The Oasis Reporters
April 29, 2018
Three months to the gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, the Special Assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has been unveiling the sights and sounds of the fountain of knowledge, educating the media about the paradoxes of a rural and largely agrarian state that has a professor every square metre, yet financial poverty is very evident and glaring.
“Let me tell you, in Ekiti State today, N1,000 is huge money to a lot of people. There are people who do business with capital that is not more than N2,000, N3,000 or N5,000. At Oja Oba (Oba or King’s market), Ado-Ekiti, there are people selling pepper, fish, and so on not worth more than N3,000. When you give them N2,000, you have helped them.
Fayose is not the governor of Lagos or Rivers state. You can be the Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Area and be living in Ikoyi, nobody cares, but here, you cannot be the chairman of my local government area and people will not get to see you every day. By 5 am, people are in your house to tell you their problems. The man whose wife has not conceived will also come to see his chairman. Even if the chairman will not be able to do anything about it, he wants the chairman to give him hope and encouragement”, he says.
Hope and encouragement is what the Ekiti people want the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Olusola Eleka, a professor of building technology and the current deputy governor is expected to give. An added value may be to build the state from the agrarian and rural economy into an industrial behemoth if he finds the ability.
Whether he would be given the opportunity remains to be seen in July when the people shall troop out to vote.