As part of efforts geared towards repositioning the administration for better service delivery, members of Ekiti State Executive Council and top functionaries of the government will commence a two-day high level retreat in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, from Thursday, 3 December, 2020.
The two-day retreat, according to the Chairman of the Planning Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, would, among other things, involve a comprehensive review of the developmental efforts of the administration in relation to its five pillars of development.
All serving Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries in the state and some top government officials are to participate in the retreat with the theme: “Finishing Well and Sustaining Progressive leadership in Ekiti State”.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN); former Borno State Governor, Senator Kashim Ibrahim Shettima; Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (Ekiti North); renowned Economist, Dr Ayodeji Teriba and Development Specialist, Dr Otive Igbuzor; are among the facilitators for different aspects of the retreat.
According to Oyebanji, the retreat will afford the government top functionaries to assess the mid-term Ekiti Governance Review Report 2020; reflect on the first two years (2018-2020) of the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration in Ekiti and realign programmes and plans with new governance priorities as well as reflect on how the government can improve on service delivery and governance to ensure more impactful outcome.
It will also seek to energize existing team spirit and imbue innovative thinking among top government official as well as evolve government strategies established on the interlinks and flow between vision, focus, plans, policies to budgets, policies and programmes for the overall benefit of Ekiti State.
Stressing that the first high level retreat of the administration’s top officials held in Iloko-Ijesha, in May 2019, laid a solid foundation for the development strides of the government, Oyebanji said the planned retreat will assess how far the administration has come from the Iloko retreat and what has been left undone with a view to deciding on priorities for the next two years.