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Friday, October 1, 2021

Ekiti At 25 : Nothing To Celebrate - Afe Babalola


                        •Afe Babalola


The Daily Crucible | Published Friday, October 1, 2021 

Legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has taken cursory look at the 25 years of the creation of Ekiti State, declaring that the state had nothing to show for it. 

Babalola, one of the active founders of the state, said “Ekiti has not achieved the anticipated lofty objectives of the founding fathers.

“Twenty-five years after its creation, Ekiti State remains land-locked, motorway-locked, airport-locked, rail-way locked, industry-locked and power-locked, a development which adversely affects economic development in the state”.

Ekiti State was created on October 1, 1996 out of the old Ondo State. Niyi Adebayo was the pioneer governor. Engr. Segun Oni,  Ayodele Fayose and Dr. Kayode Fayemi had at different times, governed the State touted as the land of professors. Kayode Fayemi is having his second and last round as governor of the State. 
 
Disturbed by its stunted growth and development in many fronts, the elder statesman in a statement titled, ‘Ekiti State: A toddler at 25, “Looking at the position of things in Ekiti today, I am beginning to doubt if those of us (dead and alive) who fought for the creation of Ekiti State were right in opting out of the bigger Ondo State.

“There is nothing for Ekiti State to celebrate at 25. Unfortunately, the National Assembly, successive governors and ministers to whom I have personally written petitions have ignored them. Today, Ekiti State remains an ailing state in the hands of a dying mother nation.”

However, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, who was the secretary of the Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, said the state was not where it was 25 years ago.

Oyebanji said, “We have certainly left Egypt, but not in our Jerusalem yet. I believe all leaders, present and past, have done their part in the development of the state.”

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