Activities marking the fourth anniversary of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration continued on Wednesday with the official commissioning of the 12,000 seater Ekiti Parapo Square in Ado-Ekiti.
The square which is one of the projects of the Fayemi administration would be inaugurated by a former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), supported by other eminent Nigerians.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the event’s media committee, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, the 2014 edition of the State Merit Award would hold at the arena shortly after the inauguration.
Meanwhile, African youngest PhD degree holder, Dr. Oluwadara Olaoluwa, is among the 29 distinguished Ekiti sons and daughters that would be honoured with the state’s merit award in the 2014 edition of the annual event billed for Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
The Ekiti State-born Olaoluwa stormed the academic world earlier in the year when he bagged his Ph.D in Mathematics from the University of Lagos at the age of 24 as he was considered the youngest ever on the continent. He would receive the award in the academic and research category.
According to a statement, Oyebode said this year’s merit award would hold at the Ekiti Parapo Square which will be inaugurated same day.
Other distinguished persons to be honoured include the first Nigerian Professor of Mathematics, the late Prof Adegoke Olubunmo and foremost historian, the late Emeritus Professor Jacob Ade-Ajayi. Chief Elemure Ogunyemi, who recently passed on would also receive a post humous award.
Also on the list are Chief Elizabeth Adegbite, a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; ace musician, Yinka Ayefele, Mrs. Emily Olaboye , a respected mat weaver and Mr. Jude Michael Osagwu, who won the Best Teacher in Nigeria Award in 2013.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Apalara Wole-Adewunmi, who is the chairman of the planning committee, said the award is to recognise excellence among the citizens of the state.