‘Fayemi said he derived fulfillment in his journey as the Ekiti governor’
Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State says he would be leaving the state better than he met it when he assumed office on October 16, 2018.
Dr. Fayemi, whose tenure would end on Sunday, spoke at the closing session of a two-day international valedictory conference held in his honour at the sprawling Obafemi Awolowo Civic and Convention Centre, Ado-Ekiti, as part of activities to mark his end-of-term.
He said during his tenure, he turned around the state from its parlous condition to the envy of other states through reforms, interventionist policies and programmes, which were guided by the tripod principles of good governance, transparency and accountability.
Fayemi said he derived fulfilment in his journey as the governor and like the Biblical Paul had run the race and done his best in keeping the faith of turning things around for the good of people.
The governor, who said he was emotional about the outpouring of solidarity and goodwill messages on him and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, noted that his journey in politics was borne out of the collective resolve to avoid the mistakes of yesteryear in the quest for a national rebirth.
He attributed his success in Ekiti and national service to the wealth of wisdom and counsel he benefitted from President Muhammadu Buhari, the late Chief Anthony Enahoro, Prof Wole Soyinka, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, living former heads of state, traditional rulers and others.
Expressing confidence in the ability of Governor-elect Biodun Oyebanji to sustain the enduring legacies his administration had laid in Ekiti, Dr. Fayemi said Oyebanji, like Timothy (in the Bible), would do the work of missionary with his team and labour day and night with diligence and faith for the good of Ekiti and the nation.