Abandoned Ekiti Communities Cry Out To Fayemi
Some Communities in Ekiti State, where almost everything that makes life bearable cannot be found, have cried out to Governor Kayode Fayemi for help.
The communities, which are mostly in the Ekiti North Senatorial District, accused the immediate past administration of former Governor Ayodele Fayose of neglect.
They claim the past administration deliberately excluded them from developmental and infrastructural projects.
Residents of the communities have also urged Governor Fayemi to correct the injustice done to them by running an inclusive government.
Specifically, they want the governor to provide good road networks, water and electricity.
One of the most prominent monarchs in the state and traditional ruler of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Idowu Faboro explained that the communities in the area, including Ido-Ekiti, Ilogbo-Ekiti, Orin-Ekiti, Osi-Ekiti, Ora-Ekiti and Usi-Ekiti, were neglected by the immediate past governor, Fayose.
Decrying the absence of government presence since the state was created in 1996, Oba Faboro said that Ido community alone ought to have no fewer than 10 wards as against two.
He said: “Ido is a God-made community, but we do not enjoy government largesse. It was only during the military era that Ido attracted the Federal Teaching Hospital. Ido has been relegated since the creation of the state in 1996. There has not been any significant thing as government project in the town.
“Ido is the third or fourth most populated town in Ekiti State, yet other towns of smaller sizes have more government presence. Everything on development that we have have been through the efforts of our indigenes, as led by the Kabiyesi, the monarch,” he said.
Oba Faboro also listed why Ido and its environs in Ekiti North should not be neglected by government.
“We enjoyed the presence of Governor Fayemi’s administration in his first tenure. An example is his signature projects for all communities which we used for the layout of the new palace. But during Governor Fayose’s reign, the adjoining towns, even those that are much smaller to us, enjoyed dual carriageways, but we didn’t. We are also one of the towns in Ekiti that produced some of the best professors who have recorded many firsts in their academic pursuits in this country.
“For any government who wants to accord the town the prominence which it had enjoyed many years ago, Ido deserves a state university and a museum. Our roads are bad, some of them would have long been impassable if not for efforts of indigenes. The public water system hasn’t been working well and we earnestly yearn for job opportunities as well as empowerment for our people,” he said.
Reacting to the complaints by the communities, the state government said developmental projects would be evenly distributed across the state.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Fayemi, Yinka Oyebode said: “Everybody in Ekiti understands that under the leadership of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, every town and village will benefit from every form of development and infrastructure that government would do for the state. No town will be neglected for any reason whatsoever. This has always been his way.”