EKITI IN DIASPORA FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
ADDING PROGRESS AND VALUE TO EKITI PEOPLE

Non-Politically aligned, Non-Profit Organization

"Ekiti Indigenes Creating Better Tomorrow with Our Collective Intelligence"

4th Ekiti World Summit 2008. Saturday August 30, 2008 Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Press Release/Communiqué
The 4th Ekiti World Summit was another history making event, when all Ekiti people from across the world decided to jettison their political differences and charted a new course towards the development of Ekiti-State. This year summit was a clear departure from the past and we shifted the focus from just “talking” to “action time”. We decided it is time to move forward and walk the walk.
In attendance at this year summit from far and near are the following Ekiti indigenes:
Professor Sam Aluko (Special Guest) – Ode- Ekiti
Mr. Babatope Oguntuase, – Boston, Massachusetts, – Ifaki-Ekiti
Mr. Anthony Ayodele, – Denver, Colorado – Ido-Ile-Ekiti
Mrs.Titilayo Adeyemo, – Piscataway, New Jersey- Orin-Ekiti
Dr. Mopelola Adegoke, – Dover, Delawe – Ipoti-Ekiti
Mr. Julius Akinyemi, – Greenwich, Connecticut- Ado-Ekiti
Mr. Segun Ajibulu, – Raleigh, North Carolina – Ipao-Ekiti
Mrs. Funke Balogun, – Willingboro, New Jersey – Ikere-Ekiti
Mrs. Ebun & Otunba Ayan Kolawole,- Willingboro, New Jersey- Igogo / Ikun-Ekiti
Mrs. Ruth & Dr. Olu Olorunfemi- Cookeville, Maryland – Ikere-Ekiti
Mr. Dipo Ogunrinde, – Bowie, Maryland – Ado-EkitiGoodwill messages came from Ekiti-Parapo Lagos, Ekiti-Panupo forum , Ekitikete UK and Ekiti state government.

In his keynote address, Professor Sam Aluko encouraged us to use our talent towards moving Ekiti-State forward and that the government should not see us as an outsider. He task current and future Administrations to leverage the capabilities of ALL Ekiti in the Diaspora for suitable cabinet’s office services.  Further, in his address, our erudite Professor of Economic supported the notion of Ekiti in Diaspora efforts to promote a democratic thinking in non partisan way. He advocates earnestly the needs for the government to always reach out to all Ekiti indigenes irrespective of their party affiliation and together we can build a better society.

After a successful deliberations and brainstorming session, Ekiti in Diaspora for Economic and Social development (EDESC) and Ekitikete International Forum (EIF) collectively resolve to help in the development of our homeland.
We set up measurable goals with action plan. And we resolve to focus on the following areas:

  •  Social Services –   Reorientation and bidirectional communication with Ekiti-State government on progress and development including advisory services to promote civil Society.
  • Renewable Energy –  Training of Ekiti-State government officials on renewable energy related course, to aid them in decision making process and contract management.
  •   Education –  Footsteps to a better tomorrow project. This project will ensure that all primary school pupils (1-6) receive a pair of sandals and text books.
  • Youth Empowerment Program –  Youth interchange Project ,   Youth development Center
  • Re-inventing Technical School  to match capabilities with technical training for gainful productivity and contribution of the youth to Ekiti society
  • Employment Generation
  • Tourism development

For us to successfully implement these and future projects, we seek in advance, the maximum support and cooperation of Ekiti-State government.

We appreciate the efforts of those that contributed to the success of the summit. And we are using this medium to reach out to all Ekiti indigenes in Diaspora to partake in the development of Ekiti-State.

Long live Ekiti-State.
God bless you all.Thanks,
Anthony Ayodele
Ido-Ile /Denver, Colorado, USA
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EDESC & EIF1st Ekiti Global Forum-Ado-Ekiti- Jan. 20th, 2010