The Ekiti State Government has said that it will sanction any chairman in the 16 local government areas that deviates from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (2014-2016 budget implementation).
The state Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr. Paul Omotoso, in an address in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Saturday, said the MTEF was aimed at promoting development through healthy partnership.
Describing MTEF as a policy direction for executing government projects and programmes, he said change in government would not affect its operation.
The Commissioner said, “It will be difficult to deviate from the policy because it is directly attached with budget implementation at the grass roots so that the Councils can operate in line with the policies of the state government with the aim of bringing development to the doorsteps of our people.
“Any Budget being operated at the councils must take its contents from MTEF before it can be approved by the House of Assembly. Any deviation will carry very serious sanction because the Kayode Fayemi-led government doesn’t joke with the development and due process”.
Last week, while presenting the document in Ado Ekiti, the deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, said the projects under the MTEF plan were identified by various communities in the state in order of priority.