By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, on Monday said the multi-billion naira overhead bridge in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, would be delivered in another 24 months, when he will clock exactly three years in office.
WESTERN POST reports that the Governor said this at a public interactive forum tagged “The Governor Explains” in Ado-Ekiti.
He said other projects slated for completion at about the same time included the reconstruction of the burnt Kings Market in Ado-Ekiti as well as dual carriage roads embarked upon in most of the 16 local government headquarters.
He emphasized that the projects could not be in anyway rushed into completion for cheap political reasons as being demanded by some individuals and groups due to their nature.
While appealing for understanding and cooperation of the people over the inconveniences encountered as a result of the ongoing works, the governor said he was not unaware of the pains and discomfort being faced by residents in the process of executing the projects through occasional road diversions.
He also hinted that a number of structures would be demolished to give way to the projects.
He, however, promised to compensate all house owners to be affected, but with the exception of these whose structures originally violated laid down housing rules on road setbacks.
According to the governor, such inconveniences were inevitable anywhere in the world in the process of engendering development.
He clarified that contrary to insinuations in some quarters,the projects being undertaken are not misplaced, saying certain facilities that should ordinarily make a state capital or local government headquarter look it’s worth were lacking in Ekiti State.
Fayose explained that he deliberately embarked on such projects in order to creating long lasting legacies that would outlive him after tenure of office.
“Only a foolish leader or politician will be working for the purpose of winning election alone but the wise one will do those things that will take care of the future”, he said.
The governor enjoined the state workers, in their capacity as the engine room of government to rally round his administration to deliver on its promises.
He threatened to soon embark on unscheduled visits to public offices to ensure that issues relating to laziness and complacency among civil servants become a thing of the past.
The governor warned that any worker caught to be abdicating his responsibility in the process would be dealt with according to necessary industrial law.
He used the occasion to announce that the 20th anniversary of the state creation coming up on October 1st, 2016 would be low-keyed in accordance to the unfavourable economic situation in the country.