Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe and the Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) Aare Afe Babalola, have urged indigenes of Ekiti State to come to invest in the state to harness its vast endowments.
They said such investments in the state would better the lots of the people, government and as well solve the problem of youth unemployment.
Oba Adejugbe and Aare Babalola spoke respectfully in the Ewi Palace and ABUAD in the state capital, while hosting industrialist and Chairman of Prosperous Group of Companies owners of Prosperous Hotels and Resorts, Ado Ekiti, Chief Abiodun Isinkaiye, who paid them calls.
They lauded the industrialist for his investments in Ekiti State, which they said had added value to the state and its people, saying his recorded success should encourage others.
The monarch hinged his call on Ekiti people to come home to invest on the need to harness the vast opportunities in the state for its development, saying: “Nobody will develop this place for us if we don’t. So our people have to come here to invest.
“There are lots of opportunities here that people should tap into. There are avenues for partnership with the state government. There are tourism potentials in the state. We have Ikogosi Warm Springs Resorts and the Iwaraja. Our land is fertile for agriculture and Ekiti can produce the food that can feed the nation”.
While lauding Isinkaiye for his contributions to the socio-economic development of the state, Babalola, who said investing in the state would bring about its transformation, urged other well-meaning Ekiti indigenes to heed the call to contribute to the growth of the state.
Babalola said that he established ABUAD, ABUAD Farms and the teaching hospital under construction in the state as part of his contributions to lift the state.
Isinkaiye said he derived his inspiration to establish the hotel and oil and gas outlets in the Ekiti State from the love that Afe Babalola has for the state, assuring that he would expand the scope of his investments in the state in the New Year.