Wealthy indigenes of Ekiti State have been urged not to leave the economic development of the state to the government alone, but to complement its efforts by coming home to establish businesses.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, made the plea in Ado-Ekiti while inaugurating Prosperous Royal Hotel and Resort Centre.
Fayemi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, commended the proprietor of the centre, Chief Abiodun Isinkaye, for bringing the project to the state.
“The state government is happy with the giant strides by one of our sons, Chief Abiodun Isinkaye, who felt the need to support our efforts at developing the state economically.
“I call on others to emulate Chief Isinkaye and help project our state in good light. The facilities here are world-class and this shows the spirit of industry in the Ekiti man,” he said.
The Royal Father of the Day, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, said people like Isinkaye should be encouraged to do more for the society.
Oba Sijuwade urged the people of Ado-Ekiti, led by the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, to make land available for the second phase of the project.
In his goodwill message, former Governor of the old Ondo State, Chief Bamidele Olumilua, said the contribution of the private sector to the economic growth of the state and the nation at large could not be over-emphasised.
Also speaking, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, noted that the step taken by Isinkaye was a challenge to other rich Ekiti people.
Isinkaye said he decided to set up the facility in the state as a way of giving back to the society.
He explained that he had no political ambition and would always seek the goodness and greatness of his home state.
Traditional rulers from across Ekiti and Osun states graced the occasion, while representatives of the Cross River State government were led by the Deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly.