From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti
Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday commended the heroic contributions of the founding fathers of Ekiti State for their vision which led to the creation of the state.
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the state. Ekiti State was created on October 1, 1996 alongside Bayelsa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Ebonyi and Zamfara States by the regime of the late military Head of State, General Sanni Abacha.
Commenting on the contributions of the past military and civilian administrations from Col. Mohammed Usman,
Commodore Atanda Yusuf, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni, among others in building the state to its enviable height, Fayose stated that each of the leaders did their best for the state.
Addressing stakeholders at what he described as a low key celebration of 20th anniversary at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium after the Independence Day walk, which kicked off from Mathew Street in Ado Ekiti, Fayose commended the military dictator and Ekiti founding fathers for actualizing the dream of the creation of the state.
“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, because without the foundation there would be nothing to build upon.
“Ekiti has scored many firsts within the two years I came on board. Ekiti recorded impressive rating 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 down 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 sad news to hear that a dollar is now being exchanged for N500.
“Whatever our political, religious and other 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 government 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.
Support FG, have faith in Nigeria, Air Peace urges Nigerians
By Louis Iba
an indigenous airline, Air Peace has appealed to Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as it makes effort to fix the nation’s current economic downturn.
In a statement to celebrate Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary signed by the Chief Operating Officer Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, the airline expressed optimism that the nation would overcome the crisis in the aviation sector if the citizens and all stakeholders in the industry rally their support behind the government.
“As we celebrate the 56th Independence Day anniversary of our dear nation, we must all come together to support the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to fast-track our exit from the current economic recession.
“We must resolve as a nation to work for the peace and progress of our nation and rededicate ourselves to issues that guarantee the greatness of our land,” the statement said.
The airline pledged to continue to deliver first-class flight services despite the challenges in the aviation sector.
“Although the situation in the aviation industry has been particularly challenging, we are firm in our belief that we can rise above all our difficulties if we unite and work with patriotic zeal in the interest of our nation. “At Air Peace, our total commitment is to Nigeria and the flying public who have been steadfast in their loyalty to our brand. We will neither change our pro-customer focus nor compromise on the very high safety and operational standards we have set and followed in our flight operations over the years. This is the least we can do in the patriotic service of our dear country, Nigeria,” the statement said.