We kept our election promises despite financial difficulties – Gov Fayemi
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti said on Monday that his government had kept its promises to voters despite the financial challenges facing the administration.
Fayemi made the claim at town hall meetings tagged: âCitizen engagement towards 2022 budget preparationâ.
Public assemblies were held in Oye Ekiti (for Ekiti North), Ise Ekiti (for Ekiti South) and Ado Ekiti (for Ekiti Central).
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Fayemi, represented by his deputy, Mr. Bisi Egbeyemi, said the insufficient income in the Federation account caused by the global economic crisis had imposed enormous challenges on the state’s finances.
The governor has promised that his administration will not leave any ongoing projects unfinished or abandoned.
He listed projects underway to include Agro Cargo Airport and key industries attracted by partnerships with development partners as the government heads to its terminal in October 2022.
The meetings enabled stakeholders from all communities in the 16 local government areas and 19 local council development areas to submit their requests for inclusion in the budget proposal.
Governor Fayemi assured that dilapidated roads in Ado Ekiti and other parts of the state will be rehabilitated as soon as the rains stop bringing relief to the state’s population and other road users.
He urged traders and residents of Ado Ekiti, Oye Ekiti, Ikole Ekiti and other towns to use designated markets and refrain from displaying their wares on major highways to avoid loss of lives and goods.
Fayemi explained that the Agric Olope market and other new markets being built across the state were the product of people’s demands at previous town hall meetings for inclusion in previous budgets.
He said his administration did not want incidents of accidents resulting in loss of life as a result of trade on the freeways that have occurred in some other states to occur in Ekiti.
The governor said citizen engagement on the budget has been a major program of his government since his first term.
This, he said, resulted in projects people demanded and deepened their participation in governance.
Fayemi said the creation of Local Council Development Zones (LCDA) was also one of the main legacies of citizen engagement, noting that the population had called for the creation of LCDAs in previous engagements.
He said the councils were created to bring governance closer to the people and bring about development at the grassroots.
The governor urged community leaders to take ownership of the projects carried out in their fields and welcomed the fact that his administration was able to keep the electoral promises made to the population.
âOur administration has kept its electoral promises despite the financial challenges caused by the drop in revenue from the Federation Account.
âOur administration’s commitment to fiscal openness and transparency was recognized in research conducted by the Center for Public and Private Development and Ekiti was ranked second out of 36 states rated on various indices.
âThis approval has reinforced our determination to further strengthen the transparent management of funds.
“I am asking for support to build on this government’s legacy even beyond our mandate which ends in 2022,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Femi Ajayi, Ekiti State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, said that the interface is organized every year to allow the governor to interact with people at the grassroots and articulate the needs of different cities and communities in accordance with the five pillar agenda.
He explained that the needs of the population were taken care of either by the state government or by the local government.
According to him, the municipal assemblies have many achievements to show since his engagement.
âI would like to say with enthusiasm that the majority of the critical needs submitted by our communities in 2020 have been implemented.
âFor example, the Ikere-Ise road which was almost impassable had been repaired.
In addition, three roads, namely: Aramoko-Erijiyan-Ikogosi road, Ode-Isinbode-Omuo road and Ilupeju-Igbemo-Ire-Ijan road, which crossed the three senatorial districts had been constructed and ready to be put. in service.
âIt has been observed that most of our communities have requested the renovation of their health facilities and schools.
âMay I state that our primary health care facilities have been renovated while our primary schools have also been renovated,â he said.
The commissioner said that the high rating Ekiti received on openness and transparency was an affirmation of open governance and inclusive policies of the administration.