I quote, the former Lagos State governor and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, appealed to Nigerian leaders to build their stewardships in the minds of the citizens for them to earn respect and enduring legacies after tenure.
Delivering his speech, Fashola posited that Fayemi and his team must focus attention on the kernel of the cardinal objectives of his administration to earn the respect of Ekiti people. We must not forget that these five kernel of the cardinal objectives are tilted towards the elites against we the poor.
“Take critics as challengers, not enemies. Those who asked you to do more are not ungrateful people. If they ask you to do more, is a vote of confidence on your person and government.
“Build your stewardship on the minds of the people How do you react to those that suffered to elect you? How do you react to their messages and calls? Is it with laughter or irritation? All these are issues we must also take into cognisance.”
And Fayemi while declaring open the retreat told members of the Ekiti State Executive Council to remain focused on the government’s developmental agenda or resign (military-like fiat) rather than allowing the 2022 governorship struggle to truncate his vision.
Fayemi said the retreat was conceptualised to appraise the gains and challenges he has made in the second year of his tenure, with a focus that there is room for improvement.
And he said, “As we approach the new year, those who will work against our focus through ambition can excuse and allow us to get focused. We can’t at this time be working at cross purposes and derail the focus of the government. We are opening new areas of opportunities and we must work hard to sustain this.
And Oga patapata of it all, “We have brought two former governors to tell us how they have been able to entrench progressive governance in their states despite the challenges,”.