By Desmond Ogudu
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has lamented erosion of the core values of the state with enthronement of social and moral decadence.
This, he said, poses a potent threat to the security and peaceful co-existence of the people.
The Governor, who canvassed for value orientation, said efforts are at top gear to nip value erosion in the bud by introducing “Value Orientation” into the state’s civic education curriculum for primary schools.
He spoke on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting with Ekiti Council of Elders at the Government House, the state capital.
Fayemi unveiled plans by his administration to establish a Values Academy in the state as a way of restoring the lost core values, which Ekiti people are known for.
The Governor, who hailed the elders for their roles in the creation of Ekiti State in 1996, said though the state is not yet where it should be, his administration would not rest on its oars in ensuring that the state becomes the envy of all.
“The seat I occupy today is the result of the struggle of many of you here. We are not where we should be, but we have made considerable progress. A lot of what you shared with us formed some of the pillars of this government,” he said.
Reacting to the request for the rehabilitation of Ado-Akure road, the Governor explained that he had approached the African Development Bank for the dualization of the road since the provision made by the Federal Government for the road was not adequate to do so.
The Council’s President, Prof. Joseph Oluwasanmi, who presented a copy of a book titled, ‘Omoluabi’, to Fayemi, urged him to “vigorously pursue” the restoration of Ekiti values and dignity.
“From time to time, we have been involved in advocacy to effect attitudinal changes towards imbibing and sustaining Ekiti core values.
“We remember with gladness your thrust during your first term to revive and sustain the Ekiti values and dignity; the slogan ‘Ile Iyi, Ile Eye’ readily comes to mind. Your Excellency is prayed to graciously pursue this much more vigorously,” Oluwasanmi said.
Another elder statesman, Chief Deji Fasuan, also hailed Fayemi for standing for the core Ekiti values of integrity, hardwork and excellence, saying that the undulating course, which the state has faced in recent past, “will now be faced straightforward”.
Fasuan said: “Thank you for the courtesy extended to us, thank you for the help and the appreciation of the little we are doing for the environment. We know that you stand for the values, which you and I, and all of us inherited. We have trekked a course undulating in the last few years, we hope the course will now be faced straightforward.”