KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE   GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR. KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE  OPENING CEREMONY OF ...
actualization of the MDGs. Our dear nation, Nigeria is one of thosecountries in this category.     Some of the reasons for...
out of the N200 million meant for 2011 MDGs projects in each ofthe three Local Governments. This amount represents 50%. Ek...
To operationalise the 8-Point Agenda, my administration has madeunprecedented commitments in all areas of life, and invest...
Going by the pedigree of the resource persons at this workshop, Iam confident that participants shall gain tremendously fr...
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KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR. KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A TWO- DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF MDGs PROJECTS HELD BETWEEN THURSDAY 3RD AND FRIDAY 4TH MAY, 2012 AT LADY JIBOWU HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE GROUNDS ADO-EKITI.

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  1. 1. KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR. KAYODE FAYEMI AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A TWO- DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF MDGs PROJECTS HELD BETWEEN THURSDAY 3RD AND FRIDAY 4TH MAY, 2012 AT LADY JIBOWU HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE GROUNDS ADO-EKITI.PROTOCOLS.I am delighted to be here today to address you at the openingceremony of this 2-Training Workshop for Local GovernmentOfficials on “Effective Implementation of Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs) Initiatives”.In 2000, the Nations of the world came together and determined thegoals that need to be met for the improvement of the lives of thepeople by the target date of 2015. These were encapsulated in theMillennium Development Goals (MDGs), towards which varyingstrategies and actions are directed all around the world in the raceto ensure the well-being of the people.Twelve years on, and just three years away from the target date forthe realisation of the Millennium Development Goals,comprehensive progress reviews show that despite the acceleratedactions taken by many countries of the world, especially in thedeveloping nations, a myriad of challenges still hinder the
  2. 2. actualization of the MDGs. Our dear nation, Nigeria is one of thosecountries in this category. Some of the reasons for this pitfallinclude insufficient commitment, inadequate resources, lack ofaccountability, among others.It is on record, however, that in recent since times, the FederalGovernment has set up structures for implementing strategiesaimed at eradicating poverty and improving the lives of the citizens.Some of the initiatives include the Conditional Grants Scheme(CGS) projects; the Quick wins projects; social safety nets;monitoring and evaluation of public expenditure on the MDGs,among others. To build on the success of the State track of theConditional Grants Scheme (CGS), the programme was extended toLocal Governments in 2010 and Ekiti State was selected to housethe Zonal office of what is now known as Conditional GrantsScheme - Local Government track.Distinguished Participants, let me inform you that the MDGs –CGSScale up to Local Governments has earlier commenced in 113 LocalGovernments Nationwide with 3 Local Governments chosen perState. i.e one local government from each Senatorial District. Thepilot Local Governments in Ekiti State are Ikole, Ijero and EkitiEast. The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President onMDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) Abuja had released a sum of N100 million
  3. 3. out of the N200 million meant for 2011 MDGs projects in each ofthe three Local Governments. This amount represents 50%. EkitiState Government has paid its own contribution of N60 millionrepresenting 30% while each of the pilot Local Government in theState had equally paid its own matching fund of N40 millionrepresenting 20% of the total fund. Contracts for the award ofprojects in the pilot Local Governments shall commence as soon aswe receive the letter of “No Objection” from the Office of the SeniorSpecial Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) Abuja.This programme will be extended to the remaining 661 LocalGovernments across the country including the remaining 13 LocalGovernments in Ekiti State. The needs assessment exercise wasundertaken in the outstanding 13 Local Governments in February2012 with the assistance of all of you in this hall. Similarly, theBaseline Facilities Inventory exercise will commence in theaforementioned 661 Local Governments Nationwide with effect fromthe second week of May, 2012.Let me state clearly here, that though Nigeria is penciled down asone of those that will not make it to the 2015 ‘finish line’, EkitiState is determined to make poverty history in the Land of Honourat the shortest possible time. This is manifested in the 8-PointAgenda (8PA) of this administration which is crafted with the MDGsas the reference point.
  4. 4. To operationalise the 8-Point Agenda, my administration has madeunprecedented commitments in all areas of life, and invested inpartnerships to ensure progress in the quality of our people’s lives.We are focused on combating poverty and hunger, on improvingschool enrolment and completion, in facilitating access tohealthcare, in fostering gender equality, in the health of ourenvironment, among others.Distinguished participants, I commend you all for the zeal withwhich you are rendering your selfless services in your respectiveLocal Governments to improve the lives of our people. Since localgovernments are the closest to the people, you will agree with methat the yearnings and aspirations of the people will be betteraddressed at that level so that we are able to meet their needs morepromptly and as appropriate.Let me at this juncture solicit a stronger partnership with allstakeholders including the media and the civil society for effectiveimplementation of MDGs in Nigeria. It is the intention of thisGovernment to drive away poverty outside this domain. It is not aneasy task but with the cooperation of all we shall succeed in thistask.
  5. 5. Going by the pedigree of the resource persons at this workshop, Iam confident that participants shall gain tremendously from theirwealth of experience which will further assist in the effectiveimplementation of MDGs programmes at your respective the LocalGovernment Areas.Ladies and gentlemen it is on this note that I declare this workshopopen and I wish you fruitful deliberations.Thank you for your listening and God bless you.

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