…asks states to utilise grants in developing rural areas
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has advised the Ekiti State Government to use the opportunity provided by the SDGs developmental programmes to develop all the Local Government Areas in the state.
Orelope-Adefulire stated this during the inauguration and handing over of the 2018 Sustainable Development Goals-Conditional Grants Scheme (SDGs-CGS) projects in four local government areas in the state.
The SDGs boss explained that Ekiti South West, Ijero, Moba and Oye Local Government Areas were the benefiting councils for the implementation of 2018 SDGs-CGS to State Projects/Programmes.
She said the project, which was counterpart-funded under the 2018 SDGs -CGS, was focused on two thematic areas of the SDGs namely; Health and Education, including Water and Sanitation which is goal 6.
Princess Orelope-Adefulire explained that about 65 projects involving new construction and upgrading of existing facilities had been executed in schools and health centres across the four local governments selected to benefit from the 2018 SDGs-CGS projects, adding that ambulances, recreational facilities and medical equipment were also procured to improve medical facilities and make schools attractive and conducive for learning.
She urged the people to continue to support and cooperate with the Dr Kayode Fayemi- led administration, noting that the facilities were put in place for their benefits and that of their children. Earlier, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by his Chief of Staff and Chairman SDGs Implementation Committee, Hon. Biodun Omoleye, in his welcome address, congratulated the local governments and communities that benefited from 2018 SDGs-CGS projects and programmes in the state.
He said that it is a rare privilege bestowed on their communities by the Federal and State Governments for siting such important projects in their towns.