No fewer than ten completed road projects in Ekiti State will be commissioned in the middle of October.
Governor Kayode Fayemi disclosed this Wednesday evening while answering questions on his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, which was aired on all radio and television stations in the state.
The projects will be inaugurated as part of activities marking the second anniversary of Fayemi’s coming to power after his mandate was restored by the Court of Appeal on October 15, 2010.
The governor explained that more road projects which are still ongoing will be commissioned in December adding that he has been mounting pressure on contractors to complete the projects to time.
He also assured that all the public schools undergoing renovation under Operation Renovate All Schools in Ekiti (ORASE) will be ready by October 2 when students resume for new session.
Fayemi noted that he was humbled by encomiums showered on him by communities, school principals and other interest groups on the massive renovation going on in all parts of the state.
He said, “I am amazed at the pace of work going on in the schools and this speaks volumes to our commitment to revamp education and ensure that learning takes place under a conducive environment.
“I have been receiving messages on the work we are doing in our schools. Our people are elated, they are happy and appreciate good things that are happening in the schools.
“ANCOPSS, Old Students of Ekiti Parapo College and various communities have written to me to appreciate what we have done some of them pointing out that some of those schools have not been touched for over 40 years now.”
Fayemi also disclosed that the report of the audit of the local government system in the state have been submitted to him by the Local Government Service Commission.
While clarifying that he has nothing personal against the local government workers, Fayemi said the staff audit became necessary to differentiate authentic council workers from ghost workers.
He promised the readiness of his government to pay arrears of minimum wage to genuine workers whom he assured of job security on the strength of the audit report.
Fayemi accused the local government workers’ union leaders of being used by politicians who occupied political office in the last eight years and created the huge mess in the councils.
“We are carrying out a staff audit at the local government level to know who is the authentic local government worker. Do we continue to pay those who are not supposed to be in the system?
“That exercise has been completed by the Local Government Service Commission and the report has been submitted to me.
“I want the local government workers to return to work and I have assured workers that the genuine ones will receive arrears to the point of when it was supposed to have been paid.
“The leadership of NULGE must withdraw the allegation (of illegal deduction of council funds) and they cannot do that by subterfuge and when they do that, we will go back to the negotiation table.
“I have my name and integrity to protect and I want them to be intact after I might have left office.”
Last modified: September 27, 2012