The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has suspended the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Oludare Abegunde, and three others over alleged misuse and vandalism of some government facilities under their care.
The governor has also directed the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, to constitute a panel to probe the activities of the officials.
Fayose, who decried the misuse of public utilities by the public and government officials, lamented that such had constituted a drain on public resources.
The governor, according to a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, gave the directive while paying an inspection visit to the state-owned Broiler Processing Facility in Erifun, Ado-Ekiti and the livestock pens.
The governor expressed disgust that barely three years after the inauguration of the facility, the cooling system and the generator had been vandalised by some unknown persons.
Fayose also condemned the poor attitude of the officers in charge of the place and ordered their suspension.
The governor was also angry that the livestock pens were given out to private individuals to use without them paying appropriate money to the coffers of the government.
“This is a poor and bad attitude we must stop. Public facilities are provided through the use of public funds and must therefore be used judiciously.
“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. We must change our attitude regarding the use of state facilities and resources,” he said.