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.

Amotekun: Fayemi Appoints Ekiti Corps Commander, Others

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gives a speech at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 5, 2019.

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi on Ekiti State has announced the appointment of Brig. General Joe Komolafe (retired) as the Commander of the newly established Amotekun corps.

Fayemi also approved the appointment of Hon Justice Cornelius Akintayo (rtd) as Chairman, Independent Amotekun Complaints Board and the constitution of the State Security Network Agency Governing Board.

This was confirmed in a statement on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode.

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According to the governor, the board is to be chaired by Mr Akin Aregbesola.

Other members of the board include Dr B.J Akin-Obasola, Mr Joel Idowu Ajayi and Major Fatai Fakorede (retired).

Governor Fayemi added that the appointments take immediate effect.

The bill for the establishment of the state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps was signed into law by Governor Fayemi after scaling through the hurdles of legislative processes.

Fayemi, Deputy, Ekiti Political Appointees To Slash Salaries By 50%

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

 

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has directed that salaries of all political appointees in the state be slashed by 50 per cent with immediate effect.

The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in the state, Muyiwa Olumilua, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that the pay cut would affect the governor himself, the deputy governor, the commissioners, and all political appointees down the line.

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“Salaries of civil servants will not be affected by this directive and shall maintain the status quo.

“This sacrifice is for the welfare of the Ekiti people, which should take pre-eminence over and above all other considerations,” the commissioner said.

He revealed that the savings from the pay cut would be channelled into the execution, and completion of developmental projects in the state, as previously planned.

Olumilua said the governor took the decision as a result of the ravaging effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to him, the global economy has been severely affected, with the depression affecting Nigeria as a nation and Ekiti among other states.

The commissioner added that as a responsive and responsible government, the Fayemi-led administration has taken stock of its financial situation.

He stressed that the constant decreasing receipts from the Federation Account, as well as the state’s dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has forced the government to wake up to the current realities of its fiscal position.

“With promises made to the Ekiti people while seeking their mandate, coupled with the moral duty of improving their welfare, a time for making difficult decisions is at hand, and make them we must,” Olumilua said.

He, therefore, thanked the affected political office holders for their patriotism, patience, and cooperation.

Ekiti Govt Unveils COVID-19 Response Website

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

As Nigeria battles to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the Ekiti State Government has adopted digital approach by unveiling an interactive website.

The State Governor Kayode Fayemi during the unveiling on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the website will provide constant information on COVID-19 and supply residents with useful tips on fighting the virus.

He added that the website will also allow users to report suspected COVID-19 cases and access to information on test centres in the state.

“Our COVID-19 Hub has gone live on www.covid19.ekitistate.gov.ng The site provides access to relevant information on the management of COVID-19 in Ekiti State, Nigeria and the globe. We are grateful to WestBlue Consulting for their support,” the governor made the announcement via his official Twitter handle on Thursday.

Fayemi affirmed the confidentiality of users on the platform and added that it will assist residents to take a self-assessment test to determine their risk of the infection.

“We are stepping up our fight against this deadly virus by using a technologically intelligent and interactive ecosystem.

“The Ekiti State COVID-19 response hub will be useful to our contact tracing team in their efforts to map the itinerary of positive cases to curtail incidences of community spread.

“Confidentiality is guaranteed as the information is provided through a secured platform with maximum data protection regulations applied.

“On the hub, donations can be made directly to Ekiti State Resource Mobilisation accounts through a secured payment platform. Material donations can also be pledged on the system,” Fayemi said.

The governor added that the device will serve as a tool to map out and manage the state’s medical facilities effectively and reach a vulnerable population to provide effective interventions and palliatives.

He urged the people of the state to utilise the hub to keep themselves abreast of information and useful tips on fighting the virus.

Nigerian Governors Agree On Two-Week Inter-State Lockdown

 

The 36 state governors in Nigeria have recommended a two-week national inter-state lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

This decision was taken during a meeting of the governors on Wednesday, a day after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed 117 new coronavirus cases in the country with total infections rising to 782.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said the inter-state lockdown would help halt the continued rise in the number of cases as well as the spread of the pandemic.

According to him, the governors also resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level to be headed by health commissioners.

The news comes a day after Governor Fayemi said the governors were very concerned about the spread of the disease and warned that the country was in for a long ride in the battle against the pandemic.

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Fayemi had on Tuesday spoken about the efforts of state governors in curbing the spread of COVID-19, during a skype interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“We are very concerned. If you look at the number of times we met over the last one month. We’ve had five meetings which focused almost exclusively on COVID-19 and its spread and the concomitant economic effects on the Nigerian citizens,” Governor Fayemi had said when asked about the situation.

He, however, said the governors were trying to use all their capacity to fight the pandemic.

To complement the actions of the government, he called on Nigerians to play their part and follow directives and protocols.

“I don’t think we have reached the peak yet. So, Nigerians need to take this very seriously. This is not entertainment,” he warned.

Ekiti Extends COVID-19 Lockdown, Orders Citizens To Wear Facemasks

 

 

The Ekiti State Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown and a curfew placed on movement in the state by two weeks.

Governor Kayode Fayemi gave the order according to a statement issued on Monday by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji.

The governor however noted that the renewed lockdown will only be relaxed on Thursdays to enable people restock their houses between the hours of six in the morning and two in the afternoon.

READ ALSO: Buhari Extends Lockdown In Lagos, FCT, Ogun By Two Weeks

While acknowledging similar efforts by the Federal government and neighbouring states in curbing the spread of COVID 19, Governor Fayemi said the extension is deliberately planned.

He also announced the compulsory wearing of facemasks in public places, promising to make the masks available for those on essential duties while improving on the current palliative efforts.

With the extension, existing restrictions remain in force alongside the dusk to dawn curfew till April 27 when the order will officially expire.

‘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.