By CLIFFORD NDUJIHE & GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO-EKITI -The Ekiti State Government has come up with a prototype of standard buildings that can stand the test of time.
According to the state Commissioner for Physical, Urban and Regional Planning, Mr. Ebunlomo Awoyemi, all structures without proper planning approvals and not conform to the set standard will henceforth be pulled down to pave way for the ongoing Urban Renewal programme embarked upon by Dr Kayode Fayemi-led Administration.
He said: “The pulling down of structures that contravene the master plan of the State became imperative, to forestall the state capital from sliding into a slum.”
The commissioner assured that the Urban renewal exercise will not be limited to Ado Ekiti, the state capital, saying other local governments will be visited as soon as the government is through with the State Capital.
Meantime, Governor, Fayemi, has urged indigenes of the state to devote more attention to agriculture and enhance the fortunes of the state.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 2012 Ekiti Day in Lagos, weekend, where prominent sons and daughters of the state were honoured, the governor hinted of plans to make each of the 16 local councils of Ekiti a specialist in one agricultural product because “we are committed to turning agriculture into a tool of development.”
Currently, he said the state was doing well with the production of cocoa, cassava and rice but stressed that “cassava is a big issue for us.”
Praising those, who were honoured at the event hosted by Lagos State chapter of Ekiti Parapo at Lagos City Hall, Fayemi described them as people of integrity, knowledge and brilliance, who had excelled in their different areas of human endeavour.
Those honoured were Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, Dr. Victor Olaiya, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Mr. Femi Falana, Mr. Olufemi Ajayi, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, Chief Jimoh Aliu, Mrs. Duro Ladipo, Prof Oladunni Olaniyan-Taylor and Miss Tosin Otitoju.