Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has assured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment to accountability and transparency in all its activities.
Fayemi who made this known at a stakeholders’ consultative forum in preparation for 2019 budget promised a broad-based policy and programmes development.
He said the forum was the aftermath of the extensive consultations that were held in the three Senatorial Districts of the state which gave opportunity to assess the level of infrastructural and social development required to lift the people out of poverty.
His words: “This forum is designed to kick-start the statutory activities that are critical to the development of Ekiti State’s budget for the year 2019. Feedback from this forum would influence the governance priorities that would be reflected in the budget, and is in line with our participatory budgeting model which we established since our first tenure in office.
“Our administration remains committed to the principle of transparency, accountability, and broad-based inclusion in policy and programme development, which is why today’s event is a very important step towards the development of an inclusive budget that leaves nobody behind”.
The Governor said he had personally conducted inspection of all abandoned projects in the state to ascertain their viability and also concluded executive briefings from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to afford government the opportunity to address the various challenges facing them.
He assured the people that his government would complete all the abandoned projects before embarking on new ones adding that all communities would be carried along in the scheme of things.
While expressing the fact that government resources were not unlimited, the governor stressed the need to embark on aggressive revenue drive that would bring more money to the coffers of government to achieve all these laudable programmes in record time.
“One of the painful things that I witnessed during the tour was the abandonment of many projects that our government supported when we were in office. The palaces being constructed, the civic centres, the community health centres, 5kilometer roads, so many of them. We discovered that many of these projects have been where we left them in 2014.
“I know that we are going to receive a long wish list today, yes, but you also know that government resources are not unlimited, so we have a duty, all of us to also focus on this discussion today on how do we generate more revenue for our state and the revenue that is generated, how do we ensure that it is properly accounted for both at the local and state levels, this is our collective responsibilities, the resources is our common wealth and we ought to do everything to grow it and utilise it for the good of all in Ekiti state.” He asserted.
Fayemi promised to reinvigorate the social security scheme and other welfare packages for the people in addition to strenghtening the free healthcare and free education programmes.