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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the 20 years unbroken democracy in Nigeria as positive.
He told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that although the nation has not attained the best of heights, it has recorded a significant improvement.
“I think the balance sheet of democratisation in Nigeria is more positive than negative,” the Ekiti State Governor said.
He added, “Life is not just about positives; its also about negatives and the balance sheet is what makes the difference.”
The NGF chairman said his roles and journey from the military days through the emergence of sustainable democracy put him in a better position to appreciate the value of democracy.
He explained that it is a process, stressing that some developed countries in the world have yet to achieve a perfect democracy.
According to Dr Fayemi, there is no way reversal and challenges will not be encountered by the good news that democracy has continued to improve in in the country.
He urged Nigerians to support the government at all levels in order to leverage and sustain the progress made since 1999 when the nation returned to democratic rule.
“Is it perfect? No, it’s not perfect; but have we made an improvement,” the governor said.
He added, “We have made significant improvement and we can all see those improvements around us, but we can also see challenges around us and that’s what life is about.
“I have a deeper appreciation of when I wasn’t able to come into my own country as a free citizen who is committed to a better Nigeria and now that I have become a player in the process, I’m not suggesting that 20 years of democracy has provided and succeeded in making Nigeria an Eldorado.
“Even in the countries that have matured democracy over centuries, they haven’t succeeded in doing that.”
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the election of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
The court held that the appeal was unmeritorious and it has to be noted that the two courts below are concurrent in their findings and it is only where the appellant has established in laws and facts a breach of the law, that this court can decide otherwise.
It, therefore, affirmed the judgment of both the tribunal and the Appeal Court.
In a seperate ruling, the court also nullified the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Adamu Galunje held that the Appeal Court in Sokoto was right when it agreed with the respondents that the party did not conduct primaries in the state.
According to him, a party that has no candidate cannot be said to have won an election, hence the votes cast for the APC in the election were wasted votes.
Consequently, following a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared that the party with the highest number of votes cast at the election outside the appellants is the winner of the election.