We Have Defrayed N31bn Inherited Debt – Fayemi

 

The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

The governor while making the state of the state address at the state House of Assembly as part of activities marking the first year in office assures civil servants that salary arrears owed them by the last administration will be paid.

“Our focus now is how to gradually offset the remaining backlogs of salaries, pensions, subvention arrears and contractual debts. To the civil servants, I want to restate again that your arrears are not bad debts.” Fayemi stated.

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The governor insists that critics have been proved wrong with the administration’s job creation drive as against the rumours that he was coming back to sack workers.

The Ekiti state helmsman highlights milestones recorded in his first year in office in the areas of agricultural development, international partnerships and industrial growth which will see the state dairy farm produce nine thousand litres of milk daily.

“Our moribund Ikun dairy farm is coming back to life with plans to produce nine thousand litres of milk daily over the next two years. Over the next one year we expect that there will be at least two major cassava processing plants and two major rice mills assembled in Ekiti ” Fayemi announced.

Fayemi Frees 17 Prisoners As Two On Death Row Get Life Sentence

A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has released 17 prisoners serving jail terms for various offences in the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti, Olawale Fapohunda, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

Fapohunda explained that the governor gave the order after accepting the recommendation of the Ekiti State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to grant clemency to the inmates.

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The beneficiaries, according to him, are serving various prison sentences in the Nigerian Correctional Services facilities in Ado Ekiti, the state capital and Kirikiri Maximum, Lagos State.

Of those released, Governor Fayemi granted state pardon to one person, released 16 from prison while the death sentence of two other persons was converted to life imprisonment.

According to the Attorney-General, the Ekiti State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy considered 50 applications for clemency at its third sitting.

He said the applications of these beneficiaries were granted because they have individually demonstrated the potential to turn their lives around.

“On behalf of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, I congratulate all the beneficiaries,” Fapohunda added.

He affirmed that those granted freedom have been released from the correctional facilities.

The commissioner was also optimistic that the beneficiaries would make the best use of the second chance by being law-abiding and good citizens.

A breakdown of the names of the beneficiaries is highlighted below:

State Pardon

Abologbonrin Ojo

Release From Prison

Olowo Ajayi

Ojo Sunday

Sunday Fanimara

Olusuyi Dare Olaifa

Williams Sunday

Sylvanus Oferufega

Lucky Suberu

Babatunde Ogunjobi

Tope Ajayi

Lawrence Idowu Bamidele

Ogunboyo Richard

Ayodele Ayinde

Adebayo Ojo

Akeem Adebayo

Abirifon Julius

Abirifon Olabode

Commutal Of Death Sentence To Life Imprisonment

Tunde Abe

Adeniyi Owolabi

Fayemi Stuns Teachers, Announces Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage From October

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, addressing teachers at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 5, 2019.

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has announced the commencement of the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in the state from October.

He made the announcement on Saturday at an event to commemorate the World Teachers’ Day in Ado, the state capital.

“The government has concluded plans to ensure we commence the payment of minimum wage of N30,000 with effect from this month (October),” the governor said.

The governor’s declaration took the teachers by surprise, a development that sparked loud celebration at the Ekiti State Stadium (Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti).

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He premised the announcement on the need for an improved living standard for workers which would by extension motivate them to drive critical sectors with utmost zeal.

Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, presented cheques of N500,000 each to the best teachers in the primary and secondary school categories, among other prizes and promises to the teachers.

The beneficiaries are Mr Henry Asubiojo of Amoye Grammar School; Mr Tajudeen Olaoye of Anglican Primary School, Esun Ekiti and Mrs Mojisola Ehinafe of Technical School, Ado Ekiti.

Police Officer Killed, Unspecified Sum Of Money Carted Away As Robbers Invade Bank In Ekiti

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Armed robbers have invaded a bank (Wema) in Ise Ekiti, killing a police officer and carting away unspecified amount of money.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti state, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the incident said the gang broke the bank security door with dynamite to gain access.

He said men of the force are on the robbers’ trail and called on residents of the state not to entertain fear.

Ekiti South: Tribunal Sacks Senate’s Spokesman Adeyeye, Declares Olujimi Winner

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Senator Abiodun Olujimi                                                                                           Senator Dayo Adeyeye

 

 

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti has nullified the election of the Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, the three-man Tribunal led by Justice Daniel Adeck nullified the victory of Senator Adeyeye as the winner of the Ekiti South senatorial district election which held on February 23, 2019.

It nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, as the winner of the poll.

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The Tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.

Senator Adeyeye, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the Senate spokesperson, Rafiu Balogun, faulted the judgement.

Balogun, however, said they would challenge the judgement of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

Government Begins Sealing Illegal Health Facilities In Ekiti State

 

Ekiti state government has sealed up illegal hospitals across the state in its drive to check quackery in the medical field.

The government said it is worried at the existence of medical outfits run by quacks in the state and set out on a shutdown operation of the illegal facilities.

At the facilities sealed in Ado the state capital and Ilawe Ekiti by officials of the state ministry of health the doctors in charge took flight apparently on a tip off and the attendants met at the facilities have no clear explanation on the status of the facilities and personnel.

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The chairman of the Ekiti state Medical Anti Quackery Committee Dr. Adesoye Olusanya lamented the danger posed by unqualified personnel.

He said tabs will be kept on quack medical personnel in the state in the interest of public health.

“These people are not qualified, somebody who didn’t go to an appropriate medical school calling himself a doctor. The most surprising thing, by the time we got there, they’ve all run away. A qualified doctor will not run away in that circumstance.” Dr. Olusanya pointed out.

The team proceeded to brief the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti state, Asuquo Amba after the operation and the force underlined the need for them to push for prosecution if the mission will be meaningful.

“You must be willing to prosecute suspects. You can’t just hand them over to the police and go to bed. If you go to bed I’ll release them but if you make a case they’ll be charged to court.” Amba noted.

How Ekiti Clergyman Allegedly Planned His Own Kidnap

 

The story of a clergyman in Ekiti State who allegedly planned his own kidnap, to compel members of his congregation to pay a ransom of N3 million, took residents and all who read the headlines by surprise.

While the man has since been arrested along with an accomplice, the situation leaves many puzzled about the motive behind his action.

Below is a video in which both the police and the clergyman speak about the ordeal.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Fayemi Seeks Peaceful Living To Tackle Violence, Banditry

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Muslim faithful in the state and in the country in general on the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan period.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the governor congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the fast.

He noted that witnessing another Eid-el-Fitr was a special privilege from Allah and not by power or might.

Governor Fayemi said the 30-day spiritual exercise had drawn the faithful closer to Allah and, therefore, urged them to put all the lessons learned during the holy month into good use, especially in their daily dealings with fellow citizens.

He stressed that the current situation in the country and in the world at large has made it imperative for Muslims and adherents of other religions to live in love, peace, and harmony with one another so that they can collectively confront and arrest the menace of violence and banditry.

The Governor said prayers by the faithful were needed more than ever for Gods intervention in the affairs of the country.

He was also confident in the ability of God to prosper and keep the country in answer to the sincere prayers of the faithful.

Fayemi, who commended Muslims in the state for their unflinching support for his administration through prayers, counsel and active participation in governance, also appreciated them for their contributions to the religious harmony being enjoyed in the state.

He urged adherents of all religions in the state to join the government in promoting peace and orderliness, and in restoring the core values of honesty, honour, hard work for which the state was renowned.

“On behalf of the government and Ekitikete, I congratulate the Muslim Ummah on the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, and pray that God Almighty will accept our prayers and grant all our heart desires, even as he preserves our lives to witness many more celebrations,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode.

Supreme Court To Give Judgment In Ekiti Suits, May 24

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The Supreme Court has fixed May 24 to deliver judgment in the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.

Appellant in the appeal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had urged the Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the Ekiti State governorship election petition tribunal and that of the court of appeal, which both held that it failed to establish rigging and malpractices in the election that produced Governor Kayode Fayemi.

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The PDP insisted that contrary to the decision of the tribunal and the Court of Appeal, all documents front loaded at the tribunal were demonstrated as allowed by law and not dumped on the tribunal as erroneously held by the two lower court.

PDP Slams Fayemi, Says Ekiti Workers’ Sack Is Wickedness

PDP Slams Fayemi, Says Ekiti Workers' Sack Is Wickedness

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the sack of ‘over 2,000 workers’ by the Kayode Fayemi led administration as an “act of wickedness against humanity”.

In a statement on Thursday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has proven to be an error in Ekiti.

It described Ekiti as a state where civil service job has remained the mainstay of a majority of homes and families.

It alleged that the sack of the workers was not only an ‘anti-people policy’ but an ‘attrition politics of an irresponsible government’.

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According to the PDP, the Fayemi led government has come to actualise the character of its party as being demonstrated by the sack of the workers.

It further accused the government of destroying the life of a generation who had hoped that by their employment, their lives and communities would benefit some level of progress.

The opposition party claimed that the APC has come to the state to play politics with human lives, not minding the result of its actions.

The statement read, “We want people to ask the government whether those they sacked didn’t purchase their application forms and got interviewed before their employment, or what other processes they didn’t pass through except the one the APC government in the state deliberately denied them.

“It’s on record that in the first regime of this same Governor Kayode Fayemi, plans were hatched to sack teachers and some workers which were vehemently resisted before he was booted out by vote in 2014.

“The sack of workers now is just the beginning of the actualisation of his first term agenda, hence all Ekiti people should understand that the Armageddon government has arrived.”

Fayemi Nullifies Employments Made By Fayose Since July 2018

Fayemi Nullifies Employments Made By Fayose Since July 2018

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has nullified all employments made by the administration of former Governor Ayodele Fayose from July 2018.

The commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, announced this at a press conference held on Wednesday in Ado, the Ekiti State capital.

According to him, the state government condemned the ‘last minute’ employments made by the past administration.

Olumilua that the employments lacked due process and were hurriedly done after Fayemi won the governorship election in the state last year.

“All appointments made after the governorship election of July 2018, an exercise found to have violated due process, are hereby cancelled and declared null and void,” he said.

The government also placed conditions on other employments dated before the election, saying they would be subject to review and availability of vacancy.

“All 272 officers employed by the former Governor Fayose led administration who are still on manual payroll shall be considered for absorption into the civil service, but on a case-by-case basis and absorption will be conditional subject to availability of vacancies,” the commissioner revealed.

He added that those employed during Fayemi’s first tenure, whose appointments were terminated by the Fayose administration, would also be subjected to same conditional consideration.

Olumilua explained that this was in line with an earlier warning by Governor Fayemi before his swearing-in that appointments made after the governorship election would be discarded.

Fayemi Calls For More Love, Sacrifice As Christians Celebrate Easter

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, has called on Nigerians to show more love as Christians celebrate Easter.

The governor while felicitating with the people of the state, urged them to be tolerant and co-exist peacefully.

“Let us show more love and let us sacrifice,” a statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, quoted the governor as saying.

He urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles, and noted that imbibing good values are necessary for development.

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According to him, the Easter period offers Christians and the entire people of Ekiti State another opportunity for sober reflection, while celebrating with one another, the joy of the season.

He also advised the people to celebrate with moderation, noting that the period is not for eating and drinking alone but to reflect on the past and hope for a better future for themselves and the state.

“The greatest legacy of Jesus Christ is love, peace and sacrifice and the best way we can carry on that legacy is to play our part by living in love, peace and harmony with one another.”

“Our society requires more expression of love and peaceful lifestyle in order to improve the quality of life of the people,” he stated.

He also asked the people to contribute to the development of the state, while wishing them a happy celebration.