By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—A enowned Poet and Playwright, Prof. Niyi Osundare, yesterday, advised the incoming governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi to institute policies that will combat poverty and all forms of social ills that had crept into the state through the actions of the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Osundare said this while delivering an inauguration lecture entitled: ‘Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring our Value; Ekiti of Our Dream’, in Ado Ekiti.
The lecture, which was organised in honour of the governor –elect, who will be sworn in today to succeed Governor Fayose, attracted large crowd people from all walks of life.
In his lecture, Osundare said: “Ekiti were people that place priority of knowledge, wisdom. They know the values of these virtues. They were regarded as extremely stubborn people because they won’t compromise their integrity for anything.
“These were times when education was a pride and we had the brightest academics like: the late Professor Sam Aluko, Professor Adegoke Olubunmo, Chief Afe Babalola, Prof. Ojo Ugbole, and many others. We placed values on hard work, knowledge acquisition and our parents sold their farms and clothes to send their children to school. They knew the rights from the wrongs at that time.
“But there came a demagogue, who ran authoritarian government in Ekiti in a manner that had never been experienced by any state in Nigeria.
“He stopped at market places to buy roast corn and ate in public place just to deceive the people when majority of our graduates were not provided with jobs and farm products were wasting away and our value system collapsed calamitously.
“Education that was regarded as our best industry was not well funded and our graduates that had earlier been regarded as the best in Nigeria for decades became practically half-baked and unemployable.
“Book and elitist thinking were his enemies. The culture of stomach infrastructure was introduced and Ekiti became a laughing stock . How populism manifests itself and the politician banked on the vulnerability in the system to mislead our youths.
“With Fayemi coming on board, he needs to tackle poverty and re-enact value reorientation in Ekiti. He must come with policies and programme of actions that will prohibit miracle centres where students passed without reading and make Ekiti vegetation centre of knowledge.
“His (Fayemi) nose and ears must be closed to the grounds; he must be close to the people and eradicate ignorance and poverty that make our people to believe in stomach infrastructure.
“This is your (Fayemi) second chance and significant opportunity to rewrite your name in gold and make significant impacts on the lives of Ekiti people for real restoration of our value system.”