Ekiti Gov Bids State Farewell In New Year Broadcast

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in his New Year Broadcast bids the state fareweel as delivered what he called his last celebration as the Executive Governor of the state while expressing appreciation to the people and all political and interest groups for the overwhelming support he has enjoyed.

He also raised their hopes in the projects his government embarked upon in his second term promising that none of them will be abandoned before the tenure ends.

While soliciting the support of the indigenes for his party the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Fayose assured the people that his administration will ensure that the state is not indebted in any form.

Details of the broadcast:

NEW YEAR BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. PETER AYODELE FAYOSE,

GOVERNOR TO THE PEOPLE OF EKITI STATE ON JANUARY 1, 2018.

 

Good people of Ekiti State,

 

I give thanks to the Almighty God for conducing this opportunity for

me to address you on this significant milestone of a New Year 2018.

This milestone is significant to me, as you are aware, that this will

be my last New Year address to you as Governor of Ekiti State. To God

be the glory now and forever more.

I am grateful to you my good people of Ekiti State for giving me the

rare opportunity to govern this State for a second term.  It has

afforded me the opportunity to consolidate on the achievements of the

past and correct some erroneous impressions and deliberate mischiefs

peddled against me towards the twilight of my first coming.

 

I thank our Royal Highnesses, Elder Statesmen, Community and Religious

Leaders, Market Women, Artisans, Okada Riders, Members of the

Transport Union who turned out enmasse to vote for me in the election

that produced me as Governor, a second time, after eight years of

forced exit.

I thank the Public Service, members of the Organized Private Sector,

the Legislative arm of government, members of the State Executive

Council and indeed the Judiciary.

I thank the Youth, Students and of course children for their

demonstration of love and support for me as was witnessed during the

last few weeks when I went round the State to give out Christmas and

New Year gifts to our people.

In not too distant future, I hope to embark on a farewell tour of our

State, to thank you all for the priviledge given to me to lead you.

 

My dear people, I have a sense of fulfillment as I proceed to complete

the two tenures of my mandate. God has helped me to justify the huge

confidence reposed in me.

I have opened up the horizon of Ekiti State from a rustic countryside

to an emerging urban centre in the provisions of infrastructure

notably in road construction, public buildings and socio economic

transformation generally.

During my first tenure in office, I started the dualization of the

Ado-Ekiti major motor ways. My government, during this second term,

has been able to extend the dualization of roads to most of our Local

Government headquarters.

The icing on the cake is the construction of the multibillion Naira

1.3km Ado-Ekiti overhead carriage which now links Fajuyi park, flying

over the Okesa market to the Ojumose road axial.

 

I am also happy to remark that the public building projects which we

started during my first tenure in places like the Government House,

the State Secretariat and the Trade Fair Arena, to mention but a few,

have continued with a new Governor’s office, a befitting complex for

the Judiciary and a new residential apartment for the Speaker of the

House of Assembly.  My Government will complete these projects

including the ultra-modern market in Ado-Ekiti.

The Adunni Olayinka Multipurpose Women Development Centre was built

during this second tenure by my government to provide guidance and

counseling and other support services for women and children.

We decided to name the edifice after a Former Deputy Governor produced

by an opposition party to underscore our commitment to politics

without bitterness.

 

Aside these monumental infrastructural projects, my government has

also undertaken far-reaching human and human capital development

programmes which has impacted positively as could be seen in recent

rankings of Ekiti State performances in competitive national

Examinations and other human development indexes.  For instance, our

State recorded the first position consecutively in 2016 and 2017 in

the National Examination Council (NECO) assessments for Secondary

Schools in Nigeria.

I have asked that these landmark achievements be put together in a

compendium which shall be presented to the people of our State at the

point of my exit.

 

On the other hand, my government has had a fair share of moments of

challenges and travails.  I should also thank my adversaries,

including my virulent critics for expressing their views and

perspectives on my person, my style and on my government.  I consider

this as part of nation building as we cannot have same views and

attitudes on issues of development and progress.

I have seen all attacks, jibes and vituperations as rights of

individuals and groups to express themselves as guaranteed by the

Nigeria Constitution.

Consequently, I owe neither grudge nor malice against anyone. My

government had not for once intimidated, harassed or used the

instrument of State against any real or perceived opponents.  Instead,

I have always believed in dialogue and the inclusion of all in

governance.

 

Fellow citizens, the last few years of this government had not been

very smooth.  Ekiti State was not immuned from the consequences of the

national economic recession besetting our country.  This together with

the huge debt burden which we inherited from the administration of

Governor Former Kayode Fayemi actually made it very difficult for us

to meet up with certain basic obligations particularly in the payment

of workers remunerations.  We have however tried our best within the

limits of available resources.

I like to put it on record that my administration did not commit this

State to any indebtedness despite the financial challenges that

confronted us.  Let me also state that the Federal Government made

available, a facility of N10 billion to each State of the Federation,

for capital development.  This had been netted against our equitable

shares from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).  I am happy to state that

the portion for Ekiti State had been judiciously deployed for

monumental capital development projects including the Ado-Ekiti

overhead road, the new Ado market among others.

We ran an open government by which the cross section of the populace

is involved in the mobilisation and expenditure of public funds.

 

In the New Year, we shall continue in that same style and redouble our

efforts as I do not want to leave Ekiti Government House as debtor of

salaries.

 

I am not also unmindful of the yearnings and aspirations of our people

in other arrears of government responsibilities but we can only do one

thing at a time.  The insufficiency of today will turn out to be

abundance of tomorrow if we can improve on our efforts and dedication.

Let us keep hope alive and continue to support government in all its

endeavours.

 

During the out-going year, we took the bull by the horn by confronting

headlong, security issues that confronted our State especially the

menaces of abductors, kidnappers and cultists.  Also we tackled the

nefarious activities of cattle rearers.  We have put in place

appropriate legal and structural frameworks to silence those

anti-social behaviours permanently.  We have made significant progress

along these lines.

I am sure that history and posterity will remember us for good in all

these strides.

 

Good people of Ekiti State, let us enter the New Year with joy and

gratitude to God.  Let us renew our faith and hope in a better

tomorrow.  The greatest thing that has happened to us is the identity

that we have in a State of our own.

Ekiti has been led by different leaders and Political Parties but the

people remain the common denominator and will be able to discern their

friends from pretenders.  Now I belief you know the true patriots and

lovers of this State.

It is time for us to have continuity and stability at the political

front.  We have lots of lessons to learn from Lagos State which has

put its economic endowment in the hands of competent and stable

managers over time, using the same political platform.

It is certain that continuity has the capacity to secure for us

landmark and sustainable development.

I urge you all to support me and my party – the Peoples Democratic

Party – to transit and produce the next leadership for this State.

Economic and Social Development are veritable outcomes of very sound,

consistent and stable political superstructure.

 

Once again, I thank you all for the journey so far while I look

forward for more cooperation from you in the New Year.

 

Thank you, happy New Year and May God bless us all.