Contractors working with the Ekiti State Government have denied the allegation that they were behind the secret petitions leading to the freezing of the operational accounts of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The group under the auspices of Ekiti SUBEB Contractors Association, said though the board was hugely indebted to members on contracts executed, but insisted that would not influence their decision to petition the anti graft agency. Acting on a petition a few weeks back, operatives of the EFCC, had placed restriction order on SUBEB accounts to allow for investigation over allegation of breach of regulations guiding the board. The development had allegedly fuelled insinuation that the contractors handling some projects and who have not been paid or mobilised by SUBEB were responsible for the petition.
Speaking with journalists yesterday, the Chairman of the association, Mr. Adeleye Bankole, clarified that his members could not have been responsible for the petitition written against the board citing alleged cases of violation of financial regulations in its operations. Bankole said regrettably, his members are the greatest victims of the EFCC’s accounts closure order, saying the directive to various banks transacting businesses with SUBEB, had hindered payments on projects executed.