Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Chairman of the Ekiti State Implementation Committee on Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), Chief Dipo Anisulowo, has warned that the State government would do everything within its powers to arrest and prosecute vandals of MDGs projects in the State.
Anisulowo, who doubles as the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Ekiti state governor, Mr. Ayo Fayise said such support and partnership had become necessary in view of the fact that government alone cannot shoulder every responsibility, nor know the exact area of their immediate needs unless they speak out or embark on it first.
He spoke at the recent 2017 edition of Are-Ekiti Day celebrations, saying the present administration was desirous of developing the rural areas so as to inject life into the living standard of the people as well as reduce rural-urban drift.
Anisulowo appealed to rural dwellers to take ownership of the projects to prevent vandalism and under-utilisation of the facilities.
He said the facilities were so designed in such a way that they spread across the three senatorial districts of the state, focusing on education, health and agriculture sector, under which schools and hospitals were built, or renovated while supports were given to farmers to sustain food production in the state.
He assured the stakeholders gathered at the event that the present administration in the state would not take partisan interest in the execution of projects under the MDGs, saying what the government was after was to spread the dividends of democracy to the populace
“Our projects distribution across the state is not about who is in power currently, but about what government can do. We are not going to discriminate against any community or individual based on political inclinations
“This formed part of the reasons why we want communities to see any project sited in their domain as theirs. If they fail to take ownership of these projects, vandals will take charge and the facilities will depreciate. So they have to be vigilant and observant to save all the facilities from destruction”, he said.
Anisulowo disclosed that no efforts will be spared to ensure that all the facilities are given adequate protections, especially against vandalism.
“Recently, Ekiti was adjudged to be leading in open defecation in South-west, and that was very bad and didn’t speak well of us. That was why we built some toilets in strategic locations across the state to arrest open defecation
“Our operations were strategic, by this we mean we considered what the people wanted and desired most before executing them. Our prayer is that these projects are not destroyed by vandals, because that had been the reason why some of projects in Nigeria are under-utilised”, he said.