The Challenge of Change: Democracy and Development in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Watch/Listen Again Wednesday 28 November 2012 17:00 to 18:30
Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

About the speaker

Dr. Kayode Fayemi is Executive Governor of Ekiti State in Nigeria. The Leadership Newspaper Group named Dr Fayemi the "Governor of the Year 2011".

He gained a PhD in War Studies (specialising in civil-military relations) from Kings College London, with his research and policy interest in Democratization, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Governance and Regionalismin the Global Context.

As a prominent leader of the Nigerian opposition in exile, he was actively involved in the establishment of RadioFreedom, Radio Democracy International & Radio Kudirat, and he played a central role in the opposition's diplomatic engagements in exile during the infamous military rule in Nigeria.

He has also served as an adviser on transitional justice, regional integration, constitutionalism, security sector reform and civil-military relations issues to various governments, inter-governmental institutions and development agencies.

He was the main technical adviser to Nigeria's Human Right Violations Investigation Commission (Oputa Panel), which investigated past abuses and served on the Presidential Implementation Committees on Security Sector Reform, NEPAD and the Millennium Development Goals.

He was technical expert to ECOWAS on small arms and light weapons and United Nations Economic Commission of Africa on governance issues. He was also a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Panel of the British Government. He has served as a consultant to the OECD on Security Sector Reform and chaired the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative's Committee of Experts on developing guiding principles and mechanisms of constitution making in Commonwealth Africa.

After eight years as Directorof the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), he ventured into partisan politics and ran for office as Governor of his home state of Ekiti in 2007 on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Since assuming office in 2010 he has demonstrated uncommon passion and zeal for social justice and service delivery through people-oriented programmes like the social security scheme for the elderly, free education up to senior secondary school level, free healthcare for the vulnerable, Youth in Commercial Agriculture and Development (YCAD) programme and women's empowerment.

In a bid to ensure citizens participation in governance, he has initiated regular town hall meetings where each community inputs into policies of government. Part of this is the annual town hall meeting where communities make direct input to budget planning.

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