The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Thursday, described former Ondo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Adefarati as a legend.
Akeredolu made the description during the 10 year Memorial Lecture and remembrance Anniversary of chief Adebayo Adefarati in Akure.
He said the former governor addressed fundamental issues and fought to include Ondo State in the Niger delta bill during his time.
“He succeeded, so we owe him because we wouldn’t be an oil producing state if not for him.
“Baba Adefarati was the first governor to put in place an agency to take care of peculiar and specific interests on oil producing areas. Osopadec came during his time.
He also boosted education in his time. Teachers went for referesher courses in Britain,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Former Senator Titus Olupitan, representing Ondo North Constituency, said Adefarati was a politician of very high integrity, peace, dignity and transparency.
“He played politics without bitterness and fought for the masses throughout his lifetime.
“Baba implemented people-oriented programs and was loved by the people of Ondo State.
“He performed well in office and I pray that this love of the people will continue to with this regime,” he said.
The guest lecturer, Dr John Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals, said it was only when human security was achieved to a great extent that peace and justice could be attained.
Represented by chief Olubunmi Famosaya, former Head of Service, Ekiti State, Fayemi, with theme: Justice and Fairness as panacea to peace, said lack of basic rights was the source of restiveness.
“Human security approach emphasizes the need for governments to be able to guarantee economic, food, health, environmental, personal and political security in society.
“Justice signposts a greater view which encompasses all that promotes the greatest good for greatest number of people,” he said