This DFID support assessment mission to Ekiti State was agreed upon at a meeting between H.E. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the DFID Nigeria Head of Office, Mr. Richard Montgomery in Abuja, December 2010. At that meeting, the Governor of Ekiti State asked for specific help around implementation of his 8-point agenda for the recovery of the state and it was agreed by both parties that early in 2011, a team of independent consultants would visit Ekiti State to identify what, if anything, DFID Nigeria could do to assist. The inclination of DFID Nigeria to consider the request of H.E. was based on the fact that the state is considered to be the poorest in South-West Nigeria apart from being one in which DFID had engaged in the past. The visit of the consultants took place from January 16-28, 2011. In this period the consultants met with well over 100 State and non-State Actors.