Governor Ayodele Fayose seems completely uninterested in the decrepit state of the Ekiti State Government Liaison Office Complex, located at 81A, Oduduwa Crescent, Ikeja GRA in Lagos. Clearly, the liaison office is all but what a government should be. The imposing complex has been left uncompleted, with its compound a creditable imitation of house whose owner is either dead or in financial difficulty. The decrepitude of the environment constitutes a bad advertisement for the state government, as guests are received in less than hospitable conditions and most likely to go away with the impression that the Ekiti State government more like a freak show, rather than an administration.
When newsbreak.ng correspondent visited the complex on Wednesday, he observed that weeds, rather than flowers, “adorn” the compound, which is strewn with stones and other construction items that are a legacy from the time work construction went on. The only part of the edifice occupied by workers is a small cubicle. A wooden sign, with the inscription “This Way To The Office” scrawled with a marker, indicates that it is place where government business is conducted. Two kegs, apparently used for generator fuel, stand at the entrance.
The other parts of the complex, begun in 2013 by the immediate past administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, are unoccupied. The complex has no security man, leaving it open to just anybody.
Compared to those of other states on the same street, the Ekiti State Government Liaison Office Complex looks like part of a lost kingdom. Its neighbours are Oyo and Ogun States, which respectively inhabit a tidy bungalow and duplex behind proper fences. They also receive considerable numbers of visitors seeking information on the two states.