These were Fayemi's "renovation". I could have posted more school pictures but I wasn't too impressed with his architectural ideas.
I'm guessing they stole 2/3 of the money budgeted for renovation. It's like they just spray-painted old buildings...
Na wah for these Old-school guys sef
Aregbe has proven to be more posh and frosh than Fayemi/Fayose
Fashola too built some crappy schools in Lagos as well
Aregbe's schools are the standard
The problem with building standard schools is that you can only build a few because they require more funds. While low standard operations can scatter more schools around the state, giving an appearance of "he is working".
Fayose presents N67bn budget, assigns N100million to “stomach infrastructure”
The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday presented a budget proposal of N67billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2016 fiscal year.
Presenting the budget, Mr. Fayose said the figure represents a 17 percent reduction in the 2015 appropriation, which was N80billion.
According to him, the cut was informed by his government’s decision to live within its means and avoid proposing unrealizable projects.
The governor clarified that he decided to involve the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to monitor the implementation in order to prevent “political petitioners” from peddling lies against his government.
The governor appropriated N100 million to his “stomach infrastructure” programme, and also restored the scrapped Social Security Scheme for the indigent, which was initiated by the Kayode Fayemi-led government.
Mr. Fayose said 10,000 persons would continue to receive the sum of N5, 000 monthly from January, 2016.
Giving the details of the budget tagged Budget of Purposeful and Strategic Transformation, Mr. Fayose said N24billion and N44billion were earmarked for capital and recurrent expenditures respectively.
Under the capital expenditure, Mr. Fayose said the proposed airport, Oja Oba Market and the Flyover would become realities in 2016, being part of his efforts to give Ekiti a befitting facelift.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the huge recurrent figure of N43 billion, saying it was to enable him cater for workers’ welfare, which is a priority of his government.
He reiterated his position against the plan by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to either retrench or cut the N18, 000 minimum wage, saying his government won’t associate with any anti-people policy.
Mr. Fayose said he recorded a 70 per cent budget performance in 2015, despite the dwindling revenues caused by slump in oil prices in the international market.
1,300 patients benefit from free health mission in Ekiti
APC decries governor’s conduct in Assembly chamber
Over 1,300 people were treated for various ailments during a 4-day free health mission organized by the Ekiti State Ministry of Health in four communities in the State.
The health mission, which was jointly sponsored by the Ekiti State Government and Grace Project International, a Non-governmental Organization (NGO), was held at Ipoti, Otun, Erinmope and Ikun Ekiti.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo explained that the programme was a brainchild of some Ekiti indigenes in the medical profession across the globe.
Noting that assessable, affordable and health care delivery is one of the 6-cardinal programmes of the Fayose led administration; Ojo reiterated the commitment of the administration to guaranteeing qualitative health care service particularly to the downtrodden.
According to him, the welfare of the people remained top priority of the State Government, adding that the proposed State Health Insurance Scheme as well as provision of free health service for pregnant women and children under age of 5years are part of efforts at keeping the people healthy in addition to reducing mortality and morbidity rate in the State.
He highlighted other steps taken by government to strengthen health care delivery in the State to include the devolution of health personnel from the Local Government Service to the State Primary Health Care Development Agency for improved service delivery.
The Commissioner however noted that all government’s efforts would be wasted if the people refuse to take advantage of the gesture to improve their lots.
He therefore, appealed to all and sundry to patronize government’s Health facilities in order to benefit from the attempt of the present administration in the State to better their lot.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has criticised members of the State House of Assembly for allowing Governor Ayodele Fayose to act against protocol in the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation Bill in the hallowed chambers on Wednesday.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement that it was regrettable that the lawmakers allowed the governor to get away with the breach of official protocol that diminished the integrity of the Assembly, an institution that must keep its rules.
“The world watched in disbelief as Governor Fayose stormed the House of Assembly during presentation of his 2016 budget proposal in T-shirt and jeans against the official prescription of full native dress or complete English suit during such sittings.
‘The governor’s appearance before the house of assembly is uncultured and flagrant disregards for rule of law and constituted authority. It is ungovernorship, a violation of law and order, unruly, and an abuse of power
“We saw the first public declaration of loyalty by the Assembly members on the day of inauguration when they all prostrated for Fayose in the chambers, stating he is their father, little wonder that the speaker and the leadership of the House were not bold enough to tutor or caution him on the official mode of dressing allowed in the hallowed chamber when he presented the budget”, he said.
Ekiti Airport: Land owners sue Fayose, demand N650 million
The owners of the land acquired by the Ekiti State Government to build an airport have sued the state and demanded N650 million as damages. The plantation farmers dragged the state government and Governor Ayo Fayose to court for what they described as “unlawful and forcible acquisition” of their land.
In a suit number HAD/71/2015 filed before an Ado Ekiti High Court , the claimants – Faluyi Ayeni, Tunde Ademiluyi, Faturoti Simeon, Awe Ojo, Oladimeji Ojo, Oloniyi Agbadaola, Moses Ojo, Fabiyi Oso, and Julius Oso, – sued for themselves and on behalf of farmers and land owners of four communities affected by the proposed airport project. The communities affected are Igbogun farm settlement, Igbemo farm settlement, Iwajo farm settlement and Aso Ayegunle spanning three local government areas of the state.
Joined in the suit are the Commissioner for Works and Transportation; Commissioner for Lands and Housing; and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.
The aggrieved farmers claimed that the agents of the 1st defendant, Mr. Fayose, forcibly entered their land on October 2 without any prior notice and on subsequent occasions to clear and remove economic trees, crops and buildings.
They said the action was illegal and was a violation of their fundamental human rights and provisions of the Land Use Act 1978.
Among the reliefs sought is an order for the payment of the N650 million. They also asked the court for an order of injunction “restraining the defendants from further removing, harvesting, cropping, clearing or otherwise damaging their economic crops, buildings and chattels.” The plaintiffs also asked the court for an order of injunction “restraining the defendants, their agents, servants, assigns, labourers, workmen or whosoever from forcibly entering, trespassing, coercing, intimidating, harassing, threatening or in any manner whatsoever from gaining access to their farms and landed properties acting under the revocation captioned ‘Land Use Act 1978, Land required for the service of the Government of Ekiti State of Nigeria dated 18th day of September.”
They are also asking the Court to declare that the revocation of the Right of Occupancy to their respective parcels of land vide the Notice of Revocation captioned “Land Use Act 1978, Land required for the service of the Government of Ekiti State of Nigeria” is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs want the court to determine whether by the combined effect of Section 28 (6) of the Land Use Act 1978 and Sections 43 and 44 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the document titled “Land Use Act 1978, Land required for the service of the Government of Ekiti State of Nigeria” dated September18, 2015 issued by Mr. Fayose is valid in law to revoke their Right of Occupancy.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
Muslims in Ekiti State marched on the streets yesterday to protest the alleged take over of a parcel of land belonging to Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, Ado- Ekiti, the state capital.
They described the alleged seizure of the land by the Ekiti State government as “injustice and unlawful”, asking Governor Ayo Fayose not to tamper with the land.
The protesters are angry that the governor did not consult them before mobilising officials of the Ministry of Works to the land, which had been allegedly earmarked for a housing estate and a hotel.
They gathered at the Ado-Ekiti Central Mosque at 7am and marched to the land, chasing out the officials.
The protesters sang Islamic songs and chanted Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest) as the peaceful procession moved from the Central Mosque at Oja Oba to Ilawe Road, where the school established in 1970, was located.
Their leader, Alhaji Azeez Ibiyemi, said the alleged land grab was embarrassing and provocative to the Muslim community, which it said has a Certificate of Occupancy.
He said about 65 hectares were acquired by Muslims on that portion, where schools were built by the community before the government took them over.
He, however, said the unoccupied portion still remains their legal property.
Ibiyemi said: “We have the Certificate of Occupancy with us and the survey plan. This land belongs to Muslims in Ekiti and what we wanted to build on it is our international mosque, international youth centre, hospital and a tertiary institution.
“That was why we decided not to collect compensation when the schools were taken over by the government, so that we can make use of the remaining land.
“The government had taken over a portion of AUD Secondary School for the construction of Ministry of Works and the Pilot school in Ajilosun and no compensation was paid.
“The schools owned by Catholic, Anglican and Baptist have large expanse of lands, why must Muslims be targeted?”
Leader of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) Jamiu Ola-Anabi advised the government to back down “in the interest of peace”.
Ola-Anabi said the Fayose government should have met with the community before moving into the land, adding that encroachment on the land without their consent could spark an unending crisis.
But Commissioner for Information Lanre Ogunsuyi said the government was ready to dialogue to resolve the crisis.
He argued, however, that “every land in the state belongs to the government according to the Land Use Act”.
Ogunsuyi said: “It is wrong for any individual to say a particular land belongs to him or her. Government has the power to acquire any land, even if there is a house on it. The Muslim community is very important to us. We will dialogue and settle this matter amicably.”
The N67 billion budget presented by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to the state legislature recently has been passed into law after the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Jeje Samuel, presented the report of his committee on the budget scrutiny to the House at plenary on Tuesday.
According to the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, Jeje gave the breakdown of the approved budget as N42.1 billion for recurrent expenditure and N24.9 billion for capital expenditure.
Jeje added that the scrutiny was done by the committee in line with the laid down rules of the constitution and the Assembly.
According to the Finance Committee chairman, the committee’s actions were guided by the submissions of ministries, agencies and departments that appeared before the House to defend their estimates as well as the need to diversify the economy from sole reliance on Federal Allocation to exploitation of the state’s natural resources and widening of its tax base.
The committee recommended that the state Board of Internal Revenue and all other relevant bodies should work round the clock for aggressive revenue drive so as to make the budget achievable and realistic.
According to Aribisogan, the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Adeniran Alagbada, moved the motion for the adoption of the report, which was unanimously approved by all the lawmakers.
Speaking, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole, said the approved budget would not only empower the people of Ekiti State, but also make life more meaningful for them.
Oluwawole, who tagged the budget as budget of reality, remarked that it was quickly passed by the Assembly because its members were involved right from its conception.
He thanked his colleagues for their active participation and quick passage of the budget, while expressing confidence that it would be fully implemented by the government.
Meanwhile, two other bills – the Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill, 2015 and Office of Public Defender Bill, 2015 – were also passed at the plenary.
Both bills were passed after the chairmen of the appropriate committees that looked at them presented their reports to the House
Ado-Ekiti Main Market, the Erekesan, which was believed to have existed for over 100 years, has been demolished to pave the way for a new one. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA examines how the demolition affected the lives of traders and the city.
The Erekesan Market in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital is not run-of-the-mill market. It is the biggest, the busiest and the most patronised market not only in the city but in the entire state.
Otherwise known as the Oja Oba (the king’s market), it is in the heart of the city and adjacent to the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, Aladesanmi III.
As in other Yoruba towns and cities, it is located within the vicinity of the palace and is synonymous with royalty. Oja Oba in any Yoruba community serves as one of the symbols of the king and it is usually closed anytime a reigning monarch passes away.
The Erekesan Market, which is believed to have existed for over 100 years, grew in leaps and bounds as Ado-Ekiti expanded over the years and used to be patronised by customers from all over the country and beyond.
Other markets in Ado-Ekiti include Bisi, Okesa, Irona, Mojere, Enu Odi, Irasa, Better Life and Awedele. These markets are neighbourhood ones which serve the needs of people residing in the areas where they are located.
They exist alongside the city’s main market; but some of them open for business on specific days unlike the Erekesan which opens its doors for business every day.
The influx of more people into Ado-Ekiti, especially when the city became the capital of Ekiti State on October 1, 1996, widened the scope of the market; thus overstretching the little available facilities.
Having become a state capital without any known Master Plan, situations inside and outside the Erekesan Market became chaotic; judged by the huge crowd that visits it daily.
The market had no parking space. This resulted in making those who came to do business violate traffic rules. This is so because many traders; especially those without shops, displayed their wares in a disorganised manner and at unlawful places.
Apart from this, the market suffered environmental deterioration as heaps of garbage turned it to an eyesore. Owing to lack of toilet facilities, traders and their customers experience difficulties anytime they are hard-pressed.
Besides, theft of money, goods and other materials were common place and on some occasions, the aggrieved resorted to jungle justice until a police post was established at the Ewi’s Palace.
The market has been gutted by fire several times in the past; with goods worth millions of Naira lost.
Two tragedies befell the market in quick succession in the month of May. The first was the violent clash between youths of Ado-Ekiti and Hausa traders which resulted in the burning of some shops and the Hausa traders temporarily relocated to Shasha, on the outskirts of the neighbouring Ikere-Ekiti.
As the victims were still brooding over their losses, unknown arsonists set the market on fire about a week after the first incident which affected greater number of shops.
The relics of the burnt shops made the market ugly and made many traders bankrupt.
Apparently shocked by the savagery of the unknown individuals who set the market ablaze and the huge losses which followed it, Governor Ayo Fayose was determined to give the city a new market that befits its status.
During this year’s Udiroko Festival, Governor Fayose officially announced his readiness to construct a new market to replace the Erekesan as a mark of his respect for the Ewi and in appreciation of the support he received from his subjects at the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
As time went by, Fayose, who was determined to bring his dream for a new market to reality, summoned owners of buildings at the market to a meeting where he unfolded his administration’s intent and the compensation package.
The governor issued deadlines three times and ordered those to be affected by the planned demolition to move to Agric Olope and Awedele markets expected to serve as alternatives to the soon-to-be demolished Erekesan Market.
Fayose’s predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had wanted to demolish the market to build a new one but he was persuaded to put the plan in abeyance by Ado-Ekiti traditional rulers who wanted some sacred trees and shrines located in the market preserved.
Agric Olope Market was constructed by the Fayemi-led administration to be an alternative place in the event of the demolition of Erekesan Market. It was completed and allocated to traders but those to who shops were allotted did not move in there after they had paid the required fees.
The Fayemi administration also built the Awedele Neighbourhood Market in conjunction with the Oodua Investment Limited in order to reduce the pressure on the Erekesan Market and bring commerce nearer to the people.
As the demolition date approached, anxious traders began to remove their goods and other properties from the old market.
Fayose repeatedly announced that there won’t be an extension of date as some traders had demanded in view of the forthcoming Christmas season.
Many of them were pained that the market demolition was done few weeks to the Yuletide season. They had canvassed a shift of date to the middle of January next year to enable them to make some profits during the Christmas sales.
In spite of the passionate pleas, government’s bulldozers roared aloud and demolished the entire market. The skyline was covered with dust and the buildings and stalls were brought down one after the other.
Security agents, government officials, journalists, members of drivers’ union and other members of the public watched as the structures that had endured for a century were reduced to rubbles.
Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kayode Oso, told reporters that the demolition and excavation of the market premises would last for two weeks after which construction of an ultra-modern market with all the necessary facilities would begin.
He also assured that in 24 months, the market expected to cost N2 billion would be ready.
Oso said: “The project is already accepted by the people and would benefit them. The Oba and the Ewi- in-Council supports the project. Well-meaning and prominent Ekiti indigenes have all accepted it.
“Compensation was done in collaboration with market owners and in line with standards in the industry. About N360 million was expended on compensation to affected traders.
“The project will cost about N2 billion. It is going to be an elaborate shopping mall with many other facilities such as filling station, police station, motor parks and banks, among other social infrastructure.”
The Commissioner also assured that over 1,000 shop owners who have lost their shops to the reconstruction would have their shops back after completion of the project.
He further said: “We already have the list of those who have lost their shops and they would be taken care of. There would also be many other shops as we are going to have over 700 shops to be constructed in the mall.”
Some of the traders praised the efforts of the governor, saying he understands the needs of the common man.
Mr. Adeoye Adeyemi, popularly known as Oluomo Sketch in the market who sells shoes said: “Fayose is a good man and his tenure is good for us. This market is going to become better. God would continue to bless him. He should continue to remember us. We thank him for the great work he has done for us.”
Hon. Olasehinde Omotosho, former councillor of Ijoka Ward, Ado-Ekiti, said: “It is a welcome development. There is nothing we can do. The government has compensated the affected traders. We only need to thank His Excellency, because the project is for the good of the masses. It is not the first time this will be happening.