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Community leader seeks govt presence in Okemesi-Ekiti

Published by Tribune on Mon, 23 Jan 2012

A community leader in Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Evangelist Benjamin Ekundayo has sent an appeal to the federal and state government over the deplorable condition of social facilities in the community.He said there was the need for government at all levels to implement programmes that would turn around the fortunes of the agrarian community for the better.Speaking with Community News in Akure, Ekundayo, who is also the founder of New Heaven, New Earth Ministry, lamented that the people of the community who were predominantly farmers were living in abject poverty.He said the people that had strived to train their children with the little money they earned from their peasant farming could not secure gainful employment for the children they labored to train.He, however, tasked the federal and the state government to initiate policies and programmes that could lead to the economic emancipation of the people of the community.He said the town, surrounded by hills and mountains, could be turned into tourist attraction that could bring money to the people of the state in particular and the country in general.Apart from this, Ekundayo said the state government could also contribute to the development of the area by creating local government council for the people and make Okemesi the headquarters.He said, 'we are appealing to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, to live by his name and bring good luck to the people of the area. Our town is surrounded by hills and we have small portion of land for farming.'Our people engage in peasant farming, they use their hands to farm and they earn little income from this, they use this little money to send their children to school and after graduating, the children for many years do not have job to pay back their parents.'We want government to please come to our aid, we want government to engage in exploration activities in our community to know which kind of God given minerals that can be in existence in our community, we are appealing to the government to empower the people and uplift their economic standard'.Ekundayo also urged the Federal Government to reconsider its stand on the issue of the total removal of oil subsidy that had led to the increase in the pump price of petroleum.He said the price of petroleum should further be brought down in order to make living more bearable for the people, particularly those in the rural communities.He said, 'President Jonathan should listen to the voice of the people and bring down the price of fuel, we know the Federal Government is trying to improve the economy of the country, but this should not be done in a manner that will bring further hardship to the people.
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