* I’m in politics to serve my people – Erinle
By John Odunjo
It was celebrations galore at Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government area of Ekiti State on Friday as they inaugurated a Corpers’ Lodge and as well medical equipment for the primary healthcare facility in the community.
The Corpers’ Lodge, a Federal Government project of a modern four-bedroom flat was facilitated into the community by a former member of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Segun Erinle and donated to Ewu
Comprehensive High School for use as Corpers’ Lodge for the National Youths Service Corps members deployed there.
Erinle, an All Progressives Congress chieftain and community leader, also on the occasion of the inauguration of the Corper’s Lodge, personally donated some medical equipment for use at the Primary Healthcare facility in Ewu Ekiti.
The former lawmaker, who spoke at the gathering in Ewu Ekiti where he handed over the materials and keys of the edifice, said, “This gesture was borne out of my genuine interest to create a level playing ground for corps members posted to Ilejemeje, especially Ewu Comprehensive High School, to serve their fatherland”.
The Ewu-born politician also maintained that democracy and politics should be about giving back to the society and ensuring meaningful development especially, at the grassroots.
The former lawmaker, who said, “I am in politics to serve my people, as directed by God”, added, “I promised my community a Corpers’ Lodge during my days in the Assembly, but l could not fulfill it then. Thank God l have the opportunity to facilitate one after office which l brought here to fulfill my electioneering campaign promises after many years of leaving office”.
He called in meaningful indigenes to always contribute to the development of their communities, states and country, saying, “The quota that each of us contributes will always impact some lives”.
The Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Ilejemeje and the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti, Oba Bamidele Ajayi, who inaugurated the four bedrooms flat edifice, described the gesture as timely as he praised the former lawmaker for his live for community development.
Oba Ajayi said, “Hon. Erinle has used his political position and selflessness to influence all round development in Ilejemeje local Government.
The traditional ruler called on other political office holders and seekers and as well well-meaning indigenes and Ekiti people to emulate the good gesture of Mr Segun Erinle and always shun actions that could undermine meaningful development in Ekiti.
Oba Ajayi listed some of the laudable achievements that Erinle had donated or facilitated to include electricity poles, donation of more classrooms, town hall and provision of computer sets in many schools in Ilejemeje to mention but a few.
The Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilejemeje Local Government, Chief Bode Oladipo, described Erinle as a generous political leader who had impacted many lives, especially students in both secondary and tertiary institutions.
The modern four bedrooms flat has four kitchens, toilets, sitting rooms and modern equipments.