EKITI State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the greatest birthday gift he wants the people of the state to give him is total support for him to do more for the state and her people.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday at a thanksgiving service to mark his 56th birthday, the governor said he needed the support for him to leave the state better than he met it.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, he quoted the governor as saying that he had good intentions to take the state to an enviable height.
“The greatest birthday gift I want from people is not money or gifts of different sizes, but their unflinching support so that I leave this state better than I met it. I have good intentions like the Bible says that are targeted at giving Ekiti an expected end.
The intention to have a better university, a better College of Education and state of the art facilities for our health institutions.
“I have spent two years and I can still do more and it is not me but Christ that gives me strength. I won’t shirk in doing my responsibilities. You have committed yourselves to me in the last two years and you must not stop and I am not getting younger too.
“I don’t expect everybody to be loyal to me as thinking that would mean am fooling myself but I want you to be loyal to Ekiti and her cause. I am wiser than before and my assignment is to serve you and not misuse the opportunity to write my name in gold.
When leaving I won’t go with all those things God has used me to do in the state. I know that by the time I leave, you will be pleased with what I would have done,” he said.
The governor also enjoined the people to support his drive for a cleaner Ekiti State, saying the administration would initiate and enforce serious environmental policies as from next year.
In another development, Governor Fayose has urged security officers to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
He spoke at a dinner organised for the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr Etop John James, at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti on Monday.
The governor, who commended James for discharging his duties professionally, said he never asked the CP or any security agent to help intimidate anybody for any reason.
Fayose described CP James as a thorough professional who did not place needless emphasis on money or other pecuniary gain.
CP James, who said he arrived the state at a time of serious political crisis, said Fayose enjoyed the support of the people and that made policing easy for him and his men.
“A number of times when we needed to resolve some knotty security issues, the support of the governor was always handy and it shows he enjoys the support of the people of the state and he has never asked that we do any dirty job for him,” he said.
James also thanked leaders of sister security agencies for their support and cooperation.