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Hope not lost for autonomy-seeking Ekiti Communities, says Fayemi

•The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has assured that all
hope is not lost for communities that are seeking autonomy as their
requests will be considered in the future.

Fayemi, who said his administration cannot attend to all requests for
autonomy at once urged agitators to be patient and law be abiding as
it would soon be their turn.
The Governor made the remarks on Tuesday at the official presentation
of instruments of appointment and staff of office to the first Alajowa
of Ijowa-Ekiti (a new autonomous community) in Ikole Local government
area, Oba Emmanuel Ola Omopariola.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Dr. Fayemi
congratulated the new monarch and his subjects on the autonomy granted
the community, the approval he described as a “fulfilment of age-long
dream.”

A statement released by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy
Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, disclosed that Ijowa Ekiti was the third
out of the five autonomous communities where new monarchs have been
enthroned.

The new monarch, apparently overwhelmed with joy, said Governor Fayemi
has “delivered the community from slavery and second class rating in
the 21st Century.”

The Governor explained that Ijowa-Ekiti was among several communities
that presented requests for autonomy before the Justice Babajide
Aladejana-led Chieftaincy Review Commission with their cases
successful before the Panel and the State Executive Council.

Fayemi commended the people of Ijowa for being peaceful throughout the
period of their request for autonomy as no case of violence was
recorded and the peaceful co-existence they maintained with
Irele-Ekiti town from where they were they emerged.
The Governor appealed to other communities in similar situation to
emulate the good example of Ijowa and Irele’s harmonious cohabitation.

According to the Governor, his administration holds Obas in high
esteem considering the position they hold as custodians of the
people’s cultural heritage. He noted that his administration will
always accord traditional rulers with due respect and dignity their
offices deserve and prioritize their welfare within the limited
resources available to the State.

Dr. Fayemi urged all communities in the state to join hands with his
administration to fast-track all-round development of the state,
particularly in the areas of the on-going road construction and
rehabilitation, education development, healthcare delivery, water
revolution and restoration of stipends for the aged.

He solicited the cooperation of communities for prompt payment of
taxes and maintenance of peace in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeniyi
Familoni, described the coronation ceremony as marking the end of all
processes of autonomy. He urged the Ijowa people to maintain peace
with neighbouring communities.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Omopariola, who sincerely expressed the
community’s appreciation to Dr. Kayode Fayemi for granting the
autonomy to the town described the autonomy as “divine intervention”
as the new status would facilitate rapid development for the
community.

While calling on government to assist the town in reconstructing the
Arinkin Bridge which has cut Ijowa and Irele-Ekiti off from the rest
of the state, the monarch emphasized that the reconstruction would
assist his people who are predominantly farmers to bring their farm
produce to the outside world.

Urging the state government to staff the community Primary School in
the community, Oba Omopariola pledged the loyalty of the people to
the Fayemi administration assuring that they would always perform
their civic responsibilities and ensure peaceful co-existence with
their neighbours

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