Why Ekiti values must be reclaimed, by Bisi Fayemi
The wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, yesterday explained why the cherished values of the state must be reclaimed saying that the citizens’ commitment to excellence, transparency, professionalism, merit and accountability were compromised during the immediate past administration.
According to her, those cherished values were “replaced by a system with a totally different set of values, grounded in demagoguery. Our reputation as a people has been sullied and we have become the butt of jokes due to the crass ineptitude, loquacious ignorance, and ravenous corruption masquerading as governance in our state during this past administration.”
Mrs Fayemi spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday while delivering a lecture titled: ‘Reclaiming our Lands, Restoring our Values: Beyond Slogan’, to mark the 2018 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti State chapter.
While canvasing halt in the endless bemoaning of the state of things, she enumerated actions that must be taken urgently to include empowering an impoverished populace, engaging a swarm of jobless youths and fixing education system.
“ This is where we all come in, this is where we have to find common ground, regardless of the spaces we currently occupy.”
She debunked the claims that her husband was recruiting expatriate to serve in his government, saying those that had been appointed in the last two months of his husband’s administration were more of homegrown politicians.
The governor’s wife also said the best way Ekiti people can overcome the onerous challenge of poverty is to reignite the culture of being ‘our brother’s keepers’, where the wealthy would learn how to give help to the poor in the society.
According to her, the well-articulated policy thrust of the governor is anchored on Social Investments, Infrastructure
Development, Knowledge Economy, Agriculture and Rural Development, adding, “all these would be prosecuted to add values to Ekiti and make life abundant for the poor.”