Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has assured that the state’s 2017 appropriation bill would reflect and meet the yearnings of all communities and towns in the state.
He said the decision of his administration to involve the people in the preparation of the budget was to ensure that the people get what they wanted in terms of projects.
The governor gave the assurance in Ado Ekiti at the weekend while presenting staff of office to the new Alasin of Asin Ekiti in Ikole local government , Oba Olufemi Babalola.
During a separate meeting with the traditional chiefs from across the state, where he gave a vivid account of the state, Fayose said the interface he is having with the leaders of every community was to aggregate projects that will be injected into the proposed fiscal bill.
He said the recognition accorded the traditional chief was for his government to work with them and inform them on the activities of those that are plundering the state’s resources such as economic trees , farmlands and others which is affecting negatively government efforts at shoring up its internally generated revenue .
The governor added that he would visit all the 133 towns in the state to aggregate their opinions in compiling the financial bill, so that his projects can meet the yearnings of the people and alleviate their sufferings .
While noting that the move will help in the siting of projects that are not against the priorities of the citizens of the state, the governor said “I solicit your support for this government to succeed. This is not about party politics and Ekiti should be our primary concern. I’ll continue to call you for this kind of meeting every three months to give accounts of governance.
“I don’t want to impose projects on our communities. I want them to be by requests because what is the essence of having a project the people will not value? Whatever we are going to do must meet their immediate demands to assuage their feelings and sufferings.
“ We want to involve stakeholders in the preparation of the budget, a bottom up approach, we want to maintain the lead of being ranked first as performing best in budget implementation as we did last year.”