Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba joins Ekiti people and the teaming admirers of Dr John Kayode Fayemi to celebrate his 56th birthday anniversary.
A statement by the National Secretary of the group, Bayo Aina described Fayemi as an unusually blessed personality who for more than a decade was engaged in the promotion of the ideals of good governance and the establishment of democratic ethos in our social space through activism and relentless engagement and interrogation of the powers that be, providence eventually gave him a platform to concretize his ideals when he became the executive governor of Ekiti State in October 2010.
Policies such as cash transfers to the vulnerable and elderly as well as road and water projects across the 16 local governments of the state no doubt contributed greatly in improving the standard of living of Ekiti people and raising life expectancy way above the national average .
As minister of mines and steel, he helped in crafting and implementing policies which repositioned the mining and metal sector to play a significant role in the ongoing diversification of the Nigerian Economy while improving the capacity of the sector to generate employment and other economic opportunities for Nigerians. Revenue from mining exports increased by more than 500% during his tenure.
We note with pride the efforts of Dr Fayemi in his role as the chairman of the National Givernors Forum and the trust that he has earned among all and sundry as a problem solver, a task which he has admirably combined with his primary assignment as the Governor of Ekiti State .
We commend his ongoing efforts in expanding the frontiers of opportunities for Ekiti people through the opening up of the economy to diverse investments in sectors where Ekiti has comparative advantage.
While we wish Dr Fayemi many happy returns of the day, We at Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba enjoin His Excellency to work assiduously with his colleagues in the leadership of APC across the six zones of the federation to ensure that the party zones its presidential ticket to the South in 2023.
Happy birthday and many Happy returns.