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Ekiti monarch seeks priority for rural roads, transformers in budget

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The paramount ruler of Ido-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Council, the Olojudo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro, has urged Governor Kayode Fayemi to capture the construction of a ring road and reconstruction of the community roads in the 2020 budget.

The monarch, who lamented that lack of basic amenities such as road was affecting the socio-economic life of the community, added that government should provide transformers because the size of the town has increased.The monarch spoke through Chief Oluwole Fasuyi during a press briefing to herald activities for the 2019 Ajodun Ido festival and 10th coronation anniversary.

He said: “We are requesting for construction of a ring road to aid expansion and urbanisation. We are requesting for transformers because the size of the town has increased. And we request that our youths should be given employment.

“Government must put these things in the budget which has just been presented to the state Assembly. The citizens of this town are trying their best. The government needs to help us to complement the efforts of our people.

“Also, electricity and water supply is also our challenge here and we are pleading with the government to remember us in next year budget.”Besides, the monarch lauded the people of Ido-Ekiti for the giant stride the town had recorded in the past 10 years that he was installed as the monarch of the community.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, has given assurance that the 2020 budget proposal before the House would be thoroughly scrutinised by the lawmakers to meet the yearnings of the populace.He said that the House would not also shy away from its oversight function of ensuring strict implementation of the budget to bring economic prosperity in the next fiscal year.

Afuye, who spoke with journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the House would not be hostile to the Executive in the discharge of its legislative functions, but would comply strictly with financial guidelines for the governor to be able to deliver on his promises.”

“We are happy for the early submission of the appropriation bill. This should be the first time in the history of Ekiti when budget proposal will be laid before the Assembly in November for our perusal.“We will have enough time to study and ensure that all the platforms are attended to. The governor has been able to articulate all the issues affecting the villages and that was what was put in the budget proposal in order of priority. The proposal is not strange to us because we have been part of the process at the constituency level,” he said.

The Speaker said the precarious and debilitating economy being experienced in Ekiti presently could be predicated on the alleged recklessness of the immediate past government, which he said, nearly wrecked the economy of the state.

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