The State Chairman of the party, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe
Toba Suleiman in Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the state government yesterday engaged in a war of words over the financial position of the state .
The PDP, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, accused the state government of running the finances of the state aground.
The statement which was at the instance of the state chairman of the party, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, said the financial position of the state showed the inability of the government to meet the demands of local government workers.
In the statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Femi Omolusi, the party also alleged that the state government had not been able to give running grants to ministries and agencies in the last three months.
It added that the situation had gone so bad that some ministries and agencies had no money to buy papers and office necessities.
The party alleged that the state government was also planning to sack 8,000 workers in the local government and peg the number of workers in each council at 300.
However, in his reaction, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, described the allegations as nonsense.
Speaking on the phone, Afuye stated that the state government was meeting its obligations to workers, contractors and others.
“The road projects we are executing across the state are not abandoned, we are moving forward. The Ikogosi Warm Spring project is still on, renovation of schools still on, are all these signs of a state having financial difficulties,” he said.
Afuye accused the PDP of expecting the state government to go back to the days of indiscriminate sharing of state funds and opening the state’s treasury to people to begin to loot.