By Paul Akalonu
Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, bestowed state honors on distinguished indigenes on Sunday for their contributions to the state’s growth and development.
The Oni Uyi Awards 2022 – the second edition of the state honors to mark the state’s inception on October 1, 1996, held in various categories.
Speaking at the occasion, Fayemi referred to the honorees as “heroes and heroines of Ekiti State,” and urged them to regard themselves as being honored for their contributions to the state’s growth.
The wife of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Olori Abosede Adejugbe, and retired federal civil servant, Chief Dapo Alibasoye, were among those honored as Ekiti Exceptional Achievers under the auspices of “Architects of the State.”
The state governor also bestowed the EEA on former deputy governors Dr. Sikiru Lawal, Prof Modupe Adelabu, Chief Abiodun Aluko, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Mr Adebisi Omoyemi, Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, and Mrs Olufunmilayo Adunni.
Former Nigeria Bar Association National Secretary Dele Adesina, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese Felix Ajakaye, and educationist Dr Peter Ajayi were among the recipients of the Ekiti Exceptional Achievers Awards.
Former state chiefs of service, including as Olufemi Adewumi, Olubunmi Famosanya, Ayodeji Ajayi, and Mrs Peju Babafemi, were also honored with Ekiti Meritorious Service awards.
The Ekiti Ambassador Award was given to table tennis champion Miss Tosin Oribamise, female footballer Adepeju Afuye, and award-winning photojournalist Bayo Omoboriowo.
Former HoS Adewumi spoke on behalf of the recipients, saying they appreciated the state government’s recognition and promised not to take it for granted.
The awardee described the honor as a charge to support and do their fair share to ensure the state’s long-term growth.