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“A new dawn is here” – Fayemi

* Introduces free primary / secondary education

* New health scheme for children under 5, pregnant women

* Social security scheme for senior citizens coming

By Gbenga Ariyibi, Ado Ekiti

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, formally assumed the mantle of leadership of Ekiti State, yesterday pledging a new dawn in which education will be free at primary and secondary school levels.

Governor Fayemi and his wife, Bisi after his swearing in as Ekiti state governor.

The new dispensation also covers a health scheme under which children below five years, pregnant women, the physically impaired and senior citizens are exempted from paying medical bills in government-owned hospitals.

Besides, a social security scheme for citizens from 65 and above is also in the offing.

Dr. Fayemi who was declared winner of the last governorship election in the state by the Court of Appeal, Ilorin, on Friday, also promised to shun recrimination or retaliation in running the affairs of the state although he said Mr. Segun Oni’s 42 months tenure would be subjected to a review.

“We will undertake a comprehensive review of what had transpired in the last 42 months as should be expected, but this is with a view to strengthening the fabric of democratic governance and correcting the ills of the past, not an exercise in with-hunting”, he said.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Bisi and Ekiti State chief Judge, Justice Silas Oyewole during the swearing in ceremony of Governor Fayemi in Ado Ekiti Saturday.

He paid tribute to the people of the state for opting for the rule of law while his petition on the election lasted in the court.

Governor Fayemi said: “For 42 long months after that election, you insisted on pitching your tent with the truth and decided on a new politics for our time

‘’You did not respond by force of arm, or resort to criminality and brigandage. Instead, you pursued your conviction with dogged determination within the ambits of the constitution and the law.

‘’You heeded my plea that l do not want to be governor over dead compatriots and that we must pursue justice without shedding blood

And he declared: ‘’Never again in the history of the state of enlightenment shall a government not duly elected by the people be imposed on them

‘’You reflected what Ekiti history teaches us from the period of ancestors about resistance to oppression, about courage of conviction and about justice as the first condition of our humility,

Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka and her husband during her oath of office administeredn by the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Silas Oyewole , Saturday. Photo: Dare Fasube.

“At a point the brazenness of the election thieves provoked our people to ask ‘ Kini a tia seyise, Ekiti Kete. But the response you gave to the challenge was outstanding

‘’ Let it be repeated by generations to come; that on this day, at this place and in this historic time , a judicial verdict provided an opportunity for the light that is Ekiti State to shine again; the shining light which had been consecrated by those who came before us; is today snatched from the jaws of defeat and delivered to the doorsteps of victory

Fayemi admitted that the road to development might be rough, but with the cooperation of the people of the state the dreams of Ekiti forefathers would be achieved in his time

The new governor directed all permanent secretaries in the state civil service to revert to their positions as at May 28, 2009 immediately and announced the suspension of what he described as irregular civil service appointments.

Governor Fayemi and his deputy, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka were sworn-in by the Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Silas Oyewole.

Mrs. Olayinka took her oath first with her husband, Mr. Lanre Olayinka by her side.

The roll call
* Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos
* Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo
* Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo
* Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
* Aremu Olusegun Osoba
* Dr. Chris Ngige
* Alhaji Lam Adesina
* Evangelist Dele Olumilua
* Otunba Niyi Adebayo
* Mr. Ayo Fayose
* Chief Bisi Akande
* Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
* Mr. Femi Falana
* Rauf Aregbesola
* Senator Ibikunle Amosun
* Mr. Tunji Odeyemi, Speaker, Ekiti State Assembly.
* Mr. Adaoti, Deputy Speaker, Ekiti Assembly
* Most Revd Felix Ajakaye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti
* Fuji Musician, Wasiu Ayinde
* Mr. Dele Alake


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