I Won’t Probe Fayose, Fayemi Declares

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said that his administration has no plan to probe his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose.

Fayemi told State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, that only the country’s anti-graft agencies can undertake the task.

Asked whether he would go ahead with the probe of the immediate past governor of the state, Fayemi said that there was never a time he said that he would investigate Fayose.

He said: “Well, I am sure I have never said anything about probe; and I do not say anything about probe. Looking into books is the duty of any new governor; you need to check what you found on place; I just talked about visitation panel into the education sector – institutions in the state.

“There are other sectors and it will be wrong of me not to check what we found when we came into office and share that with the people of the state.

“It is just accountability not probe. I am not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), I am not the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), there are institutions that are charged with the responsibility to do that and it is entirely up to them if they want to probe the former governor or not.

“It is not my business, I leave the governor to God and I have said that before,’’ Fayemi stated.

Fayose is being prosecuted by EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering.

On the state of education in Ekiti, Fayemi said that the state has a tradition of being the intellectual capital of the country which it seems to have lost lately.

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He said that his administration was working towards repositioning the sector, particularly the basic and the tertiary sub-sectors.

The governor said that he had set up visitation panel in all the tertiary institutions to review and recommend what the critical and challenging issues were and how government should respond to the

“Before now, Ekiti used to be the leading state in terms of school enrolment in the country but the latest figures we received from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) makes it clear that we are lagging far behind.

“We have moved from 96 per cent enrolment in the entire country to about 45 per cent meaning that about 55 per cent of our school age children are of school.

“That is unacceptable in a state like Ekiti and we need to find out what has happened between 2014 and 2018 leading to this appalling figure in terms of school enrolment,” he said.


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