Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji has been sworn in as the Governor of Ekiti State. The governor took his oath of office today, Sunday, 16th October, 2022 in Ado-Ekiti.
Read his full inaugural speech below.
NOW LET’S KEEP EKITI WORKING
Being the Text of the Inauguration Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji On the Occasion of his Inauguration as the Fourth Elected Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria
DAWN OF A NEW ERA (I)
Today, we are witnesses to the reversal of the previous political transitions fraught with tension and strife, and bear testimony to the dawn of peaceful transition of power from one administration to the other – the first of its kind in our history.
It also marks the beginning of the implementation of the Ekiti State (Transition) Law, 2019 which effectively provides for seamless transition from one administration to the other.
DAWN OF A NEW ERA (II)
As I assume leadership of our dear State before God and this distinguished audience today, it is indeed an emotional and historic moment for me, that destiny has now placed upon my shoulders the onerous task of furthering the journey to the actualisation of Ekiti prosperity; which was, and remains, our core mandate.
CONTINUING THE RESTORATION OF EKITI VALUES
We may have had political differences, but the Ekiti ideal was never lost on us. This is why my esteemed leader, boss and immediate predecessor, His Excellency Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, determined that the God-inspired purpose of his second tenure of office was to get us back on track with the mantra ‘Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring Our Values.
CONTINUING THE RESTORATION OF EKITI VALUES (II)
There is no doubt that this was achieved in his time, and Ekiti has been on a trajectory of stability and inclusive growth, as, the State is today, leading in all indices of good governance and human development.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi is a leader of leaders who has led with integrity and compassion, and a unique spirit of excellence that has lifted our profile in the comity of States.”
MY VISION AND MISSION
My vision is for Ekiti State to be a land of prosperity, opportunity, peace and progress. A land in which transformed people and communities can reap the fruits of their labour in dignity, good health and safety. A land of honour where integrity matters.
For this vision to be actualised we need to focus on a roadmap to get there.
OUR ROADMAP TO A PROSPEROUS EKITI
Youth Development and Job Creation
Creating employment and income-generating opportunities for the people of Ekiti is a critical component of our administration’s agenda.
We have identified some of the drivers, markets and industries that create these opportunities within the system and intend to nurture them and give them the enabling structures and support required to deliver the jobs we need.
Human Capital Development (I)
Ekiti State has the second-lowest number of out-of-school children in the country. Our goal is to build on the progress made by the previous administration by bringing that number as close to zero as possible, making sure that our children are not just in school, but are learning.
Therefore, ensuring that all our children can access free and qualitative basic education up to Senior Secondary School 3 (SS3), with curricula that prepare them adequately for further learning or the job market, is our objective. We shall replicate this in all our Social Investment programmes.
We will also ensure that gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment continue to be given priority in all policies and programs.