By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado Ekiti- A former Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in Ekiti State, Mr. Debo Ajayi, has said the arrest and jailing of politicians by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) won’t stop the corruption or corrupt practices among public servants in Nigeria.
Ajayi, who also served under former Governor Kayode Fayemi as commissioner for Trade, Investment and Innovation, called on the federal government to embark on aggressive value re-orientation and reward system in the public service as potent weapons that could tackle the menace.
Ajayi, who has declared interest in the 2018 governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC), promised to use the instrument of salary increment and reward for excellent services to rid Ekiti of fraud , if elected .
The Actuarial Scientist said this in Ado Ekiti on Thursday while unveiling his ambition for the plum governorship seat slated for 2018 in the state.
He said: “I quite appreciate the fact that bad leadership led us into all this mess, but our reward system in terms of wages to workers and excellent service have broken down and this is not helping matters.
“So, rather than beating or jailing people, we must bring back our value and reward system, make them fantastic and dignifying and I believe corruption will be tackled permanently .
“One can also do this by subsidizing what will make every citizen live a good life, I mean, provide efficient and subsidized education, health and social services that will lessen their burdens”, he advised.
He promised that he would attract investor into Ekiti using his wealth of experience in Canada, USA , South Africa and Dubai, where he had worked and built different careers to create wealth for the teeming unemployed youths.
Ajayi added that he would tap into what he called ‘Ekiti knowledge zone’ to woo Ekiti indigenes abroad home to impact their knowledge on the local individuals.
The former commissioner promised that he will invest heavily in community-based health care system, youth-based commercial agriculture and Information and Communication Technology(ICT) to redirect the state’s economy from depending solely on federal allocations
“Only a creative governor can make Ekiti work with the current economic problem. Ekiti depends on allocation from the federal government , which had caused several of our youths languishing in poverty, because they have no jobs to do.
“About 40 % registered voters in Ekiti are between ages 18 and 30 and over 85% of them are idle. It is either they are unemployed or underemployed, in fact, many Ekiti youths and bright ones are wasting
“We have to invest in them through agriculture and this can be achieved by opening up our rural areas, so that they can stay there and engage in productive agriculture that will be funded by corporate bodies to make it a real business venture”, he said.