Xenophobia: South African Leaders Must Take Convincing Actions – Fayemi

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The Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi has called on South African authorities to do more to pacify keen observers of the Xenophobic developments in the country.

Fayemi recalled the roles played by Nigerians and Africans towards liberating South Africans in their days of struggle asking that such should be reciprocated.

“The South African struggle was a Pan African project. I recall what many parents did in Nigeria , everybody contributed. As a Young University student I was a volunteer in the ANC Chief representative office in Lagos, spending greater part of my youth involved in the struggle to free South Africa.” Fayemi recalled.

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He stated further : “Leaders in South Africa need to really demonstrate that they actually understand what Africans are saying to them. South Africa is not an Island.”

Fayemi stated that showing aggression and putting a uniform tag of criminality on all foreigners in South Africa is an error of judgement which smacks of ignorance and ingratitude.

But he calls for caution in the clamour by some protesters that Nigeria should sever ties with the Country as he highlights the peculiarity of international relations.

“Foreign relations is not handled in a precipitate manner, countries go through processes, I believe we haven’t got to the stage yet where we cut off relationship with South Africa.” Fayemi noted.

Fayose Raises Alarm Over Plans To Unseat Him

Fayose Raises Alarm Over Plans To Unseat HimEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has once again raised an alarm over alleged plots by a former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in collaboration with other top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to unseat him before the end of his tenure.

Governor Fayose, who made the allegation on Monday at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said the APC bigwigs plan to unseat him by using the judiciary.

He, however, expressed confidence that the judiciary would uphold justice, stressing that the minority would always have their say.

“They have concluded plans to go to court to reverse my election. I’m sure we have noble men at the Supreme Court who will not allow their image to be smeared.

“Nigeria is bigger than all of us, the APC-led Federal Government cannot win every state and cannot win in all states. In a democracy, majority will have their way, minority will have their say.

“I want to state very clearly that we will not allow this democracy to be destroyed, we will resist every attempt to bastardise it,” he said.

In a phone interview with Channels Television, spokesman to Dr. Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the allegation as false.

“He (Fayose) said the Honourable Minister has approached the Supreme Court for a reversal, I am not aware of that.

“He makes allegation without being able to substantiate it. So for me, no comment,” Mr Oyebode said.

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m Litres

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m LitresThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is set to fully recover over 130 million litres of premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol, stored in the facilities of two indigenous downstream operators.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Chief Operating Officer, downstream of the corporation, Mr Henry Ikem-Obih said the infraction was discovered earlier in the year when the corporation had need to access the product stored in the two depots belonging to the companies in Apapa, Lagos state.

“We instructed the Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) a subsidiary of NNPC, to send additional trucks to those locations to move products for distribution aimed at meeting a supply shortfall we discovered in the market, but after days of not being able to access the terminals we had to take a decision as NNPC management to invite auditors and inspectors to go and do a physical check on the inventories,” he said.

Ikem-Obih said the product is part of 11 billion Naira worth of missing NNPC fuel.

He further disclosed that the company had set up two committees to evaluate the roles played by some of its staff in the illegal product evacuation.

Al-Makura Seeks FG’s Support On Solid Minerals

Al-Makura Seeks FG's Support On Solid MineralsNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, seeks to partner with the Federal Government towards harnessing the mineral resources that abound in the state.

The governor made the proposal when he paid a visit to the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

He also urged the Federal Government to look into the 13% derivation which he said the state was yet to benefit, stressing that it would help increase the state’s revenue base.

Governor Al-Makura also requested that the scope of solid minerals be expanded by establishing a mineral study outfit, as a means of employment creation for the teeming youth in Nasarawa State, north-central Nigeria.

“I would like to kindly request the Honourable Minister to grant Nasarawa State the license for industrial mineral mining; this will increase our revenue generation, especially now that we have an SPV ready to partake in this exercise.

“Besides that, I will like to assure the Honourable Minister that if Nasarawa State is vested with some support like mineral study outfit or mineral skill acquisition outfit that will help low class mineral miners to have the skills and means to prospect, I believe this will give Nasarawa State the opportunity to expand the scope of bringing different kinds of people to earn a living through mineral resources.

Focus On Diversification

“Finally, I will also like to put before the Honourable Minister the issue of derivation when it comes to mineral revenue, as it is now some of the mineral resources revenue that are being generated like Barytes and others, where the end users are in other states than Nasarawa because other state that do not even mine those minerals are the beneficiaries of the 13% derivation.

“So we want to put this before the Honourable Minister to look at it, so that we can carefully identify from which states those minerals are coming and which state deserve those derivation benefits.

“This, I believe at this very difficult period will support the state in doing so many things that will add value to the focus of the Federal Government on diversification,” he said.

Governor Al-Makura also seized the opportunity to invite the Minister to the state, in order to adequately analyse issues pertaining to solid minerals development.

“We want to extend a special invitation to you to come to Nasarawa State so that we can have a more practical interface for you to see what is there for you to support us and support the country at large,” he requested.

Accepting the invitation, Dr. Fayemi assured the governor of the Federal Government’s support to the State Government in realising its diversification drive.

“We have adopted an administrative mechanism to ensure that states are fully on board, in order to realise the objective of active participation in mining.

“Before we finish this month, I will come and I will go round myself to see those specific areas where the Federal Government can assist and partner with Nasarawa State in strengthening what you have already started by way of developing the resources that are available in your state,” the minister said.

Osinbajo: Patronise ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ Goods To Drive Economy

Yemi Osinbajo, Made-In-Nigeria, Economy, Chris Ngige, Kayode FayemiActing President Yemi Osinbajo has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s determination to drive the Nigerian economy with locally manufactured products.

Professor Osinbajo made the pledge at the 2017 National Productivity Day in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the current economic realities indicate that continued dependence on importation is not sustainable.

He, however, called for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods.

“Permit me to make a comment on made-in-Nigeria initiative, which has also been recognised here.

“As the president said in his 2017 budget speech, we must grow what we eat and we must use what we make; we must patronise made-in-Nigeria products to encourage local production,” Professor Osinbajo said.

Bedrock Of Every Economy

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, stressed the importance of the occasion.

“We are here today to celebrate and reward excellence in service by recognising individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the nation.

“The National Productivity Day is therefore a day we set aside to demonstrate that high productivity is the bedrock of every economy.

“It is time to reflect on ways of energising all sectors of the economy towards our goal of institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service,” the minister said.

Celebrating Criminal Brigands

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on his part highlighted the importance of a reward system in encouraging local entrepreneurship.

“Society can only develop and be productive when our reward systems are robust and effective.

“Good must be rewarded and evil must be punished; government can however, not do this alone.

“It is a task we must all tackle collectively right from the family unit to our community to the nation at large.

“We can only make progress and be productive when we stop celebrating criminal brigands and start recognising unsung heroes in our society,” the minister said.

The National Productivity Day has been set aside by the Federal Government to promote local production of goods and services, as well as reward indigenous entrepreneurs who are contributing to the growth of the economy.

At the 2017 edition, 15 individuals and five organisations were rewarded by the government for their contributions to Nigeria’s economy.

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.

 

Ekiti 2018: Lawmaker Fears APC May Lose If Zoning Is Jettisoned

APC Will Challenge Wike's Commission Of Inquiry- Senator AbeA member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Honourable Bamidele Faparusi, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) would have to embrace zoning as part of the strategies to win the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State.

Mr Faparusi, who is a governorship aspirant from Gbonyin Local Government Area in Ekiti South Senatorial District, said the time had come for the APC to deploy support for the ‘South Agenda’ the way it did for the North Senatorial District under the Action Congress, prior to the 2007 governorship election, leading to the election of both Mr Segun Oni and Dr Kayode Fayemi in sequential order.

The former lawmaker also described as empty boast, Governor Ayodele Fayose’s consistent outburst that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would ‘conquer’ the APC in all the 16 local government areas of the state in a manner akin to how he trounced Fayemi in 2014.

Faparusi, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday while presenting Christmas gifts to the party members across the state’s 177 wards, said zoning had become a child of necessity and veritable weapon for his party to win the impending electoral battle.

At the event presided over by the APC Acting Chairman, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, the party restated the barring of all the members of the State Working Committee from hobnobbing from any of the governorship aspirant to prevent implosion as witnessed in Ondo State.

“I will Defeat Them Hundred Times”

The former federal legislator further scoffed at Fayose over what he branded ‘gradual injection of the almajiris culture’ to Ekiti through the Stomach Infrastructure Programme, saying “people must stop queuing on the road to get a congo of rice. This is dehumanising and could better be described as a brazen reduction of human dignity”.

On the zoning palaver, Faparusi advised his party not to toy with the agitation that was gradually gaining grounds in the state.

“Any party that jettisons zoning should forget the election. In 2007, there was what we called the North Agenda and we all embraced it.

“Both Mr Oni and Dr Fayemi were beneficiaries of that and it was made possible because we all supported the idea and time has come to reciprocate this for the south.

“Since 1999, the Central has produced Governor Fayose and Otunba Niyi Adebayo and they have ruled for 12 years. The north has spent eight years leaving the south with nothing. So, the time has come for the south to produce the governor for equity, fairplay and justice.

“These three instruments or words are very important in any political party. Any party that lacks it will be engaging in self-destruct and we won’t want our party to be destroyed over avoidable circumstance,” he said.

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Governor Fayose believes the Peoples Democratic Party will win the 2018 election in Ekiti State

Faparusi insisted that with zoning, the APC would crush Governor Fayose in the election.

“What the PDP used to defeat us in 2014 was federal might . They got almost all our leaders arrested before that election and today the pendulum has changed.

“Governor Fayose can no longer manipulate the Army, Department of State Service and the police. He has no access to multi-billion Naira free money, so he should be ready for defeat under a free and fair poll not like the kangaroo that brought him into government.

Governor Fayose had in November boasted that his party, the PDP, would retain the governorship of the state.

The governor added that no matter the mercenaries put in place by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government in 2018, Ekiti would remain a PDP controlled state.

”Only time will judge the decision taken by electorates in Ondo State. Anybody who thinks Ekiti State is the next state to be taken by the APC, that is a big lie.

“I am very close to my people in Ekiti State and no one can take Ekiti from me Ayo Fayose.

“If election is conducted hundred times in Ekiti, I, Ayo Fayose, will defeat them hundred times,” he claimed.

Nigeria Generated 2bn Naira From Solid Minerals – Fayemi

Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, NigeriaThe Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, says Nigeria generated two billion Naira from the sector in 2016.

The minister made the disclosure on Monday while presenting the ministry’s 2016 scorecard at a session in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Dr. Fayemi also revealed that the revenue projection for 2017 was set at over three billion Naira.

He explained that the revenue generated in 2016 was only from royalties, which he said was not a true reflection of the ministry’s capacity.

As part of efforts to improve on revenue generation, the minister had solicited for the support of state governments to extract minerals for the development of the sector.

He said such synergy among states would save time, resources, infrastructure and cost of tapping common resources.

Dr. Fayemi noted that development in the extractive sector would only be successful if the states were turned into economic resource corridors with the realisation that minerals were not defined by boundaries.

He stressed that beyond the major challenge of getting investors to see Nigeria as a mining destination was the need for them to work together.

Buhari, Others Laud Ooni’s Leadership Style

adeyeye-enitan-ogunwusiThe Ooni of Ile-Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja the second, on Saturday received a plethora of accolades from President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, prominent Nigerians and traditional rulers.

Ooni Ogunwusi got the accolades during the final stage of events marking his 1st year coronation anniversary held at Ile-Oodua White House Palace.

Represented by the Minister for Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, President Buhari described the Ooni as a ‘wound-healer’ and a progressively-ordained personality.

“Kabiyesi Ooni has healed the wound in our country land by bringing together everybody. We know that a lot has gone into this. It is not a matter of age but the fact that you are blessed by the Almighty God to do so.

“We hope that in your many years on the throne, we will witness more advancement of the entire Yorubaland, Nigeria and everywhere we have Yorubas around the world. Many are celebrating you in Cuba , Brazil, America and all over places where you have your children around. We appreciate your contribution to our development and we will continue to adore your Majesty,” the president’s representative said.

Beyond Imagination

The Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, remarked that the Ooni had performed beyond imagination within his one year on the throne.

“Looking back, it is almost unbelievable that you are just one year on the throne. You have impacted on the Ile-Ife city and the whole Nigeria. You have brought uncommon energy and creativity to the throne. ‎You did not only preach peace but have also acted unity at both state and national levels. You have demonstrated how to use position as a leverage for youths empowerment.

“Everything you have done shows that you are well equipped to come to the throne to impact on lives. You have made us proud. You have fired our imagination on your one year on throne and we are ready to support you,” Governor Mimiko told the Ooni.

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, commended the Ooni for extending partnership to the Igbos and urged him to intensify the unity between Yorubas and Igbos.

“Since Ooni emerged, I have enjoyed great support from the Yorubas and I pray that his reign will be the longest on the throne. I commend what you did to the youth by supporting them to be entrepreneurs.

‎”I am here to consolidate and deepen the Igbo-Yoruba unity. I am happy that the Yorubas living in Anambra are very happy with us. I believe in Nigeria’s unity and we should all work hard to make it work. I want our relationship to blossom.” Governor Obiano said.

While emphasising the importance of traditional rulers in the administration of any state, Governor Obiano also recommended cutting of taxes as a way to mitigate the effect of recession on investors.

“The traditional rulers are very important in the administration of the state. They are very important in settling disputes,” he added.

Source Of Inspiration

The Chief of Defence Staff,General Abayomi Olonisakin, urged the Ooni to sensitise indigenes of Ile-ife on the importance of security.

“Enlightening them to be security conscious will enhance the sustenance of your good legacies,” he said.

On his  part, the Deji of Akure, Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, said the Ooni had served as a source of inspiration for him and other progressive minded traditional rulers in Yoruba land, describing him as the indistinguishable father of all Yoruba people in Nigeria and globally.

“The unity of traditional rulers as emphasised by Ooni is important. We need it and we are always inspired by his style of leadership. He has indeed lived up to the expectations as our spiritual leader, nobody can take this away from you no matter what they do,” Deji of Akure stressed.

The Etsu of Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, in his own speech expressed delight over the “progressive moves” Ooni Ogunwusi had made.

“Your Imperial Majesty, we in the North are so proud of your leadership and bridge-building moves in the last one year. It’s been so progressive,” he observed.

Osile of Okeona, Egbaland, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, asked the Ooni not to relent on his progressive agenda, saying, “his one year is just like a thousand. “Kabiyesi, please, don’t relent on this progressive agenda that you have been enviably executing in the last one year which is just like a thousand years. The rate of advancement and progress recorded since you ascended this sacred throne of Oduduwa is marvellous”.

Also, the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, appealed to all traditional rulers in Nigeria to cooperate with the Ooni in ensuring unity.

“Your Majesty, I bring you goodwill from across the Niger from all Igbos. We have seen how you bring real change and solve challenges that seem impossible in a year. Your feet shows that when God puts the crown on you, no human being can take it away. Collectively, with a person like you, we will achieve the real change that we have been looking for,” Obi of Onitsha emphasised.

Reacting to the commendations, the Ooni commended the dignitaries that attended the coronation and urged traditional rulers and all well-meaning Nigerians to take the development of Nigeria as their core responsibility.

He said: “We should collaborate with government and stop the blame-game. We are closer to our people. Let’s work towards youth emancipation. It is very important to know our roles as traditional rulers and focus more on how to appreciate things that come out from this country.

“We should be able to help others with the money that God has provided for us. Let us help one another in our little ways. We should give the less-privileged hope. We should all come together, love ourselves and impact on the lives of others”.

The Ooni is known for his promotion of made-in-Nigeria goods patronage and empowerment of Nigerian youths.

One of the great feats he has achieved within his one year in office is a one-billion-Naira loan from the Bank of Industry for small business owners in Osun to empower young persons that are unemployed.

Among other dignitaries that attended the coronation is Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Dr. Kiladejo, Afenifere leader, Mr Ayo Adebanjo, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Diplomats, OAU’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba, Polo Boss, Chief Obayuwana, Iyalaje of Apapa, Mr and Mrs Toyin Kolade, religious leaders and visually-impaired children.

The epoch making event also witnessed the presentation of cheques of millions of Naira to the representatives of the hundreds of youths who are the beneficiaries of Ooni Ogunwusi’s Agric-empowerment programme in partnership with Bank of Industry (BOI) represented by its Managing Director, Mr Waheed Olagunju, and Bank of Agriculture (BOA) represented by its Deputy MD, Mr Adebayo Jemileyin.

Supreme Court Orders Ekiti To Pay Workers Illegally Sacked In 2010

Supreme-CourtThe Supreme Court has ordered the Ekiti State government to pay all the
entitlements, allowances and emoluments of the council officials illegally removed in 2010.

Spokesman for the former council chairmen, Mr Olasunkanmi
Ogunbiyi, in a chat with Channels Television’s correspondent shortly after the verdict was delivered expressed joy that justice had been served at last.

Ogunbiyi, who served as chairman of Ikere Local Government Area at that time, said the Judiciary had once again risen in defence of the oppressed by giving them justice six years after they were removed from office on October 29, 2010,
barely two years into their tenure.

The former council bosses were elected at the December 20, 2008 local
government election during the administration of former Governor Segun Oni
but were removed by his successor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on grounds that the
State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), which conducted the poll, was
not properly constituted.

But Ogunbiyi urged incumbent Governor Fayose to pay them their outstanding
salaries and allowances in line with the judgment of the Supreme Court,
which is the highest court in the land.

Ogunbiyi said: “We are happy that at last, justice has been done and we are
all savouring it together. We still had 15 months to complete our tenure
before our councils were dissolved and as law abiding citizens, we headed
for the courts.

“Although it took us six years before we got justice, we thank God that the
Supreme Court has ruled in our favour. This is victory for democracy, it is
also victory for the rule of law.

“The judiciary has been the stabiliser of our democracy and it has
consistently proved to be the last hope of the common man. We are grateful to
the Supreme Court judges for their industry and erudition in arriving at
today’s verdict.

“We want to appeal to Governor Ayodele Fayose to obey the judgment without any delay. The judgment is clear and it is to the effect that we should be paid
what is due to us for the remaining 15 months in our tenure”.

Fayemi Threatens To Sue Two Of Fayose’s Aides For Libel

Kayode-FayemiFormer Governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has given a seven-day ultimatum to two aides of the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to retract libelous statements made against him.

The duo of Ekiti State House of Assembly member, Dr Samuel Omotoso, and Special Assistant on Public Communications to the state Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka, had during a live programme on the Ekiti State Television (EKTV), on July 6, 2016, alleged that “Dr. Fayemi illegally took 1.5 billion Naira from Ekiti treasury and gave it to President Muhammadu Buhari, while contesting the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.

They also alleged that Fayemi looted Ekiti treasury, alleging fraud in the
purchase of vehicles for traditional rulers and illegal withdrawal of
852 million Naira SUBEB money.

According to Olayinka, “Fayemi paid Ekiti 852 million Naira into
SUBEB account at Access Bank, and now this is the fraud he committed:

“It is this money that qualifies Ekiti to receive Abuja’s N852m SUBEB money,
but immediately the money dropped into Ekiti SUBEB account, Fayemi just
withdrew the state counterpart fund from the SUBEB account and Abuja SUBEB
caught them red-handed in the fraud game, just like 419.”

The House member also said that Fayemi illegally collected five billion Naira from Ecobank in the name of Fountain Holdings for purported road construction.

He also alleged that the ex-governor borrowed money on behalf of the state to build a Government House for his wife and children.

Furthermore, he stated that Fayemi had spent the state’s funds to build a private university for himself in Ghana.

According to him, he refused to pay pensioners, but was “acting like an armed
robber and carted away Ekiti money”, adding that he was not “just saying it
for fun that Fayemi stole Ekiti money, but he went away with Ekiti money and destroyed the economy of the state”.

In a letter presented to newsmen on Thursday, Fayemi had complained through his counsel, Chief R.O. Balogun, that their utterances during the programme, portrayed him as a very corrupt public office holder and fraudulent person who siphoned public funds at the detriment of Ekiti citizens while serving as governor.

He then asked both Omotosho and Olayinka to make a retraction and public apology, which “must be given equal prominence like the offending statements and utterances, otherwise they would be sued for criminal defamation of character”.

He also complained that he was exposed to “public ridicule, odium, opprobrium, embarrassment and unprecedented disrepute”, arguing that the duo had done “incalculable and tremendous injury to his image and personality as an international figure”.

They are also expected to pay Fayemi 100 million Naira for the “offending statements” within the period, failure of which he promised to file an action against them in the law court.

Balogun has also emphasized that if within the said number of days the defendants refuse to comply with the demands, his client would have no choice than to drag them to court to ventilate the grievances.

Nigeria’s Executives Ratify Lake Chad Basin Charter

Lake-Chad-BasinThe Executive Arm of Government in Nigeria has ratified the Lake Chad Basin Charter signed in 2012.

The Charter was ratified at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja on Wednesday.

It would be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law.

Threatened By Climate Change

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who hinted reporters about the ratification after the council’s meeting, said the lake had been threatened by climate change and that effort was being made to ensure the lake is safe from extinction.

The council at the meeting looked at the last one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, assessing the progress so far, the challenges encountered and the tasks members of the council still have to tackle.

After the meeting the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that the council also considered developments in the mining sector and looked at more exploration needed in that sector.

Poor monitoring had affected the activities of the ministry in terms of checking miners’ activities to ensure that it conforms with standards.

Do Something Urgent

To boost monitoring, however, the Federal Executive Council approved the direct procurement of four-wheel patrol vehicles produced by Nissan for Mines Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Dr. Fayemi cited the killing of miners in Zamfara State, saying that the ministry for over a decade, does not have surveillance vehicles to check such unfortunate incidence and oversee mining activities in other states.

According to him, the approval was a show of the commitment of the Buhari’s administration to developing mining activities in Nigeria.

The vehicles will cost 326,781 million Naira.

The assessment of the performance of the council is coming one year after the cabinet was constituted by President Buhari months after he was sworn in.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in August urged rich countries to do something urgent to save the Lake Chad from extinction, arising from the effects of climate change.

he made the call at a meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, in Abuja.

President Buhari warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad would lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.

The President said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.

“Those living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.

“If there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.

“Unless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilize resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, the Lake Chad will dry up.

“The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries,” the President told the visiting UN official.

The lake is said to have shrunk by over 90 per cent in the last 50 years, a reason the Nigerian government is making efforts to save the lake.