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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

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

Edi-el- Kabir: Lawal felicitates with Muslims predicts better days for Ekiti

  The Baba Adinni of Ekiti land, Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal, has congratulated Muslims in the state and Nigerians in general on the celebration of this year’s Eld EL Kabir. In a press statement issued in Ado Ekiti, Dr. Lawal appreciated Allah on behalf of the Muslims for another opportunity to witness the festival which is significant in Islamic religion. Dr Lawal urged Muslims to be obedient, cultivate the habit of giving and extending hands of fellowship to other people, particularly the less privileged as commanded by Prophet Mohammed. “It is when we are obedient and give to others that we can receive from Allah, as He gave Prophet Ibrahim a ram in replacement of his only son he wanted to sacrifice to God,” he said. He also enjoined the Islamic adherents to be moderate in the celebration and desist from wastefulness and act of lawlessness. Dr. Lawal appealed to those at the helm of affairs to prioritize the welfare of citizens as people are going through difficult situatio

Olujimi applauds Ekiti monarch over appointment as varsity chancellor

  Olujimi applauds Ekiti monarch over appointment as varsity chancellor   Senator representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly, Abiodun Olujimi has congratulated the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi, over his recent appointment as the Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed 42 traditional rulers as chancellors of some federal universities and the monarch was one of them.In a statement she personally signed in Ado Ekiti, Olujimi described the award as a confirmation that “Oba Aladesanmi is not only worthy, but also qualifies to lead such citadel of learning. I have no doubt that our Kabiyesi will perform beyond the President’s expectations …” In another development, the Senator expressed shock over the death of the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief (Mrs.) Abike Sonoiki.   The deceased was the Eyegba of Ado Ekiti, a chieftaincy title bestowed on her by the Ewi o

Ekiti SWAN mourns Bunmi Afuye

  The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ekiti State chapter, has commiserated with the Ondo State chapter of the association on the death of its Financial Secretary, Bunmi Afuye. Alhaji Quozeem Oladapo, the Ekiti association’s Chairman, and Mr Bisi Ogunleye, the Secretary expressed their grief in a condolence message on Friday in Ado-Ekiti. The association said it received with shock and sadness the news of the death of Afuye.   According to the statement, Afuye’s death is unfortunate and gruesome. He was killed during a robbery attack in Ilara Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. “We identify with the family, friends and colleagues of Afuye as well as Ondo state SWAN at this very sad and disheartening period. “We pray for the repose of his soul and may God grant us all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the statement said.   He was killed during a robbery attack in Ilara Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. “We identi

Ekiti FA chairman Olanlege, five other members released from prison

  Ekiti Football Association Chairman Bayo Olanlege and five other members of the association have been released from Prison 24 hours after they were jailed 14 days by an Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ado Ekiti on Thursday, The PUNCH reports. Ariyo Yomi Amos, J.I Fatukasi, Ajibewa, Ibidun Isaac and Aregbesola are the other members released on Friday. The six members of Ekiti FA were sentenced to prison for 14 days for contempt of court on Thursday by an Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ado Ekiti Magisterial District. According to the Ekiti Football Association media official, Ayodeji Okunuga, the sextet are on their way to the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium to hold a press conference. “They have been released by the Court in Ado Ekiti and they will be addressing the media soon,” Okunnuga told The PUNCH. The plaintiffs, Segun Adelakun, Olu Ikusemori and Ajayi Lanre had through their counsel, Opeyemi Ogunremi, on May 5, 2019, brought an order pursuant to section 52 of Ekiti

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Ekiti 2022: Strategic silence of an expected contender

  In less than a year from now, governorship election will take place in Ekiti state, the basis upon which many aspirants have signified their interests in the race but with the exception of one, who has maintained a stoic but strategic silence. TAIYE ODEWALE writes   Due to timelessness allowed for electoral litigations in the 2002 and 2010 Electoral Acts, judicial pronouncement of October 15, 2010  which ousted Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti from office, made Ekiti state to join the league of states with separate dates for gubernatorial elections.   Recall that after the Court of Appeal ruling that day, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), was sworn in on 16th of October 2010  as the duly elected governor of the state from the 2007 governorship election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) from which Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), was earlier declared as winner by INEC. Historically, the court rulin

Ekiti restates commitment to teachers welfare

  The Ekiti State Government has reiterated its commitment to the welfare of teachers in its employ despite the prevailing paucity of funds. The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, stated this when he received in audience the newly constituted executive council of the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)who paid him a courtesy visit in his office. A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said the executives were led by the Chairman, NUT, Ekiti State Wing, Mr. Emmanuel Oke, who used the opportunity to table some of the union’s demands before the state government. The Deputy Governor, who is a former Commissioner for Education in the state, said teachers remain important partners in achieving a positive turnaround of the education sector as envisioned by Governor Kayode Fayemi. Congratulating the Ekiti NUT on the success of its recent State Delegates Conference and the election of new executives, Egbeyemi urged

Governor fayemi canvasses environmental protection to boost agric business

    The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday flagged off the distribution of equipment to farmers under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to promote agribusiness. The benefiting 540 farmers received 90,000 seedlings, 13,500 kilograms of fertilizers, 1,000 litres of agrochemicals, 550 pairs of safety boots, hand gloves, safety helmets, raincoats, knapsack sprayers, among others. The Governor also restated the commitment of his administration to the protection of the environment to make it conducive and attractive for agriculture and protect forest resources for the benefit of the state. Speaking at the flag off ceremony held at the Adetiloye Hall, Trade Fair Complex, Ado Ekiti, the Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said his administration has made incentives available to boost agriculture in the state. Dr. Fayemi noted that his administration explored the NEWMAP option in its quest to d

Ex-Ekiti deputy gov Lawal hails Senate for rejecting Onochie

  The former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Dr Sikiru Tae Lawal, has commended the Senate for rejecting the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Lawal, in a statement made available to reporters on Tuesday, said the rejection of the Special Assistant on New Media to President Buhari would sanitise the polity.   The former deputy governor pointed out that the rejection of Onochie was in order and also in line with extant law guiding the operations of INEC. Lawal, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ekiti 2022 election, explained that the approval of Onochie would ridicule INEC and fortify rigging in the future elections. The PDP leader opined that there was no way Onochie could be neutral and upright in the supervision of national elections, noting that it was only a credible election that could guarantee peace in the country.      

Ekiti to confiscate houses, hotels used for rape

  Ekiti State Government has unveiled plan to confiscate private houses, hotel accommodations and related places used for rape of a minor. A statement by Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Olawale Fapohunda said the Ministry of Justice had issued several warnings to hotel owners and other places of leisure that they risk confiscation of their facilities if such places are used for such offence.   In another development, the police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have begun investigation into the alleged rape of girl by a security operative attached to office of the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi. According to the statement, the alleged rape occurred on Monday, July 5, 2021, in Abuja. Fapohunda said the matter, which has been reported at Criminal Investigation Department (CID), FCT Command, was undergoing investigation, adding that further action will be determined by the outcome of the probe. Fapohunda said the ministry is presently p

Ekiti Govt Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Offences

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone preventing legal punishment for sex offenders and confiscate any facility used for the rape of minors in the state. In a release signed by the State Attorney General, Wale Fapounda, the government raised the alarm that more than 120 cases of rape are being heard in various courts across the state with a larger number of victims unwilling to toe the legal path. “The Ministry of Justice is presently prosecuting 121 cases of Rape in various courts across Ekiti State. This number is particularly disturbing considering that this statistic only relates to victims or their relatives who are willing to support the Ministry in the prosecution of these cases as the number of unwilling victims is even more alarming,” the statement noted. Consequently, the state government is sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to criminalize any attempt to wield unlawful influence to discontinue certain criminal matters including

Ekiti First Lady, Bisi Fayemi’s Security Aide Accused Of Rape

  The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has begun an investigation into the alleged rape of an unnamed lady by a security operative attached to Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi. The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda disclosed this in a statement obtained by SaharaReporters.   According to Fapohunda, the alleged rape incident occurred on Monday, July 5, 2021, in Abuja. He said the matter, which has been reported at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) FCT Command, was undergoing investigation, adding that further action will be determined by the outcome of the probe. The statement reads, “The Ministry of Justice is presently prosecuting 121 cases of Rape in various courts across Ekiti State. This number is particularly disturbing considering this statistic only relates to victims or their relatives who are willing to support the ministry in the prosecution of these cases. Adding unwilling victims to thi

Fayemi, Aregbesola, Ojudu meet in Ekiti

   Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday received Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President Senator Babafemi Ojudu in his office in Ado-Ekiti. The governor met with the minister and Senator Ojudu behind closed doors. Efforts by reporters to get the outcome of the meeting were unsuccessful as the trio declined comments, even as they posed for photographs and exchanged pleasantries with reporters.   Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Mr. Yinka Oyebode, however, described the meeting as a “family affairs” involving three brothers.   There is nothing unusual in the meeting. It is a courtesy visit to the Governor and it provided the three leaders, who are critical stakeholders in the Nigeria project, an opportunity to reflect on sundry national issues,” he said.  

Court remands Ekiti father for allegedly raping 11-year-old daughter

  Atane urged the court to remand the defendant pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Magistrate, O.F. Bamidele, granted the prosecutor’s request and ordered the defendant remanded at the correctional facility. Bamidele adjourned the matter till 11th August 2021 for mention. An Ekiti State Magistrate Court, Ado Ekiti Magisterial District, on Wednesday ordered the remand of a 37-year-old man, Musa Nurudeen, at the custodial centre in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, for allegedly raping his 11-year-old daughter. The defendant was arraigned before the court by the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice on the charge of rape. The Prosecutor from the ministry, E.S. Atane, said, “Musa was charged for the offence reasonably suspected to be rape on his 11-year-old biological daughter, who is a first-year Junior Secondary School student at their residence within Ado Ekiti Magisterial District, on 19th of May, 2021”. He said that the offence wa

Fayemi condoles with El-Rufai over former deputy’s death

  Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and the people of Kaduna State on the death of the immediate past Deputy Governor of the State, Barnabas Bantex. Fayemi, in a condolence message to El-Rufai, described Bantex’s death as unfortunate and a great loss to the people of Kaduna State considering his contributions to the development of the state in different capacities, notably as deputy governor between 2015 and 2019. The Governor noted that the late Bantex was a dedicated and loyal Deputy Governor and a party chieftain whose commitment and contributions to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were quite significant.   The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum added that Bantex was reputed for his unflinching loyalty to Governor El-Rufai with whom he had partnered to creatively manage the ethnic and religious diversity in Kaduna State between 2015 and 2019 when he served as Deputy Governor. H

Lagos businessman joins Ekiti governorship race

  A Lagos-based businessman, Kayode Olubunmi Ojo, has joined the governorship race in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said infrastructure development is a priority in the rural state, urging the people to explore a paradigm shift and aspire for the continuity of good governance, which foundation was laid by Governor Kayode Fayemi. He said a government of continuity should build on the foundation in the interest of Ekitiland. Describing Ekiti as a sophisticated and politically conscious state, he said the electorate will vote for the best candidate on a progressive platform. Ojo spoke with reporters in Lagos on his ambition, plans and preparation for the primary and the election. On the clamour by some people for zoning to Ekiti South Senatorial District, the aspirant said Ekiti is one zone united by common language and culture.   He added: “I am not saying that the Southern people don’t have people, we have great people in Ekiti So

Governor fayemi constitutes white paper committee on report of college of health sciences ijero ekiti crisis

  Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has set up a White Paper Committee to consider the report of the Investigative Panel set up by the state government to look into the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of some students of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero Ekiti, last month. The setting up of the White Paper Committee follows the submission of reports by the Investigation Panel, chaired by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Olabanji Filani. The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda is Chairman of the committee. Other members are: i) Dr. Folake Olomojobi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ii) Mr Bayo Opeyemi, Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishment and Training iii) Mr Akindele Ariyo, Director, Pension and Inspectorate (Secretary)   Signed Olayinka Oyebode Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Son inaugurates ekiti office laboratory complex

    The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) on Friday inaugurated its Ekiti State office and laboratory complex to further enhance human capacity and capability in line with stipulated best practices prescribed by the international Standards Organization. Performing the commissioning of the complex in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Kayode Fayemi called on both local and international Industrialists to avail themselves of the new facilities and invest in the state in an effort towards the much needed industrialization and economic viability. The Governor, who noted that the inauguration of SON’s permanent office was timely with the recent feasibility study and design of Ekiti Special Economic zone infrastructure currently ongoing through the ADB middle income technical assistance grants, added that it would enhance the economy activities of the state like never before with standard and quality assurance in its proper place. While reiterating the frontline position of agriculture

Ekiti state governor-fayemi lauds growth in the mining sector

  The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has reiterated the vision of the Federal Government to reposition the mineral and mining sector to contribute optimally to the country’s revenue base and create job opportunities for the citizens. Dr Fayemi stated this on Thursday in a goodwill message he delivered at the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development’s Strategic Engagement virtual meeting with the 774 Local Government Council Chairmen and other critical Mining Sector Stakeholders, noted that the committee that drafted the roadmap for the growth and development of the Nigerian Mining sector in 2016, focused on building consensus on the critical actions required to move the sector forward including engaging all the stakeholders. He advocated the need to continue to ensure that grassroots stakeholders were well positioned to participate meaningfully in the industry, adding that the local inhabitants must be the first to benefit from any mining activities in their l