Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the bottom-top approach being adopted by his administration in the preparation of the 2017 Budget is to ensure he has a document that will truly reflect the needs of the people.
The governor who also promised that no project initiated by his government will be abandoned or left uncompleted before the expiration of his tenure, stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital at a meeting with traditional chieftaincy title holders from across the sixteen local government areas of the state.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the Governor said the approach which involves collating the views and opinions of community leaders in preparing the budget would ensure prioritizing the needs of the communities.
“State officials cannot just sit down in Ado-Ekiti and choose what the people want in the various communities across the state. If we say let us do a road project somewhere, the most important need of the people could be a health facility. We want people’s participation in the preparation of the budget.
According to the Governor, “Moreover, we want to ensure transparency in what we do. Last year, our administration was lauded for being the most transparent in the implementation of the budget and we are not relenting. We have nothing to hide. However, to ensure a well coordinated exercise, I would advise community leaders to go back home and interact with their people and collate their needs and forward them to their local government chairmen”.