In an era when the trend of modern thoughts tends towards materialism, wayward drives, jostling for power and pocketing what ought to serve as dividends of democracy for the downtrodden and anticipating masses, the responsive and proactive intervention of men of intellectual honesty with genuine concern for the indigents and readiness to better lots like Hon. Segun Adekola is urgently required to reanimate the resilience and vitality of a moribund polity like ours in Nigeria.
No wonder Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State dimmed it necessary to have given him (Adekola) the privilege and needed supports to represent the good people of Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 (Ikere, Ekiti Southwest and Ise/Orun Local Govt Areas) in the House of Representatives, Abuja.
In this exclusive interview with our Reporters on Gov. Fayose’s second year anniversary in office, Hon. Adekola stated it categorically that only the few ones like Gov. Ayodele Fayose that are doing the noble things are the true heroes that deserved to be eulogised and celebrated as fathers of true democracy.
Hon. Adekola did not only observe the embedded virtues and characteristics of those little people doing noble things like Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, but equally described them as true heroes and heroines that must be respected and repeatedly recognised for their impacts and the indelible track records some of them have left behind in our democracy along good governance.
Let’s read how the Reporters extracted views and opinions of the federal lawmaker on the performances of Gov. Ayodele Fayose within the last two years in office as the Executive Governor of Ekiti State and his style of leadership which Hon. Adekola described as a good template for followers who have the interest of the people, most especially those at the grassroots at hearts like Gov. Fayose.
You are a federal lawmaker from Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 and you are celebrating Gov. Fayose’s second year anniversary in office as one of his followers. How will you briefly describe yourself and the relationship that exists between you and the governor?
To every responsible leader like our Gov. Ayodele Fayose, there must be resourceful and reliable followers who can stand thick and thin for such a leader because followership requires 100% loyalty. There is no 99.99% loyalty in politics, not even with Gov. Ayodele Fayose, our leader.
Back to your question, I’m no other person than all you’ve said about me when we started this interview. I am Segun Alexander Adekola from Igbara-Odo Ekiti in Ekiti Southwest local government area of Ekiti State. I’m presently representing the general interest of the good people of Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 that comprises of Ikere, Ekiti Southwest and Ise/Orun local government areas in the House of Representatives, Abuja.
Just like every other Ekiti person, no one has problem with Gov. Fayose. He remains our leader in whom after God we trust, and so our relationship remains cordial as expected of followers to their leaders in politics. Thank you.
Honourable Sir, we learnt that you had it rough politically before attaining this position. Can you please give a recap of the ordeals?
Only God can reward Gov. Ayodele Fayose, a man who never reneged on his promises. It is true that the journey so far to this end was more than rough but tough and full of disappointment and betrayal here and there. But I will not dwell much on the negativity entangled in the whole processes because I’ve come to realise that unless you come across your destiny helper, every effort made to be successful in life may continually prove abortive.
I’ve tried several times with all I had in life to be where I am today but always landed and ended in sorry. In several cases, I’ve been given assurances but with no headway. It was Governor Ayodele Fayose who later saw the genuine passion for humanitarian service in me and made this a reality. Now you can see why I maintained that his few types doing noble things are the true heroes. I mean it and I will always stand by it.
(Sigh). What can you now say about the performances of the governor within the last two years in office?
Interesting! Gentlemen of the press, Gov. Ayodele Fayose has done great in Ekiti. In fact, just like he did in his first coming between 2003 – 2006, he is leaving another series of indelible track records here in Ekiti State again. I can tell you categorically that Gov. Fayose was the pathfinder of modern Ekiti and still the only governor that genuinely brings dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots; the gesture someone like me treasured and emulated to the core.
When you want to talk about the face lifting which Ekiti has enjoyed so far since creation, definitely you want to talk about Governor Ayodele Fayose and his led administration in the history of the state. When you look back and think of who had so much shown Ekiti people the desired love and care as a leader, undoubtedly you are thinking in the direction of Gov. Fayose, the people’s governor and friend of the masses.
We can’t discuss the progress of Ekiti and her present status without repeated mentioning of Gov. Fayose’s name and his style of leadership which gives room for public opinions that generate two way interactions between the governor and the governed from time to time.
It was this same Governor Fayose that introduced and started elaborate Teachers’ Day celebration in Ekiti, where best teachers in both primary and secondary schools across the state were given brand new cars to boost their morale. He started the programme during his first term and he has continued now. You can ask Ekiti teachers if in doubt.
Teachers in Ekiti who were subjected to humiliation and all sorts of embarrassing competency test and examinations during the last administration in the state, have been respectfully placed where they belong as future builders and are now being celebrated, believing that where there is no teacher, there is no nation. We are still talking about Gov. Fayose here, the Teachers’ Governor for you!
Let’s talk about infrastructure in Ekiti. You will recall that it was Gov. Fayose who started Ado-Ikere road dualisation during his first term in office and funny enough, the construction never extended from where he stopped at Ikere-Ekiti in 2006 after several governors and administrator have governed the state till October 2014.
This same Governor Fayose has continued the good work from where he stopped 8years ago and has also initiated many more laudable projects across the towns and villages in the state. Part of these projects are the dual carriage road in each local government headquarters in the state which has started in batches.
What about the newly dualized roads in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital? What of lockup shops and the ongoing construction of the Ultramodern Market (Oja-Oba) opposite the place of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti? Can we also talk about states with flyovers today without mentioning Ekiti State? If no, whose initiative if not this same Gov. Ayodele Fayose?
In an unusual manner of our politicians in this side of the world, Gov. Fayose built an edifice and named it after Late Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, the Former Ekiti State Deputy Governor to Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Gov. Fayose never thought of it that the deceased was an opposition, he proved to everybody that you don’t have to play politics with everything. Hence, we now have what we call Funmilayo Olayinka Women Development Centre, Fajuyi, Ado-Ekiti, courtesy of Gov. Ayodele Fayose.
What about the sustainability of our heritage, Ekiti as the known Fountain of Knowledge? Can we attribute the recent best performance recorded in National Examinations Council of Nigeria (NECO) 2016 results to anything other than the unprecedented attention given our educational system by Gov. Fayose via the 2015 Education Summit and the timely incentives given the teachers in the state as their friend? That tells you much about the person of Gov. Ayodele Fayose and his loving relationship with Ekiti people.
For avoidance of doubt, let me quickly give you the catalogue of the achievements of the Mr. Governor within the last two years in addition to the ones I’ve earlier mentioned so that you can have the full understanding of what I have been talking about. Here we go:
•Accreditation of all courses in the Ekiti State University (EKSU) and College of Medicine through the employment of all the needed personnel, provision of facilities and increase in funding.
•Hospital Infrastructural development and accreditation of Ikere-Ekiti State Specialist Hospital for Housemanship.
•Reorganisation of the Nursing School Curriculum leading to the achievement of 100% pass rate in National Nursing and Midwifery Examinations.
•Dualisation of Awedele township road in Ado-Ekiti.
•Dualisation of Afao-Ekiti township road.
•Comprehensive Agricultural Summit with active interventions and implementation of resolutions in the sector to aid diversification and improve the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
•Construction of Fayose Market Phase 2 and allocation to the masses.
•Construction and completion of Elegberun Market at Ikere-Ekiti.
•Construction of a massive Business District and Downtown Centre in Ado-Ekiti to be completed by August next year.
•Construction of extension of popular Bisi market and allocation to the market men and women in Ado.
•Civil Service Reform and repositioning on ICT intervention to stop leakages and minimise corrupt practices.
•Commencement of Social Security of 5,000 naira monthly for 10,000 citizens from August this year.
•Conduction of Local Government elections to allow governance at the grassroots. Ekiti is the only state in the Southwest that have conducted LG elections in the last 10 years.
•Disengagement of the LGs from The Joint State Accounts with full financial autonomy at the LG level. The first in the history of Nigeria.
•Donation of wheelchairs and rendering of medical intervention programmes for the handicapped including free surgeries.
•Building of blocks of classrooms and hostels at the Erele Adebayo Children’s Home, Iyin-Ekiti.
•Multipurpose Executive Bills passed into law by the Ekiti States House of Assembly to ensure overall good governance and community developments in the state.
These and many more the opposition cannot beat in Ekiti. They are no longer promises but reality that we have at our disposals.
Wow! You have given us a comprehensive details about who Gov. Fayose was and is. But can you tell us why you’ve chosen to follow his path in giving back to the people?
(Smile). You see, life is all about give and take. And unto whom much is given, much is equally expected, either directly or indirectly. It is true if you don’t give back to the people, they can’t arrest you, but your conscience will always put you in bondage. I’ve chosen the right path like Gov. Fayose, and I will never desist from doing good to every individual that comes my way in life. We never brought anything into this earth, while leaving, we shall never leave with a penny, not even kobo. So why being materialistic than necessary? Why accruing wealth like the fool in the Bible?
What I believe is that, whatever little shared multiplies, but the little withheld diminishes. It is a natural phenomenon. Gov. Ayodele Fayose originated stomach infrastructure initiative in this country and it was nationally criticised by the oppositions. Today, the critics are the ones celebrating the idea because they have realised the relevance of the initiative to good governance and its importance beyond politicking.
So when you see me visiting orphanage with numerous gift items like a Santa claus, a father Christmas as being tagged by some, donating items to communities, making empowerment programmes more realistic than it used to be, identifying with indigent pupils in public primary schools and giving them school uniforms and exercise books, initiating free medical programme for people in my constituency and beyond and many more that have been observed, that are all expected of me as a public figure with a living conscience because I am holding the mandate of the people.
When I gave out deep freezers, sowing machines, grinding machines, stoves and trained over 500 people in various vocational trainings across my constituency, the beneficiaries were not only appreciative, they equally promulgated the gesture and described it as laudable. The tens of thousands of those who equally benefited from my usual act of giving out cash and distribution of food items like rice, wheat and the likes including provisions, are not far away to testify to our genuine sense of largesse.
Also, as the Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, last year during my football competition, several talents were discovered and the needed supports were given to make use of their God given talents. We are not relenting on that as preparations are on top gear for this year’s edition. We are encouraging our youths by giving them the enabling environment to showcase their talents for the good of this nation.
There wouldn’t have been anybody called Hon. Adekola without the trust the people had bestowed in me just like Ekiti people did to Gov. Fayose. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to serve them in this capacity if not for God and the love shown Gov. Fayose and myself by the people of Ekiti State.
Therefore, it is not out of place when you give back to the people who trusted you with their collective mandate and expected much from you in returns. After all, God loves a cheerful giver. (Smile).
What can you say about the present economic situation of the country as a federal lawmaker?
Well, there are much to say as regards the ongoing economic recession in the country. But as much as I would have loved to state my views on the state of the economy, I will not like anything to lower my morale as we celebrate Governor Fayose’s second year in office.
Nigeria economy is in bad shape and there is no how we will start discussing it now that I won’t feel sorry for my dear country. So it is better we discuss national issue separately some other time. I’m always available for you. Thank you.
Lest I forget, you may need to dig into my activities in the national assembly as a member of several committees and Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, I am not a bench warmer. I sponsor bills, move motions and participate actively in all the activities of the house. And that is why you will always see me putting the weight on my feet defending the course in which I hold my belief as an articulate lawmaker.
Better days ahead for national discussions and my activities in the house, I’m sure time and space won’t allow you to have it all from me that very day, God willing.
Anyway, we understand your position and we will come back for its full version soon. Do you have any other thing to tell Ekiti people as your party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) celebrates second year in office with Gov. Ayodele Fayose?
Yes! I will like to congratulate the entire people of Ekiti State for having a governor who listens attentively to the yearnings of his people, who believes that Ekiti must come first in everything, who has genuine Ekiti agenda at heart and who has a lofty desire for the betterment of the state. It is an opportunity rarely enjoyed anywhere in the world.
It is my prayer that the good work God Almighty has started in the state shall continue and His protection shall be sufficient for everyone of us as we continue to enjoy peaceful atmosphere devoid of rancour and political killings in the state.
The recent economic hardship notwithstanding, we shall be dedicated and responsive to the callings of our people at all times. Our party shall not leave Ekiti in huge indebtedness like it was experienced under the APC led administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi. We are ready to continue making life better for Ekiti people.
Give it to Governor Fayose, good governance that transcends party politics! He is always in charge. We respect him as a leader of leaders!
Long Live, Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Long Live, Ekiti State,
Long Live, Ekiti South Federal Constituency,
Long Live, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).