AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND CHAIRMAN, PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAYOSE-ADMINISTRATION IN EKITI STATE ON TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2016 AT THE CONFERENCE HALL, GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, ADO-EKITI
It gladdens my heart to warmly welcome you all to this Press Conference, which marks the beginning of a series of events, lined up by the State Government, to commemorate the second anniversary of the Fayose Administration in Ekiti State.
Recall that on the 16th October 2014, at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti, when His Excellency took the historic oath of office for the second time as Governor, he declared his government, as a “Government of Restoration”.
Furthermore, the Governor clearly itemized the six developmental objectives of his administration. These are:
• Development of Agriculture
• Infrastructural Development
• Education, Science and Technology
Today, two years down the road, it has become imperative to render stewardship to the people, who entrusted us with power through the ballot box with high expectations and faith in the ability of our Governor and Leader, Mr. Peter Ayodele to deliver, having been tested once between 2003 – 2006, with obvious fool points as legacies up until today in the State.
Restoration has come for the Education sector, under the Ayodele Fayose Administration with the record breaking score of 96.48% performance of Ekiti Senior Secondary three students in the 2016 National Examination Council Examination (NECO), to emerge an enviable first position in Nigeria.
This feat is attributable to two factors. First the grace of the most High, the giver of good success and second to the revolutionary forward looking policies of the Fayose-led government in the Education sector unanimously agreed upon by stakeholders at the Education Summit convened in September, 2015.
Parts of the resolutions are intensive monitoring and capacity building of Teachers, payment of core subject allowance and rural posting allowance, outright ban of automatic promotion, intensive monitoring and supervision of schools and prioritization of teacher’s welfare which restored conference between government and teachers, and relationship which ab initio was characterized by doubt, mistrust and job insecurity.
These crystallized in the progressive performance chart of students in public examinations from 29th position with an average 58 per cent in 2014 to 18th position with an average 74.5 per cent in 2015 and now to the enviable position of first in 2016, with a percentage score of 96.48%, for the first time in the history of the National Examination Council (NECO).
Performance in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) also gives reason to cheer from 25 per cent in 2014, to 37 per cent in 2015 and now 42 per cent in 2016, while for the School of Nursing, it has been a consistent 98% pass in 2015 and 2016 and for the School of Midwifery, it has been all time high of 100 per cent score in 2015 and 2016 in National Exams conducted by the National Council of Nurses and Midwives.
The State Government has remained visionary in the development of infrastructure in spite of the challenge of funds and heavy debt portfolio inherited huge investments have been made in Roads, Public Buildings and Infrastructure, some of which include the first ever 1.2km Ado-Ekiti fly bridge undergoing construction at a cost of N5.7billion naira, the New King’s Market estimated at about 3 billion naira, Awedele Market Road with street lights and median, N488 million naira, Oke-Ila Housing Estate Road constructed at 396 million naira, Onala Petim Road N495MILLION NAIRA AND De-Head Bawa Iyin Road constructed at N782 million naira.
This is apart from the dualisation of roads in some local government headquarters such as Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ikere, Emure, Ise, Omuo and Efon-Alaaye and reconstruction and rehabilitation of Intra city roads to ensure a widespread rural integration development across the State.
In view of the transparency initiative of the Fayose Administration, which earned the government another first in budgeting in 2015 by the Civil Resources Development Document Centre, I humbly invite Gentlemen of the Press, the fourth Estate of the Realm as critical stakeholders in the sacred mandate of ensuring accountability between government and the people, to the series of events lined up to celebrate two years of the visionary leadership of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose in Ekiti State.
Tuesday 11/10/16 (i)
Press Conference (on going) 12:00 noon
(i) Foundation laying of the High Court Complex – 12:00 noon
(ii) Commissioning of Veterinary Clinic Building, Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti – 1:00 p.m.
(iii) Commissioning of Ikole and Omuo Ekiti Carriage way – 7:00 p.m.
(i) Commissioning of Block of classrooms at Erelu Adebayo Home, Iyin-Ekiti – 10.00 a.m.
(ii) Tour of the ongoing Road Rehabilitation Project at Awo-Ara-Ijero, Iropora-Araromi-Epe
(iii) Commissioning of Efon Alaaye Dual Carriage way project – 7.00 p.m.
(i) Her Excellency’s visit to Hospitals – 10:00am
(ii) Foundation laying of the New Governor’s Office – 2pm p.m.
(iii) Jumat Service – Govt House Mosque – 2:30pm
(iv) Commissioning of Ikere Dual Carriage way Project 10:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner at Lady Jibowu Hall
(Strictly By Invitation) – 5:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Service at Lady Jibowu – 10.00 a.m.
While thanking you for your support and cooperation in the last two years, I urge you all to continue with the effective performance of your tasks with utmost professionalism and ethical considerations of objectivity, balance and fairness.
I thank you all for listening.
DR. MODUPE ALADE
SSG/CHAIRMAN 2ND ANNIVERSARY PLANNING COMMITTEE