Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has told the newly sworn in Commissioners and Special Advisers to perform or be prepared to resign their appointments for non-performance.
Inaugurating the new commissioners and special advisers in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Fayemi urged the new council members to get accustomed to government programmes, and agenda, stressing that a familiarization induction programme has been planned after which “performance agreement” will be signed between the Governor and respective Commissioners and Advisers.
The governor said he would not hesitate to ask appointees who are accustomed to grumbling about inadequate financial gain to resign because he is not prepared to expend the available resources on office holders but mainly on the people”.
While stating that his administration is committed to transparency, Fayemi urged the appointees to shun graft and judiciously expend State resources as he would not tolerate any act that will breach the trust that Ekiti people have for his government.
“You were favoured among several other eminently qualified individuals. You should therefore see your appointment as a call to service. This is an opportunity for you to write your name in gold as a valuable member of Ekiti restoration team. Do your best to justify the confidence reposed in you by your people and this government”.
“While government will endeavour to satisfy our political appointees in accordance with the provisions of the RMAFC as it affects the remuneration of political office holders, let me stress that you all must avoid exaggerated expectations of political office as a vehicle for personal enrichment.
“The truth is that Ekiti has limited resources and we will be extremely prudent in its utilization. However, for those who are accustomed to grumbling about inadequate financial gain, let me also stress that we won’t hesitate to ask for your resignation if you are unhappy that we are expending the resources available mainly on Ekiti people, and not on political office holders”, Fayemi said.
Fayemi while acknowledging the contributions of other members of the party in its victory at the last governorship election stated that it was impossible to appoint everyone but assured that everyone would feel the impact of his administration in many positive ways.
He urged Ekiti people not to relent in giving suggestions, pieces of advice and constructive criticisms to his government as this will constantly keep the administration in line with our avowed commitment to the Ekiti project.
In her response, one of the Commissioners, Dr Moji Yahaya-Kolade thanked the governor for appointing them to serve Ekiti people; saying that they will not fail in working to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Four of the newly inaugurated commissioners served in Fayemi’s first term. They are Prof Adio Afolayan (Local Government and Community Development ); Mr Sola Adebayo (Works and Transport); Alhaji Ayodele Jinadu( Special Duties and Regional Integration) and Chief Folorunso Olabode (Agriculture and Rural development).
Other newly sworn- in commissioners are Mr Muyiwa Olumilua (Information, Tourism and Values Orientation); Engr. Dele Faparusi (Infrastructure and Public Utilities); Dr (Mrs) Moji Yaya Abatan (Health and Human Services);and Chief Mrs Moji Fafure (Women Affairs and Social Development)
Others are Mr Emmanuel Foluso Daramola (Education, Science and Technology )Mr Gbenga Agbeyo (Environment and Natural Resources); Mr Olusoga David(Investment, Trade and Industries); Mr Michael Awopetu (Youth and Sports Development); Mr Femi Ajayi ( Budget and Economic Planning); Mr Febisola Adewale (Lands, Housing and Urban Development)
The fourteen commissioners are to join two other colleagues -Mr Dapo Kolawole, Commissioner for Finance and Mr Wale Fapounda, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice who were inaugurated last November.