You will recall sometimes in March, 2020, Ekiti Kete Canada (EKC) made headlines in the first quarter as they flagged off the renovation of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) Children ward, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Ekiti Kete Canada Inc. (Relief Services) is an umbrella association for Ekiti State sons and daughters resident in Canada. It was founded in 1998 with the purpose of providing social, moral, intellectual, and recreational support to her members and Greater Toronto Area community, and to foster cultural development of individuals through classes, workshops, youth camp and excursion programs. Paramount in the goals and objectives of the association is giving back to their state of origin in Nigeria, Ekiti State, and finding ways to enhance the socio-economic development of the people of the state, hence the recent project in EKSUTH became one of many projects they executed in the recent past in the State.                                                                    



In a brief media chat with the President of the association, Prince Ademola Adesina, he said that the flag off was necessary and was just a tip of the iceberg. He added that the first phase of the project in March 2020 would see to the complete renovation of the toiletry systems in the Children Wing of the Hospital and the painting of the entire wing which will be followed by the provision of some equipment, currently under procurement, for the effective running of the wing and some sectional renovation of the facility as time goes on.

EKSUTH management and members of Ekiti Kete Canada in a group photograph at the flag off of the EKSUTH project. Front row: The CMAC, Dr Olusoji Solomon, Mr Alaba Adesina (younger brother of president EKC),Mrs Oluwagbemi(Deputy Director EKSUTH Nursing Services),Mr Abosede Adeoye (member EKC), The CMD,Prof J K Olabanji,(Directly behind the CMD is Dr S O Olatunya),Dr J Mogaji (an associate of EKC),Mr Tony Jegede Baba Omodara's childhood friend & associate of EKC,Dr(Mrs) Adeyemi Deputy Director, Finance & Acct & Mr Ayo Arigbede EKC liaison officer. Back row are some other doctors & nurses of the Pediatrics Dept.

The representative of the President EKC Mr Ayo Arigbede delivering the key note address on behalf of the President Prince Ademola Adesina

Representing the President of EKC at the inauguration program in March 2020, Ekiti Kete Canada Liaison Officer, Mr. Anthony Ayo Arigbede said that the project will be delivered in phases. In the president’s opening speech that was read by the liaison officer at the flag off he said Ekiti Kete Canada is proud to have chosen the Children Wing of the Health Care Centre as one of its pet projects. He said, “I am particularly glad to be part of this project having been brought up and fed in Ado Ekiti myself as a son of the soil. It gladdens my heart and that of the entire membership of Ekiti Kete Canada Association that I, in cooperation with and amidst the people of good will who are members of Ekiti Kete Canada to give back to our community in Ado-Ekiti in particular and Ekiti State in general”.

In his inauguration speech at the first phase of the project, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of EKSUTH, Prof J. K. Olabaji, giving his inauguration address, appreciated EKC and challenged other like-minded fellows to follow suit, citing the examples of Ayinke house in LASUTH and Otunba Rusewe Children Ward in UCH, Ibadan. He saluted the patriotic spirit of the entire members of EKC especially those that are not natives of Ekiti in their midst.

The CMD being assisted by Dr Mogaji (a close associate of EKC) to flag off the renovation exercise,while Dr. Jegede,( Dr. Daramola's close asssociate and friend of EKC) and others  look on

True to their words, in the last quarter of 2020 the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State inaugurated the ultramodern medical equipment set worth several millions of Naira at the Children Emergency Ward of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) which was donated by Ekiti Kete Canada and represented the 2nd phase of the project.

The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, during the inauguration ceremony, said the equipment would assist the hospital to further deliver standard services to children and make working easy for health workers in the ward.

The equipment inaugurated include: 14 hospital beds, 18 mattresses, two mechanical lifts, one portable ultrasonic ultrasound scanner/machines, 18 infusion regulation machines. Others are: one medical pole, five dual head stethoscopes with cases, and two ultrasound gel with dispensers and many more items.


Assisted by the CMD of EKSUTH, the Deputy Governor, Ekiti State,cuts the tape to commission the medical equipment while other attendees look on 

The Governor, used the occasion to confirm that his administration would always provide an enabling environment for development partners and well-meaning Ekiti indigenes within and outside the country to contribute their quota to the development of the state. The governor described the Ekiti Kete in Canada as one of the most vibrant pan-Ekiti organizations abroad that are always reaching out to the State.


Ekiti State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH). Ado Ekiti, Nigeria

One of the founders, fathers, leaders and member, Board of Directors of the Association, Mr. Abosede Adeoye who represented the president of the association at the equipment commissioning, and closely monitored the project from inception to finish alongside the liaison officer, said the group is passionate about the development of their home state, hence, the donation of the medical equipment. He further added that Ekiti Kete Canada had donated books to the libraries of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), awarded scholarships to Ekiti students in public schools, donated wheelchairs to EKSUTH in recent past while the association also paid the WAEC and NECO exams fees for hundreds of senior high school graduates in the State when Governor Fayose was the governor of the State. The president concluded that the members of the Ekiti Kete Canada would not relent in their service to the people of the State.

At the equipment commissioning ceremony are from left Mr. A. Adeoye, member EKC Board of Directors, EKSUTH CMD, Prof. J.K. Olabanji, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi and Dr. Mogaji, friend of EKC.

At the recent commissioning of the equipment in September 2020, EKSUTH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Kayode Olabanji, described Ekiti Kete Canada as great ambassadors. He confirmed that they had earlier renovated the Children Emergency Ward and promised to donate equipment which was fulfilled with the shipment and inauguration of the equipment. He called on other well-meaning individuals and organizations to emulate the Canada-based the Ekiti Kete to make EKSUTH a destination of choice for quality healthcare delivery.

The president of the association, Prince A. A. Adesina, who was represented by Mr. Abosede Adeoye in his message at the commissioning ceremony thanked the Deputy Governor for coming to inaugurate the equipment. He expressed his gratitude to the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Diaspora affairs, Dr. Femi Odere, for his efforts in ensuring the safe delivery of the equipment to EKSUTH. He thanked the liaison officer, Mr. Ayo Arigbede for his tenacity and hard work to see to the success of the Ekiti Kete Canada projects in the State. The president further thanked Mr. Abosede Adeoye, for his availability to fully represent the association at the program, while he commends all other Ekiti State indigenes who have teamed up with Mr. Arigbede on the project among who are Dr. Mogaji and Mr. Augustine Adesina. He expressed profound gratitude to all members who were able to join the event on zoom.

The president thanked Prof. Olabanji, the CMD, and management of EKSUTH for their cooperation towards the success of the initiative and thanked the immediate ex-President of Ekiti Kete Canada, Hon. Olumuyiwa Olaniyan and his team for working passionately towards the realization of the pet project he conceived during his tenure as the President of the Association.

In his gratitude mode, the president of Ekiti Kete Canada commended and thanked the superb crop of Executive members he has and all members of the association for their support.


Some of the beds, mattresses and equipment installed for use at EKSUTH.

Xphrame Media asked the President and the Vice president, Dr. Sheri Adekola Akintade about future social responsibility agendas of the association. They said that health care project in the state is an on-going task. “Making life better for our people by delivering efficient health care system is a continuous task. We will continue to look for ways to make health care services better for our people in Ekiti State. We will also not limit ourselves to health sector alone, very soon we will visit the educational sector”, God willing.