The Ekiti Council of Elders has faulted the Federal Government for giving Ekiti State indigenes the fewest appointments in the Southwest.
It said all of Lagos (10), Ogun (21), Osun (nine), Ondo (six) have more federal appointees than Ekiti and Oyo State, both of which have four each.
The Council, in a statement by its chairman Prof J. O. Oluwasanmi, Standing Committee Chairman Chief Deji Fasuan and General Secretary Niyi Ajibulu, said Ekiti was shortchanged in the appointments to key political positions in the country.
The council said several Federal roads in the state had been become impassable.
“Ekiti Council of Elders does not believe that this situation should continue. There has to be a change. Equity and fairness has to prevail.
“For example, sometimes ago, when we observed the very deplorable status of Federal roads in Ekiti, we made several attempts at getting the government to undertake some rescue work. We made contacts with Federal Government functionaries. We understand later that the relevant Minister visited Ekiti but no tangible results have been known.
“Of equal concern is the fact that today, no Federal Road is motorable in Ekiti State. All approaches by Federal roads to Ekiti (Ondo, Kwara, Osun, Kogi) are almost impassable.
“We expressed some concern when the 2018 budget was being prepared as we expected our representatives in Abuja to identify our problems and include some of them at least in the National Budget.
“The current year’s budget is going to an end we have not benefitted tangibly from it. We hope the 2018 budget will be different. Ekiti has been excluded for long from the benefit of being part of Nigeria. It is time there is a change,” the council said.
The Elders Council said it has called its representatives in Abuja for “informal discussions”, but the invitation was not honoured.
“Our Obas have also attempted to discuss with our Federal Legislators and other key Federal Government appointees, the Royal Fathers have equally not succeeded.
“It is our view that distributing or donating materials like rice, motorcycles and clothes once or twice a year to indigent indigenes are not the answer to the problems facing Ekiti.
“The fact is that, we have not had our fair share of Federal perks, perquisite positions in the Federal setup in the current and previous Federal Governments.
“As we consistently remind our people, Ekiti has been short changed in both political and upper public service appointments in the Western Region since 1952. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, there were times when out of 12 Permanent Secretaries for the Region, indigenes of what is now Ogun State, had eight while others had four.
“With a new Federal set up and with the creation of more States, we had thought that each new unit of the Federation would have its own due in fairness and in equity.
“We have time and again complained that appointments/positions allocated to the Southwest have been lopsided in favour of Ogun particularly,” the statement said.
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