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Fayose Promises Ekiti Technicians, Artisans N200m Village

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 at 7:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
Yaqoub Popoola, Ado-Ekiti
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that his administration, in conjunction with some banks, would build an artisans’ village along Ikere Road, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
He made the disclosure in Ado-Ekiti while meeting with artisans and members of the Nigerian Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) at the Jibowu Hall, Government House, Ado-Ekiti.
In a press release on Wednesday by Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary, the governor was quoted as saying that the project could cost the state about N200 million.
The meeting, which was called to resolve the dispute between the Ekiti Artisans’ Association and NATA over the parcel of land where the proposed village would be built, resolve?d that a committee should be set up to find ways in which the two unions could work together.
While pleading their case before the governor, ? Mr. Alo Babatunde, the Ekiti State chairman of NATA, said the land was allocated to them by the state government during the first tenure of Fayose about 10 years ago, and that the National Automotive Council had concluded plans to build an automotive centre for them on the land.
He said members of his association were surprised to hear that the other group had gone there early this year to clear the plot for another purpose.
However, Mr. Julius Adu, chairman of the artisans’ group, said Governor Fayose promised them a parel of land for their village last year and state officials showed them the place.
While intervening in the matter, the governor thanked both sides for maintaining peace and not taking the law into their hands over the matter.
“You have not taken the law into your hands.? People want to hear whatever I want to say because you people are supporting and backing me.? Most governments of the past had no time for you.? The government cannot solve all problems but must listen to the people.
“Things are getting critical every day, as far as economic issues are concerned. We are daily confronted with new challenges. The allocation we got this month is not up to half of our wage bill, but we have to shoulder on?.
“What you people are asking for is legitimate. But we must find a mid-course to solve the matter. We will set up a committee, with members drawn from both sides and government officials to resolve it. An artisans’ village will be built there and we will approach the banks to borrow us the money to do that. It will be a way of empowering you,” he said.