As Ekiti State celebrated the 20th anniversary of its creation on Saturday, Governor Ayodele Fayose, has commended the heroic contributions of the late military ruler, Gen Sanni Abacha for his vision leading to the creation of the state.
Fayose, also commended the tremendous contributions of the past military and civilian administrations of Col. Mohammed Usman, Commodore Atanda Yusuf, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni, in building the state to its enviable height through their leadership.
Ekiti State was created on October 1, 1996 alongside Bayelsa, Gombe, Nasarawa , Ebonyi and Zamfara States.
Addressing stakeholders at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium after the Independence Walk, which kicked off from Mathew Street in Ado Ekiti, Fayose commended the military dictator and Ekiti founding fathers for actualizing the dream for the state’s creation.
“Let me commend Gen. Abacha for creating the state and I also thank our founding fathers for their vision. Though, I didn’t participate in the struggle, but I am a beneficiary and many children and governors yet unborn will also benefit.
“Politics aside, let me commend all the military and duly elected governors of the past for their contributions, because they have contributed their own quota within the available resources to lay a foundation, for without foundation there could be nothing to build upon.
“Ekiti has scored many firsts within the two years I came on board.
Ekiti recorded first in transparency in budget provision. It came first in 2016 NECO and these came at the most auspicious time when Ekiti is 20. Our desire now is to buckle up and work harder for more service delivery for the good of you and I.
“The present economic recession in our country is not pleasurable, it is not interesting at all. It is a sad news to hear that a dollar is now being exchanged for N500.
“Whatever our political, religious and interests are, we must put our eyes on the ball called Ekiti for our tomorrow to be better than this”, he said.
Fayose promised that the flyover project, Ikere Ekiti dualisation project, the new Oja Oba market and other projects in all the 16 local governments areas, including the proposed High Court complex and new governor’s office will be completed before his departure in 2018.
“I want to tell you that I won’t abandon any project. All the projects I have started will be completed before my departure”, Fayose assured.