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Ekiti Reps’ member tasks NCC on spread of networks across Nigeria

  A member of the House of Representatives representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency II, Mr. Femi Bamisile, has tasked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on aggressive spread of telecommunication networks across the country to accommodate electronic voting in the 2023 general elections. The former Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker noted that over 37 million Nigerians might be disenfranchised if electronic voting is adopted for the 2023 polls, without adequate network coverage by NCC. The lawmaker, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti while distributing free petrol to 1,000 commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada riders, in the state capital, said e-voting is now what is in vogue globally, which Nigeria must embrace.   It is the best option for Nigeria, but a situation where only 50 per cent of our voting population have access to network makes it impracticable now. About 37 million of our voting population will be shut out of the electoral system. “But
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Police probing driver who escaped with passengers’ luggage at accident scene – Ekiti CP

  The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Tunde Mobayo, said on Wednesday that the command was probing a driver who drove away with the luggage of his passengers who were attempting to rescue accident victims. Mobayo debunked insinuations and reports that the driver of the black bus with registration number KPA116LG (Kogi State) sold his passengers numbering 18 to a group of kidnappers along Itawure in Ekiti State, saying it was far from the truth. The commissioner made the clarification in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, titled ‘Sale of passengers to kidnappers in Ekiti: A mischievous imagination of some pathological liars – Ekiti State Police Command’. He said that the fleeing driver was arrested by the police at Ijamo, Ilesa, Osun State following a tip-off from Efon Alaaye Police Division and had since been handed over to Efon Alaaye Police while the luggage had been handed over to the passengers with a bond.   Abutu, who explained ho

Why Consensus Won’t Work In Ekiti Apc Congress– Senator Adeniyi

  July 20, (THEWILL) – The South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA), of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State has said the consensus arrangements being proposed by the National Caretaker Committee of the party, will not work in the state. The group said consensus in Ekiti will not work as a result of some unilateral decisions already being taken by the state government and its caucus, with grave democratic consequences to an all embracing congress. In a statement signed by the Ekiti State Chairman of SWAGA, Senator Tony Adeniyi, he said the governor and his caucus in the Ekiti APC, has solely imposed an electoral body, just as delegates have been handpicked for the congresses without the input of several party stakeholders. He said that the names of the delegates were already compiled with promise by government to pay for their electoral dues. He hinted that the APC in the state is polarized and only a direct primary can bring the party back on a stable foo

Open Defecation: Ekiti landlords comply with Fayemi’s ‘one-house, one-toilet’ policy

  Some landlords in major towns in Ekiti have begun to construct toilets in their premises in compliance with the state government’s policy to check open defecation. Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Otun Ekiti, Ido Ekiti, Ikole Ekiti, Oye Ekiti, and Ifaki Ekiti, among others in Ekiti North Senatorial District, reveal that many buildings were undergoing renovation to include toilets. The most affected were old structures, which hitherto had no toilets or enough for the occupants. It was further observed that buildings under construction in the areas visited had adequate provisions for toilets. A landlord in Ikole Ekiti, Sina Ogunleye, said a disagreement with his neighbour on where to site a toilet in his building delayed its construction. He said that having resolved the issue, he was now prepared to begin the project. Another landlord from Ido Ekiti, Olufemi Omoniyi, said he could not provide a toilet in his house earlier because he

Residents of Ondo, Ekiti protest abandoned N22bn Akure/Ado-Ekiti dualisation

  Allege contractor abandoned project 15 months after payment of mobilization Residents of Ondo and Ekiti States have protested over the alleged abandoning of the N22 billion Akure/Ado-Ekiti dualization awarded over 15 months ago by the Federal government. They trooped out to the lgboba axis of the highway in Akure metropolis to show their displeasure over the deplorable state of the road and lack of commitment on the part of starting the project.   The residents under the aegis of Great Patriot for Better Initiative (GPBI) accused the contractor of failing to move to the site15 months after mobilization was paid by the government for the dualization of the road.   According to them ” the state of the road has continued to aid activities of criminals engaging in kidnappings and killing. They displayed placards of various inscriptions such as “Too much kidnapping and raping on Akure/Ado- Ekiti road,  Buhari is not our enemy but public officers, Gov Fayemi/ Akeredolu may not

Fayemi inaugurates 260,000-capacity private cemetery in Ekiti

  Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, on Wednesday inaugurated a 260,000-capacity cemetery in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is the first private-owned cemetery in the state. Fayemi, while inaugurating the ‘CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery,’ located at Eminrin area of the state, said the facility had the capacity to avert environmental hazards and safeguard the health of the citizens. Fayemi, represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Mrs Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, said the initiative symbolised the government’s efforts towards encouraging private investors in the state. “The smooth take-off of this business is a testimony that Ekiti is encouraging private investors to invest their hard-earned money in the state. “With this investment by a private body, Ekiti is no longer a rural setting. “In USA, Britain and other European countries, you can’t just bury your dead at home.    Aside the fact that it causes ground water pollution, it devalues our buildi

I wasn’t remanded for rape of minor, Ekiti cleric clarifies

  The Presiding Pastor-in-charge of the First Baptist Church, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Dr. Olukayode Ayinde, said on Saturday that he was not the person arraigned before an Ekiti State Magistrate’s Court for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old-girl. Ayinde, who said he had been inundated with calls and visits since the news of the arraignment broke out on Thursday, said it was a matter of coincidence of names, saying the cleric, with the name Dr. Olukayode Samuel Ayinde, remanded for alleged rape at the custodial centre, was another person who belonged to another church. The cleric, who spoke at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said the clarification became necessary to set the records straight and prevent his hard earned name and reputation, built over the years, from being tarnished in the public domain for offence not committed by him. He also cautioned those attempting to tarnish his name by linking him with the incident to desist, as he threatened that failure to do so mi