade.
It was written by Mr. Bayo Opeyemi, the Executive Secretary/Director General, and was dated August 1.
The deal was alleged approved same day by Fayose with his signature on the document.
The memo reads: “Kindly refer to the request for the direct procurement of one unit of 2018 Lexus LX 570 (U.S Specs) as a parting gift for the governor by the Political and Economic Affairs Department of the Governor’s Office at Page 15.
“The invoice at page 18 has been reviewed by the state’s Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) from N68,000,000 (exclusive of tax) to N66,000,000. The inclusion of 13 per cent tax will bring the total cost to N75,862,068.96.
“Please, present for approval the direct procurement of one unit of 2018 Lexus LX (US Specs) as parting gift for the Governor a sum of N75,862,068.96.”
A Certificate of No Objection (CONO) for Contract Award for the procurement of the SUV was also issued by Ekiti State Bureau of Public Procurement, dated August 3.
A Certificate of Purchase (COP) was also issued. The Organized labour in the state has berated Fayose over the alleged purchase.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ade Adesanmi and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Odunayo Adesoye described the development as an act of insensitivity.
The union wondered why the governor who was yet to pay the backlog of salaries of workers will acquire such an exotic vehicle and pay himself severance as parting gifts.
They threatened that there would be industrial disharmony in the state, if he goes ahead with his plans to pay himself and his Deputy such huge sums.
When contacted for reaction, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Lanre Ogunsuyi said he had no comment.
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