Lanre Ogunsuyi, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, has defended the proposed construction of a new governor’s office, saying it is not a waste of public funds.
Ogunsuyi told newsmen on Monday in Ado-Ekiti that the new office is being constructed to provide security for Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He explained that the current Governor’s Office was congested and could not accommodate the governor’s personal aides and security personnel.
He said the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and their personal assistants were located in the Governor’s Office complex, which was not supposed to be.
Ogunsuyi said: “The Governor’s security is very important; that is why the state House of Assembly agreed to include the construction of a new governor’s office in the 2016 budget.
“The 2016 budget is open to the public to access in order to inform and educate the residents, civil servants and opposition party members about the various government policies and plans.
“The proposed office is to also create an exclusive environment for the governor and his immediate security contingent.
“Those unpatriotic people who are criticizing the ongoing projects of Governor Fayose are mere political jobbers.
“I wish to say with all sense of responsibility that we are not building the governor’s office, overhead bridge and market with bank loan.
“The projects will be completed at end of the tenure of Governor Fayose.”
The Commissioner said past administrations in the state executed projects with loans from banks, adding that the incumbent governor would not emulate them.
He appealed to the opposition party and the people of the state to be patient with Fayose’s administration to enable him transform Ekiti State into a model state.