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FAYOSE’S MESSAGE TO EKITI PEOPLE
-By Laleye Lashore.
The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State,
Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has been demonstrating his commitment to playing matured
politics by embarking on purely issues based campaign. He has been doing
this through parade of his various achievements as governor, which are indeed
One of the major areas of focus of the former governor of Ekiti State, as he
moves from one community to the other, is education. He said on his assumption
of office as governor in 2003, he met Ekiti State in numbers 34 and 35 in WAEC
and NECO, based on five credit passes in core subjects. Ayo Fayose said his
administration was able to move this up to number 17 and 18 in 2004 and that by
the time he left office in 2006, Ekiti was in number 8 in the WAEC performance
list. He said at the Zonal level, Ekiti, which was in number 6 in the South West in
2003 was in the number one position by the time he was leaving office. The former
governor, which is an HND holder , wonders why the government of Dr. Kayode
Fayemi, headed by a PhD holder, has brought the state down to the current number
34 on the WAEC performance list.
Ayo Fayose said he was able to motivate teachers to do more by befriending
them. He elevated the three most senior teachers in each of the three senatorial
districts to the position of tutor-general, equating them to permanent secretaries, a
feat that he was the first governor to perform in the state, and since he left, the
innovation has been cancelled. Fayose said he also celebrated each yearly teacher’s
day with pomp and pageantry, giving car gifts to the best performing teachers. He
also motivated the teachers through an unprecedented harmonization that made
many of them gained the promotions that they have lost over the years. Mr. Fayose
always wonder why the bad blood between the teachers and the incumbent
government, who had haunted the teachers with a humiliating examination termed
Teachers’ Needs Assessment Test, TNDA. He was always quick to point out that
the teachers, who have suffered humiliation and demotion, could not carry out
their duties enthusiastically as they used to do during his days as governor.
Another area of focus of the PDP governorship candidate is the issue of
rural development and poverty alleviation. He scored the Fayemi administration
low in these areas, and attributed the abysmal performance of the government in
these arenas to its failure to conduct local government election for the four years of
its existence. Mr. Fayose always wonder why a government headed by self- proclaimed democrats could have killed the third tier of government, which is the
closest to the people. He said it was worrisome that this has been the trend in the
whole of South-West, which is being controlled by the All Progressive Congress,
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APC. Mr. Fayose said when local government election is conducted, some people
would be elected as councilors while some others would serve as advisers and
supervisors and some others would serve as committee members. Fayose said the
local governments would be able to embark on meaningful projects for the
development of the rural communities.
Mr. Fayose always mentioned capital flight as the bane of economic
development of Ekiti State. He described as awful a situation whereby local
contractors are not patronized by government and noted that even bricklayers and
carpenters that worked on contracts awarded in Ekiti State were from Lagos. He
said the practice has made it difficult for parents to pay the high school fees
charged in tertiary institutions in the state.
The former governor is not also pleased that the state is now owing banks
and other financial institutions as a debtor state. He noted that while he was
leaving the state in 2006, he left about N10.4 billion in the coffers of the state
government. He said he was able to execute all the projects of the government
without borrowing from anywhere.
He listed the various projects of his government to include the dualisation of
the major roads in Ado-Ekiti. He said he dualised Ikere-Ado road up to
Annuonciation Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti. Other roads he mentioned are Ikere- Ise, Ikere-Igbara odo-Ikogosi, Ikogosi-Erijiyan-Aramoko, among others. Mr.
Fayose noted with dismay why the dualisation of the Ado-Ifaki road had taken so
long, and it is yet to be completed.
Other achievements that the former governor has been parading in his campaign
tours of Ekiti State include the renovation of the fire brigade offices in the state,
the construction of the Fayose market in Ajilosun, the construction of the Fayose
Housing Estates on Ado-Ikere and Ado-Afao roads. He said apart from building
the present governor’s office, which is one of the best governor’s office in the
south-West, he was able to build the Trade Fare Complex, the Abiodun Adetiloye
Hall and the Fountain Hotels, among other projects of his administration.
Ignoring the campaign of calumny against him, Mr. Fayose says he will give
a total face-lift to Ado, the Ekiti state capital if he is elected on June 21.
Reminding the people of the fact that he constructed the opopogbooro-Nova road
and the road at Okebola in Ado, the former governor promised to tar all the access
roads in Ado-Ekiti.
Reminding the people that he completed and commissioned many projects
within his first one hundred days in office as governor, Fayose said he would turn
the life of the people around. He promised to empower the people with soft loans
that would aid their personal economies. He said he hated to see people suffer
economic hardship as they do under the present government. He promised the
people that in and out of office, he had remained close to them. Mr. Fayose
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promised to remain their friend, who would be close to the grassroots.
Reminding the people of his appellation of “buje-budanu”, meaning a
generous giver, Fayose promised to give the government back to the people by
running an all inclusive government with programmes aimed at improving their
lot. He promised to tar the roads leading to the villages while farmsteads would
also receive adequate government attention. He reminded the people that he never
reneged on his promises to them and that he would not disappoint them if he is
Presenting his Deputy Governorship candidate, Dr. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, a
lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to the people of Ikere-Ekiti,
the former governor said he had never underrated the community and that he
would always accord Ikere a pride of place in his government. Dr. Eleka, who
hails from Ikere-Ekiti, promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by his
choice for the position.
Addressing a large crowd of PDP supporters at Ifaki-Ekiti, Mr. Fayose promised to
re-establish the University of Science and Technology that was taken away from
Mr. Fayose also promised to improve the health and agriculture sectors. He
promised soft loans for farmers and said he would stick to his issue based political
campaign while he would continue to show respect to Governor Fayemi, the
present occupier of the government house, who remains the first citizen of Ekiti
State till October 15.
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