The Myth of Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose”StomachInfrastructure” - BeVibez Media

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The Myth of Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose”StomachInfrastructure”

It’s very good that the governor of Ekiti state,
Governor Fayose, can take time out from his
busy schedule to feed the people of his state,
handing out bags of rice and other edibles to
the needy as part of his ‘stomach
infrastructure’ programme. We all need to eat
or we will cease to exist! While his
humanitarian efforts, to make sure everybody
eats, is highly commendable one ought to
point out to the governor that if you feed a
man a fish a day you’ll end up feeding him for the rest of his life. Whereas if you teach
him how to fish not only will he be able feed himself and his family but others too. Some
might say this equates to food- stamps or welfare enjoyed by some in Western nations.
But with the current economic climate in Nigeria today it’s an exercise that is neither
sustainable nor affordable. Money currently being wasted on the ‘stomach infrastructure’
programme would be better spent on creating employment for the poor he’s currently feeding.

Governor Fayose is an outstanding and
outspoken governor in Nigeria and everything
he does is commendable. In a country where
there is no viable opposition government he
has bravely stood up to PMB querying his
every policy and move – very few politicians
in PDP do this. Recently he took the time and
effort to write to the Chinese government to
try and block a development loan PMB was
trying to negotiate with them. He even went
to China himself to try and talk to the
government, there, out of helping Nigeria in
its dire hour of need.

The Governor and Ekiti state go back a long way to 2003 when he first became governor
( and subsequently impeached) to the present day. In the years since he has been at the
helm of affairs the state, itself, has barely moved forward. Salaries still remain unpaid,
election promises unfulfilled, stories of widespread corruption and election-rigging
are still abound. It’s alright to be a showman if the circumstances are right – feeding the poor,
hanging out with market-women, fraternizing with danfo drivers , checking vehicles
particulars and admonishing late civil- servants – if you’re an egomaniac, attention
seeking person like Donald Trump. An elected governor of a state is a very busy
person and without any doubt I believe the people of Ekiti state would like to see more
accountability and less showmanship. Or as the Yorubas would say – ‘ put your home in
order first before condemning someone elses’. It’s alright to criticise the central government
(i.e – the Federal Government) if your own house is in order. Charity, they say, begins at
home. Progress in the Ekiti state, right now, is rather crawling backwards to the Stone Age
rather than forward.

The Office of the Governor of any state is an
esteemed position and the incumbent is a
servant to the people who voted him into
office. It’s a demanding job as the governor is
responsible for the well-being of his citizens,
upkeep of the state, implementing policies that
will benefit the state, not just in the interim
but in the future and ensuring there is law
and order and accountability. It’s certainly
not a platform for one to illegally enrich
oneself or become a showman. A governor of
a state has to think about the bigger picture
instead of resorting to cheap publicity stunts.
So for the aforementioned it’s time to quit the
Donald-Trump-Style-Political-Showmanship
and get some actual work done! Files must be
piling up on his desk by now!

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