Ekiti Increases Maternity Leave to 16 Weeks

The Ekiti State Government on Monday announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.

The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state.

He said it was also aimed at encouraging exclusive breastfeeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth.

It is also meant to promote good nutrition for both mothers and their newborn children, he said.

Ajumobi said that nursing mothers would, in addition to the four months, be granted two hours’ off duty every day for a period of six months from the date they resumed from maternity leave.

According to him, the commitment of the Fayose-led administration to the reduction in mothers and children’s mortality and morbidity rate to the barest minimum remains sacrosanct.

Ajumobi said the crèche at the state secretariat had also been invigorated to boost bonding between mothers and their children during official working hours without undue hindrance to performance and efficiency at the workplace.

The permanent secretary lamented that lack of good nutrition; poverty, hunger as well as the lack of access to economic and political empowerment had largely contributed to high maternal and child mortality.

He, however, noted that the present administration in the state would continue to roll out various palliative packages exclusively for women to empower and guard them against avoidable travails.

Ajumobi said such measures already in existence include the provision of N500m as revolving soft-loan to promote small and medium Enterprises driven by women.

Also, women farmers were being supported with various incentives, he said.

According to him, the government has also encouraged women’s access to political power.

Harmful traditional practices to woman’s nutritional and sexual reproductive health, such as widowhood rites and inheritance had become criminal offenses in the state, he said.

He said that rapists and wife beaters now face life sentences in the state.

(NAN)

Fayose Cannot Win Election In Ekiti Again – Olufemi Aduloju

Mr Olufemi Aduloju, The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, has said that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is still living in the past when the federal might assisted him to win two governorship elections.

Aduloju, who reminded the governor that his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been dislodged from the federal level, said his boast that he will win the 2018 governorship election in the state was an empty one, especially with his dwindling popularity each passing day.

The APC chieftain who spoke in Ekiti while reaction to Fayose’s boast that his PDP would win hands down in the 16 council areas of the state, said “it is on record that the governor has never won a single free and fair election.

“Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo supported Fayose to defeat the then Governor Niyi Adebayo in 2003 just as former President, Goodluck Jonathan deployed funds and security agents to ease former Governor, Kayode Fayemi out of office to favour Fayose in 2014.

“The only election that Fayose participated in as a candidate of the opposition party in 2011 ended in disaster for him as he, as Labour Party candidate in the National Assembly election, could not win even his constituency.

“Governor Fayose must wake up and stop dreaming of winning 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election for his dead party in the state. The only base of Fayose’s political structure, which is the federal might with his party in power, has collapsed. But the governor is still living in the past glory of winning election through the federal might. Perhaps he has forgotten that PDP lost the centre years back.

“PDP is no longer at the helms of affair in Nigeria, the power that the former Presidents gave you to control police, civil defence corps, other security outfits and INEC has expired and no longer available. Fayose cannot win any election in Ekiti State without the federal might.

“Even the last PDP primaries that produced him for the governorship election was fraudulent and rigged, it was Ayo Fayose vs Ayo Fayose, there was no other aspirants at the venue, security personnel were used to chase them away from the venue because Fayose could not contest an election and win without intimidation and harassment.

“In 2003, Obasanjo and Chief Olabode George then the southwest PDP chairman helped Fayose. He was surprised when he was declared the winner of that election, he prostrated about 22 times, thanking the former President. That was why he messed up the government and he was thrown out.

“On the eve of the 2014 governorship election, over 90 per cent of APC leaders were arrested and detained till after the doctored and flawed result was announced. Fayose’s so-called popularity cannot and will never award him victory at any election in Ekiti State in a free and fair contest. If he is so sure of himself, let him wait till 2018 when the chicken will come home to roost,” Aduloju stated.

 

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Why We Blocked Ekiti Funds – Nigerian Government

The Federal Government on Thursday said the January allocation from the Budget Support Facility, to Ekiti State was suspended because the state failed to comply with the basic requirements for participating in the facility.

A statement by the Ministry of Finance signed by the Director of Information, Salisu Dambata, said the BSF is a Conditional Loan Programme to State Governments introduced to enhance fiscal prudence, transparency, efficiency in public expenditure and payment of salaries.

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, had on Tuesday accused the Federal Ministry of Finance of withholding the state’s statutory allocation for January for political reasons.

“In the last three, four weeks, after the Federal Allocation Committee meeting, it is sad that Ekiti Federal Allocation for January has not been released,” Mr. Fayose told journalists in Ado-Ekiti.

He said efforts by himself and other government officials to get explanations from the ministry yielded no results.

He alleged that the ministry of finance was victimising the people of Ekiti State for his criticism of the policies of the federal government.

The ministry said the Ekiti government failed to comply with the required conditions for the payment, and was not the first state to be denied the funds on such grounds.

It denied the claim that the ministry of finance withheld any statutory allocation due to Ekiti State, or any other State in the country.

“This is not the first time of non-compliance by the Ekiti State Government,” the statement read.

“His administration defaulted in meeting the conditions specified and agreed upon by the 35 State Governments that are participating in the programme as contained in the Fiscal Sustainability Plan (FSP) and the Ekiti State Government was warned formally of its failure to comply with the full requirements vide a letter on August 5, 2016, with reference number HMF/FMF/ASG/1/2016.

“The failure of Ekiti State Government to comply with the require

“The Ekiti State Government and all the other participating States are aware of the consequence of failure to comply with the full conditions and it is not the first time that a State would be stopped from accessing the Facility due to non-compliance.

“In the course of its normal duties, the Ministry of Finance has the right to query, suspend or withhold funds as part of the conditions of the Budget Support Facility.”

The Ekiti government described the explanation as an afterthought meant to mislead the public.

The Special Assistant to the governor in Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the state signed up for N14.4 billion and had received funds monthly in the last seven months from the ministry of Finance .

“So when did they realise that Ekiti State did not meet the conditions? Mr. Olayinka queried. “Or did they send the allocations in the last seven months in error?”

He also argued that there was no warning letter or notification from the Ministry of Finance before the governor raised the alarm, else there would have been no need for the governor to write a letter to the ministry demanding for explanations on the non-release of the funds.

“If the sent any letter, maybe they sent it today, because the governor was there yesterday and before then no one knew the reasons why the funds were not released,” Mr. Olayinka said.

“As I am talking to you, we have not received any letter from the ministry, if they sent any letter, maybe they sent it today. This explanation is an afterthought.”

Mr. Olayinka also said he was aware that the funds was earlier sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria along those of other states, but was later recalled and the name of Ekiti State removed from the list of 35 states.

ments and conditions for the Budget Support Facility (BSF) resulted in a letter sent to the Chief of Staff to notify him of the suspension of BSF for Ekiti State and it was conveyed to Mr. President before payment to the Ekiti State Government was reinstated.

 

Government withholds Ekiti’s January Allocation- Fayose

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has cried out against what he termed an attempt by the Federal Government by victimize the people of the state by withholding the January allocation to the state.

He said the action of the Federal Government was to get back at him over his consistent criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Mr. Fayose also alleged that the Federal Government was using the Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFFC, to frustrate ongoing projects in the state through “frivolous” investigations.

“In the last three, four weeks, after the Federal Allocation Committee meeting, it is sad that Ekiti Federal Allocation for January has not been released,” Mr. Fayose said, while briefing journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.

“Secondly, the budget support, for which we signed an ISPO for all states in Nigeria, Ekiti remains the only state not paid for the month of January. And it seems this is deliberate because up till now, no excuse or explanation has been given.

“I have written to the Federal Ministry of Finance, my Commissioner has been there, as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria, nobody is ready to talk to us.”

Mr. Fayose said he had to bring to the notice of the people alleged efforts by the Federal Government to harass and intimidate the people and government of Ekiti.

“We contacted the Honourable minister, all the directors at the Ministry of Finance, everybody is shying away from talking to us for the last 10 days now,” Mr. Fayose said.“It is important to note that the allocation and budget support from Abuja is our legitimate right. We have done the needful on our part and nobody from their end has queried the process.

“I don’t know why the average civil servant in Ekiti State should be made to suffer because of politics, it is not my salary, it is the salary of the Ekiti civil servants.

“Doing this in the name of politics and to destabilize this state is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

He recalled that the statutory allocation for Local governments in Lagos State was stopped by the Federal Government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo and it was fought until the money was paid back.

“I want to appeal to the Federal Government, I want to appeal to the Ministry of Finance not to allow themselves to be used to oppress and suffer the civil servants in Ekiti,” he said.

“If this is a political attempt to cause chaos in the state, it will not stand. I will not
also be cowed from saying the truth.”

News reaching our desk says that the governor stormed the headquarters of the Finance Ministry on Wednesday to further press for the release of the funds or get explain actions while the allocation was not released.

It was also learnt that he was in Abuja for a banquet of governors at the presidential villa over the outgoing and incoming governors of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko and Rotimi Akeredolu, respectively, but used the occasion to pursue the release of the funds.

Festus Akanbi, media aide to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said on Wednesday that he was not aware of such action by the ministry.

He however confirmed that Governor Fayose visited the ministry earlier in the day, but did not meet the minister, Kemi Adeosun, who was attending the Federal Executive Council meeting.

“An official of the ministry attended to him when he came, but I am not aware that allocation to the state was withheld,” Mr. Akanbi said.

He however promised to get the full details of the matter on Thursday when the minister would be present in the office.

INEC Promises Credible Polls In Ekiti, Osun

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged to conduct credible elections in Ekiti and Osun in 2018.

Adedeji Soyebi, the INEC National Commissioner for South West Zone, made the pledge while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the Zonal Strategic Plan Retreat for field officers of the commission in Ibadan.

Mr. Soyebi said the previous polls had been successful, adding that “any election conducted this year or other time will not be an exception.”

“It will based on the principle we have used in conducting elections.

“INEC will build on its various achievements in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and make sure that there is tremendous improvement in the future elections,” Mr. Soyebi said.

The commissioner said the Zonal Strategic Plan was aimed at generating ideas and inputs from electoral officers on the field before embarking on any national plan in readiness for the 2019 elections.

“At the end of the retreat, a synthetic report will be ready which the commission will present at a national stakeholders meeting involving political parties, civil society organisations, security apparatus and other stakeholders in the conduct of elections,’’ he said

Mr. Soyebi urged the participants to make meaningful contributions that would play vital roles in assisting the commission to be more effective.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Ariyo Ayoola, the Acting Administrative Secretary of INEC in Oyo State, said the commission would develop a new strategic plan.

According to Mr. Ayoola, the plan is expected to lead the nation to another successful general election in 2019.

He commended the commission for taking the retreat to the states to elicit local content, noting that the move was an attempt at ensuring collective ownership of the final copy of the strategic plan.

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Group Demands Prosecution of Ekiti Governor Fayose Over Arms Money

Some protesters under the aegis of “Patriotic Mothers Without Borders”, on Friday, January 20, 2017 stormed the EFCC Abuja headquarters calling for the “arrest, investigation and prosecution” of Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, over his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.

Chanting “Fayose must go”, the women numbering about 300 carried various placards and banners with inscriptions like: “EFCC Must Prosecute Fayose”, “Corruption is Corruption”, “Fayose is being tormented by the blood of innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram”.

Convener of the group, Nnenna Jideofor, accused Fayose of stealing part of funds meant to equip the military in the fight against terrorism.

She said: “The gravity of the crime does not permit that we wait indefinitely for Fayose to leave office; he would have finished spending his share of the loot by then, and he has all the time to destroy evidence.”

While presenting its petition to Umar Mohammed, Deputy Director Operations, Abuja, Jideofor expressed discontent at the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ekiti, ordering the EFCC to de-freeze Fayose’s Zenith Bank account, that the agency earlier froze having been linked to the arms deal scandal.

“As mothers, we beg the EFCC to as a matter of urgency, investigate how much Fayose gave lawmakers of Ekiti State House of Assembly who we believe have lost their souls to an overlord,” she added.

Responding, Mohammed assured the “mothers with borders” that the agency takes all petitions seriously, and that of the women would be given adequate attention.

“We are not selective in our operations, and every petition received is thoroughly investigated, no matter how highly placed the person is,” he said.

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Ekiti Residents Turn to Dog Meat for Nutrition

Dogs have disappeared from streets in Ekiti State following a rise in the consumption of dog meat by residents, a check by the News Agency of Nigeria has shown.

NAN reports that more people have increasingly turned to dog meat for their nutrition.

In Ado Ekiti, Ikere Ekiti, Ise Ekiti, Emure Ekiti, Ikole Ekiti and Otun Ekiti, new dog slaughter slabs have sprung up as the residents devour the meat in homes and restaurants.

A resident said no fewer than 20 slaughter slabs existed in Ado Ekiti alone.

“A good number of beer parlours and relaxation centres now make pepper soup and suya from dog meat.

“Because of the high rate of consumption of dog meat, it is now difficult to see dogs on the street and their cost have risen,” the resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

NAN reports that three-months-old dogs previously sold for as low as N500, now attract up to N3,000, while adult go for between N6,000 and N15,000 depending on the size.

A veterinary doctor, Kunle Adeyemi, warned against excessive consumption of dog meat, saying, “It is risky and injurious to health due to rabies content in dog flesh and blood.”

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Ekiti APC Slams Pastor Adeboye Over Support For Fayose

The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the comments of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye.

yesterday commending the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, for what he called the governor’s courage and willingness to defend his people and the cause of the common man in the country.

The party said it was alarmed that a cleric of Mr. Adeboye’s standing could praise Governor Fayose for his persistent insults and abuses on President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the cleric should be seen as speaking for himself and his comment must not be seen as representing that of the entire members of the RCCG.

In a release issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday and signed by the state chairman of the party, Jide Awe, the party alleged that Mr. Fayose could have bribed Mr. Adeboye with huge amount of money to get such endorsement, which is not being circulated.

Pastor Adeboye had during his tour of the country to the state as part of the church’s annual ‘Let’s Go A Fishing” programme, said to Mr. Fayose: “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness, we thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”

Mr. Awe said Governor Fayose is a man that can bribe even angel of God to endorse the devil, warning Mr. Adeboye to avoid what will make the people of Ekiti rise against him.

The APC said that Mr. Adeboye even chose this period of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to embark on praise singing of a character like Mr. Fayose is to say the least, preposterous.

The party chairman called on members of the RCCG, especially families of the founder, Josiah Akindayomi, to call Mr. Adeboye to order before he destroys the church with his involvement in politics.

He said the pastor must not be allowed to destroy the legacies of the founder of the Redeemed Church and the entire members of the church.

Mr. Awe said Mr. Adeboye should be reminded that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a staunch member of the RCCG and what is expected of the cleric was support for members of his church, not praise singing of Mr. Fayose.

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Why I Can Never Be Impeached – Fayose

AYO Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state has said that negative prophecies against him will always fail because he is God’s project.
According to him, whatever God has purposed for him could not be altered by mere wishes of me.
Fayose made this declaration on Sunday, December 18, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, during the annual Christmas Carol Service at the Government House Grounds.
His statement comes on the heels of prophecies from some clerics who had predicted that he would be impeached or removed from office in less than a year after his assumption of office.
But in a statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose said that enemies can’t change his destiny.
He also warned his aides against betrayal or subversive actions, saying whoever does that would only have himself to blame in the end.
Fayose said: “God knows everything and for Ekiti and her people, we are going forward and with God all things are possible. In January this year, a cleric said I would be removed in 2016 and I am still here by God’s grace. On April 22, 2015, somebody said myself and Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State would be removed from office, but am still here.
“My enemies can’t change my destiny. I am God’s project and all that he plans for my life will come to pass, no matter how bitter some people feel. Anybody with a negative prophecy against me and this state will fail. We won’t lose any battle in Ekiti.
“God is bound by His words and will accomplish them.”
The governor also urged the people of the state to be positive minded and hope for a better and brighter future.
Recall that a popular prophet in Akure, Ondo state, last year predicted the impeachment of Ekiti and Ondo state governors.
Prophet Oladipo, the founder of Faith and Victory Church in Akure who predicted Fayose’s victory last year said God showed him the controversial governor will be removed from office before the year end.
Prophet Oladipo insisted that Fayose will be removed from office in six months time and his Ondo state counterpart will be impeached by December.

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Fayose Storms Zenith Bank, Withdraws N5m Cash

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Thursday stormed the Ado-Ekiti branch of the Zenith Bank to make withdrawal from his hitherto frozen account following a federal high court order asking the bank to de-freeze the governor’s account.

Governor Fayose who made a withdrawal of N5 million in cash and thanked Nigerians for standing with him and against the recklessness of the EFCC.

Details later.

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Fayemi Acted Illegally In Ekiti, Supreme Court Says

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the payment of N3.3 billion to local government chairmen and councillors who were relieved of their duties by former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor, now the Minister of Solid Minerals, had in 2010 during his assumption into office as governor relieved the appellants of their duties 15 months into the end of their tenures.

Mr. Fayemi had appointed caretaker committee into his government to carry out most of the functions that the local government chairmen and councillors would have done.

In a unanimous judgment read by Justice Chima Nweze, the Supreme Court held that the sack by Mr. Fayemi was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr. Nweze ordered that the chairmen, who were unlawfully removed by the governor, be paid their salaries and other allowances for the period they were unlawfully removed from office.

Speaking outside the court, Wole Ayeni, former Chairman, Ikole Local Government and Ogunbiyi Olasunkanmi-Synergy commended the court for the good judgment.

According to them, the judiciary has come to life since this matter started many years ago.

They, therefore, commended the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. (NAN)