By Funmilayo Okunade
Ado-Ekiti, Oct. 12, 2020 Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has restated the commitment of his administration to collaborate with the indigenes of Ekiti in the Diaspora to ensure the sustainable development of their home state.
Fayemi said this on Monday in Ado Ekiti, where he inaugurated an ultramodern medical equipment at the Children Emergency Ward of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
The equipment was donated by the indigenes of Ekiti in Canada popularly called the `Ekiti Kete’.
Fayemi, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, said that the equipment would assist the hospital to deliver best services to children and serve as a motivation to workers in the ward.
Some of the equipment inaugurated are: 14 hospital beds, 18 mattresses, two mechanical lifts, one portable ultrasonic ultrasound scanner/machines, 18 infusion regulation machines.
Others are: one medical pole, five dual head stethoscopes with cases, and two ultrasound gel with dispensers.
Fayemi said that his administration would always provide an enabling environment for development partners, well-meaning Ekiti indigenes within and outside the country to contribute their quota to the development of the state.
The governor described the `Ekiti Kete’ in Canada as one of the most vibrant pan-Ekiti organisations abroad.
According to him, Ekiti State is proud of the exploits of her indigenes in various fields of human endeavours all over the world.
The governor lauded the `Ekiti Kete’ in Canada for their contributions to the development of the state in the areas of: health, education, infrastructure, human capital development and investment in local economy.
“The government and people of Ekiti State are grateful to you for what you have done here because all these equipment must have cost you several millions of naira and this hospital will make the best use of them.
“We are happy with you and we are always ready to identify with you because you are our ambassadors.
“Many of you are doing Ekiti proud over there in various fields of human endeavour and you are propagating the Ekiti brand there.
“This government will always partner with you so that you will continue to contribute your quota to the development of Ekiti.
“ We are also calling on other well-meaning Ekiti indigenes within and outside this country to emulate this gesture and join us to develop the state,” he said.
The leader of the `Ekiti Kete’ team in Canada, Mr. Abosede Adeoye, said the group was passionate about the development of their home state, hence, the donation of the medical equipment.
Adeoye said the `Ekiti Kete’ in Canada had donated books to the libraries of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) and computers to all local government councils.
He added that the group had awarded scholarships to Ekiti students in public schools and donated wheelchairs to EKSUTH in 2019.
He said that the members of the `Ekiti Kete’ in Canada would not relent in making some gestures in the future.
Adeoye hailed the Fayemi-led administration for being friendly with the indigenes of Ekiti in the Diaspora and reaching out to them on issues of development of the state.
The EKSUTH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Kayode Olabanji, said the group had earlier renovated the Children Emergency Ward and promised to donate equipment which was fulfilled with the shipment and inauguration of the equipment.
Olabanji, who described hospital as a very expensive venture said the equipment would further motivate the staff of EKSUTH to give their best in the discharge of their duties.
He called on other well-meaning individuals and organisations to emulate the Canada-based the `Ekiti Kete’ to make EKSUTH a destination of choice for quality healthcare delivery.