Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has sworn in newly elected
local government chairmen for the 16 council areas of the State, with
a charge that they must make themselves accessible to the people.

Dr Fayemi who told the new council bosses to prioritize the welfare of
Ekiti people above their personal interest stated that as the people’s
representatives in government, the local government chairmen must make
“far-reaching impacts on the lives of a lot of people”.

The governor urged them to key into the 5 pillar agenda of his
administration which are aimed at eradicating poverty from the State
and deliver the dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

He advised them to familiarize themselves with the Local Government
Administration Laws and Local Government Service Commission Laws of
Ekiti State in order to guide them on the operational activities of
the council.

“As the government at the grassroots, you have to ensure that
people-oriented programmes and projects are made your priorities.
Whilst you should key into the State priorities, I also expect you to
develop your own with your budget estimates with the support of the
Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. In this
regard, I enjoin you all to align with the state government policies
and programmes as boldly and expressly enunciated in our 5-point
agenda of governance, agriculture and rural development, social
investments, knowledge economy and, infrastructure and industrial

“You were chosen by your people because they believe in you. You are
now their representatives in the government and equally the
ambassadors of the government in your respective constituencies and
Local Government Areas. You are therefore enjoined to relate with your
people and make yourselves accessible even more than before”, he said.

Governor Fayemi who reiterated the commitment of his government to
rural development said the inauguration of the new council chairmen
was very auspicious as the State government was poised on executing
many rural development projects as captured in the 2020 budget.

While urging them to be conscious of the prevailing financial
situation in the country, the governor counselled the local government
chairmen to boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in order to
augment their allocations.

“As the closest government to the grassroots, our people are expecting
much from you and you should not fail or disappoint them. The era of
relying solely on allocations for programmes and projects is gone. It
is imperative, therefore, for you to devise sustainable ways of
boosting the IGR of your respective local government areas. You can
achieve this by blocking all leakages and enshrine accountability in
your revenue generation drive”, he said.

On his decision to allow the outgone council bosses elected during the
Fayose-led government to complete their tenure, the governor said his
administration is “resolutely committed to upholding and respecting
rule of law at all times” hence the decision not to scuttle local
government administration or interfere with their funds.

“The inauguration of these chairmen and vice chairmen, today, follows
the tenure expiration of the council elected officials we inherited
from the last administration. Despite the barrage of allegations and
actions against some of the local government elected officials after
their probe by the Ekiti State House of Assembly, as a government, we
adhered strictly to the sanctity of their tenure. They were allowed to
run their full course before the election that produced the new set of
chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors for the sixteen local
government areas of Ekiti State”, Fayemi said.

Dr Fayemi who charged the two new commissioners on creativity and
innovation expressed optimism that the duo would make a huge impact in
the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism
which they are to man.

The two new Commissioners are Mr. Ayoola Owolabi (Finance) and Prof.
Razaq Ojo Bakare (Arts, Culture and Tourism).

While responding on behalf of the newly sworn in chairmen, the
Chairman of Ado local government, Hon (Mrs.) Motunde Fajuyi promised
that the council bosses would key into the rural development programme
of the government and make positive impact on the lives of the people.

Fajuyi said Fayemi’s decision to allow a local government election to
hold was a demonstration that he was irrevocably committed to
deepening democracy

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