Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi Friday said his administration has transformed the state in the last four years.
He said this while inaugurating the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) in Ado-Ekiti.
According to him, both local and international bodies as there have been tangible changes in the lives of the citizens.
The governor said that Ekiti had been rated highly in terms of efficiency, transparency and competitiveness among the states in Nigeria.
According to him, the “World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report” now puts Ekiti among the five leading states that have made remarkable progress in all indices of doing business with ease. He also said that Ekiti was ranked 34th position out of the 36 states before the advent of his administration; it was heart-warming that the state had progressed to the first five.
At least six World Bank projects worth $150 million in agriculture, health, education, governance and infrastructure have been executed in Ekiti, adds Fayemi.
Speaking further, he said that the Social Security Scheme and the Youth Volunteer Programmes introduced by his administration attracted World Bank to the state, which has been used as pilot state for its Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
Fayemi donated four vehicles to the YESSO programme in the state, just as he urged the World Bank to continue its partnership with Ekiti Government regardless of which political party was in government.
World Bank Representative, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, in his remarks, commended the government for focusing on programmes that were aimed at transforming the lives of the people.
He described the YESSO programme as a welfare intervention programme of the World Bank aimed at reducing poverty among the people and increased access to opportunities for youth employment and social service delivery.