Fayemi, Special Adviser empowers farm settlers


Following the opening up of their farmstead through a feeder road recently, the farmers in Abuja Village in Erijiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Council Area of the state last week further got the dividends of democracy through an empowerment initiative facilitated by the Special Adviser, Bureau of Special Projects, Mr. Bayo Kelekun in conjunction with the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Rural Development.

The programme which took place at the farm tucked within some hills between the town and Ilawe was to bring the development strides of Governor John Kayode Fayemi to the small farmstead. It was also meant to sensitize the dwellers on the need to vote for the hardworking Governor in the election slated for Saturday, June 21, 2014.

While addressing the people, Kelekun said the event was on the instruction of Mr. Governor because of the importance attached to the development of various farmsteads spread across the state.

 “I am happy to be here and I wish to tell you that I’m sent by Mr. Governor to visit and tell you that you are very important people like those in other townships. I want to tell you that Mr. Governor is committed to ensuring you enjoy everything you desire. Change is our focal point. Mr. Governor wants to change Ekiti for good; it is our collective efforts that will make this happen. And what you need to do is to vote for Dr. Fayemi again so that he can continue the good works he has started.The road that leads to your farmstead that has just been graded is a signal to other developmental projects that will take place when the Governor comes back the second time. I’m happy that we have Abuja in Erijiyan. And I want to advise that you should not listen to those that will come to deceive you with lies and empty promises. We have started and we will do more. Culverts would be constructed to make the road better,” he stressed.

In his response, Alhaji Adeyemi Lateef, representative of the farmers in glowing words commended Governor Fayemi for sending the Special Adviser and other officials from the three Ministries to their community for the empowerment programme. While expressing their appreciation, they did not fail to make further requests such as tarring of the road that has just been graded to link other farmsteads, provision of boreholes to boost the running of portable water in order to prevent water borne diseases. They also appealed to government to provide market, make primary health care clinic available and build for them a primary school amongst others.

In his address the Commissioner for Rural Development and Community Empowerment, Chief. Folorunso Olabode promised that drilling of boreholes in Abuja farm settlement would be a priority of the Ministry when Fayemi is elected for the second time. He also told the farmers that his Ministry would assist them in the area of Co-operative for easy access to funding to boost the growth of their crops.

In the same vain, Representative of the Commissioner for Agric and Natural Resources, Mr. Olumide Fatoba informed the settlers that more incentives would be provided through his Ministry in the areas of germicides, fertilizers, provision of cutlasses, hoes, spraying pumps and many more to boost their farming business.

Members of the community had the opportunity of a brief talk on how to manage their health, the importance of having a balanced diet and self-examination by women on breast cancer. The talk was given by the representative of the Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Kemi Akinleye.

The high point of the programme was the raffle draw through which a teenager Idayat Adegoke won a Jin Zeng Motorcycle. Mr. Segun Olomeye won a Tiger generating set and Mrs. Abosede Ogunkeye went home with a grinding machine. Aside, fertilizers, treated maize, germicides, anti-malaria drugs and several mosquito nets, bathroom slippers were given to the people.