Fayemi: We’ve delivered on electoral promises despite financial challenges

Fayemi: We’ve delivered on electoral promises despite financial challenges

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday, October 11, said his government had delivered on its promises to the electorates in spite of the financial challenges facing the administration.

Fayemi made the assertion at Town Hall Meetings tagged: “Citizens Engagement Towards Preparation for 2022 Budget”.

The town hall meetings were held in Oye Ekiti (for Ekiti North), Ise Ekiti (for Ekiti South), and Ado Ekiti (for Ekiti Central).

Fayemi said inadequate revenue from the Federation Account, occasioned by the global economic crisis, had imposed enormous challenges on the state finances.

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The governor promised that his administration shall not leave any ongoing project uncompleted or abandoned.

He listed ongoing projects to include the Agro Cargo Airport and key industries attracted through partnerships; with development partners as the government heads towards its terminal point in October 2022.

1st News reported that the meetings afforded stakeholders across communities in the 16 Local Government Areas; and the 19 Local Council Development Areas to submit their requests for inclusion in the budget proposal..

Gov. Fayemi assured that dilapidated roads in Ado Ekiti and other parts of the state would be rehabilitated as soon as the rains cease to bring relief to the people of the state and other road users.

He urged traders and residents of Ado Ekiti, Oye Ekiti, Ikole Ekiti; and other towns to make use of designated markets; and desist from displaying their wares on major highways to avoid loss of lives and goods.

Fayemi explained that Agric Olope Market and other new markets built across the state were products of requests of the people during the previous town hall meetings for inclusion in the past budgets.

He said that his administration did not want incidents of accidents occasioning loss of lives arising from trading on highways that have occurred in some other states to happen in Ekiti.

The governor said the Citizens’ Engagement on Budget had been a major programme of his government since his first tenure.

This, he said, resulted in projects the people demanded and deepened their participation in governance.

Fayemi said the creation of the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) was also one of the major legacies of Citizens’ Engagement; noting that the people demanded the creation of the LCDAs during previous engagements.

“Our administration has delivered on our electoral promises; despite the financial challenges occasioned by lower revenues from the Federation Account.

“The commitment of our administration to openness and fiscal transparency has been acknowledged in a research; conducted by Public and Private Development Centre and Ekiti was ranked second out of 36 States; which were assessed on various indices.

“This endorsement has further fired our resolve to further entrench transparent management of funds.

“I solicit support to build on legacies of this government even beyond our tenure which ends in 2022,” he said.

 

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