Ekiti State Government is to commence the construction and rehabilitation of 1,000 kilometres rural roads and renovation of all public primary schools in the state in the 2020 fiscal year. This is in addition to the rehabilitation of all the 177 primary health centres across the state.
The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this on Thursday at the consultative meeting held in three senatorial districts to get stakeholders’ input to the 2020 budget preparation. The meeting took place in Ikere, Ikole and Ado-Ekiti with representatives of various towns and villages across the 16 local government areas in attendance.
While responding to the various suggestions made by the people regarding their priority projects in the 2020 budget Dr Fayemi said the proposed budget would focus more on the rural areas thereby bringing deserved development to the areas through tarring and rehabilitation of roads as well as improvement to the health, education, power sectors and erosion control.
He explained that the meeting was designed to commence the process of inclusive budget preparation for 2020 which was in line with the participatory budgeting model that was established during his first term in office as governor between 2010 and 2014.
The Governor assured the people of the state that his government would undertake rehabilitation and tarring of 1000km of rural roads through the Rural Access to Market Programme (RAMP), in partnership with the World Bank, adding that he had already got the nod of the World Bank to undergo a number of projects in the state.
Fayemi said he had already paid the counterpart fund for 2016 to 2018 to UBEC, said the state already has about N8Billion in its coffers to embark on the second phase of school buildings renovation and construction for a conducive teaching and learning environment.