‘Adopt Fayemi’s anti- poverty, school dropout policies’

Former Special Assistant (SA) to the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on AIDS, Loans and Debt Management, Adesola Adedayo Gold, has urged all Nigerian governors to adopt Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi’s anti-poverty policies.
Adebayo listed the policies as free education, regular payment of workers’ salaries and pensions, to better the lives of the citizens.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain noted that placing a high premium on the two pivotal areas had changed the Ekiti economic landscape and brought new lease of life among the masses across the state.
Addressing reporters at Osun Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area, God said Fayemi, within one year in office, had been able to change the wrong perception that Ekiti was not economically viable.
The ex-SSA, who is also a former Executive Assistant in the office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Osun State, noted that with Fayemi’s initiative and passion for education, it is now a criminal offence in Ekiti, with stringent punitive measures carrying many years of jail term, for parents to keep children of school age out of schools.
“Under Ayodele Fayose-led government, pupils of public and private primary and secondary schools were paying taxes under the guise of development levy, which deprived many pupils from poor backgrounds of good education.
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“The economy of Ekiti was mainly built on the civil service structure. Before Governor Fayemi came on board, the Peoploes Democratic Party (PDP) government was owing between five and eight months of workers’ salaries. That of pensioners was nine months, which increased the poverty level and destroyed our economy.
“With regular payment of salaries, the economy has changed for better. Investors have now seen Ekiti as a veritable avenue to invest their money as evidenced in the return of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) and other global partners, like the British Department for International Affairs (DFID), to Ekiti.
“Recent statistics showed that Ekiti has 100 per cent compliant with enrolment of children of school age, thereby making the state to rank first in Nigeria. This has further reignited our pride as the Fountain of Knowledge and gave us a good future as a state.”
The former House of Representatives aspirant in Ekiti State praised the governor for expanding the state’s scholarship to benefit from secondary to PhD level.
He noted that this would restore the Ekiti glory as the real education nerve-centre of the nation.
On infrastructure, Gold said Fayemi was giving Ekiti a facelift with the completion of the Ekiti State Civic Centre and the revamping of Ero and Egbe dams to supply potable water to 14 local government areas.
“The turnaround maintenance of the two dams has brought about the world bank partnership with Ekiti for the laying of 250 kilometres water pipes in Ado-Ekiti metropolis. Olorunda and Olorunsogo areas are major beneficiary of this policy.
“Some intra-city roads in Ado-Ekiti have also been tarred like Ajibade-Okeila road to ease traffic flow in the capital city.
“The fight against open defecation is also gathering momentum because Ekiti is ranked first in Nigeria. With the advent of Rural Water Supply Policy being engineered by Fayemi administration and provision of toilets in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ekiti will become open defecation-free in 2021. The pilot scheme in Ekiti West and Gbonyin local government areas confirmed this projection,” he said.
Gold added that the state government’s sustained fights against female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, child trafficking and slavery have made Ekiti a pride and pacesetter to other states in the country.