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Resign if you can’t work in rural areas – Fayemi tells Teachers.

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Ekiti State Government, yesterday, said it would henceforth ask public primary school teachers who refuse postings to rural areas to tender their resignation.

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The government, which lamented the lopsidedness of teachers in urban areas following the rejection of postings to rural areas, said that it would undertake a redistribution policy to correct the imbalance.

The Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Prof. Femi Akinwumi, said this while flagging off a five-day training programme for primary schools’ Quality Assurance Officers held at the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort Centre, Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Council of the state.

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Akinwumi said that the standard of education had improved considerably under Governor Kayode Fayemi since 2018, compared to what was obtainable during the immediate past government.

“We don’t have teachers in rural areas while they are in surplus in our cities, particularly Ado-Ekiti. This lopsidedness is a major problem and we have to embark on teachers’ redistribution. If we don’t use a radical approach, we won’t go far.

“We have teachers that are sufficient in primary schools, but the question to ask is, have those teachers in the villages committed crime?

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“The new policy now is either they honour the postings we are going to do or they tender their resignation. Some believe they can influence, but in this exercise, we are going to transfer those who thought they are untouchable.”

The SUBEB Chairman said productivity and efficiency were necessary ingredients for schools to perform, adding that quality assurance is required to enhance quality teaching for good performances by pupils in external examinations.

“Ekiti has the best teacher-pupil ratio in Nigeria, which is 1:28. It is even 1:14 in our rural schools. With this, we have no reason why we should not have the best results in public examinations.

“Quality assurance is the best way to achieve the best in any organisation. If we are doing much in all areas but we can’t monitor and ensure we are getting quality, then things will go wrong.”

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Also, the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Boboyi, represented by the South-West Zonal Director, Dr. P. A. Oyedokun, described quality assurance as the best way to strengthen education at the primary level, being the foundation of every academic pursuit.

He said: “Effective school monitoring will boost the capacities and having these quality assurance officers will help in evaluating the performances of both pupils, teachers and schools in general for better performances.”

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#Newsworthy

COVID-19: Foreign Airlines fault extra testing on fake results.

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Fayemi said was part of measures being put in place to contain the virus this year, adding that another batch of 60 million doses would arrive in 2022.

Travellers in Nigeria have expressed their displeasure with the additional safety protocol airlines, yesterday, blamed additional test measures currently imposed by some carriers on rampant cases of fake COVID-19 test results in Nigeria.

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Although the airlines apologised to customers for the discomfort and additional cost, they said the measure was their leeway to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and avert withdrawal from the Nigerian route.

However, the Federal Government is considering sanctions for Emirates and KLM airlines that currently enforced the mandatory antigen test on Nigerians before boarding.

This was after the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) granted approval for the antigen tests to be done at Lagos and Abuja airports.

Travellers in Nigeria have expressed their displeasure with the additional safety protocol, describing it as a rip-off on ‘the unprotected’ Nigerian consumers.

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The Guardian reported yesterday that foreign carriers have begun the enforcement of fresh safety protocols much to the discomfort of Nigerian travellers. National carriers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Netherlands, Emirates and KLM, have begun conducting mandatory antigen tests on Nigerian passengers, in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved by the Federal Government and the global standard.

The test costs additional N25, 800 per traveller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and N36, 800 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

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Country Manager of one of the airlines said the antigen test was unavoidable, if they must sustain skeletal operations during the pandemic, saying the PCR tests “appear to have been compromised with a lot of suspicious outcomes.”

Chairman, Airline Passenger Joint Committee (APJC), Bankole Bernard, said Emirates and the other airlines were not at fault for disrespecting Nigerian travellers but for the Federal Government that has refused to live up to its responsibilities.

Bernard said he was aware of the fake test result claims, but insisted that that was government’s exclusive responsibility to rid the system of saboteurs.

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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has urged the Federal Government to explore the potential of local manufacturing of vaccines, following technology transfer.

He disclosed that about 80 million doses of vaccines would soon be available in the country to immunise 40 per cent of the country’s population this year.

Fayemi said was part of measures being put in place to contain the virus this year, adding that another batch of 60 million doses would arrive in 2022.

Governor Fayemi stated this while delivering a paper on The Role Of Nigeria’s State Governments In Recovery: Responses To COVID-19 Linked Challenges at the Chatham House Africa Programme in the United Kingdom (UK).

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He canvassed increased investment in health security and public health emergencies by state governments with recommendation on the need to establish their own centres for disease control in the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps our biggest lesson around this, as it has affected all spheres of the economy. Nigeria now has a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) that includes a multi-sectorial approach to combating pandemics on this nature,” he added.

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#Newsworthy

EndSARs: I was victim of Police brutality – Ekiti Gov, Fayemi spills

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Also some APC governors were prevented from entering the state to campaign for him having been allegedly stopped by security agencies at the borders.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has disclosed that he would join other good intentioned Nigerians to take the youth’s #EndSARS agitations serious, saying he had been a victim of police brutality in the past.

This was as the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari would listen and implement all the demands made by the youth during the EndSARS protests.

They spoke in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, yesterday during an interaction session held by stakeholders on the recent #EndSARS protests that resonated panic across the country. Fayemi said the case of police brutality was one issue that affects every facet of the society. He revealed that he was a victim in 2014 while seeking reelection.

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Fayemi, who was defeated in the June 21, 2014 election by his predecessor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, had prior to the election been allegedly tear-gassed by a team of police operatives at Mugbagba area of Ado-Ekiti.

Fayemi said: “The EndSARS protest was a noble course. It was supported here in Ekiti not because of those involved, but for the reason behind the action, which we believe would help the police to do their work effectively.

“The protest in Ekiti was well intentioned and peaceful. Right to peaceful protest is an inalienable right. For the first time, we have panel of inquiries at every level of government to tackle our issues.

“We must not resort to violence as a solution to our agitations. We must all speak in unison against violence as we did in unison against Police brutality.

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“Our youth are angry because as they were coming out of closure of schools over Coronavirus pandemic, they entered into ASUU strike, and then there is hunger in the land and the harsh economic situation in our country.

“The government has done many intervention programmes and had proscribed SARS and introduced youth investment fund and many others as a response to the youth agitations.

Also giving reassurance that President Buhari will implement all the issues raised by the youth, Adebayo said: “The purpose why we are here today is that, all the ministers working under President Buhari got a presidential order to hold interactions with the people. Mr. President listens to people.

“ He wanted to use this interaction to feel the pulse of all Nigerians”.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Ekiti gov, Fayemi test Negative

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

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

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

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After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my CoviD 19 repeat test came back negative. My sincere gratitude goes to God Almighty, my family, my medical team and all well wishers for the prayers and solidarity. We must continue to do all we can to tackle the pandemic. JKF

— Kayode Fayemi (@kfayemi) August 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#Newsworthy…

Fayemi pays tribute to late Ayo Fasanmi

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has hailed late Yoruba leader, Pa. Ayo Fasanmi, as a hero of Nigerian democracy.

Aged 94, Pa. Fasanmi’s death was announced on Thursday.

“Our highly revered Pa Fasanmi lived a good life, ran a good race, and has gone home for a well-deserved rest,” Fayemi said via a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode on Thursday.

“There is no doubt we shall miss his wise counsel, but we are consoled with the fact he lived a good life and left a good legacy. Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort his family.”

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Fayemi described Pa Fasanmi as a steadfast Awoist and committed progressive who was a torchbearer for younger progressives in his lifetime, according to the statement.

Pa. Ayo Fasanmi’s death was announced on Thursday.

He added that Fasanmi’s death had robbed Nigeria of one of her most selfless politicians and patriots who demonstrated unalloyed commitment for a better country where justice and equity occupy a pride of place.

In the old Western Nigeria, Pa Fasanmi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Western Nigeria Housing Corporation.

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He was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, elected into the Senate in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983.

He also served with the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.

According to Fayemi, Pa Fasanmi was a politician who was consistent with the progressive ideology as demonstrated in his membership of the Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria, Social Democratic Party, Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigerian and All Progressives Congress.

Fayemi recalled the pivotal role played by Fasanmi as a chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in the fight to revalidate the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

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He said the late Pa Fasanmi demonstrated courage in his stand against military dictatorship at a time it was very dangerous to dare the most vicious dictatorship in the nation’s history.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said all these sterling qualities exhibited by Fasanmi informed the decision by his administration to name one of the four new secondary schools in the state capital after the late elder statesman in 2019.

He expressed fulfillment that Pa Fasanmi was alive to witness the enthronement of a government of the progressives at the federal level for the first time in the nation’s political history in 2015 and was also consistent in advocating for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

The Governor, who said that Fasanmi lived a fulfilled life, urged contemporary politicians to imbibe the ideals of service, sacrifice, humility, altruism, and patriotism of the late elder statesman.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Ekiti Governor, Fayemi test positive

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Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor who confirmed his status on his Twitter handle said this was his third COVID-19 test.

He said, “I took my third COVID-19 test yesterday and it came back positive. I’m generally ok and I’m already self-isolating at home and receiving the best of care from my medical team”.

While delegating critical tasks to his deputy, Governor Fayemi assured that he will continue routine duties from his home.

Fayemi is the latest of about six Nigerian governors who have tested positive for the virus.

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El- Rufai was the first governor confirmed to have been infected by COVID-19 and he recovered in April. El-Rufai was joined not too long afterward by the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed.

Governor Fayemi says Nigeria must cut non-core expenses and support small businesses.

Not long after the first two governors announced their COVID-19 status, they were soon joined by Governor Seyi Makinde of Ekiti State and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

On July 1st, Delta’s Ifeanyi Okowa announced that he and his wife had tested positive and a few days after on the 4th of July, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom announced that they also had caught the virus alongside their wives and aides.


#Newsworthy…

OndoDecide’20: APC blames El-Rufai, 2 other over crisis

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi and the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, have been accused of masterminding the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State.

Chairman of the APC in Ondo State, Hon. Henry Olu Olatuja, accused the three prominent politicians of instigating an undemocratic process causing intra-party crisis in the state.

According to Olatuja, ten of the governorship aspirants in the state for the July 20 governorship primary may boycott the exercise.

Kayode Fayemi, Nasir El-Rufai, Rotimi Amaechi

He said the aspirants will not participate in the primary election should the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) insist on indirect mode of primary for the party’s primary in the state.


#Newsworthy…

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Fayemi slam Ojodu amid report of him not able to see Buhari at Aso Villa.

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The Ekiti State government on Thursday dismissed as misleading and malicious, a report that the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was stopped from seeing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The state government in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olayinka Oyebode, however, accused a presidential aide of planting the report in the media.

The statement read:

“The attention of the general public is being drawn to a misleading publication by a national newspaper online with headline ‘Fayemi’s failed mission to Villa with Giadom,’ published on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.

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“The falsehood, we gathered reliably, was fabricated by a senior aide of the presidency and a former Senator and planted in the newspaper, after it was rejected by some State House Correspondents, who rebuffed the former lawmaker for the misleading and malicious story. It is on record that the former lawmaker, in his desperate bid to rubbish Governor Fayemi had told his close associates that he would battle Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum with falsehood and cheap blackmail in his nefarious attempt to destabilize APC in Ekiti State.

“While he has the right to continue to tread the path of perfidy which has been his lifestyle from time immemorial, we least expected the newspaper to buy into such cheap blackmail in form of an unverifiable report, without due regard to the principles of fairness.

“For the purpose of clarity, it is important to state that the report was clearly a misleading one designed to cast aspersion on the person of Governor Fayemi and create an impression that the NGF chairman is an unwanted visitor at the Villa. The largely unsubstantiated report was filled with bile, childish and unexplainable fury that signified nothing, just like a tale fit only for the tabloids.

“We, therefore, implore the general public to disregard the highly illogical concoction that was served as an exclusive story. In setting the record straight, we hereby state unequivocally that Governor Fayemi had no plan or reason to see Mr. President on Tuesday late afternoon as maliciously presented in the report.

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“The governor had earlier seen Mr. President at noon in company of three of his colleagues – Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Governor Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Governor Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa). Also present at that meeting were the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

“Governor Fayemi was in the Villa later in the afternoon to see the COS and State Chief of Protocol, SCOP.

“The Ekiti State Governor was never denied any opportunity to see President Buhari as he did not ask to see the President and neither did he go with Chief Giadom.”

Fayemi’s response follows President Buhari’s recognition of Giadom, whom he reportedly backs in the struggle for control of the party.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Civil Servants may resume work on these rules.. – Ekiti Govt.


Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday, directed the state’s civil servants to return to work.

However, the governor’s directive affects public officers on Grade Level 8 and above, while those on Grade Level 7 and below are to remain at home till further notice.

Fayemi, who disclosed this in a state-wide broadcast, said residents of the state now had opportunities to pursue their businesses on Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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He also revealed that consultations are ongoing on the reopening of religious centres, schools and big markets in the state.

The governor reminded people of the state that the dusk-to-dawn curfew is still in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.


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Easter’20: Sanwo olu, Fayemi worship from television. [Photos]


Executive governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu alongside his wife, joined other Christian faithfuls in the state in participating in a service online, in commemoration of the Easter season on Sunday April 12, NobleReporters report

The state is currently on lockdown as part of efforts to combat the spread of COVID19 in the state. Religious gatherings in the state have been banned and most churches have taken their services online.

Governor Sanwo-Olu is pictured above with his wife Joke worship during the online service conducted by RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.


Babajide Sanwo-olu worship online


Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor, also participated in a mass online following the ban on public gathering in Ekiti due to the Coronavirus pandemic


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Fayemi urges Ekiti civil servants to work from home.


Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, barred social, political, religious and family gatherings of more than 20 persons as part of efforts to check the spread of coronavirus.

The governor, who announced that “all public and private schools and institutions in Ekiti State are to close down from Monday, March 23”, also directed that “all non-essential workers in private and public sectors are encouraged to work from home from Monday, March 23”.


Fayemi, in a statewide broadcast in Ado Ekiti, said, “Now that we are aware of its presence in our midst, we must leave no stone unturned to make Ekiti State coronavirus (COVID-19) free. We must combat and curtail its spread by ensuring our people are actively involved in the government’s efforts to fight this global pandemic. While the world frantically searches for a cure, our best and the only defense is prevention.”

Fayemi added, “All public gatherings of more than 20 persons are prohibited from today, Friday, March 20. These include religious gatherings like worship and prayer services, night vigils, house fellowships, and Asalatu; social gatherings like burials, weddings, family meetings and parties of any kind; political gatherings, like rallies, congresses, ward meetings; night clubs, bars, beer joints, and NYSC CDS meetings among others.”

He listed the non-essential workers in private and public sectors who should work from home to include civil and public servants from level 12 and below; except essential services like health workers, caregivers, social welfare officers, fire service officers, emergency response officers, and security guards/watchmen in public institutions.


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Operation Amotekun: AG presents bill to Fayemi


The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda has presented the Western Nigeria Security Network Bill (WNSN) also known as the Amotekun Bill to the Governor of Ekiti State.


The bill was presented to Governor Fayemi at the Governor’s office, Ado-Ekiti.

Mr. Olawale Fapohunda while presenting the Bill appreciated the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his unique responsiveness, passion, and commitment to the safety of the lives and properties of the people in Ekiti State.


The Attorney General, while addressing the Governor on the Amotekun Bill said, all the (6) six Attorney Generals’ from the southwest states namely Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos State have been working assiduously to provide a legal framework which will serve as an operational guideline for the proposed Security Agency across the Western States.

Mr. Fapohunda stated that the Amotekun Bill contain 38 provisions and enumerated some of the key provisions to include the Establishment of Ekiti State Security Network; Establishment and Composition of Governing Board for the Security Agency; Establishment of Amotekun Corps and Criteria for being appointed as a Corp Member; and Independence of Amotekun Board, where erring members would be reported among others.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in his response appreciated the Attorney General for the job well done and promised to send the Bill to the Ekiti State House of Assembly for accelerated passage.

The Bill will eventually be passed into law after it has passed through the House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor of Ekiti State.


#Newsworthy…

Gov. Okowa praised Gov. Fayemi as he turns 55


Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday congratulated his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Olukayode Fayemi, who clocked 55 years on Feb. 9.

Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and made available to newsmen in Asaba.


He extolled Fayemi for his tremendous contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the service of his state and country.

Okowa noted that Fayemi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was an accomplished politician.


”He was first elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2010 and lost re-election bid in 2014 and became the Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2015 to 2018 until he was re-elected as Governor of Ekiti State.

“In May, 2019, he was elected Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum,” he said.


Okowa said that as a former minister, Fayemi contributed significantly to the growth of revenue from exports in the Mining sector from 2016 to 2017, contributing seven per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to him, the sterling contributions of Fayemi to the promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Nigeria are legendary and worthy of commendation.


“Your impressive political and developmental achievements in office have placed your name on the sands of time as a leader worthy of commendation.

“The people of Ekiti State can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in state craftsmanship as exemplified in the modest achievements through the implementation of your well-articulated social-welfarist blueprint known as the Eight-Point Agenda.


“In the contemporary politics of Nigeria, Kayode Fayemi has become a household name as an emerging nationalist and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a gentleman of honour and an outstanding personality.

“A leading light of this generation, a consummate politician of our time and a courageous democrat on his 55th birth anniversary,” he said.

Okowa thanked the Almighty God for his life which had been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfilments.


#Newsworthy…

Gov. Fayemi Clocks 55; Nigerians Felicitate


The Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria, John OluKayode Fayemi clocked the age of 55 today, February 9th.

Fayemi, a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State previously held the office of the Governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014. He resigned as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development on 30 May 2018 to contest for the Ekiti State governorship election for the second time, an election perceived to be a battle between himself and his political rival, Ayo Fayose.

The people of Nigeria, home and abroad, political appointees, friends, and family have rejoiced with the Governor to celebrate his birthday.


Here are some felicitations below;


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Gov. Fayemi appoints new head of service


Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has approved the appointment of Mrs Morenike Olapeju Babafemi as the new first female Head of Service in the state Civil service.

Mrs Babafemi, who has had a stint as Acting Head of Service, before proceeding on an overseas training programme last year, was until the new appointment, a Visiting Research Fellow at the African Leadership Centre, School of Global Affairs, King’s College, London, United Kingdom.


According to a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Babafemi’s appointment takes effect from Monday, February 10, 2020.

She is to take over from Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, who retires from the civil service on February 9, 2020, having attained the mandatory retirement age.


Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi has commended Mr Ajayi for his diligence and professionalism which has helped in repositioning the state civil service for effective service delivery.

Mrs Babafemi, is the first female to be appointed substantive Head of Service since the creation of Ekiti State on October 1, 1996.

She started her career as an Administrative Officer with the old Ondo State Civil Service on June 30, 1987.
She rose through the ranks to become a Permanent Secretary in October 2009 and has served as Permanent Secretary in several ministries including Ministry of Women Affairs; Ministry of Local Government; and the Cabinet and Special Services Department.

The new Head of Service is to be sworn in on Monday, February 10, 2020.


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Fayemi – South West security outfit takes off January 9.

…Flags off 4 major roads construction


Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, yesterday disclosed the joint security outfit, ‘Amotekun’, initiated by the six governors in the zone will commence work on January 9.

Fayemi, who disclosed this in his New Year message to the people of the state, said the outfit would complement the efforts of the regular security agencies.


“On January 9, the Western Nigeria Security Network known as ‘Amotekun’ shall commence operations in all the six states in our zone

“Ekiti is very active in this initiative which will go a long way in securing the people and protecting the state. The fact remains, however, that criminality cannot be totally eradicated even as we are working meticulously at reducing it to the barest minimum in Ekiti State, and the evidence is there for all to see and acknowledge that we are making steady progress.


“Since we are not an Island, we are working with neighbouring states to strengthen our security architecture,” he said.

Fayemi also urged community leaders and groups not to allow themselves to be used to cause unnecessary tension that could trigger crisis in the state.


“I have personally kept a close watch on the security situation within and around Ekiti State, and I can assure you that as a government, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure safety of lives and property in our state.

“Ekiti remains one of the safest places to live, work and conduct business in Nigeria. Henceforth, I urge our community leaders or groups not to allow themselves to be used to spread fake or unsubstantiated news with a view to setting the residents against themselves or destabilising the peace of the state


“We must encourage our people to report any strange signal or incident, but we must resist the temptation to resort to self-help at any time,” he said.

The governor also stated that the 2020 budget bears eloquent testimonies to his deliberate and honest quest at providing good road network and improving the enabling environment for business concerns.


Fayemi added that residents of the state would continually enjoy affordable education at all levels, good and motorable roads, improved agriculture, social security benefit and development at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi has assured Ekiti people that the state will witness rapid improvement on its infrastructure in the new year with a view to accelerating the economic recovery.


Fayemi, who stated this in his new year address also disclosed his administration is making steady, visible and sustainable progress in all areas as the state is now moving “from potentials to actualisation.”

The governor, who reiterated the resolve of his government to make life more meaningful and comfortable for Ekiti people, disclosed he would flag off the construction of four major roads that are critical to the industrial and agricultural development of the state by mid January.

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayose


The roads according to him are Oye-Ikun-Otun, Aramoko-Erinjiyan-Ikogosi, Agbado-Isinbode-Omuo and Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo roads.

The new road projects are in addition to the ongong work on the 7.2km new Ado-Iyin road, repairs in Ado township and commencement of the Ado Ekiti ring road, the Ado Ekiti Agro-Airport and repairs of other critical arteries in the State.


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Sowore’s release was as a result of ‘Fatherly Love’ from Buhari – Fayemi said.

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari as an “apostle of rule of law” despite maintaining silence over the illegal detention of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, for five months.

SaharaReporters exclusively gathered in November that a prominent South-West intellectual approached Fayemi to prevail on President Buhari to allow the rule of law take its course but the Ekiti governor said Sowore will need to make a concession to him before he can intervene.

When Sowore refused to agree to such, Fayemi simply kept quiet and refused to intervene.

However, hailing Buhari for Sowore’s release, Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, said, “Again, the President has demonstrated that he is the father of the nation through his intervention that led to the release from detention of the two prominent citizens.

“The President, by this intervention, has reinforced the fact that nobody is deemed guilty of an offence until pronounced guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“This is good for the country. We congratulate Col Dasuki and Sowore and salute the President for the fatherly gesture.”

Sowore was released on Tuesday on bail by the Nigerian Government after condemnation from all around the world.

#Newsworthy…

Over release of Sowore, Dansuki, Fayemi, Kyari and 2 Others Fight – FFK reveals.

Former Minister of Aviation and People’s Democratic Party Chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode has hinged the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA) on the convincing efforts of four individuals in the Buhari-led administration.

According to Femi Fani-Kayode, Abba Kyari, Buhari’s chief of staff; Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation; Kayode Fayemi, chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF); and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation were able to convince President Buhari to release both men detained by the Department of State Services.

His tweet read;

“I can tell you authoritatively that 4 people fought from within to get Dasuki & Sowore released & eventually managed to convince Buhari. They are Abba Kyari, Malami, Hadi Sirika and Kayode Fayemi. They represent the liberal and cerebal wing of the Buhari Govt. & I commend them.”

 Abba Kyari, Fayemi and two ministers fought for release of Sowore and Dasuki - FFK

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NAN exonerate Fayemi’s wife over FUOYE killings.

…give ‘stay away’ order

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has exonerated wife of Ekiti Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi of involvement in the recent killings of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

The students’ body also lifted an order warning Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife to stay away from all the tertiary institutions in the country.

Two FUOYE students, Joseph Okonofua and Kehinde Dada were on September 10 allegedly shot dead during a protest that coincided with the visit of Mrs. Fayemi to Oye Ekiti, which led to confrontation between the First Lady’s security details and students.

The incident forced the NANS to make a public statement directing students to henceforth treat Fayemi and his wife as persona non grata in all tertiary institutions.

A communiqué by NANS’ Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed and Clerk, Kabiru Mohammed after its Senate meeting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said neither Fayemi nor his wife knew anything about the death of the students.

The SUG President Federal University, Lokoja , Kogi State moved a motion for the lifting of the order, seconded by SUG President of Niger State College of Education, Zakari Mohammed.

It was later affirmed by other Senators at the plenary.

Exonerating Fayemi and wife further, NANS said: “Ekiti State government has taken the responsibilities of paying for hospital bills of all injured students and for the burial arrangement of the deceased.

“The government also visited the deceased’s families and compensated them while processing the employment opportunity two members of the bereaved families.

“We realised that it is time to move on and allow the sleeping dog lies in the interest of peace and love among all those that were involved”.

The students appealed to Fayemi to fulfill his promises to those who suffered any form of calamity during the incident.

The Senators also lamented the death of a students’ leader, Com. Yemi Adeniran, who died in a ghastly motor accident, saying the deceased did well as a member of the SUG during his lifetime.

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Ekiti set to implement minimum wage for workers

The Ekiti Government, on Thursday, assured trade union leaders in the state that government would implement the minimum wage for civil servants, as agreed by the negotiation committee.

The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Kayode Fayemi on Labour Matters, Mr Oluyemi Esan, NobleReporters learnt in Ado-Ekiti, that workers should expect a better deal from government in 2020.

“Since the governor has approved the composition of the negotiation committee, the next thing is for the committee to begin negotiation within soonest and he promised to implement the outcome to the letter”.

‎The governor’s aide stated that the state Head of Service (HoS), Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, had proposed regular meetings with the trade unions to build a stronger relationship between labour and government.

The state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Kolapo Olatunde; Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Olusola Adigun and Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) Mr Kayode Fatomiluyi, corroborated the governor’s aide in the same development.

They lauded the state governor for initiating the meeting, saying it would ‎bridge the communication gap between labour and government.

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FG should declare state of emergency on sexual violence – Ekiti Governor’s Wife, Bisi Fayemi Said.

Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti state first lady, has asked the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on sexual violence in Nigeria. She made the appeal at the 20th anniversary of Project Alert on Violence Against Women in Lagos.

Mrs Fayemi said the declaration would bring about the political will to fight the scourge and would also enable the states that had passed the law on Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, to implement the law to the fullest.

“It has taken a long time but we have some laws in place. We have the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act VAPP, and out of the 36 States of Nigeria, only 11 States have domesticated this law. Even for those who have domesticated the law, there is an issue of resources. We are talking about financial resources, human resources, materials resources, as well as technical resources.

We do need resources to push these issues through but we need the political will to drive the allocation of those resources. I will like to lend my voice to the voice of all the feminist organizations, human rights and civil society organizations in the country, calling for more attention to what has now become a national pandemic of gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence. In my own opinion, I believe we need the State of Emergency in Nigeria on sexual violence in particular. I think we need to call for more political will and that will hopefully drive things such as ensuring that those States who have passed the VAPP Act can implement it to the fullest, at least try their best. I will like to call for political will, I will like to call for resources and I will like to also call for a lot more partnerships and information sharing” she said

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Goodluck Jonathan Speaks On Dumping PDP … (Check..)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied reports that he is about to dump the opposition Peoples Democractic Party (PDP).

YaahooJournalist reports that Jonathan made the clarification in a statement signed by Reno Omokri, his spokesperson, where he maintained that he has been a member of one political party all his life and he has no intention of leaving the PDP.

The statement reads as thus; “Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Throughout his sojourn on Earth, he has been a member of only one political party,” the statement read.

“Dr. Jonathan is known for his stability and loyalty. These are character traits that have been lifelong companions of his. He is also an elder statesman and that role requires that he accepts all Nigerian citizens, and indeed all the world’s peoples, in the spirit of the brotherhood of man.

“As an elder statesman and chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dr. Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of their political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he has received Muslim groups and diverse other visitors.

“Dr. Jonathan intends to devote the rest of his life on Earth to building unity, and engendering opportunity for Nigerians and Africans and he has no desire, or reason to engage in partisan politics beyond being a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“His being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party is institutional. In fact, it is more accurate to state that his eternal party is Nigeria, for which he reminds all Nigerians that they are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the statement is coming amid speculations that Jonathan had dumped the PDP following the major upset of his party by David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship poll in the oil-rich state of Bayelsa, where Jonathan hails.

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Fayemi – Nigeria cannot grow without restructuring…

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has restated his call for restructuring of the country.

He maintained that a fundamental restructuring is an “unavoidable step for the creation and sustenance of a participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, responsive and equitable national governance based on respect for the rule of law.”

Fayemi explained that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) included restructuring in its 2015 and 2019 manifestoes and has been working towards it in a bid to use its platform to address the perceived structural imbalance.

The restructuring, he said, must address issues like writing the people’s constitution and the question of constitutional governance, the fundamental precepts of authorising principles of national togetherness, citizenship and national question, the political economy of federalism including the allocation of public revenue, security sector governance, human rights, social justice, electoral system, type of government-parliamentary or presidential, among others.

While urging Nigerians to always hold their leaders accountable in order to strengthen the nation’s democracy, he argued that democracy goes beyond the right to choose leaders through the ballot.

The governor stated this on Wednesday while delivering a paper at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington DC, United States. His lecture was entitled: “Twenty Years of Democracy in Nigeria: Successes and Challenges” at the event with the theme: “Deepening democratic governance in Nigeria.”

While noting that Nigeria has made significant progress as a democracy since returning to civil rule in 1999, Dr. Fayemi opined that “democracy is a journey and not a destination” hence the need to address imbalances in the Nigerian federation.

On the need for Nigerians to show more interest in governance and hold their leaders accountable, Dr. Fayemi stated that “an indifference might be dangerous for democracy” as Democratic institutions cannot be strengthened in a climate of apathy and clinical disengagement.

Dr. Fayemi said: “The current phase of the struggle is therefore not just about maintaining the sanctity of the ballot but also holding those elected accountable and stimulating civic engagement in the public realm, in a way that democratizes ownership and improve the quality of life of our people.

“We must banish the idea that governance is something performed by a team of gifted performers or strong men, while the rest of the citizens are spectators or complainers.

“What we established in 1999 is the right to choose our leaders via the ballot. But democracy is more than just the ability to choose one’s leaders…

He added: “..there is a fundamental truth to the saying that politics is too important to be left to politicians. It is about redefining politics itself, transforming it from a rarefied craft reserved for a select few professional politicians, to the protocols and relationships that undergird personal, communal and social wellbeing. In other words, politics is the management of human relationships, interactions and aspirations in the service of the common good. It is not something mysterious that only ‘politicians’ do; it is how citizens operate. Politics is a civic responsibility. It is how we engage with each other. The pursuit of good governance means that politicians can no longer be left to their own devices.

“Seen in this light, the mutual estrangement of government and civil society will end. The civil society will continue to express the communal instinct to regulate power but the chronic antagonism that poisons relations between the state and civil society will be replaced by mutual respect and positive tension. Civic engagement means that the state can access a much larger pool of wisdom and knowledge made available by a new rapport with civil society. In return, participatory governance will become much more practicable across all levels of governance.

“Before we arrive at that new rapport between the state and society, we must work hard to address a lingering threat, a carry over from the days of military rule. The biggest challenge facing us as democrats is to rebuild trust between the state and society. The relationship between both spheres is often needlessly adversarial owing to a lack of trust. Simply put, Nigerians do not trust their governments and this has made it difficult, indeed in some cases, impossible, to build mass citizen movements for a fuller democratic engagement.”

According to Dr Fayemi “residual distrust of power” feeds apathy, disinterest and cynical disengagement.

“The people distrust their governments but not enough to actively check them and avert excesses of power. Rather, they distrust them so much that they desert the state and many simply do not care enough about the public realm. This indifference is dangerous for democracy. Democratic institutions cannot survive or be strengthened in a climate of antipathy nor can politicians long retain their legitimacy under such circumstances. If the price of a free society is eternal vigilance, then apathy will carry a severe penalty for our republic,” he said.

The Ekiti State Governor said looking back on two decades of democratisation in Nigeria, “it is instructive to note that only civic movements mobilised in the context of larger patriotic interests can overwhelm the forces of impunity. It is the discipline of civic engagement that will keep at bay those who wish to turn back the hands of the clock and return us to the dark days of totalitarian rule. The struggle we are engaged in is dedicated to making this democracy truly a government of the people, for the people and by the people, and by so doing honour the memory of all those who paid the supreme sacrifice pursuant of our common aspirations for the good society”.

Ambassador Johnnie Carson of the USIP and Gen Agwai led the discussion session after the Governor’s presentation.

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