A symposium targeted at enduring peace organized by the PDP Peace Movement has been held in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Monday.
Speaking at the event with the theme: “The Development of Ekiti Past Present and The Way Forward”, the moderator, Prof. Alabi Popoola recalled how Ekiti State was formed from the transformation of Western Region to Western States, Ondo State and the eventual formation of Ekiti State in 1996 and therefore charged the discussants at the venue to educate participants on the economic, political and social development of Ekiti State and create the way forward with a view to maintaining peace and unity in Ekiti State polity.
While suggesting the way forward, the coordinator of the event, Hon. Femi Ayeni urged members of the People’s Democratic Party and the delegates to close ranks and work together by disregarding rumour from any quarter and work for the peace, progress and development of the party by supporting the candidate with the clear vision to move the party forward.
On economic development, Hon. Femi Ogundipe recalled the economic power of Ekiti State which was rooted in Agriculture, especially Cocoa, Textile and Trading and urged all participants to go back to farming and restored back the glory of Ekiti State in Agriculture as education without Agriculture and food basket of the nation will not augur well for the progress of Ekiti State in general.
Hon. Kolapo Olaleye on Political Development harped on the importance of Ekiti South producing the next Governor of Ekiti State in the spirit of fair play, justice and equity as only Ekiti South is yet to have a shot at the Governorship slot after six different elections which have been held in the state since 1996 after the creation of Ekiti State.
Speaking as the guest of honour at the occasion, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka recalled the glorious days of Ekiti State in Education as the Fountain of Knowledge. The former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, between 2014 and 2018 praised Ekiti State for coming first in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by National Examination Council, NECO, in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with increment in performance in West African Examination Council, WAEC from 30% to over 70% during same period. While making his intention to serve Ekiti State in leadership role in the next political dispensation and contribute to her growth and development, the former Deputy Governor, said youth unemployment shall be tackled, the industrialization of Ekiti State shall be carried out while the dividends of democracy shall be spread to all the sixteen local government areas of the state with life made avoidable for the masses.
Present to grace the occasion were accredited delegates from the sixteen local government areas of Ekiti State from Ado, Ikole, Irepodun, Ido-Osi, Ijero, Ekiti West, Moba, Ikere, Ilejemeje, Ekiti East, Gbonyin, Emure, Ise, Oye, Ekiti South West and Efon Local Government Areas of Ekiti State with party faithfuls and loyalists who graced the occasion in numbers.