Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said his administration has paid N7.6billion as Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) counterpart fund left by his predecessor.

The governor, who spoke at Itapa-Ekiti in Oye Local Government while inaugurating a block of three classrooms at St. Philomena Primary School, noted that it was part of activities marking the second anniversary of his administration.

The projects, which also included VIP toilets, motorised boreholes and landscaping, were carried out by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in conjunction with UBEC.

He said 790 UBEC/SUBEB projects are ongoing across the state.

Fayemi identified other ongoing projects to include perimeter fencing at 166 schools and building of 120 toilets.

The governor, represented by his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, said education enjoyed a new lease of life in Ekiti with the issuance of Executive Order 001, which abolished levies in public primary and secondary schools.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the deputy governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, restated the commitment of the Fayemi administration towards making public schools more attractive to children through the introduction of pupil friendly initiatives.

SUBEB Chairman Prof. Femi Akinwumi said over 2,000 teachers are undergoing capacity building programmes.

He described the payment of counterpart funds by the Fayemi government, which were left unpaid by the last administration, as a huge relief to basic education, which had repositioned the sub-sector.

The Owatapa of Itapa-Ekiti, Oba Makanjuola Ajaja, hailed the governor for executing policies and projects that had changed the face of the state in the last two years.

The high point of the event was the presentation of merit award to Fayemi by the old pupils of St Philomena Primary School, for his contributions to education development.

There was jubilation in Isan-Ekiti, the governor’s hometown, as a block of three classrooms at CAC Primary School and a king’s market were inaugurated.

The market, which was inaugurated on behalf of the governor by the deputy governor, was executed by the Ekiti State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA).

The Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon, thanked the government for opening up what used to be “the land of fear” and turning it into a modern market to boost economic activities in the town.


  1. For any nation to maximize the benefits of education for sustainable development, it must invest heavily in education. This is one of the reasons the importance of education will continue to receive the attention of all stakeholders both at the local, state and federal levels in Nigeria. For this reason, I applaud the efforts of the government of ekiti state for giving attention to the educational sector of the state.


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