The people of Itapaji Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Monday, rolled out the drums to celebrate the completion of the town’s civic centre, which construction commenced in 1968.
Led by their traditional ruler, the Olu of Itapaji, Oba Azeez Adebanjo, the people danced enthusiastically to mark the completion and inauguration of the project.
The spokesperson for the community, Chief Michael Ogundana, explained that the foundation stone of the project was laid in 1968 and had been stalled since then, adding that the community made representations to Governor Kayode Fayemi on the need to complete it.
Ogundana, who spoke during the inauguration of the civic centre as part of activities marking the first anniversary of the Fayemi administration, thanked the governor, whom he said “graciously approved funds through the Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency for the completion of the project.”
The community leader urged the government to also construct the Itapaji-Omu Road and a police post to boost security in the area.
The Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, who represented the governor, said, “Your spokesman had earlier said that this project started in 1968, more than 50 years ago, but Governor Fayemi provided the funds to complete it.
“That is what Governor Fayemi represents, development. The governor is passionate about development in all our communities and that is why we are inaugurating projects all over the state to mark our first anniversary in office.”
Egbeyemi said the government would look into the other demands of the community, adding, “Between November and December, road projects will commence in earnest, including rural roads, with the funds provided by the World Bank.
“Concerning the bridges destroyed by flood, they are receiving our attention and work will begin on them very soon. The governor needs your support, because he has the interest of Ekiti and its people at heart.”