Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, said on Monday that the state government needed N1bn to reconnect some council areas which had been in darkness for 10 years and as well an agriculture processing zone to the national grid.
Oyebanji said that the state’s 3.5MW Independent Power Plant project to supply light to government offices and tertiary institutions in Ado Ekiti and suburb to rectify epileptic power supply was 90 per cent completed.
He said that his administration was as well reconnecting Ikogosi, Erijiyan and Ikogosi Resort Centre back to the national grid to enhance the state tourism corridor.
The governor, who spoke in Omuo Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government area, while giving account of stewardship at a stakeholders’ engagement programme marking his 300 days in office, cautioned Ekiti people against activities that could impede performance of his appointees.
He said, “We are reconnecting Ikogosi, Erijiyan and Ikogosi Resort Centre back to the national grid to enhance the state tourism corridor. We need N1bn to reconnect Ayekire, Ekiti East Local governments and their LCDAs after 10 years of darkness as well as Agriculture Processing Zone at Ikole back to the national grid”.
On infrastructure and industrialisation, Oyebanji said his government would be strategic in reconstructing and rehabilitating roads, assuring that only roads with high proclivities to drive his prosperity agenda will be accorded attentions.
He said that his administration, in a bid to expand the scope of food production for food security, had rehabilitated 43.4 kilometre of roads in six local governments besides distributing subsidised farm inputs to 2,279 to farmers.
He said, “My government has supported 1,566 farmers with both production assets and small scale processing equipment and likewise providing 25 per cent subsidy tractorisation to farmers.”