Doctors in the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, have asked the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to provide adequate security for the hospital.
Some staff had staged violent protests following the death of two doctors from the hospital that were among the six doctors and a driver that died along Abuja-Kaduna road on April 24 while going for the Nigerian Medical Association’s Annual General Meeting.
The protesters had called for the immediate removal of the Chief Medical Director, Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele, saying the cause of the accident was diabolical.
Rising from an extra-ordinary meeting on Monday, the branch Medical and Consultants Association of Nigeria lamented that its members were assaulted in the violent protests staged by the staff.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting and read by its branch Chairman, Dr. Timothy Olajide, the doctors lamented the manners through which their colleagues were being prevented from duty and which could affect patients adversely.
I won’t grant grazing reserves in Ekiti for Fulani herdsmen – Fayose
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the state government will not release any portion of the state’s land to serve as grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen.
Fayose said he only supports a situation whereby state governments establish ranches for herdsmen in their local communities.
He said moving large herds of cattle from one point to the other is no longer fashionable going by the attendant risks and conflicts being generated.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said this while featuring in an interview programme on radio and television stations in the state.
Fayose said: “By the powers conferred on me by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, I reserve the rights to allocate land in the state to people and we will not give an inch of our land to any cow rearer.
“Moving cows from one place to another is no longer fashionable.
“It is very primitive, provoking and could lead to another civil war.
“We cannot open our eyes and watch as cows destroy our farmlands.
“We need to ask some questions.
“The herdsmen who go about carrying AK 47 to kill people, who gave them the licences for such arms?
“Or are they above the law?
“How did they get those guns?
“Who purchased the guns for them?
“What is their agenda for arming them?
“Has the Boko Haram translated to the herdsmen?
“If you look at it critically, the herdsmen are all over the country carrying guns.
“Can we call it an agenda by them to overrun the country?
“The Buhari government should not only probe the activities of the herdsmen, but as well confiscate the guns they are carrying about.”
On his recent trip to China, Fayose said he had planned going there to attend an exhibition long before it was announced that President Muhammadu Buhari was also going on official visit.
He added that his visit afforded him the opportunity to meet Chinese investors and see a number of ways the state government could collaborate with them.
He said: “Even to those who frowned at my letter to the Chinese government that they should not grant the $2 billion loan the Federal Government requested, I have no apologies.
“The N6 trillion 2016 Budget already has over 25 per cent set aside to service debts.
“Then are we not adding salt to injury when we add another load of debts?
“Moreover, this is a government that is claiming to have recovered billions of looted funds, saved trillions through TSA among others.
“Then where are those funds?
“Where is Buhari keeping the money and for what?
“Buhari said he would sell some of the nine planes in the Presidential Fleet when he assumes office.
“He has not done that.
“Instead, it is daily trips to different parts of the world in those same aircraft.”
Fayose said in spite of the paucity of funds, his administration would still meet people’s expectations and ensure even distribution of amenities.
CBN Mobilises Ekiti People For Over N150 Unaccessed MSMEs Loan
The sum of N63 billion out of the N220 billion set aside by the federal government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost micro, small and medium-scale enterprises(MSME) in the country had been disbursed as at March, 2016.
60 per cent of the fund, according to the apex bank, would be dedicated to the provision of financial services to women based enterprises.
A CBN assistant director in the real development department, Mr Babatunde Ogunlaja, made the disclosure yesterday in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital during an interactive session with prospective loan beneficiaries of the scheme comprising farmers, businessmen and women, artisans and unemployed youths.
Ogunlaja said that experience has shown that women repay loans more than men and this made the bank to allot such high percentage to them.
He noted that N5 billion was disbursed to 80,000 farmers in Kebbi State to boost rice production in the country.
Ekiti to use Education Levy to rehabilitate schools – Fayose
The Ekiti State Government will use whatever it has so far got from the Education Levy to rehabilitate schools across the three senatorial districts soon, the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose stated this at a meeting with tipper drivers and suppliers at the Government House.
He was quoted as having said: “The state government will soon make public what has so far been raised through the Education Levy and then we will embark on the rehabilitation of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“We have been transparent in the handling of the finances of the state and that is why we are calling for more support and understanding from our people.
“There is economic recession in the country and that calls for prudent management of resources. The Education Levy was part of the outcome of the Education Summit we held last year. It is like the N500 you people are paying on a tipper-load of sand that we all agreed to.
“You can see that we have worked on Ado-Afao Road, a major axis where you people get your sand. Though some people want to sabotage our revenue-generation effort by printing fake receipts, we are evolving strategies to block loopholes. Anybody caught engaging in fraudulent act will be seriously dealt with.”
The governor, who used the occasion to comment on the strike embarked upon by civil servants in the state, said all stakeholders must understand the tough economic climate in the country now.
Fayose noted that those accusing state governors of not being creative enough in raising internally-generated revenue were unfair.
He opined that there was a limit to which government could squeeze money from people already pushed to the wall by harsh economic conditions and likened it to trying to get water out of tissue paper.
Fayose offers 100,000 hectares of land to agric investors
Gov. Ayo Fayose has approved the donation of 100,000 hectares of land to investors, who are willing to embark on farming to improve agricultural production in Ekiti. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, stated this on Wednesday while addressing participants at the ongoing 2016 Agric. Summit, holding in Ado Ekiti.
The commissioner said the government was ready to offer incentives to individuals and corporate bodies willing to invest in farming and other farm-based commercial activities in any part of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor had allocated another 10,000 hectares of land to members of the state chapter of Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria for ethanol production.
Odebunmi explained that the incentives were to create agribusiness and investment-friendly environment, capable of revolutionising agriculture as a big-time revenue earner in the state.
He enjoined the people of the state to embrace farming by cultivating lands in their neighbourhoods or farmsteads to plant stable food crops.
The commissioner said such efforts were capable of becoming something tangible in the long run, as the state strives to overcome its current economic problems.
“Agriculture remains the only sure way to get the country out of its economic woes, “ he said.
The commissioner explained that the summit was in line with the efforts of the state government to reposition the state’s economy. (NAN)