Fayemi Remains Ekiti Best Governor– Aribasoye
Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has been described as the best governor the state has ever produced, in view of his cummulative performances index since 2010.
A lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Honourable Adeoye Aribasoye, said this and accused the immediate past administration in the state of despising human capital development.
The lawmaker stated this in a statement congratulating Governor Fayemi, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the people of the state in the third year anniversary of the present administration in the state.
Aribasoye particularly said former Governor Ayodele Fayose was insensitive the human capital development by owing over eight months of workers’ salaries during his administration.
He said politics aside, Governor Fayemi has succeeded in restoring Ekiti values of integrity, industry, honour, honesty and scholarship it was known for since pre-colonial days.
Aribasoye said Fayemi’s outstanding and sterling qualities in governance are reflective some novel actions taken by his administration, including the Social Security Scheme for the elderly and domestication of the Gender-Based Violence Prohibition Laws.
He said: “If you dissect Ekiti’s developmental strides since the advent of democracy in 1999, Governor Fayemi towers above others that had ever ruled Ekiti in terms of performances and commitment to human Capital development.
“When Governor Fayemi came in 2010, he initiated the Social Security Scheme where 25,000 poor elders got N5,000 monthly stipend and the programme still gulps N100 million monthly from the allocation. Governor Fayemi also introduced food banks, village kitchens and various empowerments for this group.
“Governor Fayemi was the first governor to domesticate the GBV Law in the country, thereby reducing incidences of rape, defilement, child slavery and all forms of gender molestations. The law had also facilitated the jailing of many rape offenders in the state.
“In a bid to shore up the internally generated revenue of this state, Governor Fayemi built the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, revamped Ikun Dairy farm with $5m in partnership with Promasidor Company that will produce 10,000 litres of milk daily, Ire Burnt Brick now functional and many other initiatives that have increased the IGR from N490m to about one billion naira monthly.
“In the area of education, Governor Fayemi canceled tuition fees in all primary and secondary schools and introduced free education up to secondary school level. He also built four model schools in Ado Ekiti with a promise to build five more. This initiative has increased school enrolment by 90 per cent.
“Most memorable is good governance Governor Fayemi has brought to Ekiti. Our workers are no longer beggarly the way they were under the immediate past government.
“Salaries are now being paid as and when due. Before Fayemi came on board in 2018, workers and pensioners are owed between five and eight months arrears.
“The airport project that would also expose Ekiti to further and better investment is now being undertaken and would be completed soon to expose the state to further national and international business opportunities.”
Aribasoye lauded Fayemi’s achievement in youth empowerment and encouragement in agriculture, where he said over 2,000 youths are being encouraged in commercial farming, thereby gradually making Ekiti to attain food security.
The lawmaker added that the governor has completed the Civic Centre at Fajuyi area that would serve as rendezvous for youth to exchange profitable ideas, receive vocational trainings, skills and get exposed to act of role modeling.
Despite the parlous and debilitating economic situation across the country, Aribasoye said Fayemi is presently tarring about 10 major roads in Ekiti, such as Agbado-Ode-Omuo, Ilupeju-Ire-Ijan, Ise-Ikere, Aramoko-Erinjiyan, Oye-Ayede-Isan-Iye and the dualisation of the new Ado-Iyin Road.
“Recently, Governor Fayemi flagged off the completion of the dualisation of the 14-kilometre Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road that started over a decade ago,” he said.
Aribasoye therefore boasted that the APC would triumph in the 2022 elections in the state with a wide margin, saying the performance of the party would serve as a springboard for any candidate picked by the party.
“It is going to be a walk over for the APC, though we will work hard; we won’t take the people for granted. The job will be easier because Governor Kayode Fayemi has touched every facet and stratum of the economy,” he said.
He also assured all the intending aspirants that the party leadership, under Governor Fayemi, would allow a free, fair and credible primary, like it did in the 2018 and 2019 elections.