Fayose Defends Anti-Grazing Law, Clampdown On Herdsmen

Herdsmen, Ayo Fayose, Hard copy, anti-grazing billThe Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has defended his decision to sign a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in the state.

The Governor, who was speaking on Channels TV programme, Hard Copy, has further inaugurated a task force to enforce the law, insisting that he has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the lives of his people,

He stated that the entire Ekiti people are behind the bill as citizens came out in thousands to show their support for the government on the day the bill was passed.

Governor Fayose described as shameful the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities, including the nation’s capital, Abuja.

He recalled that while growing up, herdsmen were known to carry ordinary sticks with which they directed their cattle, therefore “anything that will involve you being armed, you should check it as soon as possible”

“When people take advantage of harmless people, people that gave you space to do your business; you feed on their farmlands, their crops and you harass them daily because you have weapons.

“Where are they finding these AK47? Who is behind it?

“Let me tell you very expressly, Nigeria is a federation. Everybody as responsible leaders must take steps to curtail excesses of anybody that wants to take the lives of your people. I was elected Governor to protect lives and property.

“If you are hiding under cattle rearing to take lives of my people, to sleep with their daughters, to take their wives by force because they know you can come in the night and harass them, that will not work.”

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Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshalls

He said that the new anti-grazing law would require everyone who wants to practice the business in Ekiti state to register with government through the Ministry of Agriculture.

“We must give you space. You must tell us where you’re doing it.”

On the effectiveness of the new law in the state, Governor Fayose expressed joy that so far the law has been well adhered to and those who have flouted it have had their cattle impounded.

“You don’t rear cattle in my state after 6PM. I will have you arrested and take all the cows and we will turn some of them to stomach infrastructure immediately without delay.

“I will call the public, they will roast it. Those who do not have enough protein by themselves they cut the thigh, some take the arm and they enjoy.”

The Ekiti State Governor has also inaugurated the Ekiti Enforcement Marshals, who are vested with the responsibility of arresting cattle grazing within Ado Ekiti the state capital and other parts of the state are to ensure the restriction of cattle movement between 7am and 6pm.

With a charge to carry out their duties in the overall interest of Ekiti people, Fayose asked the enforcement marshals to prevent the re-occurrence of Fulani herdsmen attack in the state.

PDP’s Presidential Campaign Train Visits Ibadan

IbadanThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its presidential campaign to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Thousands of party members stormed Mapo area in the heart of the city to witness the rally.

Ibadan became the 4th city that the President’s campaign train would be visiting and the event venue lived up to its name, being an area renowned for political activities during the days of the strong man of Ibadan politics, Lamidi Adedibu.

The party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, arrived at about 1pm as the PDP once again wooed supporters from the south west zone ahead of the February 14 election.

He did not fail to recognise the fact that Oyo State has produced reputable leaders, both in the past and at present.

The President again gave assurances that the PDP would take care of the health of the citizens of the state, improve transportation by having a functional railway system and also improve the economy of the state.

President Goodluck Jonathan said that he was more committed to Nigerians than ever before, promising to involve even more women in governance.

President Jonathan also gave an assurance that he would tackle corruption with the use of advanced technology.

Although the opposition party, the APC has been in control of Oyo State, the party leaders who spoke at Mapo ground expressed confidence that taking over would not be a difficult task going by the successes achieved by the party at the federal level and its impact at the level of states.

The party leaders include the Director of the Campaign Organisation, Amodu Ali; PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide.

The campaign in Ibadan was one that would give the party a feeling of fulfillment as the leadership believes that having gotten massive support in the 2011 presidential election, the people of Oyo State would again give them the expected support in February.

Stomach Infrastructure, Danger To Democracy – Adegbuyi

Bisi_AdegbuyiA member of a political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, has decried the resurgence of stomach infrastructure – giving gifts to electorates to get their votes -, saying it is a danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, Mr Adegbuyi insisted that what Nigeria needed now was a change in the political leadership of the nation, which he believed would deepen the democracy and not leaders that would doll out foot materials to electorates for their votes.

“If for any reason, let us try another party which is good for democracy and will deepen our democracy.

“Corruption, impunity, asymmetric political landscape, are the major problems buffeting Nigeria today.

“The type of leaders needed in a country depends on the circumstances prevailing at any particular point in time. A leader should have something to show for it,” he said, explaining that the state of things in Nigeria requires that a change should be made.

Recently, there have been visits to past Nigerian leaders by political offices’ aspirants and Nigerians have raised issues concerning this visits, stressing that the leader visited only has one vote.

But Mr Adegbuyi believes that the past leaders have influence on the decisions of some electorates and could make them make good choice of leaders that they would get.

“People have the right to visit whoever they want to visit to get the person’s endorsement.

“If the intention of the visit is centred on helping rally support for the presidential candidate, the voters will decide.

“Visits to past leaders may assist the electorate make their choice when the time for voting comes,” Mr Adegbuyi.

He insisted that the endorsement of a political aspirant mattered a lot, but pointed out that there was the need for the electoral body to ensure that a manifestly free, fair and credible election would be conducted in 2015.

Ajimobi Provides Stomach Infrastructure

Stomach Infrastructure The sum of 300 million naira has been distributed as loans among 6,000 traders across the 33 Local Government Areas of Oyo State with no interest.

During the event at the Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba in Ibadan, the Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said that the initiative was part of his administration’s stomach infrastructure.

The scheme is to boost economic activities among traders in the state.

It is a partnership between the State Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade and Investment, Mr Isiaka Kolawole, said that the scheme is aimed at boosting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and better grant small businesses access to funds.

With a stronger capital base, the interest—free loans is expected to transform their businesses and bring about more economic growth in Oyo State.

Fayemi Says He Has Provided More Stomach Infrastructure In Ekiti

FayemiThe immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, says there is no governor in the history of the state that has done more stomach infrastructure than that of his administration.

This is coming as the newly sworn in governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, said that he would give attention to stomach infrastructure.

Dr Fayemi, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, believes that he has provided a lot of physical infrastructure to lift the people of the state out of the darkness of the past and he has no regrets on any of his actions during the four years he spent as governor.

He also revealed to Channels Television that there is a mystery behind the results of the June 21 governorship election, where he was defeated by Mr Fayose. He said that the mystery would soon be revealed.

The term ‘stomach infrastructure’ has become synonymous with the politics of Ekiti State, as the politicians keep making reference to it.

The term came into prominence during the build-up to the election when candidates devised several means, including the distribution of food items, to win the hearts of voters.

It is also believed that ‘stomach infrastructure’ refers to policies and projects with direct impact on the economic condition of the citizens.