- Governor Ayodele Fayose declares that even though he is close to the end of his tenure, he would complete all ongoing projects in Ekiti state
- Fayose lists some of the major projects he hopes to complete and handover before he leaves office
- Fayose says no law stops an outgoing governor from completing projects before leaving office
Governor Ayodele Fayose said on Tuesday, August 21, that he would ensure that all the ongoing capital projects in Ekiti state are completed and inaugurated before he would vacate office on October 16.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Fayose made the promise while speaking at 2018 edition of the Udiroko Festival in Ado Ekiti.
Governor Fayose said he had resolved to complete all ongoing projects in consonance with his promise while being sworn-in for a second term in office not to abandon any project embarked upon.
He said his critics who were allegedly saying he embarked on employment of new hands into the state public service at the tail end of his tenure should also have asked him not to continue with projects he started.
He listed the capital projects so far completed and ongoing to include the one-kilometre overhead bridge in Ado Ekiti, the new state high court complex, the new governor’s office and the new ministry of finance complex.
He listed others to include the new ultra-modern Kings Market in Ado Ekiti and the amphi theatre, the banquet hall at the Ewi’s palace and the dualization of virtually all the 16 local goverment headquarters among others.
It was learnt that he arrived the venue at 3pm into the waiting hands of cheering crowd of residents singing his praises.
Fayose said there was no known law in the country that says a sitting governor must stop performing the functions attached to his office once his party his preparing to wind down or have election decided agaist it.
He told the crowd that the about 200-lock up shops at the new Kings Market would be shared to willing traders before the end of the week.
He further pledged that those traders initially displaced as a result of the fire incident that razed the old market would be given preferential treatment.
The governor appreciated the people of Ado Ekiti for standing by his party during the last governorship poll, regretting, however, that certain forces allegedly did not allow their votes to count.
He assured the gathering that the ruling party in the state led him would use all normal and legal means to reclaim the stolen mandate.
In his response, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, commended the governor for what he termed as 'sudden turn around' of the state capital.
He added that close to 80 percent of the projects carried out by Fayose during his second term in office were concentrated in Ado Ekiti, thereby making his reign memorable.
A legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola, who is also a leading son of the ancient city, expressed delight at the volume of the people that trooped out to celebrate the festival.
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Earlier in a welcome address, the chairman of the national caretaker committee of the Ado Ekiti Progressive Union, Chief Bayo Ogunmodimu, said the Udiroko Festival marked the beginning of another traditional year for the sons and daughters of Ado Ekiti.
He said that it was also being used as a rallying point and unifying factor for all age groups and all local associations and clubs in the town.
He appreciated the state government for the modern structures erected in the palace and wished the outgoing governor well in his future endeavours.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ayo Arise, explained how he and other stalwarts of the ruling party in Ekiti worked to prevent the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, from installing his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka, as his successor.
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