Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has accused the Ekiti State Government of deliberately frustrating efforts to obtain the White Paper report of the Ekiti State Panel that purportedly indicted the former Governor, more than a week after its release.

But in a swift reaction, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayodele Fayose denied the claim saying the document is already in the public domain.

Adelusi said: “It is not true that he is being frustrated. The document in question is a public document already in the public domain, which can be obtained with no stress. The government is surprised by the lawyer’s claim.

Chief Rafiu Balogun, Counsel to Dr Kayode Fayemi told journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that he had applied for a certified copy of the report of the panel through a written application to the offices of the Ekiti State Attorney General and the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, as directed by the Secretary to the Commission.

His letters to the two top officials which were dated January 11th were received on January 12th, but according to him, there has been no response from the government, despite repeated calls to the offices.

Balogun said: “When we got the news from the print and electronic media that the Commission of Inquiry had submitted its report to Ekiti State Government on 13th December 2017, our Clients Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Hon. Dapo Kolawole briefed us to do the needful and get the Certified True Copy, CTC, of the Report from the Registry of the Commission.

“To that effect, we caused a letter to be written to the Secretary to the Commission Mr Gbenga Daramola, DPP Ekiti State, but he asserted that having submitted the report to Governor the commission had concluded its assignment and wound up.”

He, therefore, directed us to the Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

“We quickly wrote to the SSG on the 11th of January, 2018 and it was received on 12th January. We also wrote to the Attorney General Ekiti State requesting for the report since he chairs the Committee to review the report and advise Government on the White Paper. The content of our letters to the duo is clear and unambiguous. We gave the officials seven days to make available the CTC of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry and other documents submitted by the Commission.

“Our representative had at the various time called at the offices of the SSG  and AG  to follow up but he was told that the two senior government officials were not available and that he should return the visit on Monday, January 22nd. The officials were also evasive when our representative went to request for the report on Monday.

“We are not pleased with the lackadaisical attitude of the Ekiti State Government to a simple request for CTC of the Report in their custody, even when we have informed them of our readiness to pay the requisite fee for production and certification.

“What does it take to produce and certify the report? It is in the public domain now that the Government has accepted the Report of the Commission of Inquiry by issuance of White Paper and requested our clients to return some money when the Commission did not find them guilty of fraud or embezzlement of any contract sum and it was not found that they have any interest in any Company that they claimed did not execute the projects.” Balogun stated.

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