By: Adebayo Adenrele, Precious Oham

For rapid economic development of Ekiti state, Governor Biodun Oyebanji has promised to prioritize
youth development, job creation, human capital development, agriculture and rural development.

Others are infrastructure and industrialization, arts, culture and tourism and governance.

Oyebanji, in his New Year Message, in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, noted that his administration is resolutely committed to fulfilling campaign promises.

The Governor, who expressed optimism in 2023, predicted that it would be a giant lift for residents of the state.

He appealed to political parties to maintain peace as general elections draw nearer.

“Ekiti kete, since I assume duty, we have focused on our promises to you as contained in campaign manifesto. While it is too early to reel out our achievements in the last seventy-five days, I will want to assure you that we remain committed to our promises.

“Our objective is to enable employment and income generating opportunities that will engage our youths productively. In the New Year, our plan will begin to crystalise into policy and programmes that will create these opportunities for our youths.

“In 2023, plans are ongoing on how to further bring more agripreneurs to the State, this will lead to the full realisation of the thinking that led to the establishment of the Ekiti Cargo Airport. Our long term goal as a State is to make our State the foremost entity for agro-allied export to the international market.

“We are committed to open and transparent processes that ensure government businesses are conducted in an effective, smart and efficient manner, and that government is very responsible and responsive to the yearnings of stakeholders.

“We are also irrevocably committed to the welfare of our workers as we will continue to ensure that salaries and allowances are paid as and when due. On the issues of outstanding salaries and allowances, government is working out a modality to address this issue.

“I am very optimistic that 2023 will be a year of giant lift for us and our State. We are going to witness massive improvement in security, infrastructure and government services than we have ever seen.”