EKSG Insists On Local Contents For MDGs Projects

February 17, 2014

Ekiti State Government has mandated contractors handling the MDGs
projects under the 2012 Millennium Development Goals Conditional Grant
Scheme (MDGs CGS) to make use of local labourers as well as purchase
building materials from the community where projects are being

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) and Development Relations, Mrs. Bunmi Dipo Salami who
made this known during advocacy visits to four local government areas
of the state, said the projects are aimed at not only improving the
standard of living of the people but to also boost the economic status
of the benefitting communities, adding that the projects were based on
the immediate needs of the benefitting communities.

Mrs. Dipo-Salami explained that she embarked on the advocacy visits to
Ekiti West, Ekiti South West, Efon and Oye LGAs to sensitize the
beneficiaries of the on-going N200million per LGA projects.

The Special Adviser added that the visit was also to boost
collaboration with relevant bodies to ensure the success of the MDGS
projects while encouraging community leaders to supervise projects in
order to ensure good quality jobs that are the hallmark of the Fayemi
led administration.

Giving a breakdown of the projects, Mrs. Dipo-Salami explained that
thirty-six boreholes are being constructed for some selected public
primary schools in Ekiti West Local Government Area while ten
motorized boreholes would constructed in various health centers in the
council area.

She added that classrooms would also be constructed in five public
schools as well as V.I.P toilets in some health centers in the area.

According to her, a block of five classrooms are being constructed in
five schools in Efon LGA,while two blocks of classrooms would be
renovated in two schools in the area.

Other projects in Efon LGA as highlighted by Mrs. Salami include
construction of twenty hand pump boreholes in twenty schools,
provision of one hundred and fifty-three benches for pupils and
teachers in six schools. Construction of V.I.P. toilets in twelve
health centers, construction of motorized boreholes, renovation of
health facilities in five health centers and purchase of one thousand
two-hundred and seventy-two medical equipment for fifteen health
centers,  provision of two ambulances for three  centers as well as
1.5 million naira to be given as grant to three agric- business based

She noted that Ekiti state government is working assiduously to meet
the 2015 target of the Millennium Development goals which are
encapsulated in the state government 8- point agenda, adding that
contractors handling all MDGs project have two months to complete
their jobs or have their contracted revoked.

Responding, the Caretaker Chairman of Efon Local Government, Mr. Adio
Folayan expressed appreciation to the state government for its efforts
at improving the lots of the people at the grassroots.

The LG boss implored contractors handling the projects to execute the
contracts according to specification and deliver within the stipulated

In his remarks, the Ekiti West local Government Caretaker Chairman,
Mr. Ropo Famubode who was represented by the Director of
Administration, Mr. Aregbesola pledged the continued support of the
local government to the efforts of the present administration at
eradicating poverty.

Also speaking, the Oye LG Caretaker Chairman, Mr. Akindele Ogungbuji
urged the benefiting communities to reciprocate government’s gestures
by ensuring that the projects are well utilized and maintained.

Last modified: February 17, 2014

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