‘Ekiti trouble makers are in Abuja seeking appointment’ – Fayose By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said those who make trouble in the state are in Abuja seeking political appointment and called on the people of the state to be on the watch-out and resist such politicians who may want to utilize them to foment trouble in the state when they fail in Abuja.
Fayose made the call Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital while having an interface with the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“We are enjoying peace in the state now, this is because those causing trouble have been sent packing and their leaders are now in Abuja seeking appointments and we know that when they fail there, they will relocate back home”, he said.
Fayose, who was in the company of the Commissioner of Police and the State Director, Department of State Security (DSS), reiterated the commitment of the state government not to allow any group of persons take the law into their hands.
While appealing to the drivers to maintain a peaceful conduct of all their activities, he noted that the profession was a noble one. He implored the NURTW members to work harmoniously with their colleagues in the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Stressing the importance of the job of a commercial driver, Fayose noted that a driver of an 18-passenger vehicle has the lives and the destinies of the passengers in his hands.
On the Political development in the country, Fayose said the only way Nigeria can make progress is for the leaders to humble themselves and come to the level of the led. He noted that many Nigerian leaders fail in office because they get carried away with the grandeur of office and forget the people they lead.
“The only way we can make the nation progress is for the leaders to humble themselves and come to the level of those being led. When they do that, they will know what the people need and be able to meet those needs.
“A leader cannot be far away from the people and be able to know their needs. There is no leader without the followers. That is why I have always been close to my people. I am not going to be a governor that is celebrated abroad but not celebrated at home,” he said.
The State Chairman of the NURTW, Mr. Clement Adekola in his speech, promised the support of the union to the state government. He said his members would be law abiding and called for financial support to the union in the forms of provision of vehicles and soft loans.