Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has disclosed that the state will hold its education summit in September, to address the abysmal performance of students in public examinations.
He also called on politicians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and tolerance so that Ekiti can be peaceful.
Fayose made the remarks in Ado Ekiti yesterday at the swearing-in of the new Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers and Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Oladapo Oyebade.
Oba Oyebade took over from the Onitaji of Itaji Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, who presided over the council for a period of two years.
Fayose, who lamented the decadence that had hit the state’s education sector, also appointed the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaye, Chairman of the summit, which would map out strategies to reverse the decline.
“When I came in 2003, I organised an education summit where experts in the education sector came with strategies that really worked. The current situation is very bad. It calls for concern,” he said.
The governor said he would continue to treat the traditional rulers with utmost respect and benefit from their wealth of experience in the task of moving the state to greater heights.
“I was the first governor to appoint an Oba the chancellor of the state university in 2003. I appointed the Oore of Moba, Oba Adedapo Popoola, during that period. Recently, I appointed the Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Olu Adeyemi, as the Chancellor of the same university. This was borne out of my respect for the traditional stool because they are sacred and ordained by God.”
Governor Fayose promised that his government would support the new chairman in his new position and urged the members to reciprocate the gesture by maintaining peace and security in their domains.
The outgone Chairman, Oba Babalola, appealed to the state government to build a befitting edifice where the members can hold their meetings in the state capital.
He said a total of seven monarchs were crowned during his tenure and lauded the government for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general election in spite of the palpable tension in the polity.

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