By Gbenga Ariyibi
After almost eight weeks in office, Ekiti State Governor, Engr Segun Oni has said he was not in hurry to appointÂ commissioners and other members of his cabinet, saying he intends to work with the best brains.
The governor who was speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday during the swearing-in ofÂ his new Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel Adekunle said his administration was fully committed to harnessing the vast human and material resources available in the State in its bid to make the state the best in Nigeria.
Oni said his administration would take advantage of the smallness of the State in terms of landscape by judiciously utilizing its available resources.
â€œWe are not aspiring to be the biggest state in Nigeria. What we are aspiring for is to be the best. With just 6,000 sq. km, we are just Â¼ the size of Oyo State, 1/3 the size of Ondo State and half the size of Osun State. We have all the human and materials required to make the state great and we are fully committed to maximally utilizing these potentials to our advantage,â€ Oni said.
The Governor said the focus of his administration was to transform the State faster than ever before through rapid infrastructural development, human empowerment, improvement in the quality of Education and Health care delivery.
â€œIn our previous 21 months in office, we succeeded in improving the road density in the State to the West Africa average. We are taking water supply from 10 percent to almost 70 percent, Primary and Secondary Schools pupils in Ekiti State no longer sit on bare floor. In fact our integrated schools furniture programme has now become the bench mark for many States in Nigeria.
“We want to continue to move in leaps and bounds, that is the more reason we need the like of Mr. Adekunle and other accomplished sons and daughters of Ekiti to join us on this mission,â€ he said.
Oni said his administration would soon lay the foundation stone of the new General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, following the upgrading of the existing one into the University of Ado Ekiti Teaching Hospital.