The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, has denied reports that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu budgeted N795m on gift items, donations and for guests in 2017
Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, in a statement on Monday, blamed Ondo civil servants for the allegation.
"It is important to set the record straight. In 2016, the former administration spent N253m on donations, while Governor Rotimi Akeredolu reduced it to N160m in the 2017 budget," he said.
"The budgetary provisions of huge amounts for gift items during festivals and hosting of state guests may be the handiwork of some unscrupulous elements in the civil service who are apparently part of the rot the APC-led administration inherited in the system.
"The good news is that times have changed and it will never be business as usual; they will be made to face the consequences of their actions and inactions when caught.
"Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is a disciplined administrator who will not authorise such expenses.
"The party wishes to state in clear terms that the few issues observed in the budget have not eroded the merits and targets of the 2017 Appropriation which has provided adequate funding for tertiary and basic education and designed to sufficiently finance massive infrastructural development across the state", he stated.
Adesanya said that at the appropriate time, the state government would move funds appropriated for gifts and donations to other sectors through virement.
He said that the state government was committed to offsetting the six-month outstanding salaries of civil servants inherited by the APC administration.
"The party also appreciates the support the APC administration has enjoyed thus far from the people, whilst counting on steadfast and continued support from the people of Ondo State", he added.