Ekiti State is still very young but it is surely a state of the future. The
state has a lot of natural resources that are yet to be tapped. Hence, the state
government must set in motion a comprehen sive study of its solid mineral resources
all over the state. Besides, forest resources are also available.
Government must improve the status of the existing forest reserves while efforts
must be made to open up more reserves. While natural forest reserves could be
established, attention should be paid more to fastyielding exotic tree species,
especially teak (Tectona grandis) and puipwood (Gmelina arborea).
These trees now guarantee good market returns both locally and internationally.
Ekiti State has many prospects in becoming a food basket in the future.
Government should improve the services of the ADP at IkoleEkiti and establish
agrobased indus trial centres for the processing of food crops espe cially rice,
maize and cassava. Since the govern ment has programmes for rural development
and integration, all these will fall in line and pave way for a more prosperous
state. Education is the pride of Ekiti State. The pres ent administration has
promised free education.
It is, therefore, expected that the state, in the near future, will attain
greater heights in its educational and manpower development. Ekiti State has
a very bright future in tourism industry. The Ikogosi Warm Springs and the lpole
Water Falls should be better developed and better managed. Besides, these resources
could also be harnessed to produce potable "pure" water by set ting
up an industry for this purpose.