Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday inaugurated governing councils for the state’s tertiary institutions and the Broadcasting Corporation, with a charge to the council members to reposition the institutions to their pride of place.
The institutions are the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti; College of Education Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), College of Health Sciences and Technology and the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES).
Governor Fayemi said the inauguration is to complete the circle and ensure successful implementation of the recommendations of the panels set up last year on the affected institutions.
The Governor stated that the new governing councils are expected to give direction to the institutions in line with the vision of his administration; adding that their appointment is not a “call to come and chop”.
“The restoration agenda of this administration is a task that must be achieved. You are expected to key in to the programmes and make your own positive impact at value restoration for our people. Our people deserve the best. You were chosen to enhance the performance of your various sectors and make working, learning and information dissemination more responsive, interesting and encouraging for all and sundry,” he said.
While explaining the rationale behind the reconstitution of the governing councils, the governor said there was an urgent need for “each of the reports to be implemented verbatim to quickly address the rot and the decadence pervading the various institutions.”
Fayemi noted that similar panels had been set up in the past for the affected institutions but their reports were “nowhere to be found” let alone being implemented; adding that the essence of the various panels “would have been defeated if the recommendations were tucked somewhere to gather dust”.
In his remarks, the chairman of the governing council of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Prof. Tale Omole, promised on behalf of the other governing councils that the affairs of the institutions will be run with probity, integrity and accountability.
Omole, a former Vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University stated that Fayemi had got workers who would complement his efforts in the “unfinished business” which he had returned to do in Ekiti to reposition the state.