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The Untold Hardship of People Living in Ekiti State

Ekiti State, Nigeria is full of people with many great potentials. Laden with many scholars and erudites in many works of life especially in education and governance. Founded  on 1 October 1996 alongside five others by the military under the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha, the state has witnessed a kind of development less likely to be rapid and more like a step forward and two steps backward like a frog trying to climb out of a water well.

Since creation, the state governance have exchanged hands between more than five Governors with a stint of military administration during an emergency rule. None of these elected Governors have been able to be above board. It has been mostly of a gong bellowed in the desert, no one is coming.

However, there is always a push or yearning for a true government that has the interest of the people at heart, that has never always been lacking. But most of the time, especially during elections the people are always bought with peanuts after they have been earlier stretched to a furlong of hunger and penury; and so they loose the sight of a long term benefit in forfeiture to a-once little meal. Recall that ‘stomach infrastructure’ thing started in Ekiti.

In another light, maybe the reality is that Ekiti have never had a right candidate since its creation.

Now again, Ekiti youths, in anticipation of the looming 2018 gubernatorial election in the state formed a coalition called Joint Council of Ekiti Youths led by Tosin Ajibare, to seek more youth representation in the affairs of the state. Succinctly put, the group wants to feed a youth as their candidate in the coming election.

We have had this kind of group before- there was ‘Ajinde Ekiti led by Yinka Akerele, there was E-11 led by Kayode Fayemi and Segun Oni. These groups had good intentions and very lofty plans for the people. Some of their arrowheads rode on the goodwill of the people into the government house and after their tenure recorded only minimal achievements with tales of woes still trailing them.

In one of the posts from the Joint Council of Ekiti Youths, a member of the group in one of his posts said Ekiti  is “…the only state in the country that has no factory whatsoever not to talk of industries, whose economy is solely dependent on civil servants’ salaries with a people that ignorantly pride in high cost of living as the measurement for good development…”

“I am prompted to write this [because of] a friend’s account of how easy things are in the northern state of Jigawa, where one could cook soup that would last a week with meat for just 300  Naira and I could not help but write something on this especially given the contrasting status in this part of the country.”

“Let me begin by saying I also have a firsthand experience of the north, Jos, Plateau State to be precise (even though some say it is middle belt, not core north) during my university days. I can remember vividly how differently things were then, how I could easily feed myself with very little I had on me.”

“As a moderate student, my monthly expenditure on feeding hardly surpasses 2,000 Naira then and my friends there presently confirm that, that has not really changed even with the biting recession and daily skyrocketing of goods and food stuffs across other parts of the country.”

“The truth is, the northerners are averagely considerate. They could be referred to as the social entrepreneurs – not that they don’t make profit in their businesses, rather, they put the people first, put themselves in the shoe of others and solve the problems first before considering gains, unlike the Southerners especially in Ekiti State here where reverse is the case as everything is excruciatingly expensive with nothing to show for it.”

“As a matter of fact, things are not encouraging here. For instance, the least you can barb your hair here is 300 Naira and if you’re not lucky, (which is mostly the case) you’re not even given a treat for your money; and, against the 300 Naira for soup that would last  a whole week over there in Jigawa State, one would need at least 5 times of the same amount to have something possibly similar, just that it may not be with meat as that is costlier than gold here, and, may not last that long.”

“It is only in this part of the country that bone (which is suppose to be jara) is this expensive! Bone here is more expensive than beef in other states (you can just imagine how costly beef proper will be). Little wonder the people down here look pale, malnutrition(ed) and hungry. They spend more money to get very little against what is obtainable in other states.”

“It is too difficult to compare the two regions especially Ekiti with any part of the country as at present. We are in a different world of unimaginable and unbearable hardship far different from what the whole region and country as a whole is passing through. The Ekiti Case is peculiar and different!”

“In case you’ve not heard, there is the possibility Ekiti will start selling fuel (PMS) at 200 Naira per litre against the 145 Naira maximum official price across the country at pump price! At least, as at yesterday evening, vendors were seen selling it for 250 Naira per litre already… we are presently on that right now.”

“Let me tell you in case you do not know that, there is a general Ekiti ideology and mentality, which keeps diminishing us day in, day out. The average Ekiti traders pride in the fact that things are expensive, to them it is a sign of good development; that, you buy garri 350 Naira per mudu as it is obtainable in Portharcourt means Ado-Ekiti is ‘on par’ with Portharcourt City as far as they are concerned not considering the economic status and difference of the two places which is so wide and incomparable.”

“Ekiti State is the only state in Nigeria with no factory whatsoever not to talk of industries. It is stupidity at its peak, embarrassment at its climax, foolishness at its acme however, for things to be this expensive!”

“A civil servants’ state that depends solely on the payment of salaries. No salaries, no nothing, yet, things are most expensive? Ekiti State is grounded!”

 

“Should I dwell more on the cost of living apart from feeding, then you may find it difficult to believe me. Cost of house rent in Ado-Ekiti is three times more expensive than in the neighbouring states surrounding her. Yes, I am talking of a place where an average 2/3 bedroom flat is around 300,000 Naira, apart from agent fee. Sometimes, one may have to wonder how those who cost (value) these apartments think; or who they want in these facilities.”

“The highest paid civil servant (apart from political appointments like the P.S., V.C., …etc)in Ekiti State earns less than 170,000 Naira (Director at his peak – L16). I’m not surprised to see that most of these apartments are always acquired by fraudsters; yahoo boys and polithievians alike!”

“The youths are stranded, jobless and starving. Most of them are still being fed by their parents even after obtaining their masters. Some parents are even responsible for the wellbeing of their grandchildren! Is it these young adults who have been frustrated and strapped that would afford such facilities?”

“The least transport fare, no matter how short the distance is (70 Naira) for taxis and (100 Naira) for Okadas whereas, in the neighbouring states Taxis are still affordable for as low as (30 Naira).”

“In a place like Ibadan, one would still get taxis for (20 Naira) depending on the distance. However, the longer the distance in Ado-Ekiti, the costlier the fare. One could pay as much as 150 Naira within Ado metropolis for taxis, and 350 Naira for Okadas.”

“My point is, for us to get anywhere better soon, we must have an attitudinal change else, we are doomed as a people and, as a state.”

“Conclusively however, Ekiti needs to get it right once and for all especially in the next dispensation as we abhorrently lag behind in a whole lot of things. We cannot continue this way and expect things to be better.”

“Let us open our eyes widely and choose wisely the fresh and young gem, Tosin Emmanuel Ajibare (GOLD) who has taken his time to identify our problems and proffered workable solutions to them such that we can enjoy improves standard of living and, fight poverty to its most invisible level thereby making Ekiti State a model State.”

“Remember, God has done His part to give us this Divine Resource at this point in time, it is now on us to accept His gift, for our collective betterment.”

“I rest my case!”

#PowertotheYouths

#JointheRevolution

#ThisAgenda_aLifeline4All

#GO4GOLD_Ekiti2018

 

All Ekiti people can hope for is that the current government turns things around for the better while worthy candidates are also presented at the polls next year.

 

Credits: Words quoted are culled from Joint Council of Ekiti Youths posts

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    Lordmedics
    March 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Our people need to wake up and stop celebrating mediocrity. The #youthleadsnow.

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    Zaccheaus Olumide
    March 22, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Lovely writeup but the fact it was all done to campaign for someone to be sincere turned me off. If both fayemi and segun oni once spare headed a movement but had a chance of there own respectively but did🙄🙄🙄. Then it calls for deep reflection, God help us in Ekiti

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