Governor Ayodele Fayose, who was Thursday sworn in as the 11th governor of Ekiti State has promised to introduce people-oriented programme and encourage increase in agricultural production towards ensuring food security for local consumption and export.
He disclosed this at the Olu Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti, while making his inaugural speech to a large crowd of indigenes and some members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, led by its National Chairman, Adamu Muazu.
Fayose also assured the indigenes that he would strengthen the education and health sectors. Allocate more money to security issues and pay attention to infrastructural development.
The new governor said he would study the objectives of existing regional political and economic groups in the Southwest and look into how it would be beneficial to the state.
He condemned the 19 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs created by his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi adding that he would be guided by the provisions of section 3 and part 1, first Schedule of the 1999 constitution on the list of local governments in Nigeria, in the allocation of resources to the local council.
Fayose added that the ‘Fountain of Knowledge’ as Ekiti is known has returned to the mainstream of Nigerian politics and stressed that he would ensure strategic partnership with the Federal Government and its agencies.
According to him “We shall make our contributions in human and natural resources to the Nigerian commonwealth and also ensure that we secure our dues. We shall collaborate with foreign missions and development partners in our developmental strides.”
He lamented the debts left behind for him by Fayemi describing it as a legacy of ‘heavy debt dungeon’, running into N60.75 billion.
” I report to you that our state had been plunged into heavy debt dungeon of over 49 billion Naira by own brothers and sisters as follows: bond (capital market) and agriculture loan, N21.2b, other bank loans, N15.5b, outstanding, salary (two months), N2.4b, unpaid subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions, N70m, 2014 leave bonus, N400m, unpaid pensions and gratuities, N3.2b, unremitted withholding taxes and other deductions, N850m and indebtedness to contractors, N10b totaling N57.45B,” said Fayose.