Ekiti State Government is set to engage more architects and partner
with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), to ensure
its Urban Renewal Projects meet international standard.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi stated this when he
received the leadership of ARCON, led by its National President, Arc
(Sir) Dipo Ajayi and council members on a courtesy visit in Ado-Ekiti
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka
Oyebode, Dr Fayemi said the state would require the technical
expertise of the umbrella body of architects in its bid to build a
world class agriculture processing zone and the knowledge zone (smart
city), two major projects designed to drive industrialization in Ekiti
The Governor, who hinted on plans by his administration to deploy
Geography Information Science (GIS) technology for accurate
enumeration of properties in the state, said the state was also
reviving its farm settlements in order to boost agriculture business,
food security and industrial development of the state.
He said the next focus of the administration is the revitalization of
the Orin Farm Settlement, having successfully revived the Ikun Diary
farm, in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Promasidor, one of
the leading names in diary product business.
“We are definitely going to increase the use of architects in our
urban renewal project. We need architects and experts in the design of
the Agriculture Processing Zone and the Knowledge Zone (our smart
“We need the knowledge, expertise and support of architects and ARCON
leadership in making these projects world class.
Earlier in his presentation, ARCON President, Arc Ajayi who lauded the
development strides of the Fayemi-led administration, urged the
Governor to ensure the state take advantage of the services of
certified architects and professional support of the umbrella body.
ARCON, according to Ajayi, would make its expertise available to the
state government in a partnership that would accelerate infrastructure
development in the state.
Ajayi also said the body was building a 500 million naira hostel
project in Oye Ekiti. He also thanked the Governor for the
appointments of professional architects who are manning very important
positions in government including Arc Tope Ogunleye, Special Adviser
of Special Projects and Arc Wale Ajayi, Senior Special Assistant on
Public Buildings, among others