The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) and Afao Development Council (ADC) have applauded Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi for naming four newly established secondary schools after four distinguished citizens of the State.
The Yoruba Council of Elders, in a letter dated 25th March 2019 and signed by its Secretary-General, Dr Kunle Olajide, said the gesture is a pointer to Fayemi’s “commitment to entrench in the State the enduring values of service, patriotism and diligence for which Ekitis were known and respected in the past”.
While commending the Fayemi-led administration’s decision to name the new institutions after Prof. David Oke, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Deji Fasuan, the YCE stated that Fayemi’s “second coming is indeed the dawn of a new and glorious era for Ekiti State”.
The Council assured Dr Fayemi of their support in the “arduous task of restoring our values and piloting our state for progress and development”.
“I recall with nostalgia the day in Adetiloye Hall during your first coming when Your Excellency, for the first time since the creation of Ekiti State, publicly recognized and acknowledged the efforts of the few of us under the leadership of Chief Fasuan whom God used with our traditional rulers to achieve the creation of our dear State. Your sense of history is highly commendable”, the letter reads.
The Afao Development Council in their letter dated 26th March and co-signed by the Alafao of Afao, HRM. Oba Joseph Ademilua and the President of the union, Chief Laolu Omosilade commended Governor Fayemi for naming one of the newly established schools after Chief Fasuan ,who is an indigene of the town.
The community union said the action is not just a honour but “merit justified by posterity” because of the role played by Fasuan in the struggle for the creation of Ekiti State; adding that the gesture is a manifestation of the fact that the Fayemi-led administration recognizes excellence and selfless contributions of Ekiti sons and daughter.
“This will also foster a lasting cordial relationship between your government and majority of Ekiti citizens who mainly have this erudite statesman as mentor and benefactor and it is also a pointer to the fact that your administration is here to restore Ekiti values”, ADC said.
The newly established schools are to commence academic activities in September, while arrangements have been concluded to establish two additional ones by next year.
Governor Fayemi, whose administration lays much premium on human capital development, says his administration would continue to recognize and reward excellence service to the state.