Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that
arrangements are on top gear to attract a sum of $100 million from
development partners in aid of critical infrastructures.
Fayemi said some development partners have visited the state on how
best they can collaborate with his administration in the areas of
investment and economic empowerment for the people of the state.
The Governor disclosed this while rendering account of his stewardship
and receiving feedback with chairmen and secretaries of community
development associations and town unions in his hometown, Isan Ekiti.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi said
his administration has injected some valuable inputs into the system
to make Ekiti marketable to local and foreign investors.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy
Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, revealed that the community leaders at the
forum hailed Fayemi for touching every nook and cranny of the state
with visible projects that have made life easier for residents.
The Governor disclosed that from the beginning of year 2020, the state
will witness massive construction of rural roads in a bid to tackle
one of the problems militating against agriculture and rural
development, one of the five pillars of his administration.
Fayemi told the elated representatives of communities that a total of
1,000 kilometres of rural roads will either be reconstructed or
rehabilitated while dredging of waterways for erosion control is
The 2020 fiscal year, the Governor added, will witness renovation of
all public schools to engender more conducive teaching and learning
environment for pupils and teachers while grants were recently
approved for the schools.
While restating the commitment of his administration towards providing
an enabling environment for socio-economic development, Fayemi
appealed to community leaders to always release land for prospective
investors who want to use it for either industrial or agricultural
The Governor revealed that some of the community initiated and
self-help projects abandoned by the last administration has been given
attention with some completed and commissioned for use.
Fayemi explained that the State had witnessed the commissioning of 36
(thirty six) projects through the support of the World Bank with an
affirmation to complete all other projects within the allotted scope
The Governor used the opportunity to give account of his investment
drive within and outside the country which are yielding fruits in
agriculture, industrialisation and other key sectors of the state’s
He said: “On the economic situation of the State, this administration
has taken pragmatic approach by engaging and partnering development
agencies and multinational organisations with a view to getting them
to invest in our State.
“To boost our infrastructure development, efforts are in top gear to
attract a sum of $100 million to be invested in some critical
infrastructures that are important to the acceleration of the
socioeconomic development of our dear state.
“For example Promasidor has taken over Ikun Dairy Farm, and this is
expected to provide jobs for our youths, improve our internally
generated revenue and enhance the socio-economic standard of our
“To realising our dream of optimising the full potential of our
relationship with development partners, we have paid huge counterpart
funds to many agencies, which has culminated to tremendous support
that we have received, while others are under processing for Ekiti
Fayemi highlighted abolition of taxes on education, free health for
the aged and vulnerable children, regular payment of salaries,
subventions and pensions, building workers capacity, reduced backlog
of gratuities as part of his achievements in the last one year.
Others included the recruitment process to fill vacancies into the
Civil Service, Teaching Service Commission and Board for Technical
Schools, reintroduction of elderly monthly allowance tagged “Owo
Arugbo” with the addition of “Ounje Arugbo” an initiative of the wife
of the Governor Erelu Bisi Fayemi aimed at feeding the elderly, among
Fayemi, while soliciting for continuous cooperation on how to boost
the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State, assured that his
administration would continue to invest in participatory governance,
social investments, knowledge economy, Agricultural and rural
development, and infrastructural and industrial development to move
the State forward.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community
Development in the State, Prof Adio Folayan explained that the forum
was to give room for discussion on issues bothering on the development
of the State.
The Commissioner commended Fayemi for running an open and transparent
administration by creating an avenue where community leaders can
directly relate with Governor and ‘hear about the journey so far from
Folayan described the forum as the “beauty and benefit of democratic
system to have a platform where leaders of communities will freely
share their views with the Government without any fear of molestation.
He said Fayemi is committed to working assiduously round the clock to
make sure that Ekiti is better than he met it and providing enabling
environment for business to thrive and engagement of international
organisations to assist the state.