Fayose begins N5.7b flyover in Ekiti, promises not to abandon any project
Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday said that his government would complete all projects initiated by his government before leaving office.
He stated this while flagging off the construction of 1.2 kilometres flyover in Ado Ekiti, valued at N5.7 billion.
Fayose said the project, which will begin at Fajuyi area and terminate at Ojumose, would be delivered within 24 months.
Fayose said the project was part of his effort to decongest Ado Ekiti metropolis and ensure effective traffic control.
He warned the contractor handling the project against unnecessary delay, saying the project must be delivered within the stipulated time.
He added, “This was a project that has been my heart desire during my first term. I nearly awarded it before that unfortunate incident happened. I saw it as a landmark achievement because you can’t get it in Ondo or Osun State.
“I have promised that I won’t abandon any project for my successor. I shall complete every project that I awarded, because I don’t want to leave any burden behind."
The governor, who promised not to limit physical construction to road alone, said he would soon flag off the construction of ultra-modern High Court complex with modern facilities for effective and efficient administration of justice.
The Chairman ,Ekiti State Council of traditional rulers, Oba Samuel Adedapo and the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo , who praised the governor for his zeal to develop Ekiti, appealed to politicians to give peace a chance to forestall unnecessary crisis that could cause distraction.
They said Ekiti will continue to appreciate the efforts of Fayose to develop the state in spite of the parlous state of the economy.
Fayose Compensates House Owners Over Ikere Dualisation Project
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has flagged off the further extension of the dualisation of Ado-Ikere Road in Ikere-Ekiti with a promise to extend the project into the town’s roundabout before leaving office.
The governor, who stated this in Ikere-Ekiti yesterday, said the extension being undertaken now would be completed before the year runs out.
He also used the occasion to supervise the payment of compensation to people whose houses and structures were affected by the project.
A statement on Friday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, however, quoted Mr. Fayose as lamenting that where he left the project over 10 years ago during his first tenure was where he met it.
“I was the one who embarked on the dualisation of major roads linking the state capital, Ado-Ekiti with other towns and that included the Ado-Ikere Road. Before I came back and for about 10 years, no administration improved on the project.
“We are embarking on projects like this because it is better to use state money for the development of the state and her people. My mission is to make life easy for the people of the state and that is why we have to pay compensation before demolishing affected structures.
“We are bringing hope to the hopeless and doing the best for the development of our society. What we need is your support and cooperation. Don’t allow disgruntled elements to come and cause trouble in our communities”, he said.
Gov. Fayose also gave the assurance that the project would be completed in a matter of months and that his administration would extend the road deep inside the town.
The landlords, who were given compensation, commended the governor for his commitment to provide social amenities for the people despite the prevailing economic challenges.
One of them, Hon. Aluko Abayomi, said, “What the governor is doing is a sort of wonder when one takes note of the financial crunch in the country. He is still embarking on developmental projects. This is great. We appreciate his love for the people and his determination to leave the state better than he met it”.
Also hailing Mr. Fayose, one of the beneficiaries of the compensation, Mrs Juliana Jolayemi, thanked the governor for the prompt payment of the compensation and prayed for the success of his administration.
Fayose not borrowing for capital projects – Ekiti government
The Ekiti State Government has said that the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was not borrowing money to execute capital projects, adding that the governor will continue to be transparent in his handling of the state finances.
The Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the All Progressives Congress, APC, claim that the governor borrowed N10 billion to construct flyover bridge in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, said “Governor Fayose’s government is not profligate like APC government of Fayemi that took loans to plant flowers that were not seen, construct uncompleted state pavilion and civic centre and build governor’s lodge for the benefit of Fayemi and his wife.”
He said the Governor will continue to hold the welfare of workers sacrosanct by taking payment of salaries as his priority, adding that: “The challenges being faced by the government in paying workers salary was as a result of the way and manners the APC government of Fayemi mortgaged the State to irrelevant loans.
“Today, over N900 million is being deducted from Ekiti State allocation monthly and this is because of the loans the APC government took to execute white elephant projects.
“Perhaps, because of the way they used irrelevant capital projects to steal Ekiti State blind, they still carry on with the belief that other people must also be like them.”
On the desirability of the projects, Mr. Olayinka said; “To the APC elements in Ekiti State, no project is desirable provided their party is not in power. Before Fayemi became governor, he condemned the Ekiti Airport project the PDP government of Engineer Segun Oni started it, but in 2013, the same Fayemi blamed the PDP government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan for stalling the Airport project.
“Also, when the magnificent edifice built in honour of Fayemi’s deputy, Late Funmilayo Olayinka was being constructed, these same APC loudmouths said Governor Fayose was desecrating the woman’s tomb just the same way they said Segun Oni was desecrating Fajuyi’s tomb when he was building the Fajuyi Park.
“We are therefore not bothered by their ogogoro induced criticism because we know as a fact that since Fayemi, their leader wasted his opportunity to write his name in the hearts of Ekiti people, they want other people to waste theirs too.”