Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace Agreement

Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace AgreementThe Ekiti state government has signed a peace agreement with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on the anti-grazing law.

The State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose said there is no going back on the law as he insisted that government’s responsibility is to ensure the safety of the lives and property of Ekiti citizens.

The south-west chairman of the association, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed promised that the herdsmen will do everything to ensure peace prevails in the state.

The operations of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, established to enforce the Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act was suspended on Tuesday after issues were raised by the herders’ association, claiming that some of the animals were killed by the officials.

Governor Ayodele Fayose said they would stay suspended for few days to enable the state address issues raised.

“They have demanded that I should allow them three days for them to move some of these cattle to permanent areas where they will be grazing. So, I have suspended the activities of the marshals for the next five days,” he saidd.

Governor Fayose expressed happiness that the leaders of the of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association, decided to contact the state government instead of listening to rumours being peddled around by the opposition.

He, however, debunked the claims that cattle were killed by the marshals.

“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation,” he said.

The Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act prohibits herders from indiscriminate movement within the State with their animals at specified time.

Ekiti Development: Fayose Reiterates Resolve To Partner Donor Agencies

Ayo FayoseEkiti State Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose, has reiterated his resolve to collaborate with development partners in the task of achieving economic transformation that will uplift the standard of living of the people resident in the state.

Speaking at the 2014 United Nations Development Partnership forum organized in affiliation with the Ekiti Government in Ikogosi Ekiti, Dr Fayose said that his administration’s objectives are focused on the replacement of poverty and want with plenty and prosperity.

The Governor, who was represented by his wife, Feisetan Fayose, at the forum tagged “Building on Our Collective Experience of Development Partnership in Ekiti State”, explained that he intends to achieve the development objectives through his six cardinal programmes
which he listed to include empowerment of the people to enable them pursue and realize their respective aspirations in their individual areas of core ability or competence with little or no inhibition.

According to him, other areas of core focus are development of Agriculture to ensure food security for domestic consumption and also for export; development of infrastructures through provision of good roads, public buildings, airport and extension of railway to the state; restoration of the glory of the state in education, science and technology; provision of free health care services for children, pregnant women and the physically challenged as well as guaranteed security of lives and property.

He stressed that the growth of a state should be seen as a joint effort, adding that the development partners are important stakeholders in achieving sustainable development in the state

Dr. Fayose stated that the ugly trend of the inability of the state to pay government counterpart contribution for some projects executed in the state would soon be redressed, he gave an assurance that funds would be duly budgeted for in the 2015 appropriation.

The Development Partners, including representatives of the World Bank, the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the European Union/Federal Ministry of Water Resources, African Development Bank (ADB), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese Embassy were unanimous in stressing the importance of prompt payment of counterpart funds towards ensuring success of the programmes.

The Country Director of the World Bank who was represented by Dr. Tunji Adekola, however noted that the focus was more on the result rather than the amount voted for particular projects, stressing that the interest is more on the impact of the projects than efforts.