Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Kayode Oguntuase has commended the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi for formulating people-centred policies aimed at harnessing the State’s potentials for development.

The Envoy who spoke passionately about Fayemi’s industrialization agenda in Ado Ekiti during his visit to the Governor’s Office on Friday said he was convinced that the Governor had taken the right steps by exploiting the agricultural sector to enhance industrial development.

Oguntuase said Fayemi’s decision to construct 1000km rural roads will not only give the rural dwellers a sigh of relief but also help in the transportation of raw materials for industries from the farm to the processing centres.

He added that development can only thrive when adequate infrastructure is put in place adding that the Governor has fared well by trying to link rural and urban centres with good road networks.

“Ekiti State Government is running a people-oriented policy. We know that our state is a little bit small but in terms of performance, we are not doing badly because proper management of available resources that we have. I want to commend the Ekiti State government under Govenor Fayemi’s watch. I have followed kindly development efforts of the administration and I am happy to say that the government is doing well.”

“In terms of road infrastructure, the government is not doing badly. One of the easiest ways Ekiti can be industrialised is to be agro based because we already have the potentials. I am happy that Governor Fayemi is working on the agriculture sector which is capable of providing basic employment for the youth. I am happy that the Governor is talking about constructing roads linking farm settlements”, he said.

The Ekiti-born Nigerian ambassador commended Fayemi for recruiting capable hands to man strategic posts in his administration, adding that the success of any political administration depend largely on how coordinated those who work for the government are.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Biodun Omoleye who received the Ambassador on behalf of the Governor, thanked the envoy for his passion for Ekiti development; adding that Governor Fayemi was determined to drive Ekiti development and repositioned the State with the five pillars of the administration.

Omoleye explained that the Fayemi-led administration was working on the agricultural sector with the aim of using agriculture to drive the economy by providing motorable roads linking both the rural and urban centres in the State and also providing other incentives for farmers.

The Chief of Staff added that work is ongoing on the construction of a cargo airport as well as 1000km rural road projects which are both aimed at ensuring that Ekiti truly becomes the food basket of the Southwest Nigeria.

He however lamented that the State would have moved at a faster pace but for the set-back it witnessed during the immediate past administration which stopped many people-oriented programmes which were started between 2010 and 2014.