Three years of Fayemi’s Midas touch in Ekiti -GCFRNG

Three years of Fayemi’s Midas touch in Ekiti -GCFRNG

It has been three years since Dr. John Kayode Fayemi was sworn in for the second term after a four-year interregnum. When he came on board on October 16, 2018, the state was in a state of utter despair and despondency.

Government policies and programs were non-existent as the then administration had elevated theatricality, deception, and demagogy to an industrial complex level, while schools, hospitals, infrastructure, and other critical government functions were in total shambles. As at that time, the government could not meet the slightest of its obligations to its workers by regularly paying the monthly salary and other emoluments.

Public works and maintenance were downhill. The previous government was only able to build an airlift mainly as a chest blow project rather than as a priority project for the state. While the airlift itself was not entirely without reason, many believed that such a hugely expensive project was not the best at a time when the state owed seven months of unpaid wages and pensions.

So when JKF took office on October 16, 2018, his job was cut off for him. He made a promise to guarantee the timely payment of wages and pensions to workers. He has never failed to keep this promise. Despite the combined effect of COVID-19 and the inevitable global recession that followed, he has developed different coping mechanisms, including drastically reducing the salaries of political appointees, to ensure that workers are never owed their wages.

The government has also hired workers to fill existing vacancies, while the promotion exercise that had been embargoed prior to his return has become a routine exercise when due.

There is no doubt that the JKF administration has continued to faithfully implement its policies, programs and projects aimed at achieving the five pillars of the administration that clearly address the issues around the socioeconomic development of the state in a comprehensive and integrated manner.

For example, governance, which is the first pillar and mainframe of government functionality, has taken a positive direction since 2018. Consequently, service delivery has received a boost in terms of speedy delivery and cost-effectiveness.

Clear evidence of the seriousness with which the Fayemi administration treats good governance can be seen in the tremendous improvement in transparency and ease of doing business indices that have placed the state among the best in Nigeria. Recently, the state was awarded as the second most transparent state in public procurement and financing.

The state has also skyrocketed in the mileage of the Indicators linked to the disbursements of the SFTAS scheme, supported by the World Bank and the FGN.

Not surprisingly, despite very low cumulative revenue for the state, it has remained a front-line state in school enrollment, public health coverage, social security, gender equality, ease of doing business, and social services. Ekiti has the highest life expectancy in Nigeria, the fewest children out of school, and the best social investment strategy.

Things were never like this, in fact they were in reverse order before the arrival of JKF 2.0. Similarly, the administration has performed well in infrastructure development with the completion of a number of critical highways such as the Oye-Iye-Otun, Aromoko-Erinjiyan-Ikogosi, Agbado-Ode-Isinbode-Omuo, New Ado highway. -Iyin, Ilawe -Igbaraoke and Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo-Ijan.

The government has also started work on the rehabilitation of the Ado-Ifaki road and the rehabilitation of the Ikole municipality road. The administration is also in the process of awarding the contract for the massive rehabilitation of Ado-Ekiti metropolitan roads after the current rainy season.

The government has fulfilled the Oja Oba market in Erekesan, has completed the magnificent Ekiti Convention and Civic Center, which is a multipurpose structure that houses shopping malls, cultural center, cinemas, amphitheater, library, museums, lounges and others.

It is arguably the largest state infrastructure in all of southwestern Nigeria and one of the first five such buildings in Nigeria. The first edition of the Fountain Economic and Development Summit chaired by the vice president, Professor YemiOsinbajo, took place in the amazement of architecture on October 14, 2021.

The government has also handed over the headquarters of Nigeria’s largest water corporation and carried out a total overhaul of three large water dams in Ero, Egbe and Ujere with the installation of power sources, main pipelines and crosslinking of hundreds kilometers of pipelines to cities and towns in approximately ten local state governments.

In education in compliance with the government’s general objectives policy to develop labor needs in agriculture, science and technology, the administration has established the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, Isan-Ekiti and the University of Education, Science and Technology BamideleOlumilua, Ikere-Ekiti. The technical schools that until then were in a coma have come back to life with an increase in enrollment in technical schools.

In an effort to expand access to secondary education, especially to promote increased enrollment in public elementary schools due to improvement and incentives for pupils through the school feeding program, the government has built five new universities model and has started another set of three. model schools in the three senatorial zones. More than 900 blocks of classrooms with sanitary services, water and fences have been rehabilitated, as well as furniture and teaching materials have been provided to all the schools in Ekiti.

The state health sector has received a tremendous boost with the rehabilitation of many primary health facilities throughout the state. General Hospitals are also undergoing massive rehabilitation throughout the local government. The state’s tertiary health center, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, has seen phenomenal growth in terms of expansion and construction of structures to house the different departments of the hospital.

More importantly, the administration took care of the full accreditation of the institution, which led to the graduation and induction of the first group of students from the institution after a decade of scholarships.

Despite this obvious change in the life of the state, poverty remains a major concern as the state’s economic space remains narrow and narrow for the public sector. The operation of the private sector in the state is very low and, therefore, the capacity to generate income has not taken a positive leap despite the best efforts.

The underlying factor is the absence of industrial operators that can generate real job growth and tax revenue that can support the state’s infrastructure needs in a sustainable way. To correct this insufficiency, the Fayemi administration has laid the foundations on how to reverse the situation in a decade.

Fayemi’s Future Economic Plan for Ekiti: In terms of big ideas to reposition the state as one of the most viable and economically self-sufficient states, the Fayemi administration has begun what is clearly a bold journey to prosperity. For many, this revolutionary movement to put the state on the map of economically viable states remains incomprehensible, but for Fayemi, there are great opportunities in our state and these are being deliberately activated to design an Ekiti that stands out for something unique.

A strategy to create an economic dynamo in the next decade is already underway. The strategy is based on areas of economic advantage as an agrarian community of mainly subsistent farmers. To create prosperity in agriculture, the government has created an agricultural processing zone in the northern senatorial district of the state.

Although the entire state is considered a flourishing field for agricultural prosperity where food and economic crops can be grown, certain places have been designated as processing zones for the purpose of economies of scale to benefit the co-location of industries. In these conglomerate areas, massive agricultural processing industries are already emerging, just as small millionaire farmers are emerging.

To ensure that products from farms and industries do not suffer the challenge of transportation to the market, especially to the international market, the state is already building an agricultural cargo airport that will be delivered in mid-2022. The vision is to make Ekiti the destination end for the global vegetable market.

The governor wants Ekiti vegetables and other agricultural products to be in American and European supermarkets early in the morning, every day. Although landlocked, the airport will change the state of the state to an international destination without borders.

The airport, when delivered, will be the first international agri-food cargo airport, the first of its kind in Nigeria. The project is expected to create an agribusiness hub and serve as a gateway for national and international cargo to Nigeria with the ability to attract cultural and medical tourism.

It will be an international free trade zone to serve as an international trade destination of choice. Technically, the runway can carry critical Boeing 747 aircraft with a usable runway of 3.6 km (3.2 km runway with a 400 m overshoot). The airport can accommodate the largest cargo ships and will therefore be useful for our national air defense system.

When completed, the airport will have a night navigation system that can make landing possible 24 hours a day, as well as the installation of bulk fuel for aircraft to call and recharge during transit. It will also serve as a major vessel maintenance center reliving local airlines from the enormous cost of maintaining their vessel at sea. These are some of the unique offers from the airport when it is finished.

Typically, the aviation industry is dynamic and infectious, therefore it is delightful that many investors in cargo handling, aeronautical education, aeronautical medicine, medical tourism, leisure, travel and national defense agencies are already competing to position themselves in the airport location. .

Therefore, the airport is not just an agribusiness facilitator for Ekiti, it is a multi-sector economy in itself. The second big idea that Fayemi’s Midas is touching is the Ekiti Knowledge Zone, which aims to turn people’s passion for learning into an economy.

The Knowledge Zone is a smart city, an information and communication technology, ICT, a center and a city of innovation where content creators, ICT experts, programmers, innovators, software and hardware engineers can practice their trade . The vision is to make the EKZ a reference point for all kinds of innovative solution destinations.

Of course, this smart city has many intentional and unintended backward economic integration benefits in terms of new businesses emerging in the knowledge zone. And it is estimated that it would be one of the most important economic destinations in Nigeria within a decade.

As Fayemi climbs the bottom rung of her four-year ladder, there is no doubt that she will finish well and strong. The political atmosphere also suggests that the ruling party in Ekiti has the ability to triumph itself, largely on the basis of the incumbent’s performance, better political management, and a less spiteful succession policy.

As they say, governance is unfinished business, but there is confidence that your stated discipline and unwavering commitment to your plans will ensure that you meet your set agenda even before you hand it over to a successor on October 16, 2022. Happy third. anniversary, sir governor.

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