By Adebayo Olodan
Fortune smiled on the Olokesa of Okesa, Oba Raphael Olusegun Fagbamila, yesterday, after he was presented a new SUV Mazda Tribute jeep by the Ekiti Local Government Chairman, Comrade Yinka Dallas.
The monarch rode an old series Mercedes Benz (popularly called V-boot) for some years until the car broke down four months ago.
Oba Fagbamila however could not hide his joy after being presented the car keys, documents and the number plate by the council boss.
Responding, Oba Fagbamila appreciated the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and state governor for giving the council a visionary Chairman in Dallas.
He however enjoined the people of the area to continue to support the council boss and the present administration in order to ensure the dividends of democracy is enjoyed by all.
Speaking on the development, Dallas stated that the donation was to appreciate the support of the monarch at all time noting that the vehicle was acquired with his salary and the assistance of some well-meaning members of the local government.
He said, “Kabiesi is a rare king, he has always been an advocate of egalitarian society in the council. Apart from his support for the present administration, he provided us with 200 hectares of farmland to ease our ‘Back to farm programme’.
“The presentation of this token (jeep) is a reflection that every good deed during this tenure will be reciprocated. Obviously Ekiti Local Government shall be greater if we all play our parts,” he disclosed.
In another development, Dallas has restored the electricity supply to the council secretariat following four years and eight months of disconnection.
Upon resumption, the council boss said he made it a priority to ensure power supply is restored to the secretariat by offsetting outstanding bills and fixing the faulty wires and poles.
He however reiterated his commitment to the welfare of workers and improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the council.
He said, “So far, we have made loans available to traders and artisans in the local government and very soon, we are going into poultry farming. Our plan is to begin with 20,000 birds. All these efforts are geared towards improving our IGR,” he said.