As Ekiti state marks its 26th years of creation today, the governor, Kayode Fayemi said the state is now a pride among the comity of states in Nigeria.
In his state address on Saturday, Fayemi noted the sacrifices of its past leaders laid solid foundation for the progress so far.
” We would not have reached this level of progress without the outstanding dedication of past and present leaders who worked for and have continued to work to ensure that the State assumes her proper pride of place in the comity of States across the nation.”
” Ekiti is now a state of pride for all of us, emerging steadily from her humble beginnings. The first military administrator Late Col. Mohammed Inua Bawa, had to make do with a Room Chalet in the defunct Owena Motels as his Governor’s Lodge, the same way all our past leaders had to make several sacrifices at certain stages, to contribute their quota to the Ekiti State we all have today. I salute their courage and resilience and celebrate their achievements.”
He noted there may be some areas his outgoing administration have pending projects but assures the incoming administration government will continue.
” The task of keeping Ekiti working is our collective responsibility. We already have a strong start with the victory of our Governor-elect at the poll. His victory is significant not only for the All Progressives Congress (APC), but for Ekiti-kete as a whole. This is the first time a political party will be succeeding itself in our dear State.”
” Luckily, our Governor-elect, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, was an integral part of all the developmental feats recorded by this administration. What this holds for us as a State is that the path to an enduring socio-economic and political progress already mapped out by this administration will be followed through with renewed vigour and dedication.”
” A tree, our people say, does not make a forest. I am, therefore, using this medium to appeal to all well-meaning sons and daughters of Ekiti, and all our development partners to rally round the incoming administration in the overall best interest of our people. With your prayers, support, suggestions, guidance and constructive criticism, the incoming government will make the best of the foundation we already laid and surpass our record of performance. I urge you all to join hands with the incoming administration to consolidate on the work we have done so far and keep Ekiti working in our collective best interest.”