‘Stay At Home,’ Fayemi Imposes Curfew In Ekiti Over Coronavirus

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

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state and directed all residents to stay at home.

As part of measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, the governor ordered the shutdown of borders around the state.

In a broadcast on Sunday at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, he explained that the decision would be effective for an initial period of 14 days, starting from Monday night.

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Governor Fayemi said the curfew would run from 7pm to 7am each day and warned that legal actions would be taken against violators.

He, however, noted that the shutdown order gave allowance to the transportation of food, drugs, and other essential commodities while those on duties deemed essential would be permitted to move freely.

Governor Fayemi also announced palliative measures, such as the prompt payment of salaries despite the shortage of funds in the state.

Others included the reopening of the Ekiti State Food Bank to mitigate the effects of the period on the vulnerable and setting up modalities to provide stipends for self-employed citizens.

The governor acknowledged that the times were hard but insisted on the need for responsive and responsible actions by leaders at a time like this.

According to him, the state is not solid enough in terms of finance and infrastructure, to toy with an avoidable large-scale dimension of the outbreak.

Read the full text of the governor’s broadcast below:

1. On Friday, March 20th, 2020, I addressed you on the global scourge of the novel coronavirus named COVID-19 and its presence in Ekiti State as well as on the immediate actions we were taking to prevent the virus and curtail its spread.

2. I am glad to report that as at this morning, Ekiti State has not recorded any additional case of confirmed coronavirus patient while our single patient is doing very well in our isolation center, still without showing any symptom. We are hopeful that his repeat test will come back negative so he can be discharged soon.

3. I also want to acknowledge the patriotic residents who have acted responsibly in the public interest by complying with the initial guidelines issued in my broadcast as part of our strategy to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Ekiti State.

However, it is very disappointing that some of us have either been lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiant in observing the simple but extremely effective preventive actions of handwashing with soap under running water, coughing into the inner elbow and maintaining social distancing to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities.

4. While I acknowledge our resilient nature, incurable optimism and spiritual activism as a people, it is critical that we balance these with pragmatic and urgent actions that can ensure the safety of lives for our families and communities.

Unlike any other infection, the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus is a type the world has never seen, so there is no verified cure or medication to manage the effects of an infection. The only proven means of defeating this lethal enemy of the human race is PREVENTION. And these preventive steps must be taken individually and collectively for it to be effective.

5. With the devastating impact this virus is having on more developed countries like the United States, United Kingdom, China, Italy, Spain and over 140 countries across the world, it is very clear to us that Nigeria, and especially Ekiti State, cannot afford a breakout of this virus on a large scale as we do not have the resources, human and financial, to cope with a surge in positive cases of the coronavirus infection.

6. If we do not take steps necessary to contain this virus, it has the potential to overwhelm our health infrastructure, cripple our economy and devastate Ekiti State in unimaginable proportions. As you are aware, the State is under significant financial constraints especially as a direct consequence of the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy and the price of crude oil that has gone down considerably. So, we cannot afford a public health crisis.

7. It is in the urgent public interest that we must ensure strict compliance with all directives given to prevent community spreading of the disease. Therefore, in our collective interest and to further ensure the safety of Ekiti-kete, having declared Coronavirus (COVID- 19) infectious disease in Ekiti State, I hereby, in pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) impose a curfew of movement in Ekiti State.

8. The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti State for an initial period of fourteen days. This is in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ekiti State.

9. Therefore, effective from 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, March 30, 2020, until 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, April 13, 2020, there shall be restriction of movement across the length and breadth of Ekiti State, with all our borders closed. That is a full and total shut down of Ekiti State, and 12-hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ekiti State from 7:00pm – 7:00 am. All Ekiti residents are hereby directed to STAY – AT – HOME.

10. We are implementing the Quarantine Act to keep all Ekiti residents safe. So let me be clear. If you do not go home or stay home for at least fourteen (14) days from Monday, 30 March, 2020, you could face serious fines or prison terms.

11. RESTRICTED MOVEMENT: During this period, movement between local governments is prohibited; movement between towns, villages and communities is also prohibited; every person shall be confined to the place where he or she ordinarily resides in Ekiti State.

12. EXCEPTIONAL MOVEMENTS: Those who are performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the Head of their Institutions. Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:

i. Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;

ii. Production, distribution, and marketing of food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages

iii. Environmental and sanitation activities

iv. Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce
and digital service providers;

v. Members of security agencies assigned on lawful duties;

vi. Staff of Banks and similar financial institutions;

vii. Staff of fuel stations.

13. MARKETS / BUSINESSES CLOSED: All businesses and other entities shall cease operations during this period except those involved in the provision of essential goods or services. Markets, retail shops and shopping malls must be closed, except where essential goods are sold and with strict hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19.

14. PROHIBITED GATHERINGS: Religious gatherings e.g. worship and prayer services, night vigils, house fellowships and NASFAT meetings; Social gatherings e.g. Funerals, weddings, family meetings and parties of any kind in night clubs, bars, beer joints; and Political gatherings, e.g. rallies, congresses, ward meetings. All of these are prohibited activities under these regulations.

15. EXCEPTIONAL GATHERING: Only gathering in respect of funeral will be allowed but the attendance shall be limited to 20 persons with no night vigil or party.

16. CLOSURE OF BOUNDARIES: All boundaries of Ekiti State are closed during this period, except for transportation of fuel, food and drugs and other essential goods.

All non-residents who arrive the State prior to, or after, the imposition of this restriction, and who remain in the State, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the State for the duration of the 14 days, as the case may be, and maybe subjected to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated if necessary.

17. PROHIBITION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT: All commuter transport services including bus services, taxi services, motorbikes (Okada) and tricycle services (Keke), is prohibited; except those for purposes of rendering essential services, obtaining essential goods, seeking medical attention, funeral services and to receive payment of social grants or food: Provided that such vehicle carries not more than 50% of the licensed capacity and all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and the limitation of exposure of persons to COVID-19, are adhered to.

18. PENALTIES: Any person who contravenes these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

19. Ekitikete, this administration is fully aware of the inconvenience these directives will have on our daily lives and livelihoods but it is the sacrifice we must all make to remain healthy and alive. To make this a little easier for us all, I hereby announce the following palliative measures especially for our high risk and vulnerable citizens.

a. March salaries have been paid last Thursday, 26th March so that civil and public servants can stock up on food and essential items necessary for the Stay-At-Home period. This was despite the fact that the FAAC disbursement for March was significantly lower than our salaries and many other states have found it difficult to pay March salaries.

We are however hopeful that subsequent months will not fail, though the implications of the global economy are not very encouraging as IMF formally announced that the world is now in recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.

b. I have directed that the Ekiti State Food Bank be reactivated immediately to provide food items to the poor and vulnerable families in our communities. The Task Force will announce the modalities as soon as the process is fully activated.

c. The State Government will consider providing a stipend to our self-employed citizens whose daily income will be interrupted at this time as subsidy for their loss of income. I have directed the Commissioners of Finance and Budget to advise on the amount the State can afford in view of our dire financial constraints.

d. We shall commence the disinfecting of major public places like markets, bus stops, motor parks, health facilities, and all likely places where the virus may be lurking across our State. Already, a massive cleanup and disinfection is ongoing in some locations in Ado Ekiti e.g. Atikankan, Irona and Oja Oba areas and I am aware some Local Government Chairmen are already taking initiatives to dredge and clear drains within their jurisdictions.

e. Massive advocacy and sensitisation are ongoing to advise you on the necessary preventive measures and how to identify and manage the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as what to do when you notice symptoms of fever, coughing, diarrhea or difficulty breathing. Please remember that anyone can carry the coronavirus even if they do not have any of these symptoms; that is why you must wash your hands regularly and abstain from bodily contact at this time.

f. To protect our senior citizens who have been proven to be most vulnerable to this deadly virus please do not visit your elderly parents or family at this time to prevent the risk of infecting them. If they live with you, please keep them separate as much as possible. Do not let them share common household items like plates, spoons, towels, soaps at this period. We must keep them safe and healthy as much as we can.

20. Ekitikete, it is necessary to let you know that though this virus is deadly, a positive result is not a death sentence. Anyone showing symptoms is most likely going to get better but maybe very sick for some time, depending on the capacity of his/her body to fight the infection.

Instead of stigmatizing anyone with symptoms, they should be cared for in accordance with medical advisory while the caregivers must ensure they protect themselves from being infected. Please call the Emergency Number 112 or 09062970434, 09062970435 and 09062970436 if anyone around you is showing symptoms, but first, isolate them from the rest of the family.

21. I have also directed the Ministry of Health to begin the process of establishing a second isolation center in Ado Ekiti. We currently have a 10-bed Isolation Center but we must begin to increase our capacity up to 100 beds with necessary medical equipment required to manage suffering patients. We have also ordered more PPE for our medical personnel to protect them from infection while caring for the sick.

22. This war against the coronavirus COVID-19 is a global one. Nigeria is just joining this global battle and we are doing everything possible nationally and at state levels to protect our citizens from this deadly virus. However, a time like this calls for better coordination among all stakeholders – Federal, State, development partners and private sector in order to stem the tide of this pandemic.

One area that States have been speaking with one voice is the importance of ramping up on testing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory is to test, test and test. We need the Federal Government to accelerate the establishment of more testing centres whilst at the same time allowing testing to be done by private laboratories and also give approval for the use of quick test-kits as a way of halting community spread of the virus.

23. Another key request of States is that the Federal Government enables a joined-up strategy for addressing the economic implications of the pandemic by providing stimulus for those likely to be affected by the loss of income and to States and Local Governments directly hit by the impact of the measures taken.

24. This is a very expensive battle, especially for us in Ekiti State, where we can barely meet our regular obligations. I have therefore been holding meetings with development partners, philanthropic bodies and federal agencies to assist us in preventing an outbreak in Ekiti State by providing access to some of the support available nationally. We have also set up an Ekiti State COVID-19 PANDEMIC SUPPORT ACCOUNT with UBA Current Account Number 1022752067 for donations towards our efforts in this regard.

25. I want to thank all our citizens and political leaders who are providing hand sanitizers and information leaflets to their constituents as a way to sensitize and educate them on this virus.

We encourage everyone to do all they can to ensure awareness, compliance, and prevention in every farmstead and community in Ekiti State. While the state government will continue to do all we can, every family, community, kingdom and local government must also take responsibility for their area of jurisdiction. All hands must be on deck to defeat coronavirus in Ekiti State. It must be our collective responsibility.

26. Ekiti-kete, this indeed is a trying period, not only for our State or Nation but for the whole world. I, therefore, plead for your understanding and tolerance as we jointly fight and defeat this monster, COVID-19.

27. As a government, to save the lives of Ekiti-kete is our topmost priority. Hence, it is my plea to you to continue staying wherever you are now within Ekiti State.
28. The coming days are definitely going to be unusual and somewhat unpleasant, but if this is what it takes to ensure our collective safety, I urge you all to cooperate with the government and make the sacrifice.

29. The measures we are taking now have been taken by more advanced and technically prepared government, all in the quest to curtail the spread of coronavirus and protect the life of the citizenry.

30. Coronavirus is not a respecter of persons, many highly placed persons have been infected all over the world, including in Nigeria. If you or anyone has been in contact with anyone who just arrived from abroad in the past 7 days, please call the emergency numbers immediately.

31. You will recall that I also went into self-isolation after I submitted myself to be tested for coronavirus. I thank you most sincerely for your concern and prayers, while I waited for my result which eventually came out negative.

32. I must confess that the period of waiting for the result of my test was a difficult moment for me. As a responsible leader, my thought was not about my result, but about the people around me and those I have made contact with. The palpable fear of someone being infected through me was more tormenting than my own personal wellbeing.

33. On this note, I implore you to let us take responsibility for our lives and the lives of those around us. All the helplines already given out are active and will respond in case of an emergency.

34. The Taskforce will continue to update you on the efforts we are taking to curtail the spread of this virus as earlier announced. Please avoid spreading rumors or unauthorized medical tips. There is no known cure for COVID-19 globally yet so please do not endanger your life by taking any concoction that will harm you out of fear.

35. Ekitikete, this is not the time to be fearful or panic-stricken. COVID-19 is not a death sentence. We are not helpless against it if we are resolved to prevent it. Keep all the preventive measures, stay at home and maintain social distancing. Government is determined to ensure we stop its spread. You also must be determined to do your part.

36. Once again, I plead for your usual support and understanding and pray that at the end of it all, we will have cause to rejoice and congratulate ourselves for taking necessary precautions.

37. Alale Ekiti a ja ko a o!

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON
Governor

Governor Fayemi Tests Negative For Coronavirus

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

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has tested negative for Coronavirus. 

The governor had revealed on Wednesday that he had gone into self-isolation following his meetings with two persons who have tested positive.

Fayemi who was optimistic that he will come out “all clear” in the end, stated that he has also taken a test for the disease.

In a tweet on Friday, the Ekiti State Governor revealed that his test result has returned and it showed that he tested negative for the disease.

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The Ekiti governor thanked all who were concerned about his health within the period.

Buhari’s $30bn Loan Request: Final Decision Rests On Executive, Legislative Arms – NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) says the final decision about granting President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow $30billion rests on the executive and legislative arm.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi said the NGF does not come into the picture in the matter.

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According to Fayemi, the loan request lies solely between the Federal Government and the National Assembly.

“The borrowing plan is a Federal Government borrowing plan, not the Federation borrowing plan. The Federal Government’s borrowing plan to the National Assembly is really a matter between the Federal Government and the National Assembly.

“It is not something that we want to put ourselves in-between,” Fayemi said.

Speaking concerning the issue of the implementation of the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustments in the states, the governors insist that the organised labour have no reason to give states that are yet to conclude the adjustment negotiations with their workers, December 30 notice for strike.

He added that every member of the forum is determined to continue negotiations based on the economic realities of each state.

The NGF also restated commitment to showcase the country’s business opportunities at the UK-Africa investment summit in 2020 as members hope to woo UK investors to invest in agriculture, manufacturing and the financial services sector.

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.

Nigeria’s First Female Science Graduate, Deborah Jibowu Dies At 95

A file photo of late Lady Deborah Jibowu.

 

 

Nigeria’s first female science graduate, Lady Deborah Jibowu, is dead.

She was aged 95 years.

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode.

According to him, Lady Jibowu was reputed for being the first Nigerian female science graduate, having graduated from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1947.

She was also a recipient of Member of the British Empire (MBE) honour in 1962 and Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 1965.

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Late Jibowu was also a member of the Local Government Service Commission, Western Region (1959-1971), Commissioner at the National Population Commission (NPC) (1981-1983), and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Calabar (1993-1997).

In the statement, Governor Fayemi commiserated with members of her immediate family and the Fasanmade family of Ido-Ile Ekiti on the passing of their matriarch.

He described Lady Jibowu as an illustrious daughter of the Land of Honour and a patriot who served her fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.

 

A Huge Loss

The governor said the late nonagenarian as a frontline educationist, seasoned administrator and impactful community leader lived a life of service to God and humanity.

He noted that as National Commissioner, Girls’ Guide (1960-1980) and later Chief Commissioner ((1991-1997), the deceased invested her time and resources in moulding the lives of many young females across the country.

This, according to Fayemi, is in addition to coordinating many professional and civil society groups, including the Red Cross Society, National Council of Women Secretaries, National Youth Council and Education for All NGO Network, among others.

He said, “Despite her royal and privileged background, mama Jibowu invested her time, energy and resources on many laudable initiatives that impacted positively on the people, especially the girl child.

“For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. Mama Jibowu was an exemplar. She made a great impact in almost every aspect of life after setting the record as the first Nigerian female University graduate in the sciences in 1947. She remained a source of pride and inspiration to generations after her.”

“Though we shall miss her wise counsel and positive disposition, we are comforted by the fact this great nationalist lived a good life and left behind a legacy of honour.

“She remains our pride in Ekiti. Our prayer is that God will grant her eternal rest and comfort the family,” the governor added.

Meanwhile, the state government has opened a condolence register for the deceased at the Jibowu Hall of the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Minimum Wage: We Want Workers To Boost Productivity, Not Down Tool, Says Fayemi

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, speaks on the issue of minimum wage during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on October 20, 2019.

 

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, says Nigerian governors do not want workers to down tool on the issue of minimum wage.

Fayemi who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said the N30,000 minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari should rather be an incentive that will boost the productivity of Nigerian workers.

He noted that it was on the basis of this that the NGF collectively agreed to increase the salaries of workers in their domain.

“We don’t want workers to down tools, we want productivity to increase and that is why we said we are ready to pay N30,000.

“We are even ready to pay a level of consequential adjustment but that has to be determined on a state by state basis,” he said.

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Although the governor agreed that not all fingers are equal, indicating that not all states are financially buoyant, he however, wants a situation whereby the labour leaders will strike an understanding with the respective state governors.

This to him is because when the governors are being put under undue pressure, it may rather affect the plight of the workers rather than assisting them in view of the current economic realities.

“But clearly fingers are not equal at the state level, there will be challenges and I hope labour and state governments will both display a level of understanding that will assist the workers,” he stated.

Explaining further, he said: “The challenge that we have at the level of governors is on the consequential adjustment which has now been agreed by labour and the Federal Government.

“And for us, we will be meeting. I don’t want to give you a view until my colleagues and I have met to review how we are going to look at the template that has come out of the negotiations at the federal level and see how that can be applied.”

When asked when his administration intends implementing the minimum wage payment, the governor replied saying: “We are starting this month in Ekiti State.”

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.

Bailout Fund: Nigerian Governors Ready To Repay Loans, Says Fayemi

NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) says its members are ready to commence payment of the N614 billion bailout funds which the Federal Government gave to some states during 2015 to 2017 financial crisis.

Chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi in a meeting in Abuja explained that although the governors are ready to pay, this will happen only after accounts reconciliation with the Federal Government.

According to him, the reconciliation process is ongoing and states that are owing are eager to make repayments once the process is over.

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“It’s a storm in a teacup when we read about governors refusing to pay. We don’t have such an issue. We are ready to pay.

“If you borrow, you pay. Governors have never been averse to payment of loans that we took under legal environment and we don’t want a situation that will put our financial system in jeopardy.

“Just as we are ready to pay, we also have a duty to ensure recompilation of accounts as far as money owed to states may be concerned,” he said.

The forum also pledged to give further support to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in order to stabilise electricity supply.

Fayemi Bans Use Of English At Traditional Events

 

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has banned the use of the English Language as a means of communication during any traditional event in the state.

The governor gave the directive on Monday in Ado-Ekiti during the First Ekiti State Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ Forum.

He said it has now become an offence for anyone to communicate in the English Language during traditional events anywhere in the state.

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Fayemi, who was represented at the event by the Head of Service Mr Deji Ajayi insisted that culture must be promoted and preserved, and speaking in Yoruba language and Ekiti dialects at traditional fora will be a necessary step in that direction.

“From today, henceforth, the government has banned the speaking of English in any cultural programme. Whoever that will participate in any traditional programme must speak Yoruba or our dialect.

In the primary school teachers’ recruitment exercise we advertised recently, we wanted to employ 1,100 teachers and over 19,000 had applied on our website. This shows that the government must develop the skills and capacities of our youths to be able to be on their own.

“We are going to organise Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture in December this year to enhance our capacities in crafts, dancing, weaving and other vocational areas of arts.

“We should not forget to teach our children those values that will make Ekiti to remember their heritage and sustain our culture as a people.”

Fayemi said that the government would build a new traditional rulers’ Secretariat for monarchs in the state to make them more active and functional.

Dangote, Fayemi Initiate Dialogue Between Emir Sanusi And Ganduje

 

Business mogul, Aliko Dangote and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi have initiated a dialogue between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in a bid to ensure a healthy relationship between both institutions.

The meeting which took place in Abuja on Friday had all the key figures exchange pleasantries, shortly after completion of the Month of Ramadhan Fast and the Sallah festive period.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Abba Anwar, both leaders urged the Muslim community to imbibe the good teachings and spirit of the Fasting period.

The dialogue, at the instance of Dangote and Fayemi, also addressed the indictment on the Emir by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission on allegations of corruption to the sum of over 4 billion Naira.

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The commission had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Emir to submit a satisfactory explanation regarding the allegation against him.

The statement also clarified that the meeting was not at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari as speculated.

The dialogue was initiated by the Kano-born business mogul Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigerias Governors Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Not by President Muhammadu Buhari as earlier speculated by some section of the media.

For a healthier relationship between the two institutions of government and Kano Emirate, the dialogue continues.

Emir Sanusi seized the opportunity to congratulate governor Ganduje for the victory in his second term in office; wishing the governor a successful tenure in office.

However, Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji told Channels TV that as far as he is concerned, the commission has no business with any dialogue.

“We do not care about any dialogue between the state government and the Emir, we are an independent body and we are doing our job professionally, what we are waiting for now is a response from the state government on our earlier recommendations of suspending the Emir, to pave way for investigation.

We heard that the state government has demanded an explanation from the emir; therefore, we are not part of any dialogue and our investigation is still ongoing.”

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.