Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate Fayemi

Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate FayemiFollowing alleged looting of 40 billion Naira from the coffers of Ekiti State during his reign, the Ekiti state House of Assembly, has issued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a 21-day ultimatum to investigate former Governor and now Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi and others.

Accusing the anti-graft agency of compromise, the House of Assembly threatened to institute a legal action against EFCC should it fail to comply with the directive.

The House, in a letter reminding the EFCC of the petition it submitted to the commission on October 27, 2016, said: “Should the EFCC fail, refuse and or neglect to act on this petition within 21 days of receipt of this letter of reminder; we shall have no option than to institute legal action against you”.

The House had submitted a petition, dated October 24, 2016 and signed by the Speaker, Pastor Kolawole Oluwawole, to the EFCC in Abuja on October 27, 2016, complaining of fraudulent practices against Dr. Fayemi, Mr Dapo Kolawole, Mr Yemi Adaramodu, Mr Abiodun Oyebanji, Arc Oyelade (CASA Nig Ltd), Mr Bayo Kelekun and others.

The letter of reminder, also signed by the Speaker and submitted by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Segun Adewumi and Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso, on Monday reads: “We write to remind you of our petition dated 24th October 2016, which was submitted and duly received in your office on 27th October 2016.

“Three months after the petition was submitted, you have refused, and or neglected to act on it. We again attach herewith copies of relevant documents submitted with the petition and hope that this time around, you will not shy away from your responsibility this time around.

“However, should you fail, refuse and or neglect to act on this petition within 21 days of receipt of this letter of reminder; we shall have no option than to institute legal action against you.”

Speaking to journalists after submitting the reminder, Dr Omotoso, who was flanked by Hon Adewumi, said that the APC led federal government was fighting corruption involving opposition with “sulphuric acid while using cold water to fight the ones involving APC members and functionaries of the federal government”.

The petition, dated October 24, 2016 and signed by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Pastor Kolawole Oluwawole, was submitted to the EFCC in Abuja on Monday, by the trio of the Deputy Speaker, Hon Segun Adewumi, Chairman House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso and Hon Sina Animasaun.

 

Bayelsa Teachers Issue 21-Day Ultimatum To State Govt.

NUT, Bayelsa State, 21-Day UltimatumThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ half salary of all teachers or the teachers in the state would stop working.

This, they said, would affect their expected participation in the conduct of the National Common Entrance and other examinations.

The state wing executive council of the NUT Bayelsa state chapter issued a 9-point communique titled “Not Until We Perish” highlighting their resolution after an emergency meeting to discuss the lingering non-payment of six months’ salaries to primary and secondary school teachers.

The state chairman of the NUT, Kalama Tonpre, while reading the communique, said that the union was committed to enhancing public school system but demands improved working conditions.

He highlighted “the apparent hardship suffered by teachers on account of the prolonged non-payment of over six months’ salaries owed primary and secondary school teachers in order to be at par with other civil servants in the state”.

Other problems discussed were the planned dismissal of teachers employed in 2008/2009, the non-payment of duty post allowances, shifting the responsibility of funding primary school teachers’ salaries to local government councils and non-implementation of promotions.

Others are the 18,000 naira minimum wage arrears and non-inclusion of stakeholders in state education law committee.

According to them, if these issues are not resolved, they would stop working.

The chairman continued by saying “an ultimatum of 21 days from today is given to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ salaries of all teachers and address other problems”.

“For some teachers, these months without salary has been hellish as daily survival has been a major challenge,” he said.

The government on their part say they would do their best to pay the salaries for as many months as they can afford.

Edo Govt. Reacts To NMA 21 Day Ultimatum

The Edo State Government has responded to the 21 day ultimatum given by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, the Special Adviser on Media to the State Governor, Mister Kassim Afegbua, said that the Government was already in discussion with the Medical and Health Workers Union and the Association of Resident Doctors over the issues they raised.

However, he made it clear to the two groups that the Government can only address their demand according to resources available.

He emphasized that the Edo State Government was not in dispute with the NMA and would do what was right and justifiable.

Afegbua also alleged that the NMA was on a mission to embarrass and blackmail the Government, and play politics with the lives of the people of Edo State.

“Whilst the NMA has suspended its nationwide strike, it is not only curious and ridiculous that they have issued a 21-day ultimatum in Edo State, it goes to suggest also that they have ulterior motives”, he said.