By Ola Ajayi
OYO State Governor, Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala has advised warring parties over the stool of the Olu of Fiditi to withdraw their cases in court and opt for peaceful resolution of the tussle.
The governor gave the advice at a civic reception organised in his honour by Fiditi community in Fiditi, Oyo State.
He told all kingmakers and interested parties in the tussle to embrace peace and dialogue in the choice of a new Olu of Fiditi, bearing in mind that only one person has been destined by God to occupy the exalted position.
Otunba Akala while acknowledging the significant contributions of indigenes of Fiditi to the manpower needs of both the Federal and the State Governments of Nigeria, pointed out that important personalities from the area had contributed immensely to the success of democratic governance in the early days of the nationâ€™s independence.
He also commended the people of Fiditi for contributing to the existing peace in Afijio Local Government area, stressing that the people have proud political history based on their unwavering stand on the side of truth.
The Governor said his administration would readily partner with any private initiative in the industrial development of the fruit growing potentials of Fiditi township and would also encourage the establishment of large scale fruit plantation through the Ministry of Agriculture to feed potential fruit extraction industries in Fiditi.
He, however, said while the government continued to provide infrastructural facilities, successful indigenes of the various towns and communities in the State should complement government effort by establishing industries, directly or through foreign investors.
According to him, â€œFiditi is the fruit basket of Oyo State and there is absolutely no reason why today we should not have at least two to three fruit extraction industries in Fiditiâ€.
The governor said his administration had continued to spread dividends of democracy to every part of the State, adding that the impact of his administration has been felt by the people in all the geo-political zones of the State.
He assured that farm settlements that had lost their pride of place would be rehabilitated and made to regain their lost glory, noting that the government would tackle headlong the critical problem of youth unemployment to alleviate poverty in the state.