COVID-19 won’t affect salary payment – Fayemi
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has assured the people of the state that the current economic challenges occasioned by the outbreak of Coronavirus, in the country would not stop salary payment and completion of legacy projects and other developmental initiatives in the state.
Fayemi gave the assurance at the Civil Centre complex in Ado Ekiti, during an inspection of some building and road projects in the state.
The governor also inspected facilities at the state’s isolation centre in Ado- Ekiti where he interacted with some health workers on duty.
Fayemi said the enormous pressure on the finances of the state would not cause projects to be abandoned as stipulated in the state’s Transition law.
He explained that the current priority of his administration in the face of the current economic situation is to maintain recurrent expenditure, particularly in relation to salaries of workers, which he said remained a top priority.
Reiterating the commitment of his administration to the completion of the projects, Fayemi said, “these are legacy projects and we are not going to leave them abandoned. Don’t forget that we have a law now in Ekiti, that “says you can not abandon a project as a government.”
The governor, expressed satisfaction over the pace at which the contractors were working, adding that they have exhibited commitment to delivering the projects within the time frame given to them by the state government.
Speaking on the Civic Centre, Fayemi revealed that the contractor handling the project had made significant progress since his last visit to the site, assuming that the work would be completed by May.
He, thereafter disclosed that the abandoned phase 5 lots 1&2 of the Secretariat building would be completed by August, this year.
He said, “in all the other places that I have been to work is progressing well. The buildings at the Secretariat are still on course for completion, by August 2020
He also revealed that the new Ado-Iyin road which was expected to be completed by April, 2021, has been opened up to Iyin axis, with majority of the rocks blasted and asphalt laid on about two kilometers part of the road, adding that enumeration of the work would soon start.
The governor, accompanied by the State Commissioner for Works, Mr Sola Adebayo, his counterpart, Information, Aare Olumuyiwa and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mr Sunday Adumo including other top government officials also visited the Aramoko Erinjiyan road, the newly constructed Erio bridge, ongoing Water reservoir at Fajuyi in Ado Ekiti and drainage work at the Oba Adejuyigbe Hospital.