The first Executive Council meeting under leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi took place on Wednesday, barely ten days after the governor swore-in four members of his cabinet.
The meeting which was chaired by the governor had in attendance, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Dapo Kolawole; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Faohunda; Secretary to State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji; Chief of Staff, Mr Biodun Omoleye; Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka and Chief Press Secretay to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode.
The Governor charged members to work for the progress of the state, adding that the administration is determined to leave behind a worthy legacy for the people of the state. He advised members to always defend the integrity of every decision taken collectively in the council regardless of the position they took during the deliberation process. He urged any member that could not abide by the popular decision of the council to resign and instead of undermining the council.
While urging members to consider the interest of the state above personal interest, the governor stressed the need for his administration to urgently deliver the promises made to the people during his electioneering campaign.
His word, “We have only been here barely three weeks, we have spent a better part of last week receiving briefings from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies. And we have also spent our time inspecting various projects across the state. Between the time we were sworn in and now, we have taking some steps to issue specific executive orders to address matters which we have either pledged ourselves through the course of the campaign or in the inaugural speech that I made when being sworn in, and this is relating to the cancellation of education levies and restoration of free and compulsory education in our primary and secondary schools; As well as instituting visitation panels to the various tertiary institutions in the state that we considered are not performing optimally.
“I urge you to take this high decision-making body as important. We do not generally condone certain behavior particularly on issues relating to punctuality and strict adherence to collective decision, that is extremely important. Once a decision is taking by this council, that decision is binding on all of its members and if you are not in agreement with that decision, the best advice that I have for such member is to resign and seize to be a member of this executive council.
"Once you have not done so, and you were present, even when you are not present, this council has taking a decision, that decision is binding on all, that is the duty we owe this government of which you are a member, because it goes by the principle of collective responsibility and that does not need any explanation.
“So I urge members to take seriously what we do here, if you step out of here, even if you are the most vociferous opposition inside here when we have the discussion, as you step out of here, your defence must equally be as vociferous as your opposition during the meeting.
The governor also announced that a fact finding panel for Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital would soon be put in place. All the new exco members swore to oaths of secrecy.