Governor inspects projects in Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has said that all the projects undertaken by his administration are for the good of Ekiti people because they are designed to add value to the coming generations.
The governor, who stated this during an inspection tour of the projects in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, expressed satisfaction at the commitment of the various contractors handling the projects.
Among the projects the governor visited were the State Pavilion, Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, and the new Governor’s Lodge.
He said it was time the state had a befitting space to host various kinds of social events that might be organised by government and private individuals; hence the decision to construct the 22,000 capacity state pavilion.
While justifying the ban on the use of secondary schools for social events, Mr. Fayemi stated that aside the distractions this had caused for teaching and learning, some of the events exposed students to untoward social activities.
He said all kinds of damage were being done by the organisers of the programmes who end up invading the students’ property in the course of their events.
He explained that the pavilion, which was being roofed and plastered, would be made available to people who might want to use it for all social activities within the ambit of the law.
According to him, when completed, the pavilion would be better than the Eagles Square in Abuja and Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, which accommodates approximately 5,000 people.
“Almost every month we have people who come here doing one thing or the other; crusade, musical festival, political gathering, religious meeting and they use the pitches and lawns of our secondary schools. I have banned that from happening because I don’t think it is right to use secondary school pitches for external activities,” the governor said.
“Apart from the fact that these schools are in session, and then people invade their property, they do all kinds of damage and expose our pupils to untoward social activities. We also feel that it is about time, 17 years after our creation as a state to have a place that can be regularly eyed by all and sundry for their activities.
“This is a legacy project, it is better than the Eagles Square in Abuja. It is the first of its kind in terms of its curved roofs anywhere in the country. You can see the space; it can conveniently seat 12000 people and about 10,000 standing on the concrete pitch. We are doing it because we believe it is the right thing to do for our state. It is going to last generations yet unborn. You know where our stadium is, how difficult it is to even have an event that has more than 10,000 people there because it is not even 5000 capacity,”
The Special Adviser in the Bureau of Special Projects, Bayo Kelekun, who conducted the governor round the project sites assured Ekiti people that the Fayemi-led administration meant well for them and would leave no stone unturned in delivering on all its promises.