BY TOPE BAMIDELE
Worried by the high cost of living in Ekiti state, Governor Kayode Fayemi has declared State of Emergency on prices of Goods and services which have placed burden on residents of the state…
Also, Government will soon constitute a committee to fashion out modalities for the regulation and control of the Prices of goods and services in the state.
Governor Kayode Fayemi made these known in Ado Ekiti at a meeting with leaders of drivers unions, tricycle and motorcycle associations as well as tipper Associations held at lady Jibowu, Government house ground in Ado Ekiti.
The Governor noted that it was worrisome that transport fare and prices of goods and services in Ekiti were high compared to that of other southwest states hence the need for government intervention.
The Governor through his Chief of Staff, Mr Biodun Omoleye told the gathering that government could no.longer fold its arms and allowed Such to linger on in the interest of the people.
He appealed to the drivers unions to reduce transport fares while government would assist them financially as part of its socio responsibility to interest groups in the state.
Representatives of drivers unions in their separate remarks mentioned high rate of development levy, renewal of Vehicles Particulars, fuel price hike, as some factors responsible for hike in transport fares.
They also blamed the situation on the porous economic situation of the country and implored the federal government to put in place necessary policies that would ameliorate the sufferings of the common man.
Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly Akeem Jamiu, Commissioner for information Mr Akinbowale omole, chairman Ado Local Government, Motunde Fajuyi and other top Government functionaries who spoke passionately at the meeting urged the drivers to do the needful by reducing the fares now that yuletide is around the corner.