BY gbenga ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI — A legal luminary and founder of the only private university in Ekiti State, Chief Afe Babalola, yesterday, wrote the governor-elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, urging him to attract federal presence to the state.
The legal icon equally tasked Fayose not to disappoint the people of the state, especially the youths.
He urged the governor-elect to provide jobs for the teeming youths roaming the streets, and commended both Fayemi and Fayose for reaching a compromise on how the state would work.
Afe Babalola’s letter reads in part: “I write as a stakeholder in (the) Ekiti project and in particular as the one who used the blueprint for Ekiti State to draft the memorandum for the creation of Ekiti State which I personally defended before Mbanefo panel at Akure, to formally congratulate you most heartily and warmly at your resounding victory at the Saturday, June 21, 2014 gubernatorial election, as pronounced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I observed that your electoral victory could be attributed largely to large number of youths most of whom were unemployed and unemployable who are hoping for a better tomorrow, as well as students who are angling for affordable education, particularly at the tertiary level of education.
“In a land-locked state like Ekiti which is afflicted with a high dosage of unemployment, it is for you to justify the trust and confidence the electorate had willingly reposed in you by delivering on the promises you have made.
“Because of the peculiar nature of Ekiti as a landlocked state with very poor means of transportation and without any other means of revenue, apart from the monthly allocation from the centre, which is about the least among the 36 states of the federation, Ekiti cannot afford to be in opposition to the government at the centre.
“It is for this reason that I urge you to use your God-ordained and God-given position as the next Governor of Ekiti State to get close to the centre and secure enough of Federal Government presence in Ekiti this time around.”