Many people would think that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state had a rosy childhood but that is not so as the governor had to work as a 'danfo' driver to pay his way through school.
According to The Punch,the governor made this revelation that he was once a driver when he was urging Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to shun crime as kidnappers had allegedly said that members of the union are being used to perpetrate crime in the state.
Fayose who was speaking on Thursday July 30 at the swearing-in of the new State Executive of the union in Ado Ekiti, said he was once a ‘danfo driver’ appealed to the drivers to be orderly and not to be desperate.
He said: "Please, I want to commend you for contributing immensely to the development of the state’s economy, but don’t allow yourselves to be used by evil doers. You can see that some kidnappers were paraded recently. Information from them revealed that they have been using some of your members.
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“I was once a driver like you. I used the money I got from driving to sponsor myself for HND at Ibadan Polytechnic, but I did not get desperate. All I’m saying is that being a driver you can make it in life. You will become what you want to become in life with hard work. Don’t join evil gang for you to get rich overnight, try and rise through the ladder like we did.”
The Ekiti state chief executive advises the union to always drive according to rule admonishing them to stick to ‘don’t drink and drive’ rule.
Though I am part of you, if you breach the law, I won’t save or spare you. You will be arrested and prosecuted by the security agents,” Fayose asserted.
He explained that during his first term he helped to unite the two unions — RTEAN and National Union of Road and Transport Workers — during his first term, adding that the occasion was a sign that good things were coming to Ekiti.
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“We should emulate this kind of occasion. This is very good. We will always identify with this kind of achievements. You are doing a good job for this country. I don’t want to be the enemies of drivers, I want to be your friend,” fayose said.
The governor thanked the union for standing by him during the failed impeachment plot against him by the former 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers.
Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress in Ekiti has alleged that state owned radio and television stations have been used to harass it members on the instruction of the state government.