Oyebanji, lawmakers get Lawan’s support for Ekiti development


The Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has led federal lawmakers from the state in a meeting with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and other leaders of the Assembly at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

Oyebanji discussed some of the challenges confronting the state, especially in the areas of poor condition of federal roads and absence of power supply to some areas of the state.

He sought the support of the National Assembly in ensuring some of these concerns get necessary budgetary attention.

A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, listed those present at the meeting as Senator Bunmi Adetunbi; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; Femi Bamisile; Yemi Adaramodu; Wunmi Ogunlola, Ibrahim Olanrewaju, Femi Bamisile and Sola Fatoba.

The Senate President, who hailed the governor for the visit, pledged the support of the Upper legislative chamber for the Ekiti government’s developmental efforts.

The governor also held talks with the leadership of House and Senate Committees on Works, and power where he made strong case for comprehensive renovation of federal roads in Ekiti State and fixing of electricity issues in some parts of the state.

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Earlier, the governor in company with Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and Bamisile had held similar meeting with the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, where the issue of the upgrade of power infrastructure in the state, especially reconnection of some towns and communities to the national grid was tabled.

Oyebanji said he was satisfied with the level of understanding shown by the leadership of the National Assembly as well as federal lawmakers from Ekiti State, adding that no stone would be left unturned  in the quest for support from relevant agencies and institutions for the socio-economic and infrastructure development of the state.

Meanwhile, a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Chief Olajide Awe, has assured Ekiti people that Oyebanji’s ongoing consultations with development partners and visits to federal ministries, departments and agencies will bring positive results to the state.

Awe, who said the situation in the state did not require the governor to sit down and fold his arms, explained that Oyebanji must make move towards finding solutions to the challenges facing the state.

“He has to go to where he can find solution to the problems; that is exactly what the governor has been doing in the last one week,” he stressed.

The APC chieftain, who spoke in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, said Oyebanji, who had been a participant in the operational system and governance of the state for about 12 years and secretary of the committee that struggled for the creation of Ekiti State, had a clear understanding of the challenges of the state and the solution to them.


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