Ekiti State Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi has distributed a total sum of
N470 million to 70 communities across the State to assist them complete various ongoing self-help projects.

Speaking while distributing cheques to the representatives of the
communities in the 16 Local Governments and 19 Local Council
Development Areas, the Governor said the gesture was to drive
development at the grassroots level and in fulfillment of his promise
not to leave abandoned or uncompleted projects at the end of his
tenure in October 2022.

The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi
Egbeyemi, at the ceremony held at the Ekiti State Civic and Convention
Centre in Ado Ekiti, urged the benefiting communities to make the best
use of the grants-in-aid to complete the projects for the benefit of
the people.

The communities who were represented by their traditional rulers and
officials of their community development associations and town unions
hailed the Fayemi Administration for coming to their aid on the
projects when all hopes seemed to have been lost on the projects.

The community projects the state government is supporting with cash
backing include palaces, palace halls and fencing, town halls, civic
centres, drainages, market stall, boreholes, among others. A total 70
communities benefited from the latest batch of grants-in-aid exercise.

Apart from the Deputy Governor, other dignitaries who helped
distribute the cheques were the Speaker, Ekiti State House of
Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Secretary to the State Government,
Hon. Biodun Oyebanji; Head of Service, Mrs. Peju Babafemi; Chairman of
the Council of Traditional Rulers/Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Ayodele
Adejuwon and the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe.

Dr. Fayemi recalled that the projects which were initiated by the
communities but financed with funds from the World Bank-assisted Ekiti
State Community and Social Development Agency (EKSCDA) were abandoned
by the last administration. He said his administration was determined
to complete them to aid community development.

The Governor explained that the need to fund and complete the
abandoned projects was fueled by his going round the state on an
inspection visit and the report of a Committee to reassess the
projects which led to the inauguration of 37 projects last year out of
82 identified uncompleted projects.

He said the involvement of the people in development efforts stems
from the fact that community development has over the years remained
the major bedrock upon which a solid grassroots foundation for a
self-reliant and self-sustaining development process can be built.

Dr. Fayemi said his administration defied the economic challenges
confronting the state to ensure that the financial support to the
communities see the light of the day and that the government which he
heads was determined not to cut off the feedback channel and was not
elected to complain but for service delivery.

He said: “Ekiti State relies majorly on the monthly Federal Allocation
and our Internally Generated Revenue which have not met our target as

“We have, therefore, decoded to release these grants-in-aid assistance
fund for completion of the projects in batches. Let me assure you that
the interval for the release shall not take long period and it shall
be a continuous process until all projects are completed.

“I congratulate members of the various community development
associations/town unions who are beneficiaries of this four hundred
and ninety seven million naira (N497,000,000) grants-in-aid

“Your scope of activities should not be limited to the promotion of
communal self-help activities alone, but more importantly taking
security, growth and development to the nooks and crannies of Ekiti

Speaking earlier, Special Adviser on Community and Rural Development,
Chief Folorunso Olabode, explained that assisting communities to
execute projects started during the first tenure of Governor Fayemi
which he continued barely a year in office in 2019 when cheques were
first distributed to communities after returning to office.

Chief Olabode explained that all the projects being supported are
community-driven as the administration encourages “bottom to the top
approach” of governance urging the people in the grassroots to
reciprocate the gesture by supporting the Governor to do more.

Appreciating the government on behalf of the benefiting communities,
the Attah of Ayede Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Orisagbemi and the Alaaye of Oke
Ayedun Ekiti, Oba Olufemi Aribisala, hailed the Governor for keeping
the hope of the people in the grassroots alive with the financial

Oba Orisagbemi said: “We thank this government for not forgetting us;
we pray that this government will not collapse and the party (APC)
will not fail. When they come to ask for our votes again, we will vote
for you again to continue the good work.”

Oba Aribisala said: “What Governor Fayemi and his government have done
for us is great. They have gladdened our hearts and all our forebears
appreciate you and we pray that you will continue to succeed.

“The amount of money distributed is quite substantial and we are
giving you a promise to judiciously utilise the money for the projects
we all intended to execute. We are grateful to you.”

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