Something Is Happening In Ekiti – For Real!

Something is happening in Ekiti State that needs to be told. And I will since I bear witness to it.

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Quite a few folks, including my good friend and brother Femi Orebe and Sam Omatseye, both columnists in The Nation newspaper, have written volubly extolling the “quiet revolution” going on in Ekiti State. It is difficult reading some of the stuff written by them and not think, there’s some exaggeration afoot. I needed to be there to see with my own very eyes.

I finally wrestled the demon of procrastinations and made it to Ado-Ekiti last week, my first time there since Dr. Kayode Fayemi became the governor of the state two years ago.

Ekiti had really never been a favourite destination for me. Tucked within the heartland of the old West, it seemed its only distinguishing tourist feature was some “miracle of nature” somewhere in the denseness of the Ekiti forests at a village called Ikogosi, where cold and warm water spring out side by side from the ground into a running stream; and her only claim to fame was that old high school of excellence – Christ School, Ado-Ekiti – along with Ekiti’s renown as the land where every household has a Ph.D. holder!

But over the years even those little graces had wilted and become virtually stuff of distant memories. Ekitiland, with all its vaunted brains, had proved not immune to the malaise of a country gone to the dogs: although nature had remained faithful with its “miracle” warm spring at Ikogosi, the forest had reclaimed its own and it would’ve taken a dare to venture there in a hurry (the way it was fun for me to do some 30 years or so ago); Christ School had become a sham with neither ‘Christ’ nor ‘school’ in place; gloom was evident all over the land, the roads were impassable, and even Ado-Ekiti had become no more than a glorified village!

In the few times I had strained to be in Ekiti in the last 10 years – essentially for some ceremony or the other of friends like the late Rufus Orisayomi and Akin Osuntokun – the experiences had been some ordeal.

But there was no mocking of Ekiti, the fate that befell her had befallen virtually all of the old West. Successive governments had been preoccupied with the glamour and self-opportunities of office. Lacking in depth, vision and commitment, governance was essentially cosmetic and nothing beyond how to share the monthly dole from Abuja between individual pockets and token gestures of attention to crying state infrastructure within a governor’s very limited horizon. Everything was about politics, politics of the stomach and of longevity in office.

I was in Ado-Ekiti last week at the instance of governor Fayemi who rightly felt this old man has been unfair in not visiting Ekiti since he became governor even when we shared some common history in the struggle against Gen. Abacha and for the enthronement of democracy. Of course Fayemi’s antecedent and role far outstripped mine in those years – be it as the brain-box of Radio Kudirat or as intellectual strategist for many global institutions and governments, having himself acquired a doctorate degree in War Studies from the prestigious King’s College, University of London.

Accompanied by my barrister son, Kunle, and my friend from way back in England, Taiwo Adedoyin, I was provided with a vehicle and guides (led by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, ex-PUNCH-ER Yinka Oyebode) to tour the state and go as I pleased.

For hours and hours we drove with our mouths drooping in amazement at what we saw. The renewal of the urbanity of Ado-Ekiti as the state capital was clearly evident: arterial roads that had been half-heartedly begun by preceding governments have been widened and dualized with streetlights installed all along the median; as old roads are being reconstructed and retarred to high standards, new ones are surfacing everywhere; city centre is buzzing with new energy –buildings wear new look, shops and petty businesses are all over; new impressive structures are springing up, an arcade here, a centre there.

But the development was not limited to the state capital. As we drove for miles and miles we were stunned to find dualized roads running for long stretches and high-grade roads interconnecting most towns and villages. I learnt other governors wonder how Fayemi has been able to have so many roads done in just two years!

Our eyes connected with schools beckoning with renovated or new buildings wearing bright new looks and we are told about 100 schools have already benefitted in the first phase and the exercise would continue until all public schools have been restored to their old glory.

However, even all would be nothing were they limited to these externalities. Truly concerned about the rottenness of the education standard Fayemi has embarked on a holistic restructuring and restitution of education in the state: reequipping the schools with appropriate furniture and sporting equipment, and starting the teachers on a whole range of training and retraining after the discovery that a scandalous less than 10% of teachers in the state primary schools could pass a primary four exam!

At secondary school level Fayemi has done something unprecedented perhaps in the entire country. He has provided customised and solar-powered laptops to about 30,000 students and 18,000 teachers. The stunning achievement has encouraged the manufacturers of the computers – Samsung – to setting up a computer engineering centre in Ado-Ekiti that would be a manpower training and development centre and assembly workshop for their computers! The buildings’ foundations have been laid and work is going on apace.

It is difficult, nay impossible, to write all there is to write about what Fayemi has done or is geared to doing in Ekiti State in just a thousand-word column. And yet it is important to let the world know about every aspect of this amazingly resourceful and talented (genius, I’d say) governor’s programme in their uniqueness and developmental pace.

His style of government is similar to that of Fashola of Lagos State in intellectualism, seriousness and time-management, shorn of frivolities and giving no room to entertaining jesters and debilitating stream of unhelpful visitors. And similar to that of Osun’s Aregbesola and Edo’s Oshiomhole in pace and vision.

Fayemi pioneered a Social Security Programme for the aged, paying a stipend of N5,000 to all registered elderly people and provides free medical services for children, pregnant women and the aged.

His investment programme spans agriculture and industry. The moribund Ire Bricks Factory and Odua Enterprise Centre have been resuscitated. More spectacularly, he is developing a “tourism corridor” around the Ikogosi Warm Spring which is already redeveloped with villa chalets and an amphitheatre, outsourced to a top South African tourism company, to include vast stretches of game reserve, Disneyland type of amusement complexes, etc.

To be honest, I do not know and cannot even imagine how this guy does it. He says he has managed to raise the state’s IGR from a paltry N109m to N600m monthly mainly by blocking existing loopholes in the tax collection and management systems

Above all, I think what stands Fayemi in good stead are his frugality, his integrity, his intellectual base, and his vast international connections and credibility all of which have been deployed in the race to making Ekiti a positive example in Nigeria, nay Africa.

If I sound like I’ve been paid to be Fayemi’s megaphone, I apologise; but challenge the reader to go there and come out sounding different!



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Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Denker posted on 12-24-2012, 11:52:26 AM
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Bode Eluyera posted on 12-26-2012, 19:21:41 PM
KAYODE FAYEMI ON THE SPOT LIGHT.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MEASURING PERFORMANCE: ARE WE USING THE ENOUGH AND RIGHT INDICES FOR PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT?



Dr. Tunde Fagbenle, thanks for another interesting and informative write-up. You have compelled me again to come out of my self-imposed exile in order to comment on another very important topic to me. Actually, I am surprised that nobody has bothered to comment or take you up on this thread INCLUDING PLUS 'AUSPY BABA.' It seems to me that Auspy Baba and Dr. Fayemi couold very much be the same person: 2 in 1 or 1 in 2. Perhaps, many are just intimidated by the manner that you praised Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Come to think of it, who will dare take on an alumni of King's College who majored in 'War studies.' Fortunately for the villagers, people like Bode Eluyera are not intimidated with the fact that Fayemi has a ph.D from London and regards himself as a scholar. We are also educated and exposed enough to take on and scrutinize Fayemi. However, let me quickly point out here that the sole aim of my post is not to criticize for criticising sake, but help the 'action governor' of Ekiti state to even serve Ekiti people much better.

By the way, talking about intimidating credentials, that reminds me of Dimeji Bankole, the former speaker of the House of Reps. Bankole paraded of some of the best education and certificates from the best universities in the world. To be honest, his credentials are really intimidating. And I could also remember that many Nigerians who also felt intimidated naively believed then that Bankole would not just perform excellently but will even 'over-perform.' Unfortunately, he ended up a 'common thief' without any significant contribution neither to the law making body nor the standard of living of an average Nigerian. He ended up a complete failure with all his oyinbo degrees and education. He was disgraced out of office and his political career murdered and buried. However, in Nigeria, A FAILED STATE, BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A DOOMED AND VERY SICK COUNTRY anything is possible. I will not be surprised if Bankole is appointed tomorrow by jonathan badluck, another visionless, incompetent, corrupt and morally bankrupt opportunist to head a ministry.

While many were then surprised about the disastrous end of Bankole, political analysts like me were not really surprised about Bankole's failure. We saw the hand-writing or symptoms on the wall. I had some reservation then which later turned out to be right. First, while reading Dimeji Bankole's biography, one of the major facts that drew my attention was the fact that Dimeji is the son of one of the leading stalwarts of the defunct NPN in Ogun state. To a political analyst like me, that was already a RED FLAG. I quickly put 2 and 2 together and came to the conclusion that Dimeji Bankole bought his way into those universities through the ill gotten wealth of his father - and not through his sweat and talent. Nevertheless, I did not want to jump into premature conclusion and decided to give Dimeji the benefits of the doubts. But, after listening to Bankole's address in the House Reps. where he stated categorically that the House and government would not waste time prosecuting those that looted that the country's treasuries especially in the power sector and that the country should turn on a new page and move on, all my doubts and illusion disappeared immediately! Now, I was more than convinced then that his tenure would not only be a failed one, but definitely, he was there to steal TOO; and not make good laws that would make Nigeria a better place to live and have positive impacts on the citizens.

The point I am trying to make here is that it's time we understood that piling up degrees from leading global citadels of learning alone is not enough and does not guarantee the success of a Nigerian politician in power. Another bad example of COMPLETE FAILURE is Ngozi Iwealla, an OVER RATED mediocre (from the World Bank) in all sense of the word! It might interest us to know practically none of US presidents, governors and senior officials hold a ph.D degree, however this has not in an y way being an impediment to the United States creating the largest economy in the world and dominating world politics. The same thing goes for British Prime Ministers, French presidents, German Chancellors and other leaders of leading economies. It might also interest your readers to know that FORTUNE 500 companies are run mainly not by ph.D holders nor Havard/Oxford/Cambridge graduates.

Furthermore, can we or should we regard the fact that every house-hold in Ekiti/Ondo states respectively has a ph.D holder as a compliment? As far as I am concerned the fact that every household has a ph.D holder, but nevertheless, these 2 states have not been able to create viable and sustainable economies that can compete successfully with that of Lagos state is a serious cause for concern and go a long way to prove my thesis that 'ph.D is not enough.' Most of the ph.D holders and professors in Ekiti/Ondo are teachers who depend solely on government salaries. Well, many of them now smile to the banks thanks to the unjustified increase in the salaries of ph.D holders by the government. These guys now earn $4000 cash!!!

THE ONE BILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

The question we should then ask ourselves is "What is the bottom line then? The bottom line in the short and long runs are the ability of ph.D post holders to convert their knowledge into wealth, better the lots of the people and solve/overcome other major political and economic tasks/challenges before them at 'a minimal cost' to the society. This should be the yard-stick to gauge performance or the value of any so called ph.D holder and/or politician/administrator. If any ph.D holder fails in this task, then his ph.D is of little or no use to the society. It's as simple as ABC!

As usual, I had mixed feelings after reading your article. First, it was really pleasant to read from you that Dr. Fayemi is making waves(at least by your report/account). And I was really really really impressed by the video posted by Alhaji Denker, a female member of NVS from Kaduna state. We are grateful to Senator Bola Tinubu for his vision in giving the Ekiti and Yoruba people as a whole such a visionary leader like Fayemi. No doubts about it that the Fayemis: Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his very beautiful wife; are scholars, pride of the Yoruba nation and role models for us all. We all pray and hope that they will succeed in their endeavours including the DAWN PROJECT.

At the same time, if we Yoruba want to be pacesetters in Nigeria and Africa, you will surely agree with me that we need to raise the bar or yard stick for measuring performance and excellence much higher for our leaders in the South West. This is the only way that can guarantee the accelerated development of the Yoruba nation that we so much desire and have been talking a lot about recently. This is even more relevant and important if we Yoruba want to guarantee our place as the leader and role models worth emulating both in Nigeria and in Africa. Thus, as I have already written at the beginning ofb this thread, my comment here should be not be regarded as 'criticism for criticism sake' but addition and/or feedback to your article to help the Fayemis' perform much better.

Furthermore, I hope that you will be bold enough to send to Dr. Fayemi this post of mine in its complete version without any editing as a feedback to your article on Ekiti state and guidelines for a better Ekiti.

END OF PART 1.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Bode Eluyera posted on 12-26-2012, 20:53:26 PM
THE COMPLICATED TASK OF MEASURING PERFORMANCE AND SUCCESS OF PUBLIC FIGURES.

HOW REALLY GOOD IS GOOD?

HOW REALLY GOOD IS KAYODE FASHOLA


The performance of companies are judged through published financial reports certified by accounting/auditing firms. Recently, consolidated reports that go beyond just providing financial ratios or figures are now gaining grounds. But, how do we measure precisely the performanve of a public figure objectively without any prejudice? Dr. Fagbenle, although, you have written a beautiful piece on Dr. Fayemi, but, you have not provided enough information for us to really judge Dr. Kayode Fayemi explicitly and compare his performance with his counterparts in the South West - for a start. All we know is that he has built roads, schools, hospitals, planted flowers, distributed fertilizers ati bebelo. But, unfortunately, you have not provided us information about how much Fayemi receives from the federal government on behalf of Ekiti state and people, the costs of these projects that he has completed. Sadly, these missing information makes it very difficult to judge/assess adequately. My assumption is that Dr. Kayode Fayemi as a scholar ought to know these things and furnish you with the information. But, better late than never. Dr. and Mrs. Fayemi can still address these issues before his term runs out. Luckily, one of my areas of interests and intensive research include the following:

1. How to measure the performance of government officials .

2. How to measure the impact of government policies and projects on the citizens.

3. How to design complex measures that will guarantee the economic security and political sovereignty of developing countries.

4. How to design and impliment government policies that will have maximum positive economic and social impacts on the people and economy.

5. Analysing the long term effects of state/government political, military, social and economic policies in developing countries.



OPENING QUESTIONS FIRST OR HOW TO LEAD BY GOOD EXAMPLES.

Before providing a long list of the criteria or indices, let me quickly ask you if Fayemi, his deputy, commissioners, advisers, permanent secretaries declare their assets, salaries and are ready too to provide information on their expenses as a confirmation of their intention and desire to run a c transparent, accountable and corrupt free economy? In case, your good friend and brother and his aides are yet to do that, then, I recommend that you quickly give him a call right away and ask him to do so. By so doing, Fayemi will not only be leading by good examples, win the the trust and confidence of Ekiti people and Nigerians, but will as well be building a strong foundation for good governance because as you are very much aware too, good governance comes first and foremost from accountability, transparency of government and the fundamental part of it is ASSETS DECLARATION - and not documentary films/programmes about the number of roads, schools, hospitals built. If Fayemi and his colleagues(Babatunde Fashola, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibikunle Amosun, Segun Mimiko) from the South West heed to my advise and declare their assets right now, they will be setting good precedence and this will also give them and their party, the ACN, the moral right to challenge and pressurize jonathan badluck and his cabinet of thieves and bandits headed by Ngozi iwealla and Allison madueke to do the same. They also have to give reports of their expenses too. Remember that I said that if we Yoruba want to lead and be role models, then we need to take the initiative and call the shots. We don't have to wait nor look up to the bandits and murderers in Abuja for leadership and guidance. We must move first and make the South West a real center of excellence for others to emulate. Definitely, I look forward to honouring your invitation to visit Ekiti state and assess myself Fayemi's 'unprecedented' landmarks. But, before making the trip, and seizing the opportunity bestowed on citizens by the recently passed Freedom of Information Bill, I do like to get answers from Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his colleagues in the South West including Kwara, Kogin and Delta states respectively to the following questions:


MEASUREMENT OF COST OF GOVERNMENT

1. What amount was collected by Kayode Fayemi in Abuja on behalf of Ekiti state and indigenes?

2. What is the percentage increase(decrease) compared to previous years when Oni and others were in power?

3. Amount of outstanding debts of Ekiti state after Fayemi took over 2 yeras ago.

4. What is the percentage of Internally Generated Revenues (IRG) compared to the total amount received from Abuja in 2 years in power?

5. How many Nigerian owned companies opened or registered in Ekiti within 2 years. What is the percentage increase/decrease in number of companies that opened or closed up?

6. What is the rate of unemployment in the state compared to the average in the SW and Nigeria?

7. How much has the state borrowed within 2 years?

8. What is the percentage or ratio of outstanding debts to IGR and money collected from Abuja? What is the position of Ekiti compared to other SW states?

9. What percentage of outstanding debts are due to be paid in 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 years time?

10. What percentage of the state's budget goes into servicing debts?

11. What is the capitalization of all registered companies in Ekiti state? What is the ratio of capitalization of all businesses to the money received from Abuja.

12. What percentage of the IGR are from taxes?

13. What is the ratio or percentage of taxes paid by businesses to overall IGR?

14. What is the present GDP of Ekiti? What is percentage or ratio compared to money collected from Abuja?

15. What is the percentage of indeginous companies owned by true/real Nigerians(not by naturalised British, Lebanese, Americans, Arabs, Indians, Israelis and other oyinbo) holding Nigerian passports to over all businesses registered in Ekiti state?

16. What is the minimum wage in Ekiti state? What is the average salary in Ekiti state?

17. What are the salaries of the governor and deputy? What are the average salaries of top public figures in Ekiti - starting from the governor, deputy, commissioners, deputies etc?

18. What percentage of the state's budget goes into paying salaries of governors and other state workers on government pay role?

19. What percentage of the state budget goes into maintaining government bureaucrats(salaries, accomodation, medical treatments, travel expenses, domestic workers, cars, drivers, school fees, etc) starting from the governor?

20. What is the percentage increase/decrease in the population of Ekiti state for the past 2 years.

21. What is the percentage increase/decrease in the number of births and deaths in Ekiti within 2 years?

22. What were the main causes of death and percentage of deaths due to curable diseases?

23. What is the average life span in Ekiti today. By what amount has it increased or decreased within 2 years?

24. What percentage of children within the ages of 6-8 are enrolled in schools?

25. What percentage of children within the age of 6-15 are enrolled in schools?

26. What percentage of children within the ages of 16-18 complete secondary schools?

27. WHERE(PUBLIC OR PRIVATE) ARE DR. KAYODE FAYEMI'S CHILDREN STUDYING? IS IT IN THE STATE, SOMEWHERE IN NIGERIA OR ABROAD? IF ABROAD, WHY? IF PRIVATE, HOW MUCH IS THEIR SCHOOL FEES EACH IN A YEAR?


END OF PART 2. I WILL BE BACK LATER.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Emj posted on 12-26-2012, 21:44:55 PM
A good and refreshing read from the main author as usual.
I will very much like to visit soon to enjoy all the state has to offer.

I like the fact that Governor Fayemi is thoughtful enough to start a scheme for the elderly. Anybody that takes care of the elderly will surely prosper......you can take that to the bank.

All i've read about him(the governor) and a few others gladdens my heart.
Oh what joy for one to have an intellectual with integrity....
If only the other pretend progressives will roll up their sleeves and get down to real governance instead of creating fiefdoms for themself, family and parties
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Yum posted on 12-27-2012, 05:46:42 AM
Bode

You are a diamond in the rough indeed. Carry go nothing do you. You know what you are talking about up there. Please just try and make your writing simple to read. Try to find a way to shorten them. It is seldom, because of the volume of reading we do here on NVS, anyone has the time to truly read and digest your genius. Thank you and continue to do what you do in a better way.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Denker posted on 12-27-2012, 06:39:57 AM
QUOTE:
And I was really really really impressed by the video posted by Alhaji Denker, a female member of NVS from Kaduna state.


mallam bode, as can be recorded and observed i have accorded ya a wonderful due recognition of ya masterfully skilful utilisation of modern keyboard by showing it via ma expression of gratitude through application and exertion of measured pressure on the thank-button.
..the offence i allegedly perceived is the acrimonious indexing ma moniker with the prefix alhaji...why pouring opprobrium on ma selfless honourable person...why insulting moi with dat silly islamic title....edit dat and do justice to ya epistle-prowess...thank you very much indeed....merry xmas and a happy and a prosperous new year ma dear....au revoir.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Denker posted on 12-27-2012, 06:46:55 AM
QUOTE:
A good and refreshing read from the main author as usual.
I will very much like to visit soon to enjoy all the state has to offer.

I like the fact that Governor Fayemi is thoughtful enough to start a scheme for the elderly.
Anybody that takes care of the elderly will surely prosper......you can take that to the bank.

All i've read about him(the governor) and a few others gladdens my heart.
Oh what joy for one to have an intellectual with integrity....
If only the other pretend progressives will roll up their sleeves and get down to real governance instead of creating fiefdoms for themself, family and parties

ma loving pretty sista, ya have spoken gut..indeed.

QUOTE:
The beginning of wisdom is the protection of the WEAK....denker
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
DeepThought posted on 12-27-2012, 07:42:08 AM
I'm always suspicious of government officials, politicians and those who sing their praises. I'm so disillusioned that I don't generally believe anything these people put out. It could all be empty propaganda and lies. I'm not quick to believe anyone.

The video clips seems nice but it will help if honest, verifiable answers can be provided to questions raised by Bode Eluyera.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Yum posted on 12-27-2012, 08:32:50 AM
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I'm always suspicious of government officials, politicians and those who sing their praises. I'm so disillusioned that I don't generally believe anything these people put out. It could all be empty propaganda and lies. I'm not quick to believe anyone.

The video clips seems nice but it will help if honest, verifiable answers can be provided to questions raised by Bode Eluyera.
Thank you my brother. You too much. Clips are nothing but what the photographer what to make of them. The angle of the camera, what they point at, the editing, determines the reality the clip seeks to convey. I don't even know why we praise people we pay to do policy. Is that not what we elected them for? In advance democracies, you wait till the end of an administration to take stock of its achievements. You do not do this while the administration is engage in propaganda to burnish itself. Bode
take on this is powerful.
Re: Something Is Happening In Ekiti - For Real!
Denker posted on 12-27-2012, 08:41:31 AM
dis lady ya dey talk too much..abi ya no dey for naija..pick up ya camera and do the job...after all ekiti dey for naija..yes i dey talk to you, lady mallam Yum...indeed....merry xmas, happy new year...au revoir.
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