Ekiti State is currently battling with more than N170 billion debt piled up by the government of former Governor Ayo Fayose.
The new governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said this today in his inauguration speech in Ado-Ekiti.
He said the state’s economy is heading for a state of emergency with such a huge debt burden.
The governor appealed to the federal government for assistance to bail out the state through the Economic Stabilisation Fund.
While pledging to address the problems of unpaid salaries of workers, Fayemi said: “We should join hands to resuscitate the ailing economy.”
He also called on investors and multi-national corporation to return to Ekiti.
The state, he said, would embark on social investment, education, agriculture and rural development.
“We are ready to work with everyone to create a landmark progress.
“We are committing to world best practices and deploy all skills to honestly work for the progress of the state.
“We will work to integrating the aspiration of the state to the programme of the federal government,” the governor said.
He said the state would return to the fold of other states in the west to fast track economic development.
“We will take full ownership of the challenges ahead of us,” he promised.