Governor	  Fayemis	  2011	  Independence	  Day	  Speech	  STATE-WIDE BROADCAST BY THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR.KAYODE F...
celebrating the victory of the war, fought not on the battlefield. I salute theEkitis on the joy of today which goes down ...
However, as we celebrate today, I bring to you, my good people of Ekiti State,the message of hope and assurance of a bette...
Our agenda, when we started, was to rescue Ekiti from the pangs and pains ofpoverty – tackling want, creating wealth and r...
to actual change and movement, palpable projects and structures andsignificant improvements in the quality of lives of our...
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Governor Fayemi's 2011 Independence Day Speech

  1. 1. Governor  Fayemis  2011  Independence  Day  Speech  STATE-WIDE BROADCAST BY THE GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, DR.KAYODE FAYEMI ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S 51STINDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY AND 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THECREATION OF EKITI STATE ON 1ST OCTOBER, 2011My Good people of Ekiti StateIn the midnight of 1st October 1960, Nigeria became a free nation withprivileges of sovereignty and self determination. The people wereunderstandably ecstatic in their new found freedom as paraphernalia of slaveryand oppression represented in the vistas of colonialism gave way to theemergent institutions of independence. Freedom is indeed sweet.Fifty one years after, God has kept the nation as an indivisible entity in spite ofmany challenges that almost brought her to her knees in her chequered history.We would all recall the 30 months fratricidal civil war that engulfed thecountry soon after independence; frequent and violent changes of governmentover the years and often-echoed ineffective management of our nationalresources among other challenges of nationhood that Nigeria has had to grapplewith. In all these and at every twist of event, Nigeria has come out moredetermined to forge ahead even as some continue to predict the demise of thisgreat country.October 1st is not only a milestone for Nigeria as a country, it is much more sofor Ekiti which is also today celebrating her 15th Anniversary of creation. Theattainment of self-government within the federation of Nigeria by the Ekitipeople did not come cheaply. Traditional rulers, intelligentsia, community andreligious leaders both at home and abroad among others were at the forefront ofthe vanguard for the realization of the age long dream. Today, we are   1  
  2. 2. celebrating the victory of the war, fought not on the battlefield. I salute theEkitis on the joy of today which goes down in history as a remembrance of aday of liberation as we now put our fate in our hands and determine the placeof our future. It is however worth recalling the only other day of equalsignificance – the day when Kiriji war ended, September 23rd, 1886 whenarmistice was reached after the internecine war between Ekiti and Ibadan. Inrecalling the end of that historic war, we celebrate the values of resistanceagainst oppression, unity and courage of conviction, valour, honour and a richhistory of a determined people.As we savour the sweetness of the invaluable victory, we have to soberlyreflect on the journey so far. We have no doubt kept the spirit of oneness as ahomogeneous people, united by force of character and indivisible by the corevalues of integrity, hard work, candour, honour, determination, honesty andmutual respect. We are a proud people of a culture knitted together byunquenchable ethos of high resistance to oppression and injustice and adetermined quest for knowledge. Among all the peoples inside and outsideNigeria, these are our common identity, the seal of our very existence. It is theEkiti secret. United, totally committed and never quitting, we, the people ofEkiti can achieve whatever we set our mind upon. As David Hinderer, theColonial Missionary noted way back in 1855, “Ekiti people love their libertyand have been known in the hour of extremity to choose death rather than lifeof slavery.”Even as we believe in the sanctity of life, we cannot pretend that these corevalues are not being eroded by elements that are strange to what we are knownfor as a people over the ages. As this erosion is dangerously permeating thevery fabric of our entire being, we as a people cannot but feel the shockingrealization that this is also taking a toll on the state that was gallantly foughtfor. This we have to resist on all fronts as our fathers did during the Ekitiparapo wars.   2  
  3. 3. However, as we celebrate today, I bring to you, my good people of Ekiti State,the message of hope and assurance of a better tomorrow. Without beingimmodest, this government has consciously studied our common problems andcome up with a practicable roadmap to the overall development of the state asespoused in our 8 point transformational Agenda. The contract that thisgovernment signed with the Ekiti people at inauguration is to provide abundantlife across the nooks and crannies of the land. We have tried to live up to yourhuge expectation but must admit that clearing the debris of many years of badgovernance has taken a much longer time than we envisaged. But ours remain adetermined quest to improve the lot of our people. With purposeful leadershipin the driving seat and a cooperative populace, success is bound to be ours.It is for this reason that we consider this day a day of celebration in many ways.First, it is our day of independence as a country, it is also our creation day as afull-fledged state as well as the International Day of the Elderly as declared bythe United Nations. Let me speak a bit more about the elderly. The plight of theelderly has been of concern to many in our various communities. As Ekiti, oldage is a thing worthy of celebration. Unfortunately, the near collapse of oursocial capital popularly known as extended family system has exposed many ofour elderly ones to poorly and indigent circumstances. As a consequence of theabove and in line with our campaign promise to establish a social securitysupport scheme for the elderly, I am delighted to announce that with effectfrom this month, October 2011, every adult of Sixty Five Years of age andabove who is not currently a beneficiary of pension or of clear evidence ofbeing taken care of by family, shall be entitled to a monthly social securitybenefit of N5,000.00. This is in addition to the free health care that thiscategory of our vulnerable people already enjoys. It is our expectation that thiswould further prolong the lives of our elderly in a state that is currentlyenjoying the highest life expectancy in the entire country.   3  
  4. 4. Our agenda, when we started, was to rescue Ekiti from the pangs and pains ofpoverty – tackling want, creating wealth and restoring the dignity of the Ekitiperson – culminating in an enriched state where poverty is history. We want toearn the support of our people by delivering all our promises, but first we aredetermined to earn your trust with candour, honesty and confidence buildingmeasures when we highlight current challenges in the same breadth that wetalk about future possibilities.Yet, on a day of celebration like this, one of the key ways of ensuring ourpeople’s trust is not to overawe them with the enormity of the challengesbefore us. However, it is also not right to leave you with the impression that allis well with us. What we can at least do is to reassure our people that in spite ofcurrent challenges, all certainly will be well in the foreseeable future. It is acommon knowledge that Ekiti is at the rung of the revenue allocation ladderacross the federation. This, rather than being a source of worry, I believe,should bring out the ingenuity in us in view of our God given endowment ofcreativity and innovation to make a turnaround in our fortunes. We have whatit takes to change our story of insufficiency and want. This reorientation hasalready begun. This is why this administration is vigorously pursuing thepolicies of citizens’ self-actualization through the Youth Volunteers Corps andLife Academies. This is clearly being replicated in other areas of governance.We also believe it is time to project ourselves more in the comity of states byinsisting that the time for Ekiti to excel has indeed come even as the challengesremain daunting.I call on all compatriots to join hands to make Ekiti the state of our dream. I amindeed encouraged by the determination of our people in the Diaspora to liftEkiti up as a state with series of interventions. Our meetings with them insideand outside Nigeria have further emboldened me to assert with certainty thatour glorious brightness at the end of the tunnel is closer than some of us canimagine. Let us convert our core values and enormous intellectual capabilities   4  
  5. 5. to actual change and movement, palpable projects and structures andsignificant improvements in the quality of lives of our people. This governmentwould continue to encourage our communities to harp on their areas of strengthfor the state to enjoy the benefits of comparative advantage in our drivetowards socio-economic sufficiency.I congratulate all Nigerians and particularly Ekitis for this anniversarycelebration and wish you all more prosperous future celebrations.Thank you and God bless. Ori ile Ekiti a gbe a o!     5  

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