Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has urged Ekiti elders and leaders to ensure that politicians close ranks and put Ekiti interest first irrespective of their political differences.
He also said that he was ready to give quarterly account of his stewardship to Ekiti leaders and charged them to also make other public office holders do same.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said if Ekiti people are united, they will be surprised at the high level of development their state will attain in the shortest possible time.
Governor Fayose who stated this at the weekend during this year’s Ekiti Day organised by a social-cultural group, Ekiti Parapo, Lagos, said Ekiti is endowed with quality human resources who could take it to higher height, but political bitterness and division were hindering that.
The governor who is the patron of the group, frowned at a situation where some people, for political reasons, would want to set the state on fire because they lost out in political contest.
“We cannot but appreciate Ekiti Parapo, Lagos for your vision to unite us as a people.? When we are united, we will move mountain.? The Bible says when we stay together we will achieve together.? We need to unite Ekiti regardless of politics.? Politics as it is being played in our state is peculiar.? Whoever is leading our state has time and tenure but Ekiti interest is forever.
Fayose in China to meet agric investors, artisans training equipment experts
As part of his efforts to boost agriculture and improve technological expertise of artisans in Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose has travelled to Guangzhou, China to attend the 119th China Import and Export Fair otherwise known as the Canton Fair between April 14 and 19. The governor has only travelled out of the country twice since he assumed office in October 2014 and this trip to China, which was projected six months ago, will be his third trip outside Nigeria. Fayose Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who made this known in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, said the governor will hold talks with prospective investors in mechanised farming, experts in skill acquisition, particularly training in the area of perfect finishing in building construction as well as experts in auto-repairs modern technologies. The Canton Fair, which is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn, with a history of 59 years since 1957 attracts various types of business activities such as economic and technical cooperations and exchanges. In its ongoing efforts in diversification of the economy of the State, Ekiti State is scheduled to hold an Agricultural Summit in May, as part of the government’s efforts to revive agriculture and make it the mainstay of the economy of the State. Olayinka said apart from scheduled bilateral talks on Agriculture, Governor Fayose will also take advantage of the Canton Fair to hold talks with technical experts on training and technological exchange programmes for artisans in the State as part of his plan to get technical support for the proposed Artisans Village to be built in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital. The governor’s spokesperson emphasised that he (Fayose) will only be seeking for partnership with prospective Chinese Investors and technical experts without committing the State to any loan.
Farmers in Ekiti State have expressed their worries over the delay in getting assistance from the Federal Government to develop and expand their farms ahead of this year’s farming season.
Mr James Kupoluyi, the spokesman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Ikole Local Government Area told NAN on Thursday that the delay might have negative impacts on the current farming season if not addressed urgently.
He disclosed that the Federal Government in the third quarter of 2015, directed every farmer in Nigeria to register for a programme tagged “Nigeria Agricultural Payment Initiative” (NAPI), with the aim of assisting farmers.
“Many of us registered and have been waiting since then but have not get the assistance from the government to expand our farms.
“Some of us who are pensioners cannot afford hiring tractors to either plough our farmlands or buy seedlings and other necessary things to start effective farming because pension allowances are not paid as and when due.
“We call on the Federal Government to fulfill its promises of assisting farmers now that the planting season has commenced,” he said.
He expressed fears that late distribution of seedlings, inputs and delay in providing loans and other incentives would bring a setback to the economic diversification to agriculture as planned by the Federal Government.
Kupoluyi also appealed to government to address the problem of Fulani herdsmen that were destroying farms across the country to save the country from food shortage.
Toyin Falola wrote a book on the Agbekoya uprising called "Counting the Tiger's Teeth" as he was an active participant.I enjoyed reading the book...those farmers really tried sha but it was in vain tho...sad story.
11 governors for inauguration of Fayose’s projects
Eleven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors are due in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital today to witness the inauguration of projects executed by Governor Ayo Fayose.
They are Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Serieke Dickson (Bayelsa); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ibrahim Dakwambo (Gombe); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Darius Ishaku (Taraba) and Ben Ayade (Cross River).
Ishaku is also expected to hold a special thanksgiving to mark his Supreme Court victory in honour of Fayose who “predicted” his judicial triumph over his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, Mrs. Aisha Al-Hassan.
The hint was dropped at a briefing yesterday jointly addressed by Commissioner for Information Lanre Ogunsuyi and Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi.
The projects for inauguration are the Women Development Centre named after the late deputy governor Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka; 6.2km De-Head-Adetiloye Road executed at N782,021,436; the 800m dualised Awedele-Secretariat road, which gulped N488,199,974 and the Ewi’s Palace gallery on which the government said it spent N212.1million to complete.
Ogunsuyi said the Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka Women Centre was constructed at ‘no cost” to the government but through donations from corporate organisations and admirers of the late deputy governor.
Adelusi explained that Ishaku requested that the thanksgiving be held in Ekiti in appreciation of the support Fayose gave him during the trial.
He denied the APC’s allegation that Fayose collected money from the Federal Government that former Governor Kayode Fayemi spent on federal roads.
Civil servants are agitating for the payment of two months’ salaries of the three owed them.
Their agitation followed moratorium granted to states by the Federal Government to enable indebted states off set salary arrears.
The government is owing workers salary from January to date and leave bonus from 2014.
Since the federal government announced the moratorium, some civil servants had been agitating, though silently, that the government should be able to pay them at least two months out of the arrears owed them.
Ogunsuyi and Adelusi said the moratorium was only on the N9billion bail out collected from the Federal Government to pay salary arrears then which they said “was used judiciously”.
The governor’s aides said the moratorium did not affect the alleged N70billion debt inherited from the Fayemi administration.
The commissioner, who blamed the state’s current economic situation on the debt incurred by past administration, said the government would only discharge its responsibilities according to the funds available to it.