By Roundoffnews.

There was excitement in Itapaji Ekiti in Ikole Local Government on Monday as the town’s Civic Centre was commissioned as part of activities marking the first anniversary of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration.

The project which was commissioned on behalf of the Governor by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, started over 50 years ago when its foundation was laid.

The people led by their traditional ruler, the Olu of Itapaji, Oba Azeez Adebanjo, danced enthusiastically in appreciation of the completion and inauguration of the project.

They pledged their support for the Governor urging him to complete the bridge linking the town with the neighbouring Iyemero Ekiti and neighbouring Kwara State.

The Fayemi administration through Ekiti State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA) provided funds for the completion of the project.

Speaking at the ceremony, the community spokesman, Chief Michael Ogundana, said the foundation of the project was laid in 1968 and had been stalled since then.

Ogundana said the community made representations to Fayemi who graciously approved funds through EKSCDA for the completion of the project.

He urged the government to also construct the Itapaji-Omu Road and restore the police post to boost security in the area.

Speaking before inaugurating the project on behalf of the Governor, Egbeyemi said government would look into other demands of the community.

The Deputy Governor explained that the Fayemi administration was poised for more developments in rural communities in the state.

Egbeyemi said: “Your spokesman had earlier said that this project started in 1968, more than fifty years ago but Governor Fayemi provided the funds to complete it.

“That is what Governor Fayemi represents, development. The governor is passionate about development in all our communities and that is why we are commissioning projects all over the state to make our first anniversary in office.

“By the grace of God, between November and December, road projects will commence in earnest including rural roads with the funds provided by the World Bank.

“Concerning bridges destroyed by flood, they are receiving our attention and work will begin on them very soon.

“The Governor needs your support because he has the interest of Ekiti and its people at heart.”

Other towns visited by Egbeyemi where he commissioned projects on behalf of the Governor included Ara Ekiti, Ikole Ekiti and Ire Ekiti.