Fayemi Commences Thank-You Tour Of 35 Councils… To Mark End Of Tenure
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, will on Monday commence a Thank-You Tour to all the 16 Local Government Areas and 19 Local Council Development Areas of the state to kick-start activities marking the fourth anniversary of his administration.
No fewer than 60 projects including the legacy projects scattered in the 35 council areas would be commissioned by the Governor during the two week tour. Others are water, roads hospitals and community empowerment projects.
Some of the legacy projects to be commissioned to mark the fourth anniversary of the Fayemi administration include the new Government House; the 12,000 seater Ekiti Parapo Square (the State Pavilion), the Oba Adejugbe Hospital and the College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture. The pilot irrigation project sponsored by the three serving senators in the state would also be commissioned.
Other highlights of the fourth anniversary celebration which will climax in the handing over of power and inauguration of a new government on October 16th., include book presentation, thanksgiving service and launch of a new housing scheme.
Addressing a news conference on the activities lined up to mark the fourth anniversary and end of tenure of the Fayemi administration at the weekend, the Chair of the Media and Publicity Committee Mr. Yemi Adaramodu, said the Thank-You Tour will commence at Ilejemeje council area on Monday.
Adaramodu said that some eminent Nigerians have been invited to be part of the fourth anniversary celebration with the theme: “Celebrating a Legacy of Honour and Service”. He described out going government as a “purposeful administration that has fulfilled the mandate given to it by the people”.
Adaramodu explained that the purpose of the tour was to appreciate the people of the state for their unalloyed support for the government in the last four years.
He explained that the administration has succeeded in delivering on its promises as evidenced in various policies, programmes and projects executed to the benefit of the people of the state.
The governor’s aide noted that the Fayemi administration has been working tirelessly till its last days in office in delivering dividends of democracy to the people in fulfilment of the mandate given to it by the electorate.
He stressed that the administration has laid a solid foundation for the rapid development of Ekiti State which he described as one of the safest places to live and do business and a remarkable departure from what obtained some years ago “when the state was notorious for being a state of one week, one trouble”.
He said, “All that the administration has done in the last four years had been envisioned. They are all contained in the inaugural speech of the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi during his inauguration on October 16th, 2010.
“Through the space of four years, the administration has been able-through self-denial, perseverance and prudent management of scarce resources turned around a seemingly hopeless situation for better.
“Ekiti today is now an investment haven, a tourist destination of choice, the toast of development partners and a reference point in good and responsive governance because we have confronted headlong the critical questions of development and stagnation.
“The policies of the administration are carefully woven for the utmost good of the citizens. We therefore salute our people for their cooperation.
“It is also gratifying to note that the sacrifice of the early years has paid off as we all can boast of a better state where we have peace, progress and prosperity”.
Adaramodu explained that Fayemi has raised the bar of governance with life-changing policies which have added value to the people of the state by improving their standard of living.
He urged residents of the state to troop out in large numbers to receive the Governor in their respective council areas to celebrate good governance and transformation of the state in the last four years.
Adaramodu dismissed the notion that the government is not sensitive to the plight of workers who have not received their salaries by going ahead with the anniversary celebration.
He used the opportunity to clarify that there was no budget earmarked to mark the fourth anniversary as being insinuated in some quarters noting that the cash crunch being experienced in the state was occasioned by late release of allocations.
Adaramodu revealed that political office holders and civil servants had not received their salaries because the arrangement in which the state government receive facilities from its banks to pay salaries of workers has been stopped by a letter written to the banks by the opposition not to make credit facilities available to the outgoing government.
He however assured that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that the payment is done on time.
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