Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has restated the commitment
of his administration to invest in the youths in order to encourage
them contribute positively to the economic wellbeing of the state as
well as their individual development.
Dr. Fayemi said the younger generation is an important segment of the
population that must be positively engaged to contribute significantly
to governance and socio-economic development of the state.
Speaking at a forum, tagged “Ekiti Youth Conversation With Mr.
Governor”, held at the Abiodun Adetiloye Hall of the State Trade Fair
Complex, Ado-Ekiti, as part of activities marking the first
anniversary of his administration, Fayemi said his administration was
concerned about job creation and economic empowerment for the youths
hence the various initiatives he had put in place to enhance their
The programme involved youths drawn from different parts of the state,
including serving corps members, students, students union leaders,
young professionals, artisans and members of youth-based
The youths, who filled the hall to the brim, engaged the Governor for
about two-and-half hours with questions on governance, employment,
economy and education, security and other pertinent issues.
The Governor explained that apart from giving out government jobs, his
administration was also attracting investors to boost the state’s
investment profile and create jobs for the youths.
Fayemi disclosed that his administration had just sealed a deal with
Promasidor Limited to revive Ikun Dairy Farm, set up a milk producing
factory among others.
He also revealed that his administration through the Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development was working with Dangote, Coscharis
and Stallion Group Industries Limited to set up a rice mill in the
state to create jobs, adding that the state has a comparative
advantage in rice production.
Besides, Fayemi stated that two cassava processing companies are
setting up shops in the state to absorb cassava produce in the state
and assuring members of the Youth and Commercial Agricultural
He said his administration would not relent in putting in place
incentives that would attract investors to the state.
Fayemi disclosed that Ekiti was the most improved state in the
Federation on the ease of doing business in 2014 before he left office
but plummeted to Number 28 after he left office.
According to him, he would not relent in his effort to return the
state to its leading position on ease of doing business with various
policy frameworks being put in place as well as aggressive investment
To drive the investment agenda, Fayemi disclosed that Ekiti
Development and Investment Promotion Agency (EKDIPA) has just been
established to leverage on the state’s investment potentials to create
Fayemi also said government would create enabling environment for
small and medium enterprises to thrive in a competitive environment.
He urged the youths to key in to various industrial and agriculture
credit facilities including the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme of the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Responding to a question on incessant blackout on the campus of Ekiti
State University, Fayemi said he had entered into discussion with the
Governing Council with a view to solving the problem.
Speaking on the new Law Against Gender Violence, Fayemi said his
administration has made provisions for lengthier jail terms, clinical
castration, naming and shaming of convicts.
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