The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has ordered for the immediate suspension of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Oludare Abegunde, and three other government officials over alleged misuse, mismanagement and vandalism of some government facilities under their care.
The governor made this known on Sunday through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Fayose gave the directive while paying an inspection visit to the state-owned Broiler Processing Facility in Erifun , Ado – Ekiti and the livestock pens.
He has also directed the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, to constitute a panel to probe the activities and manner government officials manage government utilities in their care.
Fayose decried the misuse of public utilities by the public and government officials which have become a drain of public resources.
The governor expressed disgust that barely three years after the inauguration of the facility, the cooling system and the power generator had been vandalised by some unknown persons.
Similarly, the governor was angry that the state-owned livestock pens were given out to private individuals to use without them paying appropriate fees to the coffers of the government.
“Imagine a place built and inaugurated about three years ago being in this sorry state now. It means those in charge are not competent and not doing their work.
“Those using the livestock pens without paying appropriately to the purse of the government must do that within 24 hours or they will be ejected from this place. If they want to use it fine. But they must pay the appropriate fees,” he said.