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Osofisan, Okediran, Soremekun, Olu Obafemi, others Storm Ekiti ... As ANA Features Erelu Bisi Fayemi

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All is now set at De Jewel's Apartment in Ado Ekiti as literary giants like Professors Femi Osofisan, Olu Obafemi, Sunny Ododo and Dr Wale Okediran storm Ado Ekiti for the Public Reading of the LOUD SPEAKER by the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.

The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Ekiti State Chapter is today featuring Erelu Bisi Fayemi at its October Monthly Reading for the public reading of her latest book.

Among other books by the Guest Reader are: Speaking for my Self, Above Whisper. Each of the three books is about 500 pages.

In a statement by the State Chairman of ANA, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, "the event is the best of its series in Ekiti because it is rare to see men and women in politics to still find time out of their busy schedule to write."

Akogun opined: "Erelu Bisi Fayemi has done us proud as a highly cerebral person who has distinguished herself in the literary world

Fapohunda Solicits Bench, Bar's Support

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By
Gani Salau

 Attorney General and commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Mr Olawale Fapounda has solicited the cooperation of both the Bar and the Bench at the high court complex in order to move the ministry forward.

   Fapounda beckoned on the first term of Governor Kayode Fayemi when he was the Attorney General with a lot of positive activities, promised to move the judicial sector forward.

He however promised to reexermine the judicial sector so as to enable practical interventions that would meet international standard.

    He promised to get a new office complex for the ministry of justice for efficiency. On the part of the staff, he assured them of adequate and constant training in an established ministry of justice academy for optimum development.

 He further assured that the era whereby, the state counsel used their money to transport accused to the court was gone. He emphatically reiterated to facilitate the financial autonomy to the judiciary.

 He thereby assured the m…

Eleka's Appeal On Recount Suffers Another Defeat

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed the appeal filed by the People's Democratic Party's governorship candidate, Prof Olusola Kokapo challenging the Ruling of the Ekiti Governorship Tribunal on the recount of all the ballot papers used during the Ekiti Governorship Election.

This was among other prayers that were refused by the Tribunal. The Court of Appeal in their unanimous judgment affirmed all the findings and conclusions of the Tribunal and dismissed the Appeal.

The Court agreed with the Tribunal that the Secretary of the Tribunal cannot participate in the recount as prayed for by the Appellants who are Petitioners before the Tribunal. The Court of Appeal further held that the power to conduct a recount is vested in the Presiding Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The Court of Appeal agreed with the findings of the Tribunal that the sole paragraph of the petition upon which the application to recount was premised was "bogu…

NUJ Commiserates with Ekiti Assembly Over Member's Demise

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Ekiti State Council has commiserated with the members and staff of the State House of Assembly  over the gruesome murder of the lawmaker who represented Ekiti   southwest constituency two.

In a statement released by the secretary of the Union, Comrade Kayode Babatuyi, the  council described the murder of the lawmaker as pathetic and unfortunate.

According to the statement which was signed by the chairman Rotimi Ojomoyela  and the secretary Kayode Babatuyi, they said, "the killing of Honourable Michael Adedeji was an act of wickedness which had only cut short a blossom life.

"The lawmaker was a perfect gentle man, easy going and peace loving thus he was honoured with a chieftancy title by his community".

The council however,  expressed worry over the incessant killings and criminal activities in the state hence the various security outfit should intensify their security surveillance and put an end to the dastardly acts.

It prays God …

Minimum Wage: Labour Unions Rally in Ekiti, laud Fayemi’s commitment to workers welfare

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Labour union leaders in Ekiti State have expressed confidence in the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi to implement the N30,000 new national minimum wage when signed into law by the Federal Government.

The labour leaders stated this at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday during a peaceful rally organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) around Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, to drum support for the new minimum wage.

Labour leaders who spoke on behalf of the workers during the protest recalled that Fayemi was the only governor to review workers’ salaries and emoluments three different times during his first tenure.

They pointed out that the Fayemi-led Government also paid a little above the minimum wage for its workers.

They said through the Governor’s antecedence, they were convinced that Ekiti State government would effect the N30,000 minimum wage.

The Ekiti State  NLC Chairman, Prince Ade Adesanmi said: “We know Governor Fayemi’s antecedence  when it comes to …

BRIDGING AFRICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE GAP THROUGH STRONG SINO-AFRICA COOPERATION By Tunji Adeniyi

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September 24, 2018.

Background:

Historically, the West constituted Africa’s friend in politics and socio-economy. This is
understandable due to the evil called colonisation; and subsequent political independence and
sovereignty granted by the West to most African States. Though the West granted political
independence, they still control, largely, our economic independence. At least, they want to
control our speed of development through well-crafted polices, economic theories, institutions
and political designs, also aimed at protecting their economic interests. Consequently, any
friendship that seeks to change the status quo, like the Sino-Africa cooperation, is not viewed
constructively by the West.

Friendship is a two-way relationship, whereby, the distance between two friends are equal,
viewed from either end. Africa has been with the West for a long time, but resources flow to
Africa has been disproportionate, unfortunately. The cumulative effect of this is evident in
lopsid…

Revisit Our Welfare, Ekiti Obas Cry Out To Fayemi

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Traditional rulers in Ekiti State have appealed to the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to revisit their welfare packages that have been bastardized in the last four years.

At a meeting with the Governor in his office on Tuesday, 30th October 2018, the traditional rulers narrated their ordeals during the last administration where their salaries were not paid regularly and their allowances slashed to 40 per cent leading to situations where some obas get sitting allowances as low as two thousand or  four hundred naira.

The Obas, led by their chairman, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, the Oloye of Oye- Ekiti said it was unfortunate that custodians of the culture and tradition of the people could be treated in such a shabby and despicable manner where peanuts approved for them could not be paid while some people were living grandiose life style.

They called on the governor to be compassionate on them and return their rights and privileges that have been denied them in the last four years, urging …

Ekiti Bishop, Omotunde Asks Judges To Seek God’s Face While Discharging Their Duties

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Southeast Should Know That Politics is a Game of Numbers By Joe Igbokwe

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“Your child cannot surrender her waist for edifying beads and you will use the bead to decorate another child. A vote for Buhari in 2019 means a return of power to the South-West in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely” —Fashola

Fashola is the former governor of Lagos State, a state in Nigeria for 8 years. Lagos economy is bigger than that of Cameroun, Ghana, Senegal, Liberia and others. Today Fashola is the super Minister of Works, Power and Housing in Nigeria and I know what it means. I served under Asiwaju BAT, served Fashola for 8 years and I am serving under Gov Akinwunmi Ambode. I have seen it all about the majesty of South West politics. I have been in Lagos since the early 80s and I have learnt a lot. Fashola does not speak anyhow but when he decides to speak he throws punches. Every Igbo who is interested in Nigerian politics must read every word in Fashola’s unputdownable above. It carries weight and it speaks volumes.

President Buhari known for his honesty and integrity h…

Atiku, S/East rift deepens over single term request

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, does not seem to be interested in committing himself to a single term in office if he wins next year’s election, The Nation can now report.

Prominent Igbo leaders are said to have been putting pressure on Atiku to agree to do only one term in office  as a condition for the geo-political zone to support him.

The idea is to pave the way for  a Southeasterner to succeed him in 2023.

But Atiku, who believes his choice of Mr. Peter Obi from the zone, is enough as an expression of his respect for the people, is not keen on doing one term.

Southeast stakeholders, including prominent political leaders, are worried that the zone may have to wait till 2026 to have a shot at the Presidency should Atiku stick to his gun, and goes on to win the 2019 election.

The Nation learnt that the issue was the main subject of discussion as a meeting in Enugu last week when a committee earlier mandated to discuss the req…

Atiku not sincere on restructuring, says Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday named the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as one of those who stood against the restructuring of the country when the party was in power.

Atiku made restructuring a key plank of his campaign in the run up to the PDP national convention where he was nominated as the party’s presidential flag bearer in next year’s election.

But Osinbajo, speaking in Ibadan yesterday, said Atiku who was Vice President between 1999 and 2007, opposed every move made by the Lagos State government at that time to assert its authority.

Delivering a lecture entitled  “Developing the nation through youth empowerment”, at the University of Ibadan, the Vice President said: “I am not just an advocate of restructuring as there is no other government in Nigeria that has actively pursued restructuring such as we did when I was Attorney General in Lagos State.

“People talking about restructuring, if you ask them ‘what do you mean b…

Ekiti OMPAN Tasks Fayemi on Poverty Alleviation

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The Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPAN) Ekiti State Chapter has enjoined the governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi to fight Poverty.

The Association in a Press Release issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday and jointly signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Ayodele Abere and the State Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Adeniran in Ado Ekiti urged the new Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi (JKF, to focus on fighting poverty in the State as he pilots the affairs of the State for the next four years as the executive governor of the state.

OMPAN noted with great concern the level of poverty being experienced by the people of the State. The body advised the governor to declare war against poverty in the State before it becomes uncontrollable as he has promised to restore Ekiti values.

The statement further reads: "Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the new Governor of Ekiti State must ensure that the locally made contents are well patronised. Doing so would make money to be …

Fayose still in Custody - Lere Olayinka Confirms

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By Abasi Femi Oguntayo

The media aide to the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has confirmed that the controversial governor is still in custody, contrary to the news going around about his release.

He made the confirmation on Friday, 23rd of October, 2018, on twitter, where he tweeted that the governor has submitted the necessary documents to finalise his bail to the court as at 2pm on Friday and the former governor will hopefully be out of custody by Monday.

It could be recalled that the former Ekiti State governor, was granted bail by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on October 24th.

Fayose who is facing an 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering amounting to 2.2 billion, was granted a N50 million bail and the judge ordered that he should provide two sureties who must issue a 50 million bond in a reputable bank as well as possess three years tax clearance. She also directed that the former governor deposits his international passport wit…

Ekiti NUJ Lauds Fayemi's Abrogation of 'Child Taxation' in Ekiti

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By Abasi Femi Oguntayo

In a communique issued at the end of the monthly Congress Of the Nigerian Union Of Journalists (NUJ) in Ekiti State, the Congress lauded the Governor’s Executive Order abolishing Development Tax in Primary and Secondary Schools and making both levels of Education free in Ekiti State.

The congress which was Hosted By The FRCN Chapel At The Progress FM Station Ado-ekiti, On Thursday 25th October, 2018 resolved as follows:

The Congress congratulated the new administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, on its inauguration and enjoined him to offset the backlog of Salaries and Allowances of its Workers and Pensioners.

The Congress enjoined the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issue of the Minimum Wage by approving a meaningful living wage for Workers.

The Congress reviewed the efforts made so far by the State Council in respect of the re-opening of the BSES and appealed further to the National Broadcasting Commission to as a matter of ur…