Governors Will Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Television – Fayemi

Governor Fayemi meets with Buhari at the State House in Abuja on January 8.

 

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has announced that governors will take the COVID-19 vaccine on live television to demonstrate to their residents that the vaccine works.

Governor Fayemi made this known on Friday to State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari where security, the economy and vaccine management were discussed.

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He also noted that the president has agreed to convey to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the need to use influencers such as religious leaders, entertainers, and athletes to engender the confidence of citizens at the state and local level.

This, according to the governor will help to address the cultural and religious concerns around taking the vaccine.

Fayemi Announces Fresh Measures To Tackle Second Wave Of COVID-19

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi (File Photo)

 

As the world begins to experience a second wave of COVID-19, the Ekiti State Government has announced renewed restrictions to curb its spread.

Governor Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday announced that all schools are to remain closed till January 18 while worship centres are to revert to a single service per week with no vigils allowed.

He also directed all civil servants from levels 12 and below to stay at home until January 18, while all forms or social gatherings such as partying have been suspended indefinitely.

“Churches and mosques are to enforce all the existing protocols and should return to only one service on Friday, Saturday or Sunday as the case may be. Other weekly activities and congregational gatherings should be put on hold till further notice,” the governor said.

He added “protocols regarding wedding and burial ceremonies remain in force. There should be no crowd in the church auditorium and burial services must be graveside only.”

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According to him, results of recent COVID-19 tests carried out in the state call for concern.

“As at two days ago, we had done a total of 7,890 tests with 405 confirmed cases since the outbreak. We have about 30 active cases currently under treatment in our isolation center.

“One frightening fact about these figures however is that we have recorded about 15 cases out of about 170 tests conducted in the last one week. This is near 10% of cases as against the less than 5% that we used to have at the beginning of the pandemic, earlier in the year”.

Presidency 2023: I Am Not An Advocate Of Zoning, Says Fayemi

 

Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said that he is not an advocate of zoning.

Fayemi’s comment comes on the heels of various calls to have a President of Southeastern extraction.

Many from the region have over the years felt marginalized and believe that 2023 is the year for a balance to be achieved in the Nigerian political sphere.

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Reacting to this, Fayemi who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said he understands why those who feel marginalized are clamoring for a Southeast Presidency come 2023.

The governor said he also understands that “in a country that is multicultural, multireligious and multiethnic, one of the equilibrating mechanisms is to ensure that those in leadership represent the mosaic that the country is”.

He, however, stressed that he strongly is of the view that excellent Nigerians come from all parts of Nigeria, adding that there is no place where qualified and purpose-driven leaders cannot be found.

Fayemi who was in charge of the APC primaries in 2014, said there is no reason why candidates from all parts of Nigeria will not partake in the primaries when the stage is set in 2023.

 

Nothing Like Security Vote In Ekiti – Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi (File Photo)

 

The Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi has denied the existence of anything called security vote in the state.

Fayemi made this known on Monday, during a forum in the state capital, Ado Ekiti, as part of efforts aimed at bridging communication gaps and regularly engaging the youth in the state.

When asked how much he earns as salary monthly and the size of the much controversial security vote, the governor said: “I do not have security votes in Ekiti State. There’s is nothing so-called in Ekiti State. No one Naira, no two Naira for any security vote”.

“What most people refer to as security vote, the government does have contingency funds, such funds are used to address emergencies that may come up at any point in time. That is what we use sometimes in buying vehicles for police,” he explained.

The Governor went further to disclose his salary to the inquisitive youths.

“My salary is N501,000 monthly, go and check it out. My Commissioners earn probably N366,000.”

The Ekiti State helmsman also seized to opportunity to assure youths that other issues raised will be accorded attention.

Members of the Youth in Commercial Agriculture and Development in Ekiti State (YCAD) and other related groups present, asked the governor to intervene in issues of accessing some approved benefits and support meant for farmers, lamenting that some agents of government have created bottlenecks.

They also demanded compensation for youth farmers who had their farmlands destroyed over a year ago by some herders.

In response, the governor promised to take immediate action on some of the issues.

He also noted that the employment issue raised by some of them has a national dimension which must be handled holistically. However, he said the state will look beyond government employment and explore other areas to create jobs.

Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

File Photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has named retired Justice Cornelius Akintayo and retired Police Commissioner, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, as members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe into the allegations of human rights violations leveled against police officers in the state.

This decision was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebide.

Other members of the panel are: Mrs. Yetunde Kolawole, State Counsel- Representing the Honourable Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice,

Mrs. Kikelomo Owolabi, Chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikere-Ekiti Branch and Mr. Rotimi Ojomoyela, Chair, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ekiti State Branch.

Others include: Mr. Jamiu Abiodun Adigun, Representative, National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Adeyinka Opaleke, Representative, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria , Ms. Caroline Fakinlede, Ekiti State Youths Representative, Mr. Abiola Johnson-Ogunleye- Ekiti State Students Representative and Mr. Akin Rotimi, Researcher, Police Reforms

According to Governor Fayemi, the terms of reference of the Judicial Panel include; to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings; receive and Investigate complaints of violence against individuals and destruction of properties in every part of Ekiti State in the course of the protest.

“It will also evaluate the evidence presented and other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate”.

Fayemi said the duration of the assignment of the panel will be six months, with the Chairman expected to provide monthly briefings to the Honourable Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice to further enhance the speedy consideration of all complaints.

” In order to enable the panel to respond appropriately to the urgent needs of victims of rights violations, the Governor has established a Victims Compensation Fund to enable the speedy payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.

The communique also revealed that the governor has further directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately ensure that its Department of Citizens Rights in addition to receiving walk-in complaints by victims of Human Rights violation is able to receive and to process and resolve complaints by telephone or social media channels.

#EndSARS: Nigerian Governors Appeal To Demonstrators To Call Off Protests

A file photo of members of the NGF at a meeting in Abuja in January 2020.

 

The Nigeria Governor’ Forum (NGF) has asked the #EndSARS protesters to end the demonstrations across the country.

NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, made the appeal after an emergency meeting which held on Sunday.

Fayemi said the call is necessary as criminal elements may capitalise on the protests by maiming innocent citizens and destroying properties.

According to him, the governours resolved to “appeal for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country; particularly as criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties.”

On the recent attack on Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, the forum condemned the unfortunate incident.

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Fayemi also asked the protesters to “engage with the government appropriately at both the national and state level to ensure that the protests are not taken over by hoodlums who are instigating a breakdown in law and order in many parts of the country.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 20TH TELECONFERENCE EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD ON SUNDAY, 18TH OCTOBER 2020

We, members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), at an Emergency meeting held today, Sunday, 18th October 2020, deliberated extensively on the nationwide protests, riots and demonstrations.

Governors thereafter Resolved to:

  1. Condemn the attack on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State by armed persons while he was addressing anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo; protesters are encouraged to engage with the government appropriately at both the national and State level to ensure that the protests are not taken over by hoodlums who are instigating a breakdown in law and order in many parts of the country.
  2. Activate a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the disbanded SARS Unit. Each State is also expected to kickstart a compensation mechanism for all victims.
  3. Endorse the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognizance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country;
  4. Act on all the Demands made by the EndSARS protesters raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal;
  5. Finally, appeal for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country; particularly as criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties.

Governor Kayode Fayemi

Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum

14th October 2020

World Bank Approves $20m Post-COVID-19 Grant For Ekiti

File Photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The World Bank has approved a grant of $20million for Ekiti State to fund projects aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 across various communities.

Governor Kayode Fayemi disclosed this on Tuesday at a Community Development Forum in Ado Ekiti.

“I am happy to inform our people that the World Bank has approved a new project called the Nigeria CARES as a post-COVID-19 intervention grant for Ekiti State.

“The grant is in excess of $20m as a stimulus fund to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our various communities,” he said.

Fayemi said the fund will be released under the Nigeria CARES initiative, which will be used to fund rural projects and alleviate poverty at the grassroots.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Development Partnership, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, on Monday, the governor asked residents of the state to properly maintain all World Bank Projects across communities.

 

SEE STATEMENT HERE:

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITIES PROJECTS MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY HELD AT ADETILOYE HALL ON MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, 2020, ADO EKITI

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It gives me great pleasure to join the Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency (EKCSDA) and communities, Local Governments, MDA’s and traditional rulers at this Stakeholder’s Workshop on Maintenance and Sustainability of Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP). A global problem like poverty requires a global solution that developed and developing countries respectively have both moral and strategic responsibilities to address. This is the reason why multilateral institutions like the World Bank are taking necessary steps to come up with mechanisms to address the menace of poverty, particularly in developing countries.

One such development mechanism is the Community and Social Development Projects, CSDP, which is a poverty reduction initiative of the World Bank established in 2009 to accelerate development at the community level in 30 states of the federation. Considering that the community represents the baseline of our society and evidence of poverty is more prevalent at that base level, it, therefore, presupposes that any effective intervention towards tackling the menace must have the community as its focus. This fact underscores the strategic importance of the CSDP.

The development objective of CSDP for Nigeria is to sustainably increase access of poor people to social and natural resources as well as infrastructure services at the community level. In other words, the development objectives of CSDP is supporting the: (i) Empowerment of communities to develop, implement and monitor micro-social infrastructure projects including natural resource management interventions, and (ii) Strengthening of the skills and capacity of LGAs and sectoral public agencies to support communities and build a sustainable partnership that can deliver on the objectives.

The project has since been very active in each of the 30 participating states including the FCT, with a strong emphasis on community participation, commitment, and focuses on results.

Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency, EKCSDA, as the Focal Agency for the project in Ekiti have strictly complied with the guidelines of CSDP by insisting on the Community-Driven Development approach of the project. In other words, the project allows the benefiting communities to choose, implement and sustain their projects, while also contributing 10 percent as counterpart funds to encourage ownership of the project so as to ensure the maintenance and make sustainability of the project feasible.

In addition, the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach of the project provides control of the development process, resources, and decision-making authority directly to the community. The underlying assumption of CDD projects is that communities are the best judges of how their lives and livelihoods can be improved and, if provided with adequate resources and information, they can organize themselves to provide pin-point solutions to their problems and needs.

While the project has continued to record tremendous successes, the outcomes and impact stories from the benefiting communities and other stakeholders have been impressive and encouraging to the government. What is therefore needed at this point, particularly as the project closes out at the end of September 2020, is to sustain the feat that has already been recorded on the project over the last decade.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is important to say that CSDP is one of the veritable tools to reach the poorest of the poor which is the principal objective of our development agenda in the state. That’s why the agency will continue to enjoy the support of the government by creating an enabling environment for it to do more for our people at the community level. I am proud to add that my administration has contributed the largest chunk (N375 million) of the Four Hundred and Seventy-Five million Naira (N475,000,000) released to the agency by the state government in counterpart funding over the last ten years, and we are determined to do more.

As of date, the Agency has funded about 255 Community Development Plans, CDPs, and 19 Group Development Plans, GDPs, translating to over 630 micro-projects across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. It is also interesting to state that Ekiti State ranked overall third performing State on the projects nationally.

This commitment demonstrates our participatory approach to governance and it allows funds to be directly disbursed to the people for self-help projects of their choice in various communities across the state. What the government does is to offer guidance and strict monitoring of projects in relation to the funds disbursed. This has no doubt led to greater outcomes based on various studies carried out by independent consultants on the projects, and which has been attested to by the community and our development partner, the World Bank.

For example, in the educational sector, there was a 34.0% and 78% increase in schools’ enrollment at the primary school level both for male and female students respectively. At the secondary school level, male enrollment also increased by 135.8% while females increased by 157.4%. A similar outstanding feat was also recorded in the water and health sectors respectively. In other words, increased access to healthcare services and the provision of potable water have tremendously impacted the lives of our people positively in rural communities.

I would therefore like to thank the World Bank for all its development activities in Ekiti State particularly as it relates to CSDP and the Urban water project which is almost at the final stage of completion. We are particularly happy that CSDP has consistently scored greater marks in our development score sheet. I am also happy to learn that benefiting communities have contributed over Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000.000) in counterpart funds in order to ensure maintenance and community ownership of the various micro-projects.

Even as the project closes out, I am happy to inform this distinguished audience that the World Bank has approved a new project called the Nigeria CARES as a post-COVID-19 intervention grant for Ekiti State. The grant is in excess of $20 million as a stimulus fund to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic in our various communities.

Let me, therefore, impress it upon the various communities represented here today to put all the CSDP micro-projects in their respective communities to very good use. As a control measure, I will be setting up an independent committee to monitor these projects in compliance with our maintenance and sustainability strategy. Communities that are seen to comply with our sustainability culture will be accorded priority as primary beneficiaries of the upcoming project.  I will like to encourage our Kabiyesi to please take note of this.

On this note, I will like to thank you all for your time and hereby declare the workshop opened.

 

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

Fayemi Tests Negative For COVID-19

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

 

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has tested negative for COVID-19.

The Governor, who went on isolation eleven days ago after testing positive for the virus, expressed gratitude for the prayers and good wishes received from well-wishers while the period lasted.

Governor Fayemi, in a tweet on Saturday, reminded Nigerians of the need to sustain efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ekiti State has recorded 132 cases of the novel coronavirus with two deaths, as of Friday evening.

Ebonyi Governor Recovers

On Friday, the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, confirmed he had recovered from COVID-19.

He disclosed that his daughter and three of his close aides, who had earlier tested positive, also tested negative for the virus.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Abuja on February 24, 2020.

 

The governor thanked God for his recovery and the people of the state for their prayers and support.

His recovery came four weeks after the confirmation of his infection.

Cases continue to rise

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise within the country.

On Friday, Nigeria recorded 462 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total infections to 43,151, according to the NCDC.

A breakdown of COVID-19 cases across the country, as of July 31, 2020. Designer: Benjamin Oluwatoyin/Channels TV
A breakdown of COVID-19 cases across the country, as of July 31, 2020. Designer: Benjamin Oluwatoyin/Channels TV

 

Unlike most previous cases, the FCT topped states with new infections after reporting 93 fresh cases, followed next by Lagos with 78 cases.

Other states with new cases include Plateau – 64, Kaduna – 54, Oyo – 47, Ondo – 32, Adamawa – 23, Bauchi – 19, Rivers, Ogun and Delta each reporting 9 cases, Edo – 7, Kano and Enugu each reporting 6 cases, Nasarawa – 5 and Osun – 1.

Ajimobi: We Lost A Star, Says Fayemi

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has mourned the death of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who passed on Thursday, aged 70.

Dr. Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described Ajimobi’s death as a personal loss to him, and a huge loss to the people of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.

“We have lost a star’ said Fayemi who added that Ajimobi’s death was a painful one not only to the family but to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on which platform the deceased had a remarkable tenure as Governor of Oyo State.

Fayemi described Senator Ajimobi as an accomplished professional, a respected politician, and astute administrator, who reached the pinnacle of his professional and political careers by dint of hard work, courage, and brilliance.

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Fayemi said Ajimobi’s memories would continue to live with him as a friend and brother as well as a dutiful family man and political leader who was ever there for his family, associates, and the people he led.

Describing Ajimobi as a “man of history,” Fayemi said the deceased etched his name in the annals of Oyo politics by being the first governor to be re-elected to office in the Pacesetter State.

He described Ajimobi’s two-term tenure as a golden era which recorded execution of people-oriented policies and landmark projects.

The Governor noted that Ajimobi excelled in the private sector and reached the pinnacle of his career as Managing Director of a prominent oil company before venturing into politics, where he equally made some remarkable achievements.

Fayemi said: “We have lost a star. A man of honour and a statesman. But we are consoled that Governor Ajimobi lived a good life, made his mark in his chosen fields, lifted many, and left a good name and legacies of honour and industry. We shall surely miss him.

“On behalf of my wife, Bisi, the government and people of Ekiti State, we commiserate with his immediate family, the government and people of Oyo State and pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant the deceased eternal rest.”

Fayemi Faults Infectious Disease Bill, Says Proposal Makes NCDC More Powerful

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has faulted the Control of the Infectious Disease Bill before the House of Representatives.

Speaking on Wednesday during the opening session of the public hearing on the proposed bill by the House, Governor Fayemi said the proposal will give too many powers to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The governor explained that a governor who is also the Chief Executive Officer of a state should be able to use his powers to declare a place to be an infectious area and to make regulations without seeking permission from the NCDC.

According to him, a situation whereby state governors do not have any power to make regulations in their states in the event of any outbreak of an infectious disease is inimical to the nation’s federalism.

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“A situation where state governors do not have any power to make regulations in their states in the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease or to declare any part of the state an infectious area is not only inimical to the nation’s federalism but also a recipe for disaster which cannot be managed by NCDC.

“This bill appears to vest overbearing discretionary powers on NCDC Director-General. So for us, we believe that there are a lot of provisions in the bill that must be reviewed.

“Provisions along the lines of Section 8 of the Quarantine Act should be inserted in the bill to allow state governors and Local Government Chairmen the powers to declare a place to be an infectious area and to make regulations,” he said.

Governor Fayemi’s remarks come two days after the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, said there is no going back on the Health Emergency Bill in the National Assembly.

Utazi, who is also the Sponsor of the National Health Emergency Bill, noted that the National Assembly is legislating on the bill in order to fill what he described as gaps in the health sector.

Fayemi Signs Bill On Children Sexual Violence

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has signed into law a bill making treatment and care compulsory for child victims of sexual abuse.

While signing the bill on Friday at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Fayemi lamented the rising cases of sexual abuse in the state and said there was a need for legal reviews to prioritize the interest and welfare of victims.

He also called for a more effective prosecution of sex offenders, stressing the need for a national consensus on rape he described as a monster.

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With the Sexual Violence Against Children (Compulsory Treatment and Care) Law 2020, a child victim will have rapid access to relevant medical facility for emergency care and infection treatment.

Other provisions include compulsory report of incident to relevant authorities by care givers, safekeeping of records of victims at medical facilities and order of restitution among others.

COVID-19: Ekiti Govt Reviews Curfew, Lists Days For Businesses To Open

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

 

 

Ekiti State government has released fresh guidelines spanning a month to regulate the movement and activities of people in its bid to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Following the easing of the lockdown announced last week by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, the government has further reduced the time of the dusk to dawn curfew in the state.

As reflected in the guideline, the curfew would be effective from 8pm to 6am daily to afford the people more time for movement, as against the 6pm to 6am curfew earlier in place.

Only three days – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – will be open for movement and businesses for the one-month period as stated in the document.

However, businesses will only operate for 10 hours on the days between 6am and 4pm, while major markets will remain closed indefinitely.

The government also directed that the boundaries of Ekiti should remain closed and the ban on physical school and church activities, as well as other large gatherings, remained in force.

Governor Fayemi announced public service resumption for officers on Grade Levels 13 and above within the three days designated for free movement.

He also approved that duly certified corpses could be moved in and out of the state but only within the free days.

The government, therefore, called on residents of the state to imbibe the culture of regular hand washing, use of face masks, and social distancing among other measures prescribed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ekiti.

Ekiti has recorded 12 cases of COVID-19 with nine active cases, two discharged and one dead.