By Taiwo Ajayi
The Ekiti State Government has clarified that Governor Biodun Oyebanji has chosen to complete inherited projects alongside newly initiated ones in order to expand the scope of development and plug wastages in the deployment of resources.The government also assured that efforts are being intensified to get all necessary certifications from the Federal Government agencies that will ensure full utilization of the Ekiti State International Cargo Airport, in Ado Ekiti.
The Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Akin Oyebode, spoke in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, during a press conference commemorating the First Anniversary of the Governor Oyebanji administration in the state.
Oyebode said that the Governor has been complying with the Ekiti State Transition Law, that mandated the completion of projects inherited from past administration and in line with the continuity agenda.
This, he said, was exhibited in the completion of the Ado Ekiti Bus Terminal and Ekiti State Traditional Rulers’ Chamber, while others are billed for completion and utilization soon.
“We have succeeded in completing some number of projects inherited from the past administration to promote continuity of vision, continuity of planning and continuity of development. We must understand that those projects didn’t belong to former Governor Kayode Fayemi, but to the people of Ekiti State.
”He added that the government is also working to complete many other projects that it has started, while also not neglecting others inherited from previous administrations.On the deplorable states of the federal roads in Ekiti, Oyebode appealed to the citizens to be patient with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu government, stressing that the state remains hopeful that some of the Federal roads may be incorporated into the 2024 Budget.
“Even the National Assembly caucus in the two Chambers of the National Assembly are working hard to ensure that some of these roads are captured in the 2024 budgetary estimate, so let us be patient and see what will happen. There will be tremendous changes by next year.”
He also reassured the people of the state that the government will work assiduously to meet all specifications spelt out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) and other federal agencies to fasttrack full utilisation of the airport facility.
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Oyebode noted that Ekiti remains one of the safest states to live and work, in view of the huge investment in technology and collaboration with relevant security agencies.
This, he said has reduced kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminal activity being experienced in some parts of the country.