The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has reiterated the commitment of his government to advance rural and community development. He made the promise when the Board Chairman of Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency, EKCSDA, Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae, paid him a visit to brief him on the progress made on the NG-CARES project which is billed to take off in May this year. The governor said the promises of his government to ensure rural and community development shall be met.

“For us as a government, rural development is a priority. We shall be building on what we did during my first tenure in office. I know that the flag off of the NG-CARES is May, and as a focal person in the design of the project, I can assure you that we would do everything possible within the available resources to support rural and community development.”

The governor praised EKCSDA for its excellent performance in the implementation of CSDP across the sixteen local government areas of the state, while promising the Agency for a better support to enable it implement the NG-CARES project in line with the project implementation objectives. 

Earlier in his remarks, Chief Akin-Fasae told the governor that he was in his office to brief him on the preparedness of the Agency towards the implementation of the NG-CARES project and the readiness of his team to hit the ground running once the project starts in May. Chief Fasae who was accompanied by the Acting General Manager of the Agency, Mr Femi Ojuawo and the IEC Officer, Alhaji Dauda Lawal, thanked the governor for his unprecedented support towards the Agency during the implementation of the CSDP, promising that the Agency would do even better under the NG-CARES project. 

In his own briefing, the Agt. General Manager of EKCSDA, Mr. Femi Ojuawo thanked the governor for prioritizing community and rural development in his government and for giving EKCSDA the opportunity to lead in the actualization of that vision.

“We want to specially thank your Excellency for your support towards the Agency under the CSDP and we are pleading for more of such support as we are preparing for tbe NG-CARES project. We are however happy to inform your Excellency that our staff are in high spirits to deliver on tbe objectives of the NG-CARES project in the state,” Ojuawo said.

Ojuawo also highlighted the four areas of funding under the new project. They are: Education, Health, Water/Sanitation and Nutrition. 

The meeting was also attended by  the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Biodun Oyebanji, Special Adviser to the Governor on Governance, Mr. Daramola, and the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor Dr. Sunday Aniyi.