Elder statesman and founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, on Thursday reviewed the 25 years of the existence of Ekiti State, saying the state had nothing to celebrate.
Babalola, one of the active founders of the state, lamented, “Ekiti has not achieved the anticipated lofty objectives of the founding fathers.
“Twenty-five years after its creation, Ekiti State remains land-locked, motorway-locked, airport-locked, rail-way locked, industry-locked and power-locked, a development which adversely affects economic development in the state”.
Ekiti State was created on October 1, 1996 out of the old Ondo State.
But Babalola, in a statement titled, ‘Ekiti State: A toddler @ 25’, stated, “Looking at the position of things in Ekiti today, I am beginning to doubt if those of us (dead and alive) who fought for the creation of Ekiti State were right in opting out of the bigger Ondo State.
“There is nothing for Ekiti State to celebrate at 25. Unfortunately, the National Assembly, successive governors and ministers to whom I have personally written petitions have ignored them. Today, Ekiti State remains an ailing state in the hands of a dying mother nation.”
However, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, who was the secretary of the Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, said the state was not where it was 25 years ago.
Oyebanji said, “We have certainly left Egypt, but not in our Jerusalem yet. I believe all leaders, present and past, have done their part in the development of the state.”