Dr. Reuben Abati former Presidential Spokesperson to President Ebele Jonathan on Sunday spoke on Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s governorship race.
According to a statement by Dr. Abati, since Fayemi is running under the platform of the “All Progressive Congress (APC) which is the central government, they have the resources to prosecute the election.”
Dr Abati further noted that Fayemi while he was the Ekiti state governor was prompt in the payment of salaries and pensions to civil servants/ pensioners.
“Realizing the need to bail out the state from the club of states that go cap in hand to the federal government for finance, he established investments that could generate money for the state.
“He took N25 billion bond from the capital market which he invested on Ikogosi Warm Spring. Other projects that stand to his credit are the building of state pavilion located along Ado new road, reviving Ire Burnt Brick that was inaugurated by former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
” He also set a solid foundation for youth engagement in agriculture, set up of state security outfit through which many unemployed youths were paid monthly allowances. The moribund Ikogosi Warm Spring was also put on stream and was reportedly generating about N45 million into the state coffers monthly. The Ire Burnt Brick had begun skeletal production and was attracting serious patronage within and outside the state.
“Fayemi’s administration also set up social security scheme for Ekiti elderly people through which N5,000 was being paid to the senior citizens from the age of 65. No fewer than 25,000 had been captured in the programme as at the time of winding up his administration in 2014.
“He also established 19 local council development areas, bringing the total number of LCDAs and council areas in the state to 35. Fayose, however, cancelled the LCDAs when he came on board, citing inadequate funding and alleged poor preparedness.
“Fayemi also renovated public primary/secondary schools, building, renovated and dualized roads, improved hospitals among other programmes.”