Nigeria: Governorship candidate banks on past achievements for victory
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Ekiti, May 16, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigerian Minister of Mine and Steel Development, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi (JKF), who is contesting governorship election in his south-west Ekiti State is optimistic that his past achievement while in office in his first term will see him through to victory. Fayemi was the executive governor of his state between 2010 and 2014.
Having clinched his party’s governorship ticket last weekend to contest the election that comes up on July 14 on the platform of his political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), said his aim of coming back is to continue the developmental achievements he left behind in 2014.
According to him, there are a lot of unfinished developmental assignments to be done in the state to move the state to the next level of developmental height, saying, “those individuals and groups clamouring for my second coming are doing so on the premise that my four years tenure between 2010 and 2014 brought a lot of development in terms of socio-economic and infrastructure to the state.”
Speaking through his spokesman Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said “So, many of the people yearning for the return of the good old days when salaries of workers were paid between 24th and 26th day of the month; when over 25,000 elderly citizens were receiving monthly social security support of N5,000; when over 20,000 unemployed youths were taken off the street through enlistment in the Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development scheme, employment into the Teaching and Civil service; enlistment in the state traffic management agency, state environmental agency, state fire service and in the Peace Corps.
“Parents whose students benefitted from the Fayemi administration’s free and compulsory education, free medical service to children, elderly citizens and children under five as well as the provision of one Laptop per child in secondary schools are also clamouring for his return.
“And you can’t fault them because all these laudable schemes and projects introduced by Fayemi have been stopped by the present administration. For the first time in five decades, free education was abolished in Ekiti schools by Governor Fayose and private schools are also made to pay a controversial levy on every pupil which has led to a major increase in fees in private schools. Infrastructures are in very dire state and there is general insecurity which has greatly affected investment in the state.
“During Fayemi’s administration, the state was adjudged the most peaceful and had the best life expectancy, all the towns and villages in the state got at least a project (of their choice), funded by government but supervised by the community leaders, through the community empowerment scheme.
“So, the need to rebuild the state and restore the dignity of the citizens, among other factors, formed the basis of the clamouring for Dr Fayemi to contest the election,” Oyebode reiterated.