Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday inaugurated community-driven projects, worth N19.3 million, executed by the Ekiti State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA).
The governor, who was represented by the Speaker of the Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, said that his administration would ensure that every school-age child in Ekiti had access to basic education.
Fayemi also said that the projects, which were inaugurated in Gboyin and Ekiti East Local Government Areas, were to mark his two years in office.
The projects executed by EKSCDA include an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre at Kota-Ekiti, worth N6.2 million, and the Community Civic Centre, valued at N8.5 million, in Ekiti East Local Government Area (LGA).
Besides, the construction of 12 lock-up shops, four toilets and a hand-dug well, valued at N4.6 million, was executed at Iluomoba-Ekiti in Gbonyin LGA.
The governor urged the communities to ensure judicious use of the facilities.
In his remarks, the representative of EKSCDA, Dr Olusegun Ayeni, said that all the projects were community-driven development projects, in which the people were allowed to choose specific projects which would positively affect them directly.
Ayeni disclosed that each of the communities contributed 10 per cent of the project funding, adding that the contribution demonstrated their commitment to the ownership of the projects.
Chief Gabriel Agboola, who spoke on behalf of the benefitting communities, pledged that they would ensure the protection and the maintenance of the facilities.
Apart from the EKSCDA projects, some projects executed by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) were also inaugurated by the governor.
The projects include the renovation of three blocks of classrooms at Omuo Comprehensive High School, Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti East LGA and the repair of three blocks of classrooms at St John’s Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Iluomoba, in Gbonyin LGA.