World Bank, progressive govs laud Ekiti State developmental strides
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the recognition, which was part of the Nigeria Portfolio Performance Awards for 2019, was communicated via a letter signed by World Bank’s Country Director for Nigeria and Africa Region, Rachid Banmessaoud.
Banmessaoud, in the letter addressed to Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said: “This is to congratulate you on your state’s commendable performance, which led to winning the award for the best performing state under the National Urban Water Sector Reform Project (NUWSRP) and third best-performing state under the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
“We hope to leverage on the gains and outcomes of this event and look forward to a deepened partnership in your state.”
In a related vein, the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) also commended Ekiti State government for recording the highest number of initiatives in the Forum’s Development Initiatives tracking.
The PGF, in a letter signed by Mr. Foluso Aluko, on behalf of the Director-General, said Ekiti State led with 18 initiatives ahead of Nasarawa and Lagos, which recorded 14 and 10 respectively.
The initiatives, according to the letter, spread across empowerment, job creation, healthcare, among others.
Meanwhile, Fayemi, who spoke at a meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said that the state would continue to partner with development agencies and relevant institutions in the bid to ensure all round development in the state.
The governor, who spoke at a meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, identified increase in social investments, rural and agricultural development, as well as infrastructure and industrial development, as some of the areas of focus in his administration’s plan to drive economic development.