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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