By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—FORMER governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, advised the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to face governance and stop lamenting.
He spoke through his Special Assistant on New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Fayose said: “I have left office and the projects done by my government can be seen by the people of Ekiti, he should devote his time and resources to things that the people of Ekiti can point to as his achievements after the mandate that was stolen for him might have been retrieved.”
Apparently reacting to Fayemi’s accusation that he did not properly handle the projects he left behind in 2014, Fayose said: “As a temporary governor, he (Fayemi) should know that he has a very limited time to spend.”
The former governor said “Ikogosi Resort was never abandoned. Rather, what the Fayose government did was to first hand it over to a private company to manage and when the company left because it was unable to meet up with the expected revenue, the government put machineries in motion to seek private investors to take over the resort.
“As at the time we left government, no private investor had shown interest and rather than making noise, Fayemi should continue from where we stopped by intensifying efforts to seek investors to manage the Ikogosi Resort because there is nowhere in the world where government runs such business profitably.
“Most importantly, it is on record that Fayemi spent over N1.2 billion to renovate the Ikogosi Hotel in 2012, let him tell the public how much revenue his government realized from it before he left office.
“On the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado Ekiti, which was uncompleted when Fayemi commissioned it in 2014, initially, we opted for Public Private Partnership, PPP, which did not materialize.
“Thereafter, through the government’s ‘Saving One Million Lives Project’, it was equipped with close to N15 million at first instance and Fayemi’s government should improve on that instead of lamenting.”
“Finally, we wish to remind Fayemi to also endeavour to take pressmen to the site of the new governor’s office along NTA Road in Ado Ekiti on which he spent over N300 million, and the other invisible projects on which he spent the N25 billion bond he took during his first tenure.”