Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that his administration has completed and commissioned over 1,000 projects in all parts of the state in the last three years.
Fayemi made this known on Friday while delivering the State of the State Address at the hallowed chambers of the House of Assembly, as part of activities marking the third anniversary of his administration.
Fayemi, who said he was satisfied that things are getting better in the state, also pledged to keep on working till the very last day of his administration, adding that all the ongoing projects would be completed within the remaining one year of his tenure.
The governor used the opportunity of the session, which was attended by top government functionaries, members of the State Executive Council and State Assembly, as well as traditional rulers, to appeal for peace ahead of the 2022 governorship election, stressing that “no position is worth the blood of anybody.”
He also counselled politicians aspiring for the Office of the Governor in the run-up to next year’s election to avoid politics of bitterness and be conscious of the fact that “God is the only one that can choose a leader.”
In a sector by sector analysis, the governor gave account of his stewardship in the last three years and noted that “the job is not done yet even if a lot has been achieved.”
Keeping the lawmakers and distinguished personalities up to speed on the level of work done and a projection to what to expect in the next one year, Fayemi announced that his administration has just secured a $250,000 funding from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) for the feasibility study of the Ekiti Knowledge Zone.
The governor also revealed that work has started on Ekiti Smart-City Project with the Integration of Huawei Safe City IP-Surveillance Solution, with the Nigeria Communications Commission Emergency Communication Centre coming on stream to secure the state and make it more business-friendly for residents and investors. He assured that the project would be completed in a record time.
He said: “The temptation is to see a government in its final year as a lame duck government. Let me assure that this government is determined to work for the people to the very last day of our mandate. The job is not yet done, even if a lot has been achieved. I enjoin you all to keep supporting us, the journey of the fourth year has just begun with the rendering of the account of stewardship of the third year.
“The next one year will be used to complete everything we started three years ago. You will recall that I assured you that there would be no abandoned projects. God has helped us to keep and fulfil this promise so far, but there are still many rivers of development to cross.
“I am using this opportunity to reiterate to you Ekiti-Kete, that there will be no unfinished project under my watch. I know this is a huge task considering the ongoing massive projects across the state, nonetheless, we are determined to finish well.The fourth year is also a year of elections, in which my successor in office will be elected.
“I urge you all to play by the rules and avoid politics of bitterness. No position is worth the blood of anybody. I therefore implore aspiring governors to be conscious of the fact that God is the only one that can choose a leader. Therefore, we should put God first in whatever we do. May the wish of God prevail in our dear state and nation.”
Speaking on infrastructure, he said: “We are therefore making huge investments in this critical sector with a view to returning Ekiti to its rightful place within the comity of states.
“This is because, for any economy to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining, it needs industrial revolution, and this can only be attained with the needed infrastructure development. Infrastructure does not only make lives a lot easier for the people, but it also facilitates ease of doing business and gives high returns on investment.
“As a government we are leaving no stone unturned in this regard. We started by taking account of all abandoned projects that we inherited, mapped out plans for their resuscitation, and I am glad to report today that most of the abandoned projects have been completed while the remaining few are in various stages of completion now.
“It gladdens my heart to also report here that we we have completed and commissioned over 1,000 new projects within the three years of this administration while some are still ongoing and new ones are being introduced.
In his welcome address, the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, lauded the governor for touching all sectors of the economy in bettering the lots of the people of the state.
According to the Speaker, the achievements recorded under Fayemi’s watch in the last three years across all the sectors are “too visible to be ignored by any morbid critic,” in spite of the lean resources available to the administration.
Afuye described the governor as an uncommon leader who has committed so much to give Ekiti the best and ensure that the wheel of governance moves on and meet the needs of the people despite the financial challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic and other fiscal problems.
He noted that Fayemi, had in the last three years, pursued “the divine mandate” with zeal and vigour, making Ekiti “a place where people can thrive and live their lives with dignity,” adding “we are all now proud as Ekiti citizens.”
“You have been consistent in the payment of salaries as at when due. Capacity building of the workers is at the front burner to enhance their productivity. Decayed and dilapidated infrastructures of the past are being given desired facelift.
“Ekiti People are being mobilised through various empowerment programmes and wholesome environment to use their God given talents to promote sustainable development,” Afuye said.
The Speaker assured the governor of the sustainance of the existing cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature, promising to remain committed to translating the policy initiatives of the administration into enduring legacies through legislations for the good of the people.
Fayemi instituted the State of the State Address at the House of Assembly every year as a stewardship and accountability interface with the representatives of the people and is usually part of the anniversary of the administration.