Immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Kayode John Fayemi has
explained why he built the multi-mullion naira controversial Government
House in the state.
The governor has been under attack lately for lavishing the state funds on the government lodge.
His predecessor, Ayo Fayose had claimed that the governor bought two beds for N50 million naira.
However, embattled Fayemi in a publication that showcased his achievements in Ekiti, explained why he embarked on the project.
declared that ‘’The administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti
State places much premium on infrastructure which it believes is a
catalyst for modernizing the state.
is the second policy thrust of the 8-point agenda of the Fayemi
administration otherwise known as the ‘Roadmap to Ekiti Recovery’”.
publication reads thus: ‘’Desirous of being remembered for good by
citizens of the State, the Fayemi administration conceived what it
called ‘Legacy Projects’, bequeathed to the generations yet unborn.
conceiving the projects, the administration took cognizance of the need
to execute projects that accord with the needs of the government and
people of Ekiti and critically also, positively project the Land of
Honour in the comity of states in Nigeria.
‘’Not ready to be
encumbered by the meagre allocations from the Federation Account, as the
state is 35th out of 36th on the nation’s revenue ladder, the
administration secured a N25 billion bond from the Capital Market.
accessing the first tranche of N20 billion, the administration
immediately embarked on the mission to change the face of the state with
the Legacy Projects which the new Government House is one of them.”
to Fayemi, ‘’Ekiti State has lived with the challenge of having a
befitting Government House since the state was created on October 1,
1996. The first Military Administrator, as he was designated, Col. Inua
Bawa (rtd), was holed-up in a borrowed apartment before building an
official residence with bricks sourced from Ire-Ekiti Burnt Bricks
administrations since then made do with some buildings in the
Government House complex, including the present abode of the state’s
number one citizen known as the Osuntokun Lodge. The fact that the Lodge
lacked many facilities befitting of the residence of a governor and
therefore “very inferior” to other Government Houses in the country,
made the need for a new Government House in Ekiti very imperative.
inadequacy came even more to the fore at the death of the former Deputy
Governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, with guests pouring in from all over
the country to commiserate with the government and people of the state
on the monumental loss. To add to the state’s sorrow, the governor could
not receive two sets of guests at the same time.
rather embarrassing experience has become history with the construction
of the new Government House situated on the Ayoba Hills in Ado-Ekiti,
the new edifice, like the biblical ‘House on a Hill’ can be seen from
all parts of the city.
‘’While dismissing the claims of the
opposition that the project is self-serving, Fayemi argued that the new
Government House belongs to the people of Ekiti and not his personal
‘’He added that it would continue to serve as the
official residence of all coming governors, long after he would have
left office. The new Government House, will go down as an important
statement of the New Ekiti that the Fayemi administration has always
thought possible: It is an Ekiti State that plays second fiddle to