Government of Ekiti State, Success or Failure? by Segun Dada
“Ile iyi, ile eye” these were the first characters that were drawn into my attention as I alighted at the Fajuyi car park which was said to be the last bustop for all passengers coming from lagos.
I made sure the next friend I met would explain what those words mean and why they were being used as symbols of the government. I never got these answers, because the next few days became pretty busy ones for me.
My mother hails from Ijesa-isu, Ikole local government of Ekiti state. The last time I visited the town was around four years ago. 2008 to be specific for my grand mother’s burial ceremony and the inconveniences that characterized our journey from lagos were the bad roads, they were so bad that we spent more than nine hours from lagos to our destination. Although we were quickly consoled by my maternal family with pounded yam, bushmeat and fresh palmwine. The thought of treading those bad roads on the way back to Lagos haunted my soul.
As I made my way to Ekiti again four years later, I braced myself for the pain, the agony and inconveniences that come with bad roads. But alas, I was utterly disappointed. Within hours of leaving lagos, I was seeing billboards of “welcome to this ekiti” “welcome to that ekiti” and it became apparent that something good was going on in ekiti. I later found out, that Serious road rehabilitation was going on in most part of the state and as I progressed into Ekiti, I decided to go on a fact finding mission personally and write about my findings. I will categorize my findings into three important parts.
1. Infrastructural development.
2. The Tourism corridor
I found out that The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi had paid compensation to owners of affected structures that were to be demolished in Ado-ekiti and gave them a 21-day ultimatum to quit the properties so as to pave way for dual carriageway on major roads. From Ijigbo-Baptist secondary school-Ilawe road to Ojumose –Fajuyi-Basiri-Police Headquarters road, Fajuyi-Teaching Hospital road and Old Garage-Ikere roads were being rehabilitated and reconstructed. The State capital was one big construction site!
I reached out to my friends on social media who hailed from Ekiti and they warned me that Ado-ekiti wasn’t the only part of Ekiti that existed. So I found myself a driver and went on a fact-finding mission myself.
My fact-finding mission took me from ado-ekiti to illupeju, aramoko, otun ekiti, osun ekiti, efon alaye, ikole ekiti, usi-ekiti, okemesi-ekiti, ijero ekiti, Ifaki-ekiti and all the other ekiti(s) and I found out that there were also serious road rehabilitation going on in this parts. Due to my closeness to civil engineers in the past, I had a little knowledge of how roads are laid. From the road-testing to the grading, to the stone-base to the laying of the first layer of asphalt and the second. All this were what the contractors were doing. It was enormous work but I was glad to see government officials who came in periodically to check on the contractors and this showed that these projects were truly monitored.
The Iworoko-Ifaki road particularly raised questions from me because the state of the road was pitiable. I asked questions from the government officials I met who tried to explain how the previous administration of Segun Oni paid 5.2billion naira to a contractor for the construction of a dual carriageway all the way from Iworoko to Ifaki Ekiti who only graded the road and left it. He later explained that they were in talks with the contractor to continue working on the road. Apart from the Iworoko-Ifaki road and the Ijero roads, almost every other road in ekiti state has been touched or is under-construction.
I also found out that the local governments in Ekiti state have been charged by the state government to provide about 5km of roads each in their respective local governments which is also a laudable achievement in my humble opinion.
1(ii) Renovation of 100 state-owned government secondary school:-
In the course of my mission, I found out the Kayode-Fayemi led government has began the renovation of 100 state-owned secondary schools which is actually said to be the first phase. I also found out that the school my mum attended (Ipoti-grammar school) was among the schools being renovated.
The Warm Springs at Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State is one tourist attraction that has over the years remained largely untapped. Despite the fact that the tourist attraction, which has remained largely a mystery, is known to be one of the best tourists’ appeal and if properly managed, could net Ekiti state billions of naira in revenue every year. And also provide employment opportunities for youths in the Efon-Okemesi-Ikogosi-Ipole and Iloro tourism corridor.
I found out that the chalets in the Ikogosi warm spring were being renovated and rehabilitated. I also found out that the administration of Kayode Fayemi pledged to make the tourism corridor an attractive destination for relaxation and holidays by building a heliport, world class hotel and accommodation facilities thus developing the Efon, Okemesi, Ikogosi, Ipole Iloro tourism axis.
I also found out that the 1st phase of the rehabilitation of the resort tagged “Redevelopment and Reestablishment of Structures“was being carried out by Casa Nig. Ltd. and closely monitored by the State Tourism Board which is also very commendable and I was very impressed when the government of ekiti state decided to partner with investors to make the project a reality.
Something strikes me about the present government of ekiti state. And it is the humility of the political appointees and public office holders in the state. I found out that the use of sirens and convoy was not rampant in ekiti state. In my “waka-waka” to the ekiti state stadium, I saw a football match between the political appointees and the media people in the state. It was fun to see commissioners and special advisers playing the hard game of football and there were no securities, convoys, sirens or secret service. This humility made me happy, nlike in most parts where political appointees couldn’t mix with the “common people”.
I also found out that by September this year, the governor will go on tour all over the state, meeting with all citizens of the state in their different wards and giving them reports of his stewardship at two years of being elected and also to hear there thoughts and take advice and know there problems. I hereby state categorically that even though there is no government in the world that is 100% perfect. I wish to state that the administration of Kayode Fayemi is performing and is making most people in the state happy.
This is just my opinion of issues and these facts are verifiable.
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