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Four Ekiti monarchs lead protest against non-provision of infrastructure in council Secretariat

Posted by on November 25, 2021 0


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Four traditional rulers in the Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Thursday led their subjects on a peaceful protest over the alleged refusal of the federal and state governments to provide any infrastructure in the secretariat of the council at Eda Oniyo.

The traditional rulers bemoaned the hardship and suffering the workers were made to face since the council headquarters was relocated from Iye Ekiti to Eda Oniyo, over two years ago.

Their placards-carrying subjects which included the elderly and youth urged the federal and state governments to do the needful.

Among inscriptions on the placards were “Eda Oniyo as Ilejemeje Council headquarters deserves better treatment”, “We need befitting LG Secretariat”, “There’s no presence of government in Eda-Oniyo”, “We need permanent LG Secretariat”, among others.

The monarchs who embarked on the protest are the Chairman, Ilejemeje Local Government Council of Traditional Rulers and the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti, Oba Bamidele Adetutu-Ajayi; the Eleda of Eda Oniyo, Oba Julius Awolola; the Onijesha of Ijeshamodu, Oba Aderemi Daramola; and the Onipere of Ipere-Ekiti, Oba Omiyale Olufemi.

Oba Adetutu-Ajayi said, “The Supreme Court ordered the relocation of the council secretariat to Eda Oniyo on December 14, 2018, Ekiti State Government ordered implementation on October 21, 2019, and the government’s order was executed on October 25, 2019.

“But virtually nothing is on the ground till date. No structure, no building, except the staff. The accommodation provided by the host community, Eda Oniyo, cannot accommodate all the staff. The innocent staff are functioning under trees which should not be.

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The king continued, “Ilejemeje is one of the 774 local governments the gazette of the Federal Government recognizes. People passing will not see anything to show that we have local government headquarters at Ilejemeje.

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“We are appealing diligently, wholeheartedly to the government of Ekiti State to please come to our aid and consider the plight of the council workers. We need infrastructure to show that the local government headquarters is real at Eda Oniyo Ekiti.”

The Eleda of Eda Oniyo, Oba Awolola, who said his community had released land, surveyed and even cleared it for construction of council secretariat, said yet nothing was done there by the government

The monarch said, “We have written more than six letters to the state government yet no response. I even booked an appointment with the governor about three times, he did not reply up till today.”

The National President, Eda Oniyo Progressives Union, Dr Rufus Ajayi, who wondered why the relocation of the headquarters to Eda Oniyo was not complete, canvassed movement of the remaining offices and government structures to Eda Oniyo, the legal headquarters of the council without further delay.

Ilejemeje Council Chairman, Oladunjoye Akinola, said the lack of facilities in the secretariat was taking its toll on the effective service delivery, saying, “Since we relocated to Eda-Oniyo, we have been managing. Governor Fayemi is aware of the situation of things in Ilejemeje. To this end, we have raised a memo to build a Secretariat. We are waiting for approval from the state government.”

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