By Emmanuel Adeniran, Ado Ekiti.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has given his word that he won’t behave like the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who out of hatred towards him abandoned the projects he was unable to complete during his first term in Office between 2010 and 2014. He said he is ready to proof to the people of Ekiti State that his Government is not out for vendetta. As a result of this resolve, he assured Ekiti people that his administration will not abandon projects inherited from the previous administration in the State.
“Dr. Kayode Fayemi dropped this hint while speaking in Afao Ekiti, the home town of Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State on Wednesday during his tour of The Gifted Academy built by the Ayodele Fayose-led administration in the State. Dr. Fayemi stated that though he may not agree with his predecessor on the rationale behind the establishment of some projects, abandoning those projects would amount to wasting the resources of Ekiti State”.
The Governor who re-echoed his administration’s understanding of Governance in “the continuum frame” recalled that he completed virtually all projects left behind by the Engr. Segun Oni-led government in 2010 because they were executed with public funds. He explained that the tour was aimed at having a comprehensive assessment of all projects in the State.
“When I came in as Governor, I completed to the best of my ability virtually all the projects left behind by the Engr. Segun Oni’s administration. It was my Government that completed some of the roads started by Ex- Governor Segun Oni. It was my government that completed Ipoti-Odo, Owa- Ila Orangun, Otun-Osun-Iloro, Isan – Ilemeso roads. We also completed the House of Assembly Complex. It has always been our intention to see governance in a continuum frame”.
“We don’t make discreet compartmentalization of Governance but where we are today, it is inevitable, we have to take a comprehensive look at all projects whether we have the resources to work on them is another matter. The important thing is that these Projects have been funded by Ekiti State money not by a particular Governor who embarked on the project. I may disagree with many of the things put in place by my predecessor but I don’t think it is best to abandon the Projects because if I do, I will be abandoning the resources of the State. And this will not be good for the State considering the lean resources at its disposal”, he said.
“Governor Fayemi noted that it was his administration that facilitated the World Bank support for the funding of the Gifted Academy though the project was executed by Fayose hence the need to ensure that the facility is put to good use”.
“The Governor said though Fayose shut down the Federal Government Girls’ College in Isan Ekiti, a similar project he initiated, he would not embark on any vendetta mission of cancelling the Gifted College since it belongs to Ekiti people and not Fayose”.
His statement equally reads: “The gifted academy which was built by the last administration as a SEPIP project and you may be aware that SEPIP project was what I started and I got the money from the World Bank and we have various DLI’s and those were the basis for giving us the money; you make some things happen and you got the money from the world bank. If you go to the Technical College in Ado Ekiti, that is also a World Bank project. It is good that we have this but it must be put to good use”, the Governor stated.
“We had a similar project in my own community but when the Fayose Government came, he shut the school down, the Federal Government Girls’ College. In fact, before I left Office in 2014, the Principal had been appointed, the Students also had been admitted, the whole place was ready but because it was in my community, Fayose cancelled it just as he attempted to cancel the Agric. Technical College in Isan Ekiti, my hometown. That was probably his fear why he would kept a single student here at The Gifted Academy in his hometown of Afao Ekiti despite that it was not yet academic session. Despite this, I will ensure the School is well developed and not cancelled”.
“My Government will ensure that the process and criteria for admitting Students at The Gifted Academy will be merit – driven and a quality standards that will be set to run it thereby making the School a legacy for the future and generation to come”.
Equally speaking while at Ire Ekiti, Dr. Kayode Fayemi promised to put back in good shape the Ire Burnt Brick factory. He allays the fears of the Ekiti public on the project and urged them to believe in the ability of his government to revive the burnt brick factory by demonstrating in actions that we can make good of our natural endowments productively”.
“He assured that his government would ensure that the factory continues to produce. The Governor lamented the cancellation of the contract for the rehabilitation of Afao-Ire-Ilupeju road by the immediate past government; adding that the new government would provide motorable road that would make the factory accessible. We will continue to do our best to ensure that the brick industry is in its best condition to fulfil the dreams of its founding fathers so that Ire Burnt Brick Fact can continue to produce. It is not for it to be abandoned. The road was awarded before I left and I don’t know what happened to it. Yet you find places that have no commercial value which we are expending huge amount of our resources on. The important thing is that access must be provided to enable the products to get out to the market”, the Governor said.