The Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, has announced that Ekiti State will receive N4bn from the recently passed supplementary budget by the National Assembly.
He stated that this federal allocation aligns with Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s commitment to infrastructure development in Ekiti State. Bamidele expressed that the amended supplementary budget, which was passed and approved for President Bola Tinubu, will allow for the provision of palliatives to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal and address other economic challenges facing the nation.
He made these remarks during a service held at the First Baptist Church in Ikogosi, Ekiti, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Governor Oyebanji’s father, Pa Ezekiel Oyebanji, whom he credited with instilling good values in his children.
Bamidele said, “Some of the new projects that were approved will be in the overall best interest of Ekiti people. One of them is the sum of N2bn that was approved for the construction of Iyin-Ilawe Ekiti Road, which is something that we believe will connect not only the two communities but will connect Ekiti Central Senatorial District with Ekiti South Senatorial District.
“Recently, a Federal College of Education was approved for Ilawe Ekiti; the road will also serve the purpose of trying to open up the community to make life easier even for that campus. Other approvals in the budget are the sum of N1bn for the construction of inner roads in Ado Ekiti and N1bn for the construction of inner roads in Ijero Ekiti.
“These are all parts of the extension of the infrastructural development drives of Governor Oyebanji. He met with all of us, and he gave us a list of projects that were of utmost concern to him.”
Governor Oyebanji expressed admiration for his father, who is in his nineties, describing him as a person who highly values qualities such as honesty, integrity, humility, hard work, and self-discipline.
According to the governor, these virtues played a significant role in shaping his own character. Pa Oyebanji, at 90 years old, shared that his firm belief in the power of education as a means to overcome poverty motivated him to pursue a Western education. He urged parents to prioritize investing in their children’s education.