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Osinbajo, Govs Due In Ekiti As Fayemi Marks Three Years In Office

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Osinbajo, Govs Due In Ekiti As Fayemi Marks Three Years In Office

… Ekiti Procures Drones, APCs To Fight Insecurity

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), state governors and other eminent citizens are expected in Ekiti State to mark the third anniversary of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration. Vice President Osinbajo is expected to commission one of the legacy projects, the Civic Centre in Ado Ekiti for public use on 14th October as part of activities lined up to mark the third anniversary with the theme: “Consolidation… Building for Transformation.”

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Akinbowale Omole, at a media briefing on Thursday in Ad-Ekiti to herald the third anniversary celebration.

The Civic Centre, which is located at Fajuyi area of the state capital houses a museum, art gallery, shopping mall, cinema, public library, conference/ event centre, office space among other facilities, is already causing excitement among residents ahead of its inauguration.

Omole, who was joined at the media briefing by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Biodun Oyebanji; Head of Service, Mrs Peju Babafemi, Director General, Bureau of Land Servises, Mrs Funke Falodu and Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Ayodele Jinadu, also disclosed that the resuscitated Ikun Dairy farm located at Ikun Ekiti and run in partnership with the Promasidor Group is also slated for inauguration.

The Deji Fasuan Model College, built and named after the Chairman of the Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, Chief Oladeji Fasuan, who turns 90 years old on October 1, will be the first project to be commissioned. The commissioning slated for Friday would kickstart other project commissioning till the end of October.

A major highlight of the anniversary celebration, according to the Commissioner , is the Oni Uyi Award ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state.

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Commenting on the state’s commitment to the security of lives of its citizens and its readiness to tackle crime, the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, disclosed that the Fayemi Administration has procured a drone and two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) in fulfilment of its promise to tackle security challenges and secure life and property.

Oyebanji said: “The drone has been procured; security equipment have to be manufactured according to specification and end user certificate has to be got as well. The drone will get to Nigeria very soon and we will take delivery of it.

“When it gets here, you will be informed because there are lots of protocols to follow. Mr Governor has also procured two APCs and we have embarked on safe city initiatives.”

Speaking on Ekiti at 25 and the journey so far, Oyebanji said: “We have left Egypt although we might not have reached the Promised Land. Ekiti is work in progress because every leader that has ruled this state has contributed to its growth and development.”

On workers welfare, the HOS, Mrs Babafemi said the Fayemi Administration places premium on the welfare of civil servants within the available resources assuring that outstanding welfare issues would be attended to as soon as the state economy improves.

Omole assured that the Fayemi Administration would do everything within its power to ensure the completion of the ongoing agro cargo airport and other projects it has embarked on before the end of its tenure on October 15, 2022.

On some giant strides of the Fayemi Administration, Omole said: “Only recently, Ekiti was named as one of the Top Three States out of 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, in the recently released Transparency and Integrity Index 2021 report published by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. In this area, we are very pleased that we would be presenting to you many landmark projects that would be commissioned.

“Infrastructure is something that cannot be hidden – they are there for everyone to see. We have been extra diligent in the implementation of our projects to ensure they stand the test of time and service many generations of Ekiti kete to come. We are happy that we would be commissioning many of our legacy projects including the Civic Centre in Ado-Ekiti

“Some of the large scale infrastructural projects facilitated by government’s partnership with development partners include the resuscitated Ikun Dairy Farm, Rice Mills in Ado Ekiti, Cassava Processing Plants in Oke Ako-Irele axis, rehabilitation of major dams, construction of interstate roads, ongoing Agro Cargo Airport, among others and the World Bank alone has executed over 635 micro projects in all the 133 communities across the 16 Local Government Areas in the State.

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“We are excited that our enabling laws that make education free and compulsory for all children in Ekiti from Primary One till Senior Secondary 3, as well as our investments in human capital development have occasioned a verifiable increase in school enrollment in public Primary Schools in the state from 106, 271 in 2018 to 141,982 in 2021, while that of public secondary schools increased from 84,146 in 2018 to 109,140 in 2021 and from 700 to 2,021 for the same period in the area of technical education.

“I am sure you remember that the administration started with an Executive Order proscribing the payment of school fees as well as made education from Primary to Senior Secondary School levels genuinely free, qualitative, and compulsory. Governor Fayemi also paid all outstanding counterpart funds owed by the immediate past administration running into almost N3.6 billion to UBEC for 2016, 2017 and 2018 and an additional N4 billion for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

“It is on record that Ekiti was the first state in Nigeria to pay the UBEC/SUBEB matching grants for the year 2021. The proactive step of the payment of matching grants totalling N7.6b to UBEC by the Fayemi-led Administration prepared grounds for the ongoing massive rehabilitation of school infrastructure and construction of additional school buildings in the state.

On the award ceremony, Alhaji Jinadu explained that the Oni Uyi award would be in two categories: “The Real Architects of Creation of Ekiti State and “The Builders of Ekiti.”

 

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Gumi Protests As Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists

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Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has condemned a court’s declaration of bandits as terrorists as a political decision.

“I think the Federal Government has succumbed to media blackmail by a section of the country.

“It will not have any practical value because even before the declaration they are being fought and treated as terrorists,” he said.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had declared proscribed bandit groups as terrorists.

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Specifically, the court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups, constitute acts of terrorism.

In a statement issued by Malam Tukur Mamu ,the Dan-Iyan Fika and Media Consultant to Sheikh Gumi, the Muslim scholar said: “So it’s just a nomenclature which I believe will not change the dynamics on ground.

“If you can remember, IPOB was also declared a terrorist organisation. The declaration was even backed by the order of the court, but as you can see even the international community did not recognise FG’s declaration on IPOB.

“So it has failed to be effective or to achieve the desired results.

“They have not been banned from travelling to other countries, while their citizenship remains intact; it has not been denounced. So what type of declaration is that?

“I sincerely hope that Nigerians will not take the herdsmen as terrorists, but should regard the criminality of the few among them against innocent people as acts of terrorism just as we see IPOB and their attacks on security agencies and other northern citizens as acts of terrorism.

“Very few herdsmen are bandits if you go through their population.

“I hope this declaration will not give the licence to people to be profiling herdsmen in general as terrorists and taking laws into their hands against them.

“It will cause more mayhem. The declaration will not change anything, it will not change the dynamics. Already the military is engaging them.

“It didn’t stop them from kidnappings and killings. The declaration will not end their aggression against the society.
‘It is a socio-political problem’

“The Fulani banditry is a socio-economic problem. We have seen it, we interacted widely with them.

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“We told the federal government the way out. It can only be won through engagement, dialogue and justice.

“That is why today there is relative peace in the Niger Delta because government has accepted the painful reality of rehabilitating and empowering them.

“There has to be equitable distribution of wealth in Nigeria and justice for every one.

“People don’t want to accept it. Before the issue of banditry that now affects all of us, the Fulani have suffered so much.

“They have lost their legitimate means of livelihood; I mean their cows through cattle rustling and extortion by security agencies.

“That has to be addressed as a means of genuine reconciliation and integration. They should have sense of belonging.”

 

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Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has declared the activities of bandits in Nigeria as acts of terrorism.

In a landmark judgment on Thursday, the court said “Yan Bindiga group”, “Yan Ta’adda group” and others alike are active terrorists.

M. B. Abubakar, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Federal Ministry of Justice, filed an ex-parte motion.

A supporting affidavit, filed by Aminu Kayode Alilu of the ministry, explained why the application was made.

The government told the court that bandits were responsible for several acts of criminality in different parts of the country.

The oath pointed out that Yan Bindiga, Yan Ta’adda and others were responsible for “wanton destruction of lives and property in Nigeria, particularly in the Northwest and North-central states”.

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It mentioned, “kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings”.

The government said the outlaws were carrying out “acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety and is a threat to national security and the corporate existence of Nigeria”.

In his pronouncement, Justice Taiwo proscribed Yan Bindiga, Yan Ta’adda and all bandit clusters “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called”.

The judge directed the Federal Government to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.

 

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Telecoms Services Restored In Kaduna

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Following the return of peace to the troubled parts of Kaduna, the state government has ordered the immediate restoration of telecommunication service in areas where the facility was earlier suspended for security reasons.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said this while addressing newsmen in Kaduna.

He said, the state government had contacted relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of the services.

He recalled that in October 2021 security agencies had requested the shutdown as part of the measures to address the problem of banditry and related crimes.

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“The security agencies have notified he government that telecoms services can now be restored.

“The initial shutdown, along with other measures, had helped the security agencies to achieve some results“, Aruwan said

He said it was unfortunate that the measure, had its negative impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses.

He assured residents that the restoration of full services in the affected area would be full achieved in few days.
While commending the sacrifices made by residents during the temporary shutdown he expressed regrets for inconveniences caused the affected areas.

The commissioner, however, said other measures, on security measures aimed at combating crimes in the affected areas remained in force.

“These include; prohibition of movement of motorcycle, the ban on weekly market, transportation of cattle and sales of cattle across the state,” he said.

 

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