By ‘Seun Ibukun-Oni
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised indigenes and opposition parties in the state to shun the idea of perpetually whipping up negative narratives about the state, but rather to always celebrate the activities and achievements of the state government and people of the state that impact positively on the well being of the people.
In a statement signed and released on Sunday by Elder Sam Oluwalana to Daily Courier, the Director of Media and Publicity for the party in the state, submits that there are several activities that are worthy of mention and in the international space have happened or are in the offing in the state but are not considered worthy of mention by certain elements in the state for political reasons which is not in the best interest of the state.
Quoting him, ” Some people would rather run the state government down rather than celebrate the good things they are doing, because of politics.”
He reminded indigenes and residents that they are all in this together and that when one urinates in the Commonwealth’s well, it will affect all and sundry.
Oluwalana counselled everyone to have good thoughts and contribute goodwill for the benefit of the generality of the people. He quoted from the Bible the verse;” those who wish good tidings for our Jerusalem would prosper “
He further stated that in recent time, Ekiti state has been in the limelight for very good reasons and her name has continued to receive positive mention both nationally and internationally. The state is living up to expectations as the “Land of Honour” as it quietly picks its race to the topmost in all aspects of human development indices.
Ekiti, under the leadership of Dr Kayode Fayemi, who is the fourth civilian governor to preside over the governance of the state, is presently recording many firsts in virtually all aspects of human endeavours.
On the government’s efforts to make the state secure, he said that few days ago, Dr Fayemi held meetings with top security advisers to respond to the renewed threat to lives and property in the state as part of his proactive measures to ensure the state remains peaceful as always.
Similarly, as Chair of Governors Forum, he held a series of strategic meetings across the length and breadth of the country in an effort to find a united and organic solutions to the challenge of insecurity in the country generally. Even within the south west political zone, he has continued to profer creative and collaborative solutions on the best way to curtail the demons of kidnapping and rural insecurity.
The immediate result of these meetings can be seen in the mobilisation of national consensus around the understanding of the problem and the renewed concerted effort to combat it head long.
On employment opportunities and other I, he submitted that Nigeria’s quest to promote gas utilisation policy as as a substitute to fossile fuel under the National Gas Expansion Programme, received a boost with the launch of the project in Ekiti as the first state in the south west. The project is expected to employ nothing less than 5000 youths in gas related businesses. It will also drive down cost of energy and environmental sustainability
Within the same time, medical equipment worth N300m was commissioned in an effort to boost health delivery service in the state. The items of the equipment are to be distributed to government hospitals in the state.
The Ikun Diary Farm which was being managed by Promasidor received a further lift with the arrival of 250 of about 1000 Texas Steered Cows to boost operation of the industry and actualise its delivery of 10000 liters of fresh milk daily.
All these are aimed at actualising the program of the APC to turn around the economic fortunes of Ekiti state.
Also, in the area of justice and human rights he recalled that though the panel that is hearing grievances from those maltreated by the disbanded police Special Anti Robbery Squad is yet to conclude its sitting and submit its report, Governor Fayemi has approved the immediate release of the sum of N7.2 million as compensation to proven victims of police brutality.
This was announced by the state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda during one of the sittings of the panel.
It is high time members of the opposition opened their eyes and ears to see and hear these good tidings already delivered and those that are still in the pipeline.
The APC, as a political party believes in an adage that when ones masquerade dances well, it pleases. It is high time people of the state, especially the political class, shunned politics of bitterness and hatred and joined hands for the development of the state he said.