The ekiti state government has compensated 10 farmers in ijan ekiti whose lands were used for the siting of the ekiti knowledge zone in compliance to the land use act.

Our reporter Olugbolade Cole reports that the ekiti state Governor, Dr.Kayode Fayemi represented by his chief of staff Biodun Omoleye explained that the first tranche of compensation is a fulfilment the promise he made to them during a comprehensive meeting he had with affected farmers in February.

While stating that the first beneficiaries are those on the 5 hectares presently in-use however assured that others farmers will be captured in the next tranche as utilisation commences.

Governor Fayemi promised not to shirk from its agenda of developing the knowledge zone and make the state the education hub of the country.

Pastor Emiola Adeniyi who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked the governor for the gesture and prayed for the success of his administration.

The knowledge zone is an on-going legacy project for educational research to built on 955 hectares of land with the perimeter fencing already done while the C of O and model design is on-going.

The Ekiti State Government has expressed its readiness to reposition the State Fire Service for prompt response to fire incidents and other emergencies.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, disclosed this on Monday when he received in audience the Zonal Commander of the Federal Fire Service for Zone L, comprising Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, Mr Clement Daramola.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor also canvassed the support of the Federal Fire Service for the Ekiti State Fire Service in the area of operations to prevent fire disasters in the state.

Daramola explained that the mandate of the Federal Fire Agency was to complement efforts of the State Fire Services in tackling fire disasters and other related incidences.

He urged residents of Ekiti State to be conscious of inflammable materials, switch off electrical appliances at close of business and be conversant with other safety regulations to prevent fire outbreak.