Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has showered encomium on the late ex-Governor of the old Ondo State, Evang. Bamidele Olumilua for taking pragmatic efforts to enlist Ondo as an oil-producing State while superintending over its affairs.
The elder statesman, Olumilua, an indigene of Ikere Ekiti, who was the governor of the old Ondo State between 1992 and 1993, died on June 4, 2020, at the age of 80.
Speaking during a commendation service held in his honour in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, Fayemi affirmed that the outstanding political will and courageous action was taken by Olumilua while presiding as a governor of the Old Ondo State between 1992-1993, led to revenue breakthrough for the neighbouring state today.
In his tribute at the service held at the palatial Adetiloye Hall in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said: “one important legacy of the administration of Evangelist Olumilua as a governor was the eventual enlistment of Ondo State as an oil-producing state.
“He worked relentlessly to actualise this. He also facilitated the establishment of the Oil Minerals Producing and Development Commission(OMPADEC) in 1992.
“He had a star-studded team and in fact, his then-Attorney General, Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN) practically drafted the bill that established the commission. He worked hard to get the commission which has now been replaced by the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) established.
“When the first tranch of N250m accrued to the state as an oil-producing state, Evang Olumilua insisted the money must be put in a dedicated account to pursue his dream of modern urbanisation project of some select towns in the then Ondo State.
“His thought was for the state to be economically competitive, because some towns needed to be deliberately transformed into modern cities where people could work, stay, and enjoy their lives.