The newly-inaugurated governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, said he will appoint a Special Adviser on “stomach infrastructure” to enable him continue with his welfare policy to the people of the state.
“Today I declare full stomach infrastructure and there will be a Special Adviser on stomach infrastructure,” Mr. Fayose declared in his speech shortly after taking the oath of office at Ado Ekiti stadium on Thursday.
Mr. Fayose is considered a grassroot politician who has ways of identifying with the masses. His success at the poll held June 21 was largely attributed to his ability to deploy “stomach infrastructure” such as rice and other essential commodities.
In his speech Thursday, Mr. Fayose informed Ekiti citizens that he will carry out people-oriented programmes, rekindle and restore people’s hope and create an enabling environment for the development of the state that he was known for.
“I am already grooming your Christmas Chicken and your bags of rice are coming,” he said.
He also said being a governor will not affect the way he has been relating with the common people.
“I am the governor of your imagination, the governor that drinks agbo jedi and eats boli with you,” he said.
There had been condemnation of Mr. Fayose’s decision to distribute rice to the electorate prior to the election in June.
Ekiti heavily indebted
Mr. Fayose also told the gathering that he is inheriting a heavily indebted state.
“My heart bleeds today as I report to you that our state had been plagued into heavy debt dungeon of over N49 bn by our own brothers and sisters,” he said.
Mr. Fayose said as it stands, Ekiti state has been committed financially up to year 2020.
“My intention is not to join issues with the immediate past administration which was substantially responsible for this burden.
“However, I consider it expedient that parlous position of our finances be made known to members of the public who gave us the mandate to be here,” he said.
Mr. Fayose’s inauguration was attended by the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, as well as governors of Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Cross River, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Abia, Kebbi, Delta and Ondo States.