By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor,Dr. Kayode Fayemi has attributed his frequent absence from the state to his desire to source for funds for the development of the state.
He said his government has been traversing the globe to explore every available opportunities to source for technical and financial assistance needed to execute people-oriented projects.
He said his efforts has been yielding positive results as various institutions has been showing interest in his development strives, noting the World Bank had released humongous funds to
It would be recalled that the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) had said the state is on autopilot, alleging that Fayemi’s absence was negatively affecting governance and development in the state.
The opposition party described Fayemi as ‘Diaspora governor’, saying germane issues affecting the people were not given adequate attention.
The governor said his administration will not slacken in its efforts to rebuild the state’s economy, resuscitate damaged infrastructures and return Ekiti to a prosperous land.
The governor who spoke in Yoruba at Ikere-Ekiti, the headquarters of Ekiti South Senatorial District on Thursday during a town hall meeting with representatives of all the six local government in the district.
Fayemi disclosed the consultative meeting was pertinent to get people’s inputs for the preparation of the 2020 appropriation bill and invariably captured in the budget.
He said the decision was predicted on the need to make government more responsible and responsive to the critical needs, yearnings and aspirations of the citizens.
The governor said his administration remained resolute to return governance to grassroots in order to effect genuine socio-economic growth and development.
“I have not been staying in the state these days. I have been looking for money to finance people-oriented projects because i don’t have the funds.
“I am happy God has been answering our prayers. World Bank had just released humongous funds to finance constructions of 1000kms rural roads, model markets and other projects.
“In addition, the Federal Government has given me money to address the areas affected by flood”, he said
The governor while responding to the various requests of the communities which included security and other social amenities, assured that all requests will be included in the next year budgetary process.
“I assure every local government that their requests and demands will be carefully considered and accommodated in the 2020 budget, ” he said.