Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the state for one of the “Grade A” ministries, saying; “Ekiti State, being one of the states created last in the country, deserves a ministerial portfolio that will have direct impact on the people, not just a minister for the sake of federal character.”
According to a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said his position was not to favour any individual but in the collective interest of Ekiti people.”
He said all Ekiti indigenes must work together for the betterment of the state, not minding their political interests, adding that; “My interest, first and foremost is the collective good of Ekiti State and its people and I will continue to lend my voice to the promotion of Ekiti interests.”
Governor Fayose, who said it was not enough for Ekiti State to have just a ministerial slot as provided in Section 15 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, added that President Buhari must give the minister designate from the state a portfolio that will benefit the state and its people.
“We don’t want just a ministry, we want a ministry that will be of direct benefit to our people and I am urging President Buhari to be mindful of our people’s expectation when allocating portfolios to the ministers designate.
“Our people want one of the best ministries where developmental efforts of the state government can be adequately complemented, not just a ministry that will only be of benefit to the minister and his immediate family members,” the governor said.
While urging Ekiti people to remain steadfast in their support for his government, Governor Fayose said; “the Ekiti project belongs to all and everything must be done to support it and as for me, Ekiti remains my priority.”
He promised to continue to push for the employment of more Ekiti indigenes in federal establishments, noting that the state has been short-changed in the past in terms of employments into federal government establishments.


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