My Vision for Ekiti – Ambassador Dare Bejide
Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant Ambassador Dare Bejide has unfolded his vision for the state. He
said he will provide an effective leadership, in accordance with the expectation of the people.
He said: “The basic motivation is service to the people. I have been around for a while in Ekiti state. Apart from the three years that I spent outside Nigeria as High Commissioner, I have been living with the people, I understand their problems, I know there is pervading poverty in Ekiti State. And I know that, unless we have a governor, who understands the feelings and the sufferings of the people, it will be difficult to make a change. That is one of the basic reasons why I am in the race. And I know I can make the difference”.
Bejide spoke with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
He promised to provide a conducive atmosphere for industrialisation to boost youth employment and create weath.
The aspirant added: “ The economic situation in Ekiti is terrible and unacceptable. There are no commercial activities going on in the state. If you rely entirely on government allocations from Abuja, it becomes very difficult to provide infrastructure and, if you don’t provide infrastructure, then, the enabling environment needed for economic development is absent.
“So, that is the prevailing situation in Ekiti State as today.You impose tax on income and profit. You don’t tax the capital of a businessman. When the level of economic activity is very low, it is very difficult to tax the people.
“What we intend to do is to make payment of taxes very attractive to those who are paying. In other words, when we increase the level of economic activities, it is very easy to encourage people to pay their taxes.
“We are going to make sure that economic activities are promoted and increased in the state so that everybody is engaged in one economic activity or the other. We will create new departments in the technical schools that will re-train our local mechanics, vulcanizers, tillers,bricklayers, even if it is for three months.”