2021 budget: Fayemi meets Ekiti community leaders at town hall meetings

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• Promises all-round grassroots development
• To build one healthcare centre per ward

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has assured the Ekiti people of
his administration’s commitment to all-round development of the state
with particular focus on the health sector as it commenced activities
marking its second anniversary on Monday. .
The Governor said the 2021 budget would focus more on health care
delivery assuring that the government would establish at least one
health facility in each of the 177 political wards of the state.
Dr Fayemi, who stated this on Monday during his town hall meetings
with the citizens of the state in the three senatorial districts-
North, South and Central, as part of preparation for the 2021 budget,
recalled that the effort had become an annual ritual since his first
term in office aimed at ensuring community participation in budget
preparation.
The event, which coincided with the commencement of the second year
anniversary of the governor had all the communities present their
needs by their selected representatives according to their priorities
at the meetings which held in Ikole, Ikere and Ado-Ekiti..
The Governor noted that his administration was irrevocably committed
to participatory and all-inclusive government and budgeting adding
that the purpose of the meeting was to interact with the
representative of various towns and communities to articulate the
needs of the communities for inclusion in the 2021 annual budget.
“This town hall meeting, which is in consonance with our agenda of
good governance, is in fulfilment of the requirement of our government
and requirement of our budget preparation. It also conforms to the
objectives of open government partnership which I recently inaugurated
in Ekiti state. It is heartwarming to note that Ekiti State is the
first state in the southwest to subscribe to the open government
partnership.
“The import is clearly to demonstrate that good governance cannot
happen if we did not listen to the genuine yearnings of our grassroots
and it is our duty to promote accountability and transparency in our
dear state. It is common knowledge that we have limited resources at
our disposal; however, inadequate resources should not hinder us from
delivering on our electioneering promises to our people.
“This budget is going to be more health compliant than any other
thing, you will witness in 2021, a comprehensive completion of
rehabilitation of all our General Hospitals in the state. You will
recall that I started the reconstruction and rehabilitation of General
Hospitals, State Specialists Hospital during my first term in office,
some of that work was not completed, unfortunately the government that
took over left them at the point we got to and some of the works that
we’ve done in those hospitals have even deteriorated. So we need to
start from scratch in many cases and no local government would lose
out in the process.” Dr Fayemi explained.
The governor also reviewed the performance of the 2020 budget and
noted that the budget of N124, 724, 869,355.95 had to be slashed due
to global outbreak of coronavirus pandemic lockdown to N91 Billion. He
said this was done to meet the state’s economic reality which now
accorded priority to critical sectors of the state, which included
healthcare delivery, agricultural and rural development and
infrastructure development in response to the pandemic and to
reposition the economy of the state.
While promising the communities that their demands would be addressed
and the basic one included into the budget, Dr Fayemi assured the
people that water rehabilitation initiative which had so far covered
Ero and Egbe Dams would be extended to Itapaji dam in 2021 to support
the agriculture processing zone that cut across the three senatorial
districts adding that the water from the dams would also serve the
purpose of irrigation.
Dr Fayemi however promised to take the community rural project more
serious while preparing the 2021 budget adding that government had
expanded the scope of the community and rural development so as to
increase government presence in all the communities.
He used the opportunity to remind the people that Health Insurance
scheme had already kick start and the most vulnerable people must
avail themselves of the opportunity by key in to it.
The governor further promised the people that his government would not
only embark on aggressive personnel recruitment drive in all the
health facilities but would also ensure that such facilities were well
equipped for effective service delivery.
He stated further, “And as you may be aware, our health insurance
scheme has started, I do not think all of our people are utilizing
this effort yet, maybe on our part, we need to do more sensitization
but on the part of the communities too, we need to alert our people
that health insurance is now available at least for the most
vulnerable segment of our population and this is our way of ensuring
we continue with our free healthcare programme for those that are
entitled to this in our state.
“We would put personnel there, we would ensure there is electricity
there, we would ensure there is water there and ensure that there are
drugs at any point in time that you visit that one primary health
centre in our wards. We are also recruiting more health personnel at
the primary healthcare level as well as well as the secondary
healthcare level to attend to the yearnings of our people.
Earlier, the commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Femi
Ajayi noted that the approach of community participation in budget
preparation has stimulated confidence of the people on the government.
The commissioner noted that the meeting would afford the grassroots
people opportunity to interact with the governor and present the needs
of their community for consideration in the annual budget.
The representatives of the people comprising the traditional rulers
used the opportunity to commend Dr Fayemi for his efforts aimed at
repositioning the various sectors of the economy.
Highlights of the requests of the community include reinvigoration and
strengthening of agricultural development projects; township and
inter-community roads rehabilitation to ease transportation of farm
produce to the markets, improved healthcare services; neighbourhood
markets; provision of pipe borne water and electricity; and ecological
problems among others.

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