Governor, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has appointed a father who rejected his son’s entry home after sneaking into Ekiti State as COVID-19 response ambassador.
The father, Mr Femi Adeoye, whose video where he engaged in public altercation with his son on his arrival from Lagos State, went viral on Wednesday, received the governor’s commendation and appointment on Thursday.
Governor Fayemi hosted Adeoye at the Ekiti State government house on Thursday, where he handed him his appointment letter.
The Ekiti State Government announcing Adeoye’s appointment in a statement commenced him “for refusing to cover-up his son’s travel history and for denying him access into the house without confirming his COVID-19 status.
“Mr Adeoye epitomizes the Ekiti ethos of selflessness, which places greater premium on the collective good of the society above personal and emotional considerations. This is the core of the Values Orientation policy of the Fayemi-led Administration.
Today, I appointed Mr. Adeoye, father of the young man who sneaked into Ekiti state, as a COVID-19 Response Ambassador in Ekiti State. I am proud of Mr Adeoye as a principled Ekiti man and I salute his courage in helping us keep Ekiti safe. #covid19 #covid19Ekiti pic.twitter.com/XkJxVE283Z
— Kayode Fayemi (@kfayemi) April 30, 2020
“He will help to propagate the message as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force in the State.By, in accordance with existing regulations, denying his son entry into his household having travelled from places under Federal lockdown against his fatherly advice, Mr. Adeoye has proved to be a worthy ambassador of Ekiti State resolve to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Government and the good people of Ekiti State are very proud of this chivalrous act of courage and principle which are the hallmarks of the Ekiti person. Mr. Adeoye represents the kind of self-discipline, selflessness, and sense of collective responsibility that Ekiti State and Nigeria need desperately today to progress.
“Ekiti State will in future recognise Mr. Adeoye’s valour as an example of the rebirth of Ekiti Values Orientation which is the central focus of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration.”
Adeoye, said to be a retired road safety officer, became popular after he was seen in a viral video on the social media insisting that his son must get tested for Coronavirus or isolate himself for 14 days before he would allow him into the house on his arrival from Lagos State.
The father said he had told his son to remain in Lagos until the end of coronavirus pandemic, but he rejected his instruction by traveling from Lagos to Ekiti State despite the lockdown in both states.