Fayemi Proposes N124.7bn 2020 Budget To Ekiti Assembly

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill of N124.7 billion to the State House of Assembly.

Dr Fayemi who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum presented the bill to the lawmakers during a session on Friday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Ado, the state capital.

The bill, christened ‘Budget of Deliverables,’ has N53.5 billion representing 43 per cent as capital expenditure while the recurrent expenditure is N71.1 billion, representing 57 per cent of the total budget estimates.

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Thirty-six per cent of the budget proposal which is the highest allocation is earmarked for governance while infrastructure and industrial development take the second-highest share of 32 per cent.

Similarly, the ‘knowledge economy’ which encompasses education gulps 20 per cent, becoming the third-highest allocation in the state’s 2020 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi informed the lawmaker that he was delighted that development partners were helping the state government with rural road constructions and promotion of agriculture among other cheering projects aimed at developing the state.

Ekiti Assembly Impeaches Deputy Speaker Adewumi

Ekiti Assembly Impeaches Deputy Speaker Adewumi
Segun Adewunmi                                                                                                              Olamiposi Omodara

 

Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Segun Adewumi.

Mr Adewumi, who represents Ekiti West Constituency I, was removed by the lawmakers on Thursday in Ado Ekiti over allegations of gross misconduct.

The lawmakers thereafter elected Olamiposi Omodara, who represents Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency I, as the new deputy speaker.

Adewumi was first impeached in May 2018 allegedly over the same offence and actions said to be capable of bringing the House to disrepute.

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A statement from the house in 2018 had said that the former deputy speaker was removed following a list signed by two-thirds majority members and passed by the House as required by law.

He was thereafter replaced with Mr Adesina Animasaun (Ekiti West II) who was unanimously nominated by the lawmakers.

However, Animasaun was impeached after five months along with the former Speaker of the House, a development which led to Adewumi’s return into office in October 2018.

Ekiti Assembly Confirms Two Commissioners

Ekiti lawmakers during the screening and confirmation of the commissioners

 

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday screened and confirmed two commissioner nominees.

Mr Dapo Kolawole, who was nominated as Commissioner for Finance, and the Attorney-General designate, Mr Wale Fapounda, were confirmed by the speaker and thirteen other lawmakers after fielding relevant questions.

Both nominees held the same offices in the first term of the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

In confirming them, the lawmakers said both men had performed well during Governor Fayemi’s first term.

They, however, both men to work towards attracting investment into the state and avoid imposing a heavy tax burden on the people.

Also, the Assembly backed the appointment of 10 special advisers by Fayemi.

Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate Fayemi

Ekiti Assembly Impeaches Deputy Speaker

Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi.

Mr Adewunmi was impeached by the lawmakers on Thursday during plenary.

He was replaced by Adesina Bamidele Animasaun.

Mr Adewunmi was impeached based on Several acts amounting to gross Misconduct, Personal conducts likely to bring the Honourable House to Disrepute, obvious threat to Peace of Honourable Members, obstruction of Constitutional Functions of The House. Dereliction, Desertion, Abscondment and Abandonment of Constitutional Vested Responsibilities of the Office of the Deputy Speaker.

In a press statement by the Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon Samuel Omotoso, said that the former Deputy Speaker was removed with a division list signed by two-thirds majority members and unanimously passed by the House as required by law.

The House in its resolution also mandated the Clerk to ensure that the former Deputy Speaker hands over all properties of the House with immediate effect.
Hon Omotoso said further that the House considered the unopposed Nomination of Rt Hon Sina Animasaun, Ekiti West 2, who was unanimously elected by the House as the New Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

The new Deputy Speaker is a native of Okemesi-Ekiti and a Graduate of Biochemistry from the Ekiti State University.

He is a Chartered Advert Practitioner and a Public Relation Consultant with several years of Experience in Public and Political Administration.

The House congratulates the New Deputy Speaker, who is naturally endowed with great qualities of political and administrative experience.

The Chairman said In a related development that the House removed the Chief Whip of the House Hon Akinniyi Sunday from Ikere 2 and replaced with Hon Olawale Onigiobi from Ekiti South West 1.

He concluded that the Ekiti State House of Assembly wishes the New Principal Officers well in their New engagements.

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Another Lawmaker

Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate Fayemi

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended the lawmaker representing Ekiti-East Constituency 1, Fajana Ojo-Ade.

Mr Ojo-Ade was suspended for a period of 101 legislative days without pay “except he shows signs of genuine remorse”.

While on suspension, the lawmaker is barred from coming within one-kilometre radius of the Assembly complex and he must submit all properties of Ekiti State House of Assembly in his custody to the clerk of the House.

A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Samuel Omotoso, said the suspension came into force after the disciplinary committee set up by the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, to investigate Mr Ojo-Ade submitted its report at plenary.

Omotoso said Ojo-Ade appeared twice at the sitting of the disciplinary committee in the last two weeks, where he defended himself against allegations of gross misconduct, among others.

The committee found the lawmaker guilty of gross misconduct in breach of the extant rules and standing orders of the Assembly, according to the statement.

After receiving the report at its plenary on Wednesday, the Assembly unanimously approved the recommendations of the disciplinary committee.

Apart from the suspension and restriction placed on the lawmaker, he is also expected to write a letter of apology to the Assembly through the Speaker.

A lawmaker, Gboyega Aribisogan, had been suspended for 108 days in October 2016 for gross misconduct.

Eight months later, in June 2017, Aribisogan defected from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared himself as the minority leader in the Assembly.

The leadership of the Assembly has refused to recognise him as the minority leader or allow him into the chamber. Instead, the lawmaker was suspended indefinitely in July.

Fayemi Asks Court To Stop Fayose, Ekiti Assembly From Probing Him

Nigeria, Extractive Companies, NIETI, IEITIThe Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has asked an Ado-Ekiti High Court to stop the Ekiti State government from probing him.

In the suit, Dr Fayemi, who is the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, is challenging the competence of the judicial commission of enquiry set up by Governor Ayodele Fayose to probe his administration.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, Dr Fayemi wants the court to restrain Governor Fayose, the state’s attorney-general and members of the judicial commission of enquiry from probing him because two cases on the planned probe are pending in courts of competent jurisdiction.

The Ekiti State House of Assembly, which ordered the governor to set up the commission of enquiry, and the Speaker of the Assembly were also joined in the suit.

Governor Fayose

The Assembly had asked the governor to set up the judicial panel to probe Dr Fayemi after it accused him of failing to honour repeated invitations to appear before the lawmakers to answer questions regarding the finances of the state during his tenure as governor.

But Dr Fayemi wants the court to declare the resolution of the Assembly directing the governor, who is the first defendant in the suit, to set up the commission of enquiry to investigate or probe his administration null and void.

This, according to him, is because the resolution was passed during the pendency of a case involving him, the Assembly and its speaker, which touched on the legality of the summons and powers of the Assembly to conduct any investigation or direct any other person or body to do so without strict compliance with the tenets of the 1999 Constitution.

The minister accused the Assembly of oppression, claiming that it had already investigated him and submitted the report of the investigation to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further action.

Consequently, he also asked the court to declare “that the setting up of the panel after the conclusion of its investigation by the House of Assembly to allegations of financial malpractices and the submission of same to the EFCC would amount to oppression, double jeopardy and a clear abuse of legislative power”.

Dr Fayemi also faulted the way the commission of enquiry was constituted, claiming that the chairman, secretary and other members could not be apolitical, neutral or unbiased because of their affinity with Governor Fayose.

This, he said, “put the independence and impartiality of the panel into serious distrust”.

Ekiti Assembly Orders Probe of Fayemi

Ekiti Lawmakers Give EFCC 21-day Ultimatum To Investigate FayemiThe Ekiti State House of Assembly has ordered Governor Ayodele Fayose to set up a judicial or administrative panel to probe his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The Assembly said the step became necessary after Fayemi, who is the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, refused to appear before it to answer questions about the alleged diversion of N852bn Universal Basic Education Board’s fund under his administration.

Relying on Section 129 0f the 1999 Constitution, the Assembly had on March 22, 2016, and February 7, 2017, ordered Fayemi to appear before it and clear his name over the misappropriation allegedly perpetrated during his time.

Fayemi, however, did not show up. He later approached the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti and filed N500m libel suit against the Assembly.

The Assembly, during its plenary on Thursday, which was presided over by the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole, accused Fayemi of treating it with contempt, saying that was not expected of him as a former governor of the state.

After deliberations, during which members – Samuel Omotoso, Abiola Jeje, and Ekundayo Akinleye – said there was the need for the Assembly to compel the Executive to compose the panel to probe Fayemi, the Majority Leader, Hon Tunji Akinyele, moved the motion for the probe of the governor.

It was seconded by Jeje.

Before putting the motion to a voice vote, the Speaker said, “Dr John Kayode Fayemi has slighted this house by his conduct, by refusing to honour our invitation.

“This Assembly duly invited him to come and explain how he managed the finances of this state, particularly the SUBEN fund and other projects.

“The House had summoned him three times, but he disobeyed the regulation of this house. So, the State government should as a matter of urgency set up a judicial or administrative panel of inquiry to look into the finances of this State under Fayemi’s government.”

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Samuel Omotoso, criticised the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, and other security agencies for failing to arrest Fayemi after the Assembly issued a warrant for his arrest.

He said, “The IGP can’t claim that Governor Fayemi is at large. He has been attending the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting and nobody even called him for questioning or thought of arresting him. That was unfortunate.”

Jeje and Akinleye urged the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to live up to expectations in composing the judicial panel to unravel the mystery behind the state’s finances under the immediate past administration.

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Lawmaker For 180 Days

Ekiti Assembly, Gboyega AribisoganThe former chairman of Ekiti State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been suspended by the House for 180 legislative days.

The lawmaker was accused by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of anti-party activities.

It was alleged that Mr Aribisogan has been meeting with opposition party members in the state.

The member representing Ikole Constituency 1 was on Wednesday removed from his position as Chairman of the House Committee on Information and replaced with the member representing Oye Constituency 1, Samuel Omotoso.

Speaker of the House, Rt Hon, Kola Oluwawole, affirmed the suspension of Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan.

He has been warned not to come close to the state assembly complex within the period of his suspension

However, the embattled lawmaker denied the allegation against him. He said that he would seek redress on the matter.

Court Refuses Order Of Stay Of Proceedings In Ekiti Assembly

fayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application asking that the status quo be maintained in a suit seeking to set aside the notice of impeachment served on Governor Ayodele Fayose and his deputy for alleged misconduct.

At the resumed hearing of a suit filed by the PDP lawmakers, lawyer to the APC-led factional speaker, Mr Terrence Vembe, told the court that even though he was ready to challenge the motion, the court should take judicial notice that the said application was served on a public holiday and as such, he was still within time to argue his case.

The court agreed with the counsel to the plaintiff that such an application could not be made orally.

The court also refused an order by the counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ahmed Raji, asking that all parties in the suit maintain status quo pending a decision on the application.

It advised parties in the case to approach the court, should any of them feel aggrieved by an action prejudicial to the case.

The court adjourned to April 29 for all defendants in the suit to show cause why the orders sought by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to stop the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose should not be granted.

Nineteen Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly had served impeachment notice on Governor Fayose and his deputy for alleged gross misconduct and interference in the running of the state assembly.

Fayose Impeachment Allegation Is A Strategy To Divert Attention – Adedipe

Fayose ImpeachmentEkiti State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Churchill Adedipe, has again denied allegations of bribery levelled against the All Progressives Congress lawmakers by the People’s Democratic Party.

The APC lawmakers had been accused of making plans to impeach the newly sworn-in Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, having been purportedly paid huge sums of money by the APC leadership; a claim made by PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, during an interview with Channels Television.

Mr Adedipe, who spoke via the telephone on Politics Today on Channels Television, expressed disappointment in his colleague and PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, whom he said “lacked basic understanding” of how the impeachment process works, despite having been in the House of Assembly for about three years.

He said that although they (APC lawmakers) indeed visited Lagos for a meeting of their party, they did not collect any monies from the APC leadership and they never made plans of impeachment against Governor Fayose.

He noted that there was no law restricting them from holding meetings with their leaders, asking those who wished to know the goings on in the APC to join the party rather than peddle speculations against the APC lawmakers.

Adedipe said that the Fayose impeachment allegation was a ploy to divert attention from possible issues that might be more serious, asking the Ekiti people to look deeper into the camp of the people promoting the allegation, as the talk of impeachment just two weeks into Governor Fayose’s inauguration was suspicious.

He asked the Governor to also “look inwardly into that particular camp because they may have a target. They may want to act out a script which may not be known to Ekiti people presently.”

He further alleged that the PDP lawmakers making the allegations became suspicious because of a similar act of monies exchanging hands which led to the recent defection of some APC lawmakers in the state into the PDP.

He noted, however, that the lawmakers who left the APC would have no impact on their strength in the state as they still maintained their majority status in the House of Assembly.

He referred to their departure as “good riddance to bad rubbish.”