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Politics / Hope For Nigeria by sojiboy(m): 7:40am On Sep 15
2023: Hope For Nigeria

It is difficult to debate Nigeria today without stirring up emotions. From North to South, the problems are so numerous and obvious to citizens regardless of our differences.

Major subjects of newspaper headlines are: killings, kidnappings, agitations for secession, economic hardship, unemployment and poverty.

These are not just bad news to hapless citizens. They are serious issues threatening  the existence of our dear country, while leadership appears to be overwhelmed by these challenges.

With these issues in mind, it is good to remind ourselves that all hope is not lost. Keeping hope alive is important in whatever we do. Hope they say never gives up. We might be disappointed but we should not give up on Nigeria.

Nigeria is ours and hoping that Nigeria will work again is not a bad idea. Nigeria is not doomed beyond salvation or ruined beyond repair. 2023 is fast approaching. Everyone abreast with issues and developments in the country know it is an election year. More importantly, a year we will all once again determine what becomes of Nigeria.

The last eight years have provided us more than enough to make informed decision on who becomes our next leader and no doubt that we will all agree that our next president should be:

Educated, disciplined and full of energy to physically drive and coordinate governance, have an exellent public service track record, be devoted to civil liberty and democracy, be a honest personality without attachment to region or religion.

The last eight years has shown the personalities of 36 governors across different states and political parties. We have listened, monitored and followed developments in their state and we know the one who possesses these qualities of a true leader.

For us at Hope For Nigeria, more than any other, one governor comes to mind talking about aforementioned qualities. He might not be talking like others because talk is cheap. But an average Nigeria will testify to his strong character, prudent leadership, devotion to democracy, vision for a better Nigeria and the selflessness of Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

With proven years of experience in public service, Dr Fayemi stands tall amongst his contemporaries in different spheres. His involvement in pro-democracy struggle against military regimes position him as one leader with vast understanding of Nigeria and how to run and manage  the diversities of our dear country.

When he was rigged out in his first attempt for a second term in office, we heard how he proved indeed that power is not worth clinging unto by wishing the winner of the election good luck.  He has shown same spirit through his magnanimity when he eventually won a second term. No witch-hunting. No attack on opposition. No distractions. Eyes on the ball - good governance.

When he recently said "leaders are elected to solve problems and not to complain", he reminded us of a leader who is prepared and armed with all it takes to manage Nigeria. No wonder he has not complained of the huge debt he inherited from his predecessor but has kept Ekiti State working regardless.

We saw all he did laying the foundation for diversification of Nigeria's economy from a oil-based economy to exploration of solid minerals in the short time he served as minister of solid minerals. His presidency will unleash Nigeria's solid minerals potential, opening up our economy  and creating more opportunities for young people.

His intervention and stance on national issues have been solution driven and devoid of sentiments and emotion. Be it his condemnation of police brutality, a menace that triggered historical #EndSARS protest or his stance on Fiscal federalism and how to overcome insecurity in Nigeria, Dr Fayemi has proven to be a wise and an emotionally intelligent leader with focus on solution always.

In deeds, words and his comportment in office both as Governor and a minister, Dr Fayemi has shown beyond reasonable doubt that he is not a power drunk leader but an approachable bridge builder. A leader who is not attached to region or religion, but preoccupied with getting the job done.

For us, Dr Fayemi is hope for Nigeria.

*Bukar Lawan writes from Yobe*

Politics / Re: Fayemi's Opositon Of The $418 Milion Bailout Consultation Fee Was To Stop A Scam by sojiboy(m): 11:09am On Sep 12
Good one from.my man, Fayemi
Politics / Tolu Ibitola Awards Scholarship To Miss Ilogbo, Olabisi Ogunleye by sojiboy(m): 6:40pm On Sep 05
Fayemi's Aide Hosts community, party men.
... Awards scholarship to Miss Ilogbo

The Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Hon Tolu Ibitola has awarded a scholarship to the winner of Miss Ilogbo pageant competition, Miss Olabisi Ogunleye.

Hon Ibitola gave the scholarship this weekend to the 200 level Business Administrator of the university of Ilorin, at the 2021 Ilogbo day celebration.

The Governor's aide who promised that the scholarship would cater for the remaining part of her tuition fee in higher institution, said the scholarship was to encourage youths in the community to develop their creativity and talents.

Responding to the award, Miss Ogunleye commended Hon Ibitola's gesture and promised to be more diligent and committed to her study to justify the confidence reposed her.

Commending, Mr. Ibitola kind gestures to Ilogbo community, Former APC Usi ward Chairman, Gabby Kayode said, he was not surprised at Ibitola' benevolence, selfless service and commitment to community growth and development.

The Governor's aide also play host to his community members, Ido-Osi APC ward councilors, women leaders, Student Associations and some cyclists from Ilogbo and neighboring town in his country home, Usi Ekiti.



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Politics / Fayemi Appoints 24-Year-Old Durodola Special Assistant On Digital Communications by sojiboy(m): 12:05pm On Aug 13
The Governor of Ekiti State and Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has appointed Tosin Durodola as his Special Assistant on Digital Communications.

Mr. Durodola, 24, hails from Igede-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA. Until his appointment, he was a Technical Assistant at the Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti.

Mr. Durodola obtained his M.A in African Studies (Diaspora and Transnational Studies) with the highest Distinction from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His thesis which emerged as the overall best at the faculty level was recently nominated for the 2021 Africa Thesis Award. He graduated from Bowen University, Iwo in 2016, with Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and International Studies. He has a Certification from the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC), Leiden University, Netherlands. He is an alumnus of Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti.

Confirming his appointment, Tosin Durodola posted on his Facebook page, “I am privileged to have recently been appointed Special Assistant (Digital Communications) to the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Glory be to God! This is a rare opportunity to continue working on and managing the Digital communications, solutions and services for the Government and Governor of Ekiti State as part of my contributions to making a difference in governance and public service. At 24, this work is exactly what I have been prepared to perform and hope to do more in line with higher standards of discretion, loyalty, and excellence enshrined in public service rules.

“I am grateful to H.E. Governor Kayode Fayemi and H.E Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi for the trust and confidence reposed in me, as well as the Communications and Strategy Advisory Committee (CSACS). Special thanks to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communications and Strategy, Mr. Akin Rotimi for the recommendation. To my parents, thank you for the solid foundation and the bold decision to allow me venture into partisan politics at the age of 20. I am forever grateful.”

Durodola has a substantial record of research and policy development, and community outreach on broad range of governance, migration, conflict, and displacement-related issues.

He is a Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) and was a Research Intern at the Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai. Some of his research work have been featured at prestigious institutions such as Oxford University’s Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), while a few of his papers are under review for publication at reputable journals such as the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) International Migration Journal, Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Journal of African Currents amongst others.

He previously served at the digital media unit of the John Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation prior to the 2018 Ekiti State gubernatorial election at the age of 20.

This appointment makes him the youngest political appointee in the state.


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Politics / Usi-ekiti Day: Fayemi's Aide Tolu Ibitola Bagged Award Of Excellence by sojiboy(m): 7:52am On Aug 10
Fayemi's Aide Tolu Ibitola Bagged award of Excellence

...promises to do more as Usi Day celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Deputy Chief of Staff to Ekiti State governor, Hon. Tolu Ibitola has been honoured with an award of Excellence in Ùsì-Ekiti

The award was Announced by the Olusi of Usi Ekiti, Oba Adedayo Akande during the 40th anniversary of the town at St. Andrews field, Usi-Ekiti.

Oba Akande during the ceremony, which was well attended by dignitaries from within and outside the state, said the award was in recognition of Hon Ibitola's numerous contributions to the development of the town.

He described Hon Ibitola as an illustrious son of the soil who through various developmental programmes inform of empowerment, incentives and other practical initiatives, has helped in improving the socio-economic of the land.

"Tolu is our pride in Usi-Ekiti. He has been of great support to this community. Apart from his commitment to the development, he has been showing great love for us.

Receiving the Award, Governor Fayemi's Deputy Chief of Staff appreciated the Monarch, his Chiefs and the entire community for the honour and recognition accorded to him.

He stated that the award would spur him to devote more energy and efforts to mobilize more developmental projects and supports for the sons and daughters of the land.

He said "I'm humbled by this award and recognition of my little contribution. For me, it is a call to do more and support our community since I have no other place to call my home."

The highlight of the three day events featured various activities including marathon race, quiz competition, cultural dance, beauty pageant and presentation of prizes to winners of the various contests while some youths who participated in a skill acquisition programme organised in the town got cash support to establish their businesses.


Politics / Ekiti APC: Could PDP Be Behind The Targeted Security Breaches In Ekiti State? by sojiboy(m): 4:06pm On Aug 09

We read with dismay the recent tirade by the Ekiti State chapter of the People's Democratic Party, (Ekiti PDP), containing defamatory allegations aimed at causing disaffection for the person of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and the office of the Governor of Ekiti State, based on the challenge of insecurity we are currently dealing with in Ekiti and the country at large.

We must start by affirming that the Fayemi-administration, elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of lives and property in Ekiti state. The Governor is at the forefront of working with stakeholders at the federal, regional, state, and community levels, to make our state safe. At the federal level, Mr. Governor works very closely with the federal security agencies, and ensures officers and men posted to Ekiti state are supported operationally and logistically in the discharge of their duties. As the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), he is a well respected voice in national discourse on security sector governance and continues to advocate on many important issues.

At the regional level, he was central to the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network (codenamed Operation Amotekun) and continues in the bid to improve their operational effectiveness. He is vital to regional efforts aimed at enhancing collaboration amongst our neighbouring states to improve the security situation in the region.

At the state level, through the Ekiti State Security Council, Governor Fayemi and other stakeholders have carried out several wholistic and integrated interventions at the strategic and tactical levels to address insecurity.

At the community level, the Government of Ekiti State, has consistently engaged with community stakeholders on measures to improve intelligence gathering, early warning mechanisms, and structures for rapid response to security breaches. This is a very crucial aspect of building a resilient security architecture that requires the input of all and sundry. It requires bi-partisan cooperation, mutual trust, and for the setting aside of all differences to have a strong and unified response. As patriots and honourable Ekiti people, it requires putting Ekiti first before politics – an idea that sadly appears to be far removed from the imagination of Ekiti PDP.

Governor Fayemi would continue to support the extensive joint patrol of the dark spots and bushes by the RRS, Amotekun and the regular police. He would continue to strengthen the Ekiti State Security Trust Fund, provide equipment and logistics for security outfits, involve the traditional institutions in the security of their domains, lobby the military authorities to set up military security bases in the state, fence public schools, amongst other classified efforts.

It is true that we are currently facing huge security challenges in the country, which are the culmination of several factors far more complicated than the simplistic way Ekiti PDP has chosen to look at things. Some of the conditions that birthed these challenges originated and were nurtured during the years of misrule by the PDP at the state and national levels. We would however not join issues with the Ekiti PDP on this since they have demonstrated a lack of cognitive capacity to comprehend state affairs.

We would rather concentrate on doubling up our efforts to address the problems. We would concentrate on working with well meaning people to ensure our homes, our roads, our farms, our workplaces, our educational institutions, our places of worship, and every other space in Ekiti is safe and secure.

We expect that in keeping with democratic principles, Ekiti PDP would play their role as a responsible opposition and proffer constructive criticism and suggestions, and not fan embers of disaffection that would be inimical to our efforts in ensuring grassroots stakeholders have a greater role to play in our security architecture. With the vacuous diatribe by Ekiti PDP, they have dishonoured the memory of the dear departed lost to the spate of insecurity and caused further pain to those who have suffered in one form or the other.

The discerning should be curious about Ekiti PDP’s position on the matter. The hearts and minds that can be so desperate and insensitive to conjure such lies, are very capable of orchestrating criminal events to support their libelous narrative. We are glad that they have inadvertently offered an insight into the thinking in their camp and provided leads that the security agencies would investigate thoroughly, in line with the suspicion that many of the security incidences in the state have happened with the active connivance of criminal informants. Already, a suspect has been caught in relation to the recent security incident on the Ewu Ekiti and Aiyetoro Ekiti road, who is cooperating with the police. *Could Ekiti PDP be behind these targeted security breaches in Ekiti state?*

We empathise with the heavily splintered PDP who are smarting from the scandalous decimation of their ranks. Their members at the state and national levels are daily abandoning the sinking ship, and they have totally lost their bearing and appreciation of the role of a responsible opposition party. It is apparent that those who have left the PDP took along with them whatever decency, dignity, and sound judgement that the party might have had, leaving behind shockingly callous opportunists who can stoop so low to exploit the pains of fellow Ekiti indigenes to score cheap political points.

With or without the input of Ekiti PDP, by the grace of God and the support of all well meaning and honourable people of Ekiti, we will overcome.


Hon. Ade Ajayi
Public Relations Officer
Caretaker Committee, All Progressives Congress, Ekiti State Chapter



Politics / Re: Anambra Election: APGA Begs Bianca, Invokes Ojukwu’s Spirit by sojiboy(m): 4:35pm On Aug 01
In Mama Patience voice, "Ojukwu is dead but his manhood remains forever".

Invoke his manhood

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Politics / Fayemi: APC Youths Asked For 30%, We’ll Give Them 40% by sojiboy(m): 3:47pm On Jul 31
APC Youths asked for 30%, we’ll give them 40%- Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has promised to give the youths in APC active participatory roles in the core politics in his state. This he made known in his response to the request by members of the Strategic Lobby Committee in Ekiti yesterday.

The Strategic Lobby Group, empowered by The Chairman of the CECPC Governor Mai Mala Buni, has representatives drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country who have been meeting with leaders of the party to push for the inclusion of youths in key party positions.

A part of the Southwest team: Dayo Iyaniwura, Babajide Akeredolu, Titilope Gbadamosi, Tolu Ibitola, Kazeem Faleye and Egghead Odewale (a member of the National Lobby Group) pleaded with Governor Fayemi to engage more youths in leadership roles than he is currently doing.

Iyaniwura, who spoke on behalf of the team appreciated Governor Fayemi for being very intentional about youths in the state.

“We had no reason to doubt that Ekiti would be our easiest visit because in your cabinet you have ticked all the boxes.
We know you have been doing a lot for youths, but we are asking for more.

The youths should be given more opportunities to participate from the ward level up to the national level. We have a target we are pushing for: 1. 10% Young Ward Chairmen. 2. 10% Young LG Chairmen.
3. A Young Organizing Secretary for the State EXCO.
4. State Youth leader should be between the age of 18-35
5. 30% of Ward EXCo should be Youths. We are ready for leadership and we would not disappoint you “ he said.

The Governor, who flew in from Abuja to meet with the team, assured them of his support, saying that youths indeed must begin to occupy relevant positions not only in the party but also in governance.

“I agree with you that youths must be given opportunities. You have the energy and the numbers. We have seen a lot of youths who are intellectually sound and can contribute to nation building. We’ll look at your request and give the necessary support.

“In conjunction with the leadership of Ekiti State APC, headed by the Party Chairman, Barrister Paul Omotoso present with us in this meeting, we are promising you 40% Youth inclusion even though you asked for 30%.”

In her vote thanks, Titilope Gbadamosi implored the Ekiti State Government to give good representation to the women too, asking that the Deputy Ward Chairman should be a woman and the party should also explore the potentials of willing and able young women who are aspiring to the position of Women Leaders in the party.

The team proceeded to Ondo State where they were received by the Deputy Governor, H.E Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the State party chairman Engr Ade Adetiloye.

Expectedly, the Deputy Governor of the Sunshine State said the Youths in the state can testify to how much the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) gives to the youth.

“Before your coming here, we have always included our youth in key positions. We made it mandatory that 25% of all government and party positions is reserved for youths. We have taken decisive steps to include them and give them opportunities “


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Politics / Private Cemetery: Bury Your Head In Shame, Ekiti APC Tells PDP by sojiboy(m): 9:18pm On Jul 27

The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State Chapter has been drawn to the scurrilous diatribe from the troubled opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), in the state urging the Ekiti State Governor to "build more hospitals, not cemetery."

While it is tempting to ignore the deliberate mischief of the PDP, which is clearly the intent of the misinformation, it is important to respond for the sake of unsuspecting members of the public who may be taken in by the blatant falsehood.

In the first place, Ekiti State Government has not constructed any cemetery anywhere in the state since inception of this administration. The government is however always keen to encourage private investors in all sectors of the state economy and social development sectors.

It is noteworthy that the State has attracted such private sector investors like Promasidor Ltd, Dangote Farms, SWAgCo, JMK Farms, Ellah Farms, NNPC Ventures, Irinajo Tours and many others with independently verifiable private sector investments worth over $100 million in the state. It is equally remarkable, even if the PDP does not think so, that the State attracted its first private sector investment in funeral vaults and cemeteries when Citygate Parks and Gardens laid the foundation of their 260,000 capacity cemetery in the state. This is at no cost to the State and a positive contribution to the hygiene and health security of Ekiti people. If the PDP leadership in the state is ignorant of the provenance of the proposed cemetery, it should simply ask questions as citizens and the information would be provided at no cost, instead of exhibiting inexcusable ignorance.

Regarding hospitals and health services, PDP chieftains should be ashamed to bring this up in Ekiti State considering the decrepit state in which their last government left our hospitals. When the APC government came into office in October 2018, the flagship Teaching Hospital in the state was an eyesore. The roof of the maternity ward had caved in and rains had damaged everywhere. The brand new Accident and Emergency Ward built before we left in 2014 had become a shadow of itself. The facility could not meet basic accreditation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. Today, not only had the Teaching hospital witnessed a major facelift with newly asphalted roads and repainted buildings, but brand new buildings for the Dental and Ophthalmology Departments, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, a brand new testing centre with a permanent testing centre, a 20 bed intensive care unit and new diagnostic laboratories are currently in the works.

The same is being replicated in the secondary and primary health centres across the state. All our State Specialist and General Hospitals and at least 100 Primary Health Centres have undergone or currently undergoing renovations and reconstruction across the state. Not to mention equipment worth over N1. 5billion slated for distribution into the various health facilities in the state.
These are in addition to the regular recruitment of health personnel and the introduction of the State Health Insurance Scheme in 2020. These were all facilities abandoned by the PDP government when in office between 2014 and 2018 leading to the failure to accredit the Ekiti Medical School until help came when the Dr Kayode Fayemi government got into office in 2018 and successfully graduated the first set of medical students in the State.
While there is still a lot to do in our health sector and the state is not resting on its oars, PDP should hide their head in shame for destroying the quality of healthcare received by our people before we left office in 2014 when we reduced maternal and child mortality and provided free health care for the vulnerable segments of our population. PDP has no moral justification to lecture us on how to serve Ekiti people. They blew that chance when they were in office and couldn't sustain all the progress made by us. If they do not understand the value of encouraging our people to refrain from burying their dead at home especially in the face of a pandemic, how would they know how to even run a health system.

We encourage them to refrain from crass sensationalism and mischief in a bid to score cheap political points.

Hon Ade Ajayi
Publicity Secretary,
Caretaker Committee, APC Ekiti State Chapter.


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Religion / RCCG Covenant Youth Sanctuary Sells goods At Half Market Price (Jesus Market) by sojiboy(m): 10:46am On Jul 25
Jesus Market is an initiative birthed by the Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Covenant Youth Sanctuary, Ado-Ekiti, Pastor Aribasoye Lawrence Adetunji; whose mindset is that that imitates Christ, to do His will. He believes in being generosity- helping the needy and demonstrating the selfless nature of Christ via cooperate social responsibilities everywhere he goes.

Despite the inflation and high cost of living, the pastorate and some members bear the cost of purchasing goods which are later sold half the current market price. This is what Jesus market stands for; making products available at half the prevailing market price.

The massive turn out of the maiden edition held on the 18th of April 2021 inspired continuity hence; doing more for the people even in these trying times of economic meltdown is a mission that is visioned for accomplishments.

The pastor whose personality is characteristically ingrained in the art of giving wish to do more for Christ beyond the four walls of the church and sermons via support for humanity; by bearing in his own little capacity the brunt of incurring the increasing prices of Goods, most especially consumables; rice, beans, oil, noodles, onions, egg, etc.

Testimonies abound as beneficiaries of these benevolence express joy and appreciation to God, the church and their Pastorate. To them, this art goes a long way in ameliorating their financial burdens, while supports are welcomed from well meaning Nigerians for a better service to humanity.

To benefit, find the church; find the market.


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Politics / Ekiti IGR: EKIRS Embarks On Tax Compliance Enforcement by sojiboy(m): 10:49am On May 28

Ekiti State Internal Revenue has embarked on tax compliance enforcement which began on Monday ,24th May, 2021.

This was made known by the Executive Chairman, Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti . According to him ,the enforcement named “Operation End Tax Evasion “ was aimed at ensuring compliance with Tax laws and also to ascertain the adequacy and compliance with Tax payment .

Mr Ogunmilade said the enforcement was not meant to victimize business owners but to ensure that all establishments captured in the tax net comply and pay what is due to the government .

He appreciated those who have been paying their dues into government coffers but also used the opportunity to appeal to those who have made tax evasion an habit or underpay to have a change of attitude so the state continues to enjoy the various development projects being witnessed across the state .

Ogunmilade said the erring businesses and stores have all had “NON COMPLIANCE” stickers pasted on their property stressing that it was imperative that those who claimed to have paid, provide their evidence of payment and those who have underpaid should pay up adequately.


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Politics / Oba Solomon Ilesanmi Calls Governor Fayemi's Projects Legendary, Lauds Him by sojiboy(m): 2:58pm On May 12
Ekiti Monarch lauds Fayemi programmes, projects, says they are legendary

A prominent monarch in Ikole Local Government, the Owa of Odo Ayedun Oba Solomon Ilesanmi Ajibade has described the programmes and projects of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi as legendary and capable of transforming Ekiti to a prosperous State.

The monarch made the statement on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, when he received the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency, Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye and other Senior aides of Governor Fayemi in his palace, at Odo Ayedun, Ikole Ekiti.

The lawmaker who was accompanied to the palace by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Tolu Ibitola; Commissioner for Finance, H.C. Akintunde Oyebode; and Senior Special Assistant Logistics, Mr. Adetunji Aribasoye, who all hail from the Ekiti North Constituency, assured the gathering of more developmental projects.

The Finance Commissioner, Mr. Oyebode who is a prominent leader in Ikole Local government, highlighted various projects of Dr. Fayemi's administration ranging from construction and rehabilitation of roads in Ikole, renovation of public school buildings, soft loans to traders and rehabilitation of health centres infrastructures and provisions of medical facilities into comprehensive health centres in the State.

Oba Ajibade explained that the economic importance of the various projects embarked upon by the State government would in no measure improve the standard of living of the people in the State.

The Owa of Odo Ayedun, who was full of appreciation to the State Governor, commended Fayemi for the various projects and programmes to Ekiti people.

The king also thanked the governor for appointing notable sons and daughters of the town into key positions, which was also re-echoed by the Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders' forum in Ward 8, Magistrate Ajayi, who commended Governor Fayemi for appointing reasonable number of youths into his cabinet.

He appealed to the state government to sustain the prioritization of pensioners welfare, as well sustain the social security schemes for the elderlies.

The special assistant on logistics, Hon. Tunji Aribasoye who noticed that Ward 8 has no public address system promised to donate one.

The group enjoyed, long conversations, and dialogue with their constituents, as they exchanged gifts with one another in mutual gratitude.


Politics / Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by sojiboy(m): 7:37pm On Feb 08
Fayemi: Celebrating a soldier of peace at 56

By Yinka Oyebode

In one of his most recent interviews with a national daily, Governor Kayode Fayemi was asked to state for the record, who between former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo brought him into partisan politics. The intention of the reporter was two-fold: First, to further the debate on the topic, which had been generating interest on social media for about a month. Second, to get a fresh angle to the story, exclusively for his newspaper. The question was neatly wrapped as a follow up question and should naturally provide him the opportunity to go full blast- to give credit to one above the other.

But Governor Fayemi calmly threw the question back at the reporter: “What does it matter who brought me into partisan politics?” adding, “The point is that I am in partisan politics. I benefitted from the tutelage of both elders that you mentioned.” He stated further that he had the privilege of working with both leaders and other leaders at different times and levels on development projects, emphasising, however, that both have been quite supportive of his rise to political prominence. “And I owe them a lot for bringing me into the partisan political space,” he said.

That composed answer did a lot to calm down the reporter who realised that a screaming headline he had envisaged was no longer possible.

That is quintessential Kayode Fayemi, a man who holds a doctorate in War Studies but believes in the biblical injunction of doing everything possible to live peaceably with all men, as contained in the Book of Romans. A leader who believes that public office is not a popularity contest but an avenue to impact positively on the lives of the people. He believes that no development can be achieved in a rancorous environment. Thus, his actions and policies are targeted at ensuring development that is sustainable with emphasis on peace building as a vital ingredient.

Regarded as an emissary of peace, JKF, as he is fondly called, demonstrated his statesmanship and penchant for peace and social justice when he accepted the outcome of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State in 2014, where he lost his re-election bid in a controversial manner.

That was the very first time a sitting governor would readily concede an electoral defeat and bow out gloriously. It was a sacrifice he had to make to avert a major crisis that could have arisen as a result of the highly compromised electoral result. He was emphatic in his appeal for calm, stressing that his ambition was not worth the life of a single Ekiti person.

His reputation as a lover and promoter of peace has been on the rise since then, making him the number one choice for conflict resolution with outstanding results.

The need to make peace a precursor to development made him initiate policies that addressed some inequalities and lop-sidedness in the mining sector during his stint as Minister of Mines and Steel Development between 2015 and 2018. Key among these was the win-win approach he engineered to address the contentious issue of land ownership. Through the right mix of policy, advocacy and consultation with the people, the exclusive right of the Federal Government on minerals and mining was retained, but a creative way was found for the States to be able to benefit from the resources in their domain, while the host communities also get their deserved compensation.

As the Governor of Ekiti State, Fayemi’s annual town hall meetings across the 16 local governments to get the people’s contributions to the yearly budget has been hailed as a model that has enhanced peace, progress and prosperity within the state. This is even as the creation of new local Council Development Areas as well as granting of autonomy to some communities are seen as strategic peace initiatives aimed at fostering good neighbourliness. His ability to bring together adherents of different faiths and people of diverse ethnic groupings in the state has also earned Ekiti State the reputation as one of the most peaceful states to live and do business. Under his watch as Governor, the vulnerable in the state are protected through legislations such as the Child Right law, Gender Based Violence law among others.
Governor Fayemi has also extended this peaceful approach to knotty issues to other sister states, where he has deployed his peace building skills to stem hostility. The recent intervention in the Herders versus Ondo State Government issue, his intervention in the alleged demolition of a mosque which was becoming a major crisis in Rivers State in 2019, and several others only point at his avowed belief that it is always better to jaw- jaw than to war -war.

Regarded as a consummate intellectual in government, Fayemi’s strength lies in his ability to initiate and pursue peace processes to logical conclusion and finding creative ways to ensure every peaceful step taken is trailed by sustainable development. Among his first meetings as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), where he wears the toga of a trusted mediator, was with top officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to consider ways to strengthen transparency and accountability in the oil sector and address the dwindling trend in federation revenues.

As noted by NGF Director General, A.B Okauru, Governor Fayemi followed up this with meetings with the Joint Tax Board and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies to raise a common front to solve the revenue crisis in the country. With Fayemi at the helm of affairs at NGF, the forum became a “problem solving group”, what with several interventions that have helped to crack many knotty issues of socio-economic and political significance.

And like Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, said: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” For Fayemi, going where there seems to be no path is a familiar pastime. And leaving a trail- an impact, a legacy comes to him naturally.

He combines integrity, creativity and sincerity with passion for excellence and development. JKF stated this much in one of his books: “Reclaiming The Trust”. He admits that what he has brought into governance is the kind of trust that is based on and compels competence, openness, concern and reliability. “Trust is a public good; we cannot do great things collectively without trust. But trust has to be earned” he stresses.

As JKF turns 56 today, the question is no longer about what he is capable of doing as a leader and peace maker. For he has been able to demonstrate his capability as an imaginative, innovative and diplomatic leader. Rather, the question will be about what he would not do as a leader as many believe that his past has adequately prepared him for the present and the future.

Born on February 9, 1965, John Kayode Fayemi received his first degree in History and Politics from the University of Lagos in 1985, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in 1987 and a doctorate in War Studies from the King’s College, University of London, UK in 1993.

He was inaugurated as Governor of Ekiti State on October 16, 2010. He was named Minister of Mines and Steel Development in 2015. During his tenure as Minister, he also chaired the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). He resigned from his ministerial position in 2018 to contest the governorship of Ekiti State. He won and was inaugurated as governor for the second term on October 16, 2018. His colleagues unanimously elected him Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in May 2019.

Today, it is 56 hearty cheers to this reliable mediator, soldier of peace and a change agent as he takes the fifty-sixth step in the quest for a more peaceful and developed society.

• Oyebode is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekiti State.


Politics / Fayemi At 56: Roles He Played In Ekiti And National Politics by sojiboy(m): 11:22am On Feb 01
Fayemi at 56... Courageous Warrior who chooses his battles carefully
Little wonder Yoruba says, Moja Mosa la un mo akinkanju, Akinkanju to ba Moja, ti o Mosa, iru won lo un bo'Ogun lo (literally, a warrior chooses his battle wisely).

He fought for almost three years before retrieving the mandate freely given to him by Ekiti Kete and was sworn in as Governor on Oct 16, 2010. His days in office throughout the constitutionally approved 4years of stay in office didn't come without different challenges; but he selected his battles and conquered whichever he set out for. Most notable of the battles is his re-election in 2014, where he accepted electoral results and concede defeat to former Governor Ayodele Peter Fayose, despite having the knowledge of the electoral fraud perpetrated without recourse to war in the state.

He left Ekiti State only to be saddled with the management of the presidential primary election of the APC as Chairman and the shadow election which was free and fair produced Buhari as the party’s flag bearer. This didn't come without a fight - for him to compromise electoral results for the then moneybags in APC but his discipline and determination to be an unbiased umpire, carved a niche for him as the very first Nigerian who conducted presidential primaries without rancor within the party. Erelu's husband, Fayemi, came out triumphantly as he was celebrated across the globe for the exceptional record making and breaking. Despite the efforts of powers that be to exempt him from the 2015 Buhari presidential campaign committee, Buhari insisted on Fayemi's inclusion in the campaign team, which made JKF the head of the Strategic and Planning Team of the campaign committee.

Did I forget to tell you that Fayemi was favourably positioned to run as Buhari’s running mate, there was a campaign of calumny against Fayemi by a group led by a notorious Ado man, where he used his pseudo-journo skills to downplay the popularity of Ilufemiloye in Ekiti and Southwest as a whole, but after a very deep negotiation, Fayemi who knew when to and not to fight, gave in to even lesser opinion not because he wasn't eminently qualified but saw the battle to wrestle power from the then Pdp led Govt more important than anything agreed to let go.

After the NOW CALLED ABUJA BOYS, where denied the Vice Presidential ticket, Osinbajo was brought in. This didn't come as easy as thought, because the Abuja boys also fought many underground battles to deny THE CAPO Dei Capi of the same Ticket; but for the bigger war ahead against PDP, they conceded the ticket to him but not to his person. Still Fayemi was in the Strategic and Planning Committee of the election, which President Goodluck Jonathan will never forget anytime soon.

After Buhari's victory in the 2015 election, the battle of who becomes what started and either by choice or by force, Fayemi was the centre of the noise especially from the southwest and Ekiti in particular. Different political names sprang up to be appointed as Minister from the state when Fayemi a former Gov, Chairman Apc presidential primary election and Chairman strategic and planning committee was tactically downplayed by Judas and Spoilers of the State but Buhari being so sure of the stuff the war expert (JKF) is capable of, against all odds appointed Fayemi as Minister for Mines & Steels. Did the Battle end there? NO, did Fayemi despite all the challenges fight back? NO, he conserved his energy for bigger battles; little wonder he won the Ekiti 2018 Apc primary election effortlessly despite being the last contestant to show interest in less than 3 months of the said election. After the primaries, the Chief Strategist made peace with his co-contestants in less than 15 days and got set to wrestle power from the PDP in the State, and the rest is story today. Fayemi was sworn in for the second time as the 3rd democratically elected Governor on the 16th of Oct 2018.

The battle didnt end there, as the legal battle between him and Eleka of PDP lasted for a while. That of Engr. Segun Oni didn't conquer him; local and national politics got his name in almost every politics (local, regional and national). The contest for Nigerian Governors Forum came; Fayemi won the contest unchallenged, as Mallam El-Rufai of Kaduna, who happens to be his close friend stepped down to make Fayemi the NGF Chairman.

The agitation for the creation of Southwest Security Network codenamed "Amotekun" was a fight of point of duty after the NGF Election, where Fayemi talked tough, challenged the presidency and the Nigeria Police Force on the need to protect our region. He didn't shy away from the fact that he had northern friends who saw the creation of Amotekun as a threat to their kinsmen in the southwest, as much as nothing will kill the lofty dream of Amotekun. Fayemi thus reassured the safety of law abiding citizens irrespective of the tribe, colour, language or even nationality. Akeredolu despite preparing to slug out his second term ambition as Ondo state Govenor, gave all his best; likewise Makinde the only PDP governor in southwest.

Fayemi as a warrior took the battle ground to Ondo state where his long time friend Akeredolu contested his second term, despite all threats from opposition both within and outside APC family, Fayemi with the support of other of his APC colleagues and the overwhelming votes of the masses, secured victory for Aketi as second term Govenor of the Sunshine state. I deliberately skipped the APC Party Chairmanship, as though Oshiomole keeps fingering Fayemi as one of the Governors who wanted him to fall, Fayemi had severally denied his involvement in Oshiomole's plight, but for the fact that Oshiomole lost out and he claimed Fayemi is the arrowhead, shall we not call him a warrior?

Fayemi was among many, who fought for Nigeria's democracy through the creation of "Radio Kudirat" to amplify the voice of the voiceless, and many of these stories are flying around the internet, but my concentration is the latest.

At 56, Fayemi has fought battles selectively and you will agree with me that his name has been dragged into the 2023 Presidential election by many political analysts as he is seen to be qualified for the number one political office of the country. As much as I am not in any position to determine whether he should contest or not, since the world has seen the potential in him, I will advise the governor of Ekiti State with the popular German writer- Bertolt Brecht's quote, which says "If you fight, you might win; if you don’t, you have already lost." But the, the victory of Progressives in the Ekiti 2022 elections will determine how easy 2023 pendulum will swing in favour of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.

Adesoji Gabriel (AngelGabby)
Writes from Ado-Ekiti.


Politics / Minmum Wage: Ekiti Government, Labour Reach Agreement by sojiboy(m): 12:04pm On Jan 06

The Government of Ekiti State has signed an agreement with Organized Labour on the implementation of minimum wage and consequential adjustment for workers in core civil service and Local Government Service as well as Judiciary and Health workers in the state.

The implementation of the consequential adjustment commences in January, 2021.

The new development is a product of a series of meetings between labour leaders and government negotiation team as well as meetings with the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi at the tail end of last year.

In the new agreement which was jointly signed by the government negotiation team and labour leaders in the state on Tuesday evening, it was agreed that the salaries of officers in the civil service be adjusted.

Adjustment for GL13-17 will be implemented by the government based on the recommendation of the Economic Review Committee which will comprise labour and government representatives as allocation improves, while implementation for officers on GL 07-12 will commerce by January 2021.
Workers on Grade level 01 to 06 have been enjoying the new minimum wage since October 2019.

It was also agreed that government would not retrench, victimize or intimidate any worker as a result of the implementation and no labour leader would be penalized or sanctioned over roles played in the course of the negotiations.

“It was jointly signed that this agreement has brought to an end the agitation on minimum wage and consequential adjustment for officers on GL 01-12 and shall be implemented for officers on GL13 and above without prejudice”, the document stated.

The Head of Service, Mrs 'Peju Babafemi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters, Comrade Oluyemi Esan and Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Service Matters, Mr Bayo Opeyemi, signed on behalf of government.

The Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, Secretary, Comrade Gbenga Olowoyo; Chairman NLC, Comrade Kolapo Olatunde, NLC Secretary, Comrade Akinyemi Taiwo; Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Sola Adegun; and Secretary, Comrade Lawrence Kulogun, signed on behalf of Labour.

The Head of Service, Mrs 'Peju Babafemi expressed profound gratitude to the Government for creating a conductive and peaceful environment for Ekiti Workers.

She affirmed that Ekiti is blessed with cerebral, hardworking and diligent officers in the public service who are ready to deliver on the agenda of government to the people of the state.

"I want to assure the workers that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi is committed to their wellbeing. On this note, I urge all our workers to continue to put in their best", she added.

The Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, speaking on behalf of Labour, said the journey towards signing the agreement was quite hectic and involved serious brainstorming sessions. He added however, that he was happy that both government and labour have come to a conclusion.

He stressed further, that "the organized labour have confidence in our amiable Governor that he walks his talk and we want to believe that what we have signed (today) is in the best interest of our teaming members".

It will be recalled that the negotiation meeting was put on hold in March 2020, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to that, Government had commenced the implementation of the minimum wage for the junior officers in October 2019. Governor Fayemi however directed that negotiations should resume in November 2020, which led to the signing of the agreement on Tuesday.


Politics / Re: Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye And Proper Representation Of Ikole Constituency II by sojiboy(m): 9:24pm On Dec 31, 2020
Hon. Aribasoye Trusted son of the Land.

Politics / Fayemi’s Aide, Tolu Ibitola, Distributes Xmas Gifts To Followers by sojiboy(m): 8:11am On Dec 31, 2020

The Deputy Chief of Staff and Personal Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Hon. Tolu Ibitola, has doled out numerous valuable gifts to the residents of Ido-Ekiti local government.

The Usi Ekiti born politician in his characteristic manner donated the gifts as part of the ways of showing love to the residents during Christmas and new year celebrations.

The materials were presented through Fayemi’s Special Assistant on Logistics , Hon Aribasoye.

Items distributed at an event held in Usi Ekiti on Wednesday included: 150 bags of rice, 200 bags of soya meal, 2 cows and 80 gas cylinder.


Receiving the items, APC Chairman in ido/Osi local government, Hon Adewumi Aina received the gifts in company of other excos and praised the donor for counting them worthy at this festive mood.

They thanked Ibitola for giving them yelutide gifts which will be distributed across the eleven wards in the local government.

The APC Chairman urged Ibitola to keep doing the humanitarian gesture to his people, describing him as an emerging leader with a good heart.


Politics / Re: Honourable Teju Okuyiga Celebrates Yuletide With Constituents by sojiboy(m): 8:47pm On Dec 30, 2020
This is brilliant. God bless Hon. To do more
Politics / Re: Honourable Teju Okuyiga Celebrates Yuletide With Constituents by sojiboy(m): 8:47pm On Dec 30, 2020
This is brilliant. God bless Him. To do more
Politics / Long Journey And Side Attractions To 2023 by sojiboy(m): 10:23pm On Dec 16, 2020
Long Journey and side Attractions to 2023

The journey to 2023 has commenced despite the fact that we still have more than 1100 days ahead of us. But just like Ekiti State Govenor, Dr Kayode Fayemi earlier prayed in one of his interviews on Channels TV, “may God keep us all till then”.

Different intrigues have started playing out ahead of 2023, starting from Arewa lecture in Kaduna state where Fayemi was a guest speaker, and in the just concluded NANS election where Fayemi’s name was mentioned more than the contestants, and then later to the recent interview on Channels TV.

These and many more of Fayemi's activities have generated so many opinions about the governor in both the Northern and Southern part of the country. And believe me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

The question as to who qualifies for the number one office in the country. Section 131 of the 1999 constitution states that a person may be qualified for election of the office of the president if:

1. They are a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
2. They have attained the age of thirty five years;
3. They are a member of a political party and are sponsored by that political party;
4. They have been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

From the foregoing, anybody who meets these conditions is a potential aspirant for the position of president.
In terms of preparedness for the 2023 polls, both PDP and APC have been working around the word "Zoning", which both have said is not a written arrangement in their Constitutions but it must be respected. While the PDP is looking towards the north in desperation to get back the lost glory of their party, the APC is looking at the fairness of power rotation as Buhari, a Northerner, is the first president the party had produced. Majority of leaders of the party have however been clamouring for power to shift to the South.

South? Yes South! Which part of the South? Considering its cordial relationship with the North, population and political sagacity, Southwest is the most favourable geopolitical zone in the contest to come, little wonder then that some have started with South West Agenda.

South West Nigeria is one of the geopolitical zones of Nigeria, consisting of Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states.
It is majorly a Yoruba speaking area, although there are different dialects even within the same state (Wikipedia). Of the Six states, Ogun state, on the one hand, has been majorly favoured having produced President, Vice President and Speaker of the House of Representatives while on the other hand, the best Ekiti has ever produced is the NGF Chairman in person of Dr Kayode Fayemi.

While Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s name is being peddled around for the 2023 polls by his followers, the Jagaban of Borgu has never publicly shown or denied interest in the said office. The mention of Fayemi has sent shivers into some camps as the Chairman of the Governors Forum keeps taking notable steps that have attracted both knocks and accolades. Notwithstanding, he is qualified for the position of president come 2023.

Nigeria being a very religious country has seen the Yoruba Christians sending signals for their turn for the top seat, which according to some analysts is the best for APC, as majority of the Northerners are Muslims. If any South Westerner is to be picked today, religion would be a major factor and a Christian will be most favourable. Asiwaju is a Muslim but he could be converted to Christianity overnight to make the ticket an easy goal for him. If Fayemi, a catholic eventually shows interest, he would enjoy the overwhelming support from the North because it will also pave way for a Muslim Vice President which the northerners are most likely going to favour.

Yesterday some notable Ekiti men took the very bold decision of launching South West Agenda, another moves that is worthy of applaud and as well has kept Ekiti in limelight of political discourse. While some sees it as an act of betrayal of their origin, some others see it as a high level of political consciousness in Ekiti.

For no reason will any Yoruba man support anything outside theirs which will make PDP a great loser; the two leading names in APC are from Ekiti and Lagos state (Southwest, Nigeria), whosoever the permutations favours as a Yoruba man gets my support. If today Kayode Fayemi declares to contest, I will never use left hand to describe my father's house. As an Ijero man, Fayemi will get my backing and so will it be for other Ekiti Indigenes who launched SWAGA yesterday. As the coast becomes clearer by the day, I pray that more Yoruba men indicate interest; this will make the other geopolitical zones know that we are very much ready for the contest and nobody from the zone has the exclusive incontestable right to the APC Presidential ticket.

Gabriel Adesoji. (AngelGabby)
Writes from Ado-Ekiti

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Politics / Re: Fayemi To Receive NHRC Leadership Award by sojiboy(m): 6:44am On Dec 10, 2020
Congratulations his Excellency, your defence for humanity has made this possible...
Politics / Re: Fayemi To Receive NHRC Leadership Award by sojiboy(m): 6:22pm On Dec 09, 2020
good work fayemi, its a welln desreves award
Celebrities / Re: Mercy Eke Signs Deal With Nigeria Brewery Limited(video) by sojiboy(m): 2:43pm On Dec 09, 2020
i hope shewn will drink from same beer, i wish her pot belly asap. Congratulation
Politics / Re: Fayemi Mourns Harry Akande's Death by sojiboy(m): 6:33am On Dec 07, 2020
Only the OP's post, no replies yet and it's straight to front-page.
Fayemi's campaign has begun in earnest.

With all sincerity, what do you want me to reply to, that/did not? I dey wait you.
Politics / Fayemi Mourns Harry Akande's Death by sojiboy(m): 6:15am On Dec 07, 2020

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with the family of the late business mogul and former Presidential aspirant, Chief Harry Akande, who passed on Saturday, aged 77.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, the Governor described Akande's death as an unfortunate and irreparable loss not only to members of his family and the good people of Oyo State but to the nation at large.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum said the late Akande worked his way to the top, built a solid business empire and became influential across the globe through dint of hard work, brilliance and diligence.

Fayemi said the Ibadan-born Billionaire ventured into the Nigerian politics with the intent of using politics as a tool for social and economic change, but could not achieve his dreams of ruling the country as a presidential hopeful on the platform of the then All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).

The Governor however said that Chief Harry Akande played politics without bitterness because his decision to participate in politics was to deepen democracy and create a system that caters for the masses and not for self-aggrandisement or wealth acquisition.

Recalling his first meeting with the late politician in England during the struggle for the revalidation of the June 12 presidential election won by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, Fayemi said the late Harry Akande was a great supporter of the struggle.

"The news of Chief Akande's death came as a shock. He was indeed a great man, and a refined politician who envisioned a system that would cater for the Nigerian masses. There's no doubt that he had a great reputation across the globe as a successful businessman and a peace-loving politician.

“I first met Chief Akande in the heat of the June 12 struggle in England. He was very committed to Chief Abiola’s electoral victory and supported wholeheartedly those of us at the forefront of the struggle to respect the sanctity of that election and rid Nigeria of militarydictatorship.

"This is a great loss not only to his family and the people of Ibadan, but the country as a whole. We are however consoled by the fact he lived a good life, impacted many lives and left a good name and legacy.

"It is my prayer that the Lord will grant him eternal rest and give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. On behalf of the Government and people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the Government and people of Oyo State", the Governor said.


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Politics / Re: Fayemi Raises Panel On SARS Brutality, Right Abuses by sojiboy(m): 7:05am On Oct 17, 2020
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Politics / Fayemi Raises Panel On SARS Brutality, Right Abuses by sojiboy(m): 6:00pm On Oct 16, 2020

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has revealed that his administration is taking steps to ensure justice for victims of police brutality in the state through the setting up a Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS and Related Abuses in the state.

He equally unfolded plan by his administration to revisit the creation of the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to develop the grassroots and bring governance closer to the people promising to forward a bill to that effect for immediate consideration.

Dr. Fayemi spoke on Friday while presenting the State of the State Address on the floor of the State House of Assembly, Ado-Ekiti before the state legislators and other distinguished personalities as part of activities marking his two years in office.

The State of the State Address was attended by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Houses of Representatives member, Hon. Femi Bamisile, members of the State Executive Council and traditional rulers led by the Chairman of the State Council of Obas/Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi and community leaders.

Governor Fayemi, who had earlier in the morning addressed a large crowd of ENDSARS protesters at the Fajuyi area of Ado-Ekiti, said his administration was setting up a panel to look into cases of human rights abuses and brutality by the disbanded squad.

He said: "In line with the recommendation of the National Economic Council, I have today constituted a Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses in the State.

"The panel will look at all verifiable cases of SARS brutality and fatality and ensure offending SARS officers are identified and prosecuted appropriately while victims or their families are duly compensated.

"Membership of the panel will include a retired judge of the State High Court as Chairperson, and representation from Civil Society Organisations, including youth groups.
"The Honourable Attorney-General will publish additional details, including giving information on how our citizens can access the panel.

“My administration will continue to participate actively in this national dialogue; we have suggested that consideration should be given to the merit of decentralizing policing in Nigeria. We have also proposed that the Nigerian police council should be enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria to be more active and regular in its oversight function of policing.
“Irrespective of our diverse condition however, I believe what we have in common is our collective desire for a police institution that works in the interest of all Nigerians, irrespective of age, gender, economic status or any other difference. Our own people should not be criminalized or stigmatized simply on account of what they wear, the car they drive or the gadget they carry.”, he added.

Addressing the agitation for a revisit of the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) that was dissolved by the immediate past administration, Governor Fayemi said his administration, having reviewed the development has decided to revisit the issue and would be forwarding a Bill to the Assembly for consideration.

According to him, "After extensive consultations, my administration has decided to revisit the creation of Local Government Development Areas.

"I have therefore directed the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to re-present a Bill for the establishment of Local Government Development Areas in Ekiti State for the immediate consideration of the State Executive Council and subsequently for Legislative scrutiny.

"May I use this opportunity to appeal to this House to give the Bill the urgent consideration that it deserves, the Governor said, with a thunderous applause form the audience.
Presenting the scorecard of his administration in the last two years backed with relevant statistics, the Governor said appreciable progress had been made in the execution of life changing policies and projects for the benefit of Ekiti people despite the prevailing economic challenges.

The Governor noted that the five pillars of governance which include Agriculture and Rural Development, Governance, Infrastructure and Industrial Development, Knowledge Economy and Social Investments were being diligently pursued to improve the standard of living of the people.

He noted that the first year in office was used to lay a solid foundation for the legacy projects which are now in various stages of completion, adding however, that the economic challenges brought about by COVID-19 pandemic led to the review of the 2020 Budget.

The Governor said: "Despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained committed to completing all unfinished projects by previous administrations and following through with those we initiated.

"We have done this to demonstrate that regardless of our partisan leanings, Ekiti State remains our common heritage, and we must do all we can to lay a foundation for sustainable development.

"Today, I address you with restrained joy but a strong conviction that despite the challenges we have faced in the past year, we are making visible progress and steady strides towards our goals for Ekiti.

"I am happy to report back that despite the economic realities of the year under review, we are making remarkable progress with our Agro-Cargo Airport project.

"All the necessary documents are being perfected and work is ongoing at the site. Ekiti Agro-Cargo Airport remains a priority for us and we project that it would be completed in record time before the end of my tenure."

The Governor disclosed that his administration will shortly present a bill to the Assembly with a view to ensuring that it becomes mandatory for all successive governments to present an annual State of the State address for the consideration of the State House of Assembly.
Earlier, the Speaker of the Ekiti House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, said the achievements recorded by the Fayemi administration in two years "are too visible to be ignored even by the morbid critics."

The Speaker lauded the Governor for consistently delivering good governance to the people despite the shortfall in the allocation coming from the Federation Account and putting the state on the path of sustainable development.

He promised the commitment of the Assembly to drive a legislative agenda that would resonate with the five pillar agenda of the Fayemi administration


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Politics / Bisi Fayemi Donates ₦23 Million Equipment To Cancer Centre In Ekiti by sojiboy(m): 9:59am On Oct 15, 2020
Wife of the Ekiti State governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi on Wednesday donated equipment worth over N23 million to the Adunni Olayinka Cancer Diagnostic Center in Ekiti as part of activities marking this year’s cancer awareness week.

The governor’s wife also announced that the fund amounting to N3 million had been paid for no fewer than 21 cancer patients to have surgery free of charge in the centre.

Speaking at the presentation of the equipment to the diagnostic centre at the premises of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital Ado-Ekiti, the first lady noted that the gestures was aimed at encouraging women in the state to visit the centre for regular check-up.

The governor’s wife listed the equipment donated to include, 100 KVA generating set, television set and projectors and other digital accessories.

She revealed that stakeholders in the society must be united in efforts to sensitize women especially in the rural areas, saying early detection was in key in the battle against cancer in the society.

According to her, ” October is the breast cancer awareness week and for us Ekiti, we must continue our advocacy around the need to enlighten our women in rural and urban areas on the need to check themselves regularly to have early detection.

“The center here need a lot of equipment and we have been able to mobilize resources from the SDGs office, from the network I belong to with our first ladies and from well spirited individuals. The value of the equipment is around N23.4 million.We have also mobilized resources today about N3 million for surgery of 21 breast cancer patients for them to have it free of charge.

“The early diagnosis is everything when it comes to cancer and I am calling on our women to come forward to have the checks and I am encouraging men to push their wives to come for regular checks.”


Politics / Fayemi's Wife Reiterates Government’s Commitment To Curb Gender Based-violence by sojiboy(m): 8:14am On Oct 15, 2020
Fayemi's Wife reiterates government’s commitment to curb Gender Based-Violence

The First Lady of E kiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has reiterated the Governor Kayode Fayemi led- administration's commitment to continue putting in place legal and policy frameworks that would end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other Gender Based Violence practices in the state.

The Governor’s wife stated this during an advocacy meeting with the State's GBV management committee in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.

The meeting was organized by Care for Population and Reproductive Health (CPRH), an NGO working with Ekiti State Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) survivors.
Mrs. Fayemi said Ekiti had all it takes to fight GBV, stressing that the state has in place laws to curb gender based violence. These, according to her, include the Comprehensive GBV laws which is the first of such policy in the country as well as the whistle blower policy for FGM.

"Part of the provisions made for GBV victims include treatment, care and protection at the sexual referral centre and the provision of other intervention through the help of Office of the SDGs. We now have other services, such as comprehensive support services, Permanent Shelter for victims in distress, Community engagements (ownership), Coordinating mechanism and the FGM task force who apprehend perpetrators.", Mrs Fayemi said.

Speaking on the need for continued education on the menace, she said: "We need to educate our people. They need to be taught on how to apply the law into their lives, all I want to see is that the work gets done."

Mrs Fayemi said Obinrin Kete women empowerment programme will be launched soon, adding that the platform will provide a platform where women will be empowered to do some businesses to support themselves. She cited an example of the case of Mama Jolaade Osho from Ikere who was being called many bad names before her office took over her case and eventually she died with a sweet song in her mouth.

The Director of the Care for Population and Reproductive Health (CPRH), Prof. Oladosu Ogengbede in his goodwill messages said “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) can be prevented through the hard work of the committee to save the generation unborn. Let us see how we can impact positively.

He also promised to partner with the First Lady and the State Ministry of Women Affairs to end GBV/FGM in the state.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Alhaja Mariam Odunlade, in her remarks thanked the First Lady for her great efforts in gender advocacy in Ekiti State.
She said the state has recorded the highest legislation by way of prohibiting all forms of gender and harmful practices such as the female genital mutilation, Sexual Assault and all violence against women and children which forms the reason for the establishment of sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in Ekiti State.

Politics / Fayemi Congratulates Akeredolu On Re-election by sojiboy(m): 4:36pm On Oct 11, 2020

….says Ondo electoral victory a wake-up call for APC

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has congratulated Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on his re-election for a second term in office.

Governor Fayemi in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, said Akeredolu’s electoral victory was an attestation to the fact the electorate would always reward a performing leader and administration with their votes.

Dr Fayemi also commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, a situation which he said greatly reduced the pre-election tension in the state in addition to crippling the antics of purveyors of violence.

The Ekiti State Governor also congratulated the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for proper coordination. He also lauded the leaders of the party in Ondo State for closing ranks ahead of the election and working together to achieve victory for the party.

The Ondo State experience, he says, should be a wake- up call for the party that effective coordination and sincerity of purpose are necessary for electoral victory.

“It is a new day in Ondo State. Congratulations to my brother Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and a bigger congratulation to the APC members in the state. The biggest applause, however, goes to the good people of Ondo State for ensuring the election was held in an atmosphere devoid of rancour, violence and blood-letting as many had predicted.

“It is heart-warming to see the electorate reward Governor Akeredolu’s good performance in terms of industrialisation and infrastructure development of the state among others with electoral victory.

“To whom much is given, much should be expected. I have no doubt that the good people of Ondo State would witness a greater level of socio-economic, industrial and infrastructure development in Governor Akeredolu’s second term.
Governor Fayemi urged the APC leadership to build on the electoral success in Ondo State for future elections.

“It is a wake-up call that with a laser beam focus, proper planning, unity and sincerity of purpose, elections are almost always winnable. It is hoped that the various bye elections coming up at the end of the month will benefit from this renewed vigour and focus in our party”, Dr Fayemi added.

Yinka Oyebode
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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