By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado Ekiti
The people living in rural areas in Ekiti State are to enjoy more dividends of democracy as Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014, promised to empower more people at the grassroots to boost the local economy.
The Governor, who noted that most of the rural areas are far from urban life, said if rural dwellers are well-empowered, they would be self-dependent enough to cater to their needs and the needs of their families.
Fayemi spoke during his campaign tour to four communities in Gbonyin Local Government area of the state.
Communities visited by the Governor’s campaign train include: Iro, Egbe, Imesi and Agbado where he was received by residents who promised to use their votes to return him into office.
He was accompanied by the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the Senate, Chief Anthony Adeniyi; House of Representatives member representing Ekiti South II Federal Constituency, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi; Ekiti Assembly Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin; Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi; state APC Chairman, Chief Olajide Awe; and other party leaders.
Addressing the people of Egbe-Ekiti, Governor Fayemi said his government had provided basic amenities such as roads, quality health care, among others, in rural areas in the state to make life easier for the people in those communities.
He added that increased empowerment of the people in rural areas would be a major programme of his second term in office.
Fayemi also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the best platform for the consolidation of the transformation being witnessed in the state.
He urged the people of Egbe not to be intimidated and stand by their votes to prevent candidates who represent darkness from coming to power again in the state.
Fayemi said: “Nobody can intimidate you here, there is no way you can see the right way and head into the bush. There is light in Ekiti, we are no longer in darkness.
“We are already witnessing progress in Ekiti and we will never retrogress again. We have done a lot but there is still more to do and by the grace of God on June 21, something great will happen through your votes for the APC”.
The Governor said the darkness brought to the state by the misrule of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not be allowed to return, adding that his administration has brought light to the state and that the opposition will not be allowed to plunge Ekiti, which is enjoying a new lease of life, into darkness again.
At Iro, the APC candidate in the June 21 governorship election reeled out his projects in the community, stressing that the APC would continue to build on its performance in all the 132 communities in the state.
He listed the projects executed by his administration in the community to include: the renovation of the community’s secondary school, construction of town-hall, building of a new Oba’s palace and payment of monthly stipends to aged people in the community.
Fayemi said the community secondary school renovated by his administration now radiates beauty that will see teaching and learning conducive to teachers and students.
He added that the special rural allowance now paid to teachers posted to remote areas has attracted more teachers to rural communities for pupils there to benefit.
The Governor assured residents that the community health centre will attract the attention of his government to make healthcare delivery available to more people in Iro.
Fayemi said: “I know you have seen our works in this community and there is no way the good works can continue if you fail to come out on June 21 to vote APC for all these good works to continue.
“This government will not abandon our people in the rural areas. We will not also neglect our people in the urban centres and that is why you must vote in favour of our party and stand by your votes.”