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Ijesa Isu Stands Still As Adeniyi Buries Mum (PHOTO SPEAKS)

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By
Abasi Femi Oguntayo


Fountain Newsbreaker
Saturday, June 29, 2019


Fountain Newsbreaker Team was at the Funeral and Thanksgiving ceremony of the mother of Tunji Adeniyi, Olori Esther Bejide Adeniyi which was held at Hosannah African Church Cathedral, Ijesa Isu Ekiti.

Below are some of the shots taken at the event.

Photo: Abasi Femi



















6th Assembly Members Have Interest of Ekiti People at Heart - Afuye

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The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Funminiyi Afuye has described the entire members of the State legislative arm as selfless and claimed that they have interest of the State at heart.

Speaking on Ekiti Television (EKTV) programme; Day Break Nigeria , Afuye who described his other colleagues as having noble pedigree, also commended the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Osiomole.

''Irrespective of whatever anyone may say about the APC Chairman, I see him as a hero and a successful man without whom our party would have collapsed,'' the Speaker said. He also opined that for the mere fact that Osiomole led the party to win the presidency for APC, was enough to deserve commendation.

Reacting to what Ekiti State government would like to do differently this time around, the Ikere Ekiti born lawmaker disclosed that this government would bring back the core value of Ekiti people. He said that the previous government chased …

EKSG Partners NAPTIP To Combat Human Trafficking

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Ekiti State Government is in  partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) to strengthen the fight against human trafficking in the State.

The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda made this known while giving his opening remarks at the June 2019 Attorney General's Colloquium hosted by the Ministry of Justice, themed: The Time of NAPTIP in Fighting Human Trafficking In Nigeria.

Fapohunda stated that the purpose of the colloquium is to provide a platform where lawyers in the Ministry of Justice as well civil society can be better informed about Human Trafficking.

The Attorney General said that in addition to self education, the  Ministry has also embarked on review of the laws of Ekiti State to ensure that they are responsive to citizens concerns.

Fapohunda also stressed the importance of strengthening the partnerships with various government and non government institutions.

He stated that the fig…

Sanwo-Olu and The Power of Religious Influence - By Ade Olufadeju

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As reported in most today's dailies, Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has charged clerics to hype the Lagos traffic rules to members of the public.
This is what I call 'native intelligence' in governance.

Gerhard Lenski on page 331 of his book *The Religious Factor, a Sociologist’s Inquiry* , defines religion as “a system of beliefs about the nature of force(s), ultimately shaping man’s destiny, and the practices associated therewith, shared by members of a group.”

Although some have argued that religious influence should remain out of laws and out of politics in general, the basic truth is that when religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality, crime and intolerance.
It then must use punishment and police. Yet this is unsuccessful as morality, integrity and self-respect not already inherent in the individual, cannot be enforced with any great success. Only by a spiritual awareness and inculcation …

Fapohunda Chairs Justice Sector Reform, Human Trafficking Committees

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By
Abasi Femi Oguntayo

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has been announced as chairman of both the Ekiti State Justice Sector and Task Force on Hunan Trafficking Committee by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The committees which were inaugurated today, Monday June 24th, 2019 at the conference Hall of the governor's office in Ado-Ekiti, had Fapohunda inaugurated as the chairman of both committees.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi said that the State Justice Sector Reform Committee was inaugurated in a bid to reposition the administration of justice in the State.

He also stated that the State Task Force on Human Trafficking was inaugurated to reassure the people of his administration’s zero tolerance for human trafficking and using the state as a base for the perpetration of the crime.

Egbeyemi while talking on behalf of the Governor said the committee members were carefully selected based on th…

Fayemi Arrives Abidjan, as EKSG Seeks AfDB's Support

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has arrived Abidjan, capital of Cote D'voire to commence talks with the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Governor Fayemi and mmbers of his technical team will be meeting the AfDB President,  Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, today (Friday ) to explore areas of support for Ekiti State,  especially in Agriculture and infrastructure development.

Agriculture, rural and  infrastructure development as well as social investments are part of the five major pillars of the Kayode Fayemi administration.

Governor Fayemi says he is optimistic that the state would get AfDB's support for some of her projects and programmes that are geared towards socio- economic and infrastructure development of the state., in view of the institution' s record of supporting programmes that have positive  impact on the lives of the people.

Book Review: Diary Of A Detained Journalist - By Gbade Ademola

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Book Title: Diary of A Detained Journalist
Author: Gbade Ademola. 
Year of Publication: 2018
Publisher: SAN Fountain Ventures
No of Pages: 192

Cover Price: N2500

Reviewer: Gani Salau


INTRODUCTION
The book which is made of Fifteen chapters in One Hundred and Ninety Two pages with Twenty Eight references is written by Gbade Ademola, an administrator by training and a Journalist by practice. It was forwarded by Sina Odugbemi, a Human Rights Activist, Public Analyst and Critic, who describes it as instructive and engaging. 
Diary of a Detained Journalist was first published in 2018 targeting aspiring and practicing journalists and everyone who has an obsession for the journalism profession.
Just like the title suggests, the book tells us about the author's experiences as a practicing journalist during the military government of General Sani Abacha, his rough encounter with Late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi. He narrated how prominent  journalists in Nigeria were jailed or detained in the…

Book Review: Diary of A Detained Journalist - By Gbade Ademola

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Book Title: Diary of A Detained Journalist
Author: Gbade Ademola. 
Year of Publication: 2018
Publisher: SAN Fountain Ventures
No of Pages: 192

Cover Price: N2500

Reviewer: Gani Salau


INTRODUCTION
The book which is made of Fifteen chapters in One Hundred and Ninety Two pages with Twenty Eight references is written by Gbade Ademola, an administrator by training and a Journalist by practice. It was forwarded by Sina Odugbemi, a Human Rights Activist, Public Analyst and Critic, who describes it as instructive and engaging. 
Diary of a Detained Journalist was first published in 2018 targeting aspiring and practicing journalists and everyone who has an obsession for the journalism profession.
Just like the title suggests, the book tells us about the author's experiences as a practicing journalist during the military government of General Sani Abacha, his rough encounter with Late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi. He narrated how prominent  journalists in Nigeria were jailed or detained in the…

Fayemi Advocates Law Against Neglect of Projects Initiated By Past Administrations

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has canvassed the enactment of a transition law to prevent succeeding governments from abandoning projects initiated by past administrations.

The Governor said the law was needed to check the wanton abandonment of projects simply because they were not initiated by the incumbent.

Specifically, Governor Fayemi stated that most of the projects he initiated during his first term which impacted positively on the lives of the people were jettisoned by his successor.

He said the law will serve as a guide for any government and stipulate lines of demarcation between what constitutes infractions by way of abandonment of projects and actions that would be of tremendous benefit to the people.

The Governor stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, while receiving officials of the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) who were in the state to inspect projects that were financed from the N25 billion bond taken by the state government during his first term.

The first…

Funminiyi Afuye, Loyalty Personified By Tai Oguntayo

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Talk of consistency, you talk of the Rt Hon Fuminiyi Afuye

Talk of honesty & loyalty, you refer to the Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly

Little surprise this Ikere Ekiti born Constitutional lawyer has had a steady rise to power since over decade ago.

In the 3rd Assembly aka 13-13, he was the Leader of Business (2007-2011)

Under Dr Kayode Fayemi's first tenure as Governor, he was the Commissioner for Information, Youths & Sports

In this new dispensation, he was reelected into the House by Ikere Consistency 1 to represent them again.

Among his peers, Afuye was again unanimously elected to be the Rt Hon Speaker of the 6th Assembly. 

What distinguish Afuye among his predecessors are: his experience in lawmaking, profundity in law and his leadership candour. He directs the affairs of the house with maturity and occasional jocular interjections to diffuse tensions....

Office of  the Special Adviser, Media to the Speaker of Ekiti State State House of Assembly

Tai Oguntayo :Journey of a Rugged Pen-Pusher By Gani Salau

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Akogun, as fondly called, is a household name in Ekiti state and beyond mostly in the journalism family. Taking a look at this pen giant; both closely and at a distance, one thing that is sacrosanct is that he calls a spade a spade and not an hand ass.

This has earned him many accolades. Born 50/years ago in Okemesi Ekiti, Tai could be described as a gift not to Okemesi and Ekiti alone but Nigeria as a whole. To him, journalism is inbuilt considering his sojourn in life.

Tai cut his teeth in journalism in his campus days at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti in the late 1980s and later The Polytechnic, Ibadan where he served as the versatile Editor-in-Chief of The Press Club and PRO of the Press Council. He later told us in class, his journalism students, of how his Press Board was smashed severally by notorious students at The Polytechnic, Ibadan because of his unrepentant war against cultism and other vices on the campus.

In his quest for professional prerequisite after his mandato…

Human Trafficking: Fapohunda Assures Ekiti People of MOJ's Commitment To Tackling Menace

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By  Abasi Femi Oguntayo 
Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has assured the People of Ekiti State of the State Government commitment to tackling human trafficking which he noted  as an emerging scourge and major concern to the State.

He made the assurance at the 2019 Annual Law Week of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ekiti State Chapter, held at the Afe Babalola Bar Center, High Court Complex in Ado-Ekiti to kick start the FIDA Week 2019.

The Attorney-General while giving his speech on the topic - Human Trafficking: A Menace To The Social Economic Development of Our Society described human trafficking as a call for reflection.

Fapohunda in his statement stressed that combating Human Trafficking is one of the prioritised issues by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry has taken a three pronged approach to fight it namely: the Law, Judicial institutions and strategic Partnership with relevant government and non-governme…

Ekiti State/Belarus: EKSG Open To Mutually Beneficial Economic Partnerships - Fapohunda

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The Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has said that the Fayemi Administration will partner with any country for the purpose of enhancing the economic development of the State.

Speaking in Minsk, Belarus yesterday June 6, 2019, during an interactive session with some Belarusian Companies and Vocational training institutions, he said that the delegation from Ekiti State was in Belarus to identify  areas of economic partnerships with the Government of Belarus specifically in the areas of Agriculture , Technology and Skills development. 

The Attorney-General said that the Fayemi Administration has  enabled  policies and interventions that would strenthen the economy of the State. He stressed that an important priority of the administration is to create jobs and opportunities  especially for its large youth population.

Fapohunda informed the audience that the State Government had identified the use of technology in Agriculture  and investment in …

The Law is No Longer an Ass in Ekiti - By Akin Rotimi

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“The Law is an ass” is a commonly used expression to convey the frustrations individuals have with accessing justice. The metaphor of the stubbornness of the ass (donkey) refers to the very rigid application of the law. It has its origins in the works of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (1838), when the character Mr. Bumble - the aggrieved husband of an overbearing woman, is told in court that "...the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction", to which he replies: "If the law supposes that; …the law is an ass".

Everyone knows someone that has tried to access justice through litigation, and can understand why legal practitioners are generally agreed that disputes are not always best resolved in court, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.

This is why governments all over the world continue to advance several ways to reform their justice sectors in keeping with the times, and to be amenable to the peculiarities of their peoples and cultures.

 F…

The Price Of Change - By Gbadebo Adeagbo

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The word Change may seems to be an enormous word especially in political vocabulary whenever its uttered by politicians who have adequately studied the dynamics of power and its operational framework together with its effect on the masses.

 Getting familiar with this sonorous sloganeering barely came four years ago. It was believed to have connoted a slogan that would send packing the then ruling party into exile for having failed Nigerians at large. "Change" was indeed the right word to confront conspicuous act of corruption and gross mismanagement of public funds existing in the then ruling party which gives everyone a pseudo-legal rights to cart away our common wealth.

The word unequivocally crackdown the hubris tendencies that characterized the then ruling party for having being captured in many occasion that, their political gathering would rule Nigeria perpetually.

Change is a global word. It is a word that made the Chinese reformer, Deen Hsiao Ping to be decisive and…

Fayemi Signs Eight Bills To Law, As Ekiti Fifth Assembly Winds Up.

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday signed eight bills into law, including the Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency Law 2019, which is designed to attract investors to the state.
Other laws that were assented to by the Governor were: the Ekiti State Administration of Civil Justice law 2019;  Ekiti State Property Protection (Anti land grabbing law) 2019; College of Agriculture and Technology, Isan Ekiti Re-enactment Law 2019; Ekiti State Security Trust Fund Amendment Law 2019; 2019 Local Government Appropriation Law; Ekiti State Change of Government Official Logo Law 2019; and Ekiti State Waste Management Authority Repeal Law 2019.
The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeniran Alagbada, accompanied by the Clerk and other members of the House presented the documents to the Governor for his assent, in what he described as the last assignment of the outgoing Assembly. Speaking after signing the bills to law, Governor Fayemi emphasis…

Tourism: Six Days In Johannesburg - By Abasi Femi Oguntayo

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Being my first time travelling out of the country and my first time travelling on a plane, I was very anxious and could not wait for the day to come.
My Journey to South Africa Started on the Friday April 26th, 2019. That was the same day my late grandfather was laid to rest at his resident in Ipole Iloro. 
My Plane Experience
We left Ekiti For Lagos on Friday night and our fight which was scheduled to take off by 10am on Saturday morning was delayed till 10 that Evening. So, our flight was a night flight. 
There was a huge crowd at the departure unit of Muritala Mohammed Airport Lagos, this gave me the impression that people were moving massively out of this country. 
Well, we all checked in our luggage and proceeded straight to where our passports were cross checked, got our boarding and connecting tickets, because we had a stop over at Nairobi, Kenya.

We didn't have to wait at all because our flight which was to leave by 10 pm was already waiting for us, having wasted about an …