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Between Facts, Reality, and Faith-keeping: Fayemi’s Scorecard

In his critique of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s second term, which expires on October 16, 2022, Victor Ogunje claims that the regime fell short of what residents of the state known as the “fountain of knowledge” expected.

Expectations were high and disappointment was obvious as Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti Situation, was sworn in for a second term on October 16, 2018, as a result of the economy’s dire state and public distrust of the administration.

The atmosphere was depressing at the time since almost every sector of the economy seemed to be ignored and dissatisfied as a result of their unfulfilled expectations and severe estrangement from local, state, and federal administrations.

The public employees and pensioners were writhing in pain due to the irregular payment of wages, pensions, and gratuities before Fayemi’s mysterious and wonderful reappearance.

A cumulative debt of N57 billion had been accrued in this situation, it was disclosed at the governor’s first meeting with the public officials.

The governor realized at that time that governing Ekiti would not be easy. This is based on the idea that the civil service is the heart of the state’s economy and that anything that damages that sector would trickle down to other strata of the state. At the time, the situation was especially dismal and hopeless.

The unrest among young people, which was progressively taking center stage as a result of the worrisome unemployment rate in Ekiti state, was the most concerning. According to statistics, Ekiti has one of the highest graduate unemployment rates in the nation as of 2017. This was reflected in the frightening increase in online crime, kidnappings, and ritual murders that came into Ekiti.

Craftspeople, farmers, merchants, and members of the private sector all experienced unease and severe aches in their systems.

Ayodele Fayose’s most recent administration ordered the closure of institutions including Guarantee Trust Bank and Access Bank for allegedly failing to pay promised taxes to the state. However, the banks used instances of security risks and the government’s alleged inaction to tame the raging beast to defend their conduct.

Despite how tense things seem to be, Governor Fayemi is certain that everything will work out. The governor enthusiastically pledged to pay the N57 billion owing to the employees and pensioners within a span of 12 months during his interaction with the state personnel. Wild acclaim and great hopes spread across the civil service fold after this outstanding address.

At that meeting, the Chairmen of the Joint Negotiating Committee, Kayode Fatomiluyi, Sola Adigun, and the Nigerian Labour Congress, Kolapo Olatunde, made it clear to Fayemi that the only way for him to win over the hearts of the civil servants was to pay off this enormous debt and save their fellow workers from poverty and suffering.

The public eventually realized that Fayemi could only cover two of the seven months’ worth of wage and pension arrears owing to local government employees and retirees as well as two of the four months’ worth of debt owed to the core civil personnel. The government’s plans were dependent on the Covid 19 epidemic and decreasing funding for the states.

In fact, this caused unrest among the ranks of employees and pensioners. In the June 18, 2022 gubernatorial election, Segun Oni of the weak Social Democratic Party received a total of 82,122 votes, placing him second behind the much stronger People’s Democratic Party. This voting pattern is said to have been greatly influenced by their noisy music.

The employees and pensioners still haven’t completely forgotten about Fayemi’s dangling perks, especially the failure to make wage deductions to their cooperatives for loan chances.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr. Olomi Akinola, once threatened to sue the state government and get a mandamus order to force Fayemi to pay by whatever means in order to express their outrage and displeasure over the dangling pension and gratuity.

Akinola said that more than 250 of his members had passed away in a span of five years as a result of bad health and an inability to afford necessary treatment. The very dejected pensioners’ leader continued, saying that as of December 31, 2021, the state government owed them an astounding amount of N37.8 billion in gratuity arrears, further aggravating the members’ miserable circumstances.

“We are not especially pleased with this administration for not paying our gratuities,” Akinola added. The last was in 2012, and by then the financial crisis had claimed many of our lives. How much longer are we going to put up with this? If this administration insists on acting in this manner, we may be left with no option but to sue them in order to defend our basic rights.

Even if the situation is dire, Governor Fayemi may defend his actions with a number of inspiring tales. He was certain that his administration had lived up to its campaign promise to uphold Ekiti people’s values and recover the land for prosperity and development.

Fayemi said that despite his best efforts to recover the land for growth and development, Ekiti was still stuck in the dungeon and faced several difficulties. Four years later, he feels that he has done the best he can to fulfill his obligation.

When listing his accomplishments, the Governor said that his government had done well in the State’s education, human capital development, health, social security, social amenities, and infrastructure development.

Knowing the animosity and hostility that exist within the public service, the governor has always used the state’s present economic slump for his inability to pay the N57 billion in salary, gratuities, and pension arrears owed to employees and pensioners as promised in 2018.

Speaking broadly on a thank-you tour of the state, Fayemi claimed that his administration had built 139 kilometers of new roads in the previous four years while also making some minor repairs to the crumbling federal highways to improve their usability for drivers.

In addition to boasting that his administration is “Finishing well,” the governor noted that it has started operating one primary health center per ward and renovated 14 general and state hospitals in accordance with national healthcare policy.

He said that the poor condition of the federal roads in Ekiti was caused by increasing traffic from neighboring states, particularly by a rise in haulage companies and cross-border trucks, which, he claimed, put pressure on some of the routes to give way.

“As of 2018 when I joined the team, I had the goal of clearing all these debts,” said Fayemi. However, the federal government’s funding for the Budget Support Fund, Paris Club, Excess Crude, and other programs halted, and we were simply receiving monthly allotment. That was the true reason we were unable to keep our commitment.

We could still pay for some of it. Two were compensated from the pay arrears. We should investigate why our predecessor, who amassed all of these support monies, was unable to make payments. We do not intend to withhold payment of any of these arrears. However, we are relieved that our government is after us. The next administration will begin where we left off if there are any areas where we failed to keep our commitments.

The Ekiti International Agro-Allied Cargo Airport is a dream realized, not only for this administration but also for Ekiti-kete and the generation yet to be born, according to Fayemi, who listed the accomplishments of the current government. Despite being planned as an airport for agricultural cargo, this does not exclude commercial passenger operation.

The airport has a Boeing 747-400 aircraft capacity, a CA5-9 4E category, and a 3.2 kilometre runway length.

The construction of the dual-lane new Ado-Iyin road, the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, the rebuilding of the Agbado-Ode-Isinbode road, the building of the Aramoko-Erijiyan-Ikogosi road, the building of the Oye-Ayede-Iye-Otun road, and the building of the Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo road

Harding Memorial College, Oke-Isa, and Ado-Ekiti are a few among them. Ado-Ekiti, the Secretariat Complex, the EKZ Model School, Ijan Road, Ado-Ekiti, and Isan-Ekiti are the locations of the new SUBEB headquarters. Ado-Ijan Way, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Agro-Cargo International Airport. Olokonla Dualisation—1.6km, Ave. width 11.75m; Dualised road section—1.1km, Ave. width 12m; Bolorunduro Street—0.67km, Ave. width 5.7m.

In the area of transportation, the governor said that the government had built an Old People’s Resort in Ado-Ekiti, as well as a Bus Terminal and Pedestrian Walkway/Drain Cover along the Ijigbo-Okeyinmi Roundabout in the Central Business Area.

Fayemi further revealed that in order to improve healthcare service to the populace, the government completed extensive remodeling projects at the general hospitals in Emure, Aramoko, Ode, Oye, Otun, Ijero, Ikere, Ikole, Ise, Iyin, and Omuo-Ekiti.

He continued by claiming that the state administration is working to combat the threat of instability in the region and that administrative red tape was delaying the procurement of the much-touted drone that would be used to monitor the woods and apprehend roving criminals.

“Whatever gaps we have left and rough edges to straighten, the next administration will be constituted by our party and I know that Biodun Oyebanji would perfect all our flaws,” the governor said as he put his argument to rest.

Even though Fayemi’s scorecard seemed to be sweet and satisfying, the opponents saw it through a different lens. Raphael Adeyanju, the state publicity secretary for the opposition party, rated the present administration as a catastrophic failure.

The poor condition of the roads, both federally and state-owned ones, and Fayemi’s inability to keep her commitments to employees and pensioners, according to Adeyanju, are sufficient proof that the present administration has failed the people.

He said that the state has never in history been more terrorized by bandits and kidnappers, and that it has become so insecure that farmers are unable to travel to their farms, leading to a sharp increase in the cost of commodities and agricultural products.

This is the worst condition we have ever seen, he said. In addition to the IGR, Governor Fayemi got about N150 billion from the federation account over a four-year period, but he frittered the money away on unnecessary expenses. Nothing concrete that could have benefited Ekiti was done by the government.

“Many state-owned roads, including Aramoko-Ijero, Ikere-Igbara Odo, Ise-Ikere, and Iluomoba-Ijesa Isu-Ikole, are currently impassable, and farmers in Oke Ako, Irele, Ipao, Ayetoro, Ewu, and Orin Ekiti are frightened to go to their farms out of concern for kidn

He was occupied with locating projects randomly and misusing our money rather than fixing our roads. Why would a governor establish a second State Polytechnic if he was unable to pay the employees of the current Ekiti State University? The EKSU employees are now only receiving 60% of what they were paid each month for the previous two years. He didn’t build the Polytechnic in his hometown out of a sense of obligation, but rather to appease his constituents.

“To demonstrate how callous Fayemi was, he fired his Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants, and some board members while still failing to pay some workers who retired in 2012 their gratuities. Adeyanju questioned, “Is that what we call governance?

The head of the trade union congress, comrade Sola Adigun, also expressed his opinions on Fayemi’s administration, saying that the people of Ekiti have had conflicting thoughts over the previous four years of the present administration.

While the workers expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s inability to keep some promises, according to Adigun, they are grateful to the governor for ensuring the regular payment of workers’ salaries and the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

“When Governor Fayemi joined the team, our expectations were high,” he said. When the Governor promised to pay the N57 billion in salary, pension, and gratuity arrears owing before he arrived, our expectations were also elevated. However, this promise was not entirely fulfilled, and we can’t say we were delighted about it.

“As of right now, local government employees are still owed four months’ worth of wages. Pensioners were due the same amount of months, whilst teachers and government employees were due two months. These went against what we expected, which was that everything would be reimbursed in accordance with the contract we made with the government.

Even though we are pleased that the N30,000 minimum wage has been introduced for employees, senior personnel in grade levels 15 and above have not benefited from the ensuing raise in pay. Again, we thank the government for providing financial support for the promotions in 2017 and 2018. However, the promotions in 2019 and those in 2020, 2021, and 2022 must be implemented promptly by the next administration.

Workers have reason to be pleased that we were able to realize some payments, despite the fact that they are not totally satisfied with all of our outstanding and unresolved payments. The most intriguing part is that, although other states with less serious problems continued their protest for many months, we have been working with the administration despite our predicament because, as he put it, “growth can only take place in an environment of peace.

In his assessment of the present administration, the State Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, disputed that Fayemi’s administration was a catastrophic failure.

According to him, the current government’s accomplishments help to dispel doubters’ beliefs that he has done well. His government’s failure to collect two allocations to cover a month’s salary was reason enough to give him a high rating. Due to the fact that Ekiti is primarily a civil service state, Fayemi has prioritized salary payments.

“Legacy projects like the airport, social security program for the aged, 139 km of new roads, over 5,000 jobs in the service, the adoption of the N30,000 minimum wage, the Obafemi Awolowo Civic and Convention Centre, and others are indications that Governor Fayemi is definitely ending well,”

In actuality, the masquerade would eventually be revealed on October 16. Whatever people say later will exactly define their opinion of Fayemi’s performance, whether it was good or bad.

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  1. How i wish our politicians will have a positive common goal…to make the nation and the people happy..it would have been better.

  2. The head of the trade union congress, comrade Sola Adigun, also expressed his opinions on Fayemi’s administration, saying that the people of Ekiti have had conflicting thoughts over the previous four years of the present administration.

    Now lest wait for 16 October to see d others comments!!

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