Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has promised not to deny communities and towns that voted against him at the last governorship election of projects that will make life easier for them.
He assured that his administration will ensure that developmental projects reach all nooks and crannies of the state irrespective of how they voted during the July 14, 2018 poll.
Fayemi spoke on Saturday during a meeting with chairmen and secretaries of all Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Town Unions at Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, new Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, revealed that many uncompleted self-help, grant-aided projects initiated during his first administration were abandoned by the immediate past government.
He also disclosed that community empowerment programmes will be carried out in rural areas especially in those areas of special needs submitted for government consideration during preparation for the 2019 Budget.
According to him, government has commenced the re-verification and assessment of uncompleted self-help “grant aided” projects initiated during his first administration between 2011 and 2014 for assistance and completion of such projects.
He said: “There is no gainsaying the fact that Ekiti people made the right choice in the governorship election by electing us into power again and we will do everything humanly possible to justify the confidence reposed in us.”
Fayemi also reiterated his commitment in implementing special need projects included in the State budgetary preparation with a call on community leaders and opinion moulders to show concern on the usage, sustenance and maintenance of public utilities in their various communities.
Lamenting on how the previous administration abandoned potential economic projects, like Ire Clay Block Industry, Water Dams, and electrical infrastructures, Fayemi, revealed that preparation was on top gear to bring back private investors and critical stakeholders to resuscitate old industries, tourist centres and facilitate the establishment of new ones.
Fayemi said that some private individuals that left the State at the height of harsh economic environment under the last administration have started to return to boost business activities in the State.
However, the governor called on the people for more support for his administration and that of President Muhammadu Buhari so that the state can benefit more federal projects.
During the interactive section, representative of Ilejemeje Local Government Area, Mr. Kehinde Fakunle said the people of the council are behind Fayemi’s administration and that such shall be demonstrated in the 2019 elections as people of the council are determined to vote for APC at all levels.
Dr Alex Ogundipe who represented Ado Local Government called on the State Government to align with federal government intention in resuscitating textile industries across the nation with a view to revive the textile industry in the State.
Other speakers like Mr Akosile Olubunmi from Efon Local government, Mr Ayodele Ogunleye from Ekiti West local government, Mr Laolu Omosilade from Ifelodun/Irepodun local government demanded for rural electrification, rehabilitation of water dams, town hall and continuation of 5 kilometres road initiated by Fayemi in his first tenure, channelization of rivers, drainages, linkage of access roads to farmstead amidst others.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Ayoola Owolabi said the participatory meeting would enhance a bottom-top approach, cross fertilisation of ideas and feedback activities towards attainment of international best practices in governance.
The Chairman of Community Development Associations, Mr Olabisi Ishola who appreciated the repeat of the programme maintained that it would allow communities to have input in the execution of government projects and policies in their communities.
Ishola said the programme was a clear description of Fayemi as a true democrat.