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Fayemi: Ekiti will know true position of things in 100 days
KAYODE Fayemi, the new governor of Ekiti State said on Tuesday during his inauguration that Ekiti would know the true position of things in 100 days.
This was contained in the speech read at his swearing-in celebration at Ado- Ekiti, the state capital.
Fayemi said, “We will ensure that within 100 days from today, Ekiti Kete will know the true position of things.”
According to the governor, Ekiti state’s debt profile has ballooned to over N170 billion which was expended on white elephant project.
Fayemi said his administration’s four pillars through which he would deliver his promises to the people would be agriculture and rural development, social investment, infrastructure and industrial development, and knowledge economy.
He welcomed the Ekiti people to a new era and emphasised his readiness to reclaim the state to achieve greater heights.
While blaming the past administration led by Ayodele Fayose for reducing the reputation of the state, he said Ekiti has become “a pot of jokes due to the crashing in the ethics field, loquacious ignorance and ravenous corruption done in the past administration.”
Fayemi said his government would thoroughly review all documents and widely disseminate the present state of affairs for all to see what has become of the state. He promised to seek out the truth and present it to the people.
He, however, added that his comeback was not a revenge mission but a healing balm to the painful wound of the past administration. The governor said he is committed to promoting sustainable development goals, and transform the state in the areas of agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, and education.
In furtherance of his commitment to jobs and wealth creation, Fayemi said he would revisit the abandoned projects which included the road network, tourism project and to take on new infrastructure projects in advancing the economic growth of the state.
In order to achieve sustainable food security and foster agro-based industrial development for poverty alleviation, Fayemi said, the approach must change from the current focus on farming, and agriculture as a social service to a commercial and private sector driven agribusiness.
He assured the people of Ekiti that he would not sacrifice prompt payment of salary for indulgence in pursuance of projects of minimum benefits to people.
He noted that quality health care is important to the people especially the aged, and called on residents to join hands with him in achieving the goal.
“Delivering qualitative health care is our priority and we will re-equip our hospitals and their functionalities so as to attend to the need of our people.”
He promised to pay workers’ salaries and the social security benefit to the elderly.
Born on February 1969 in Isan-Ekiti of Oye Local Government, Fayemi had previously held the governorship position between 2010 and 2014. He contested for a second term in 2014 but lost to Ayodele Fayose of Peoples Democratic Party. Fayemi resigned as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development in May 2018 after he became the APC candidate for the governorship election which he won.