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Ekiti Speaker condoles with Fakiyesi’s family over death of former lawmaker



Speaker  of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, has condoled with family of the late Kola Fakiyesi over the death of the former lawmaker.

Afuye, who described Fakiyesi’s death as a rude shock, noted that the late lawmaker was a consistent politician who served meritoriously on the side of progress as a member in the state Assembly.

The speaker said this in a condolence message through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Tai Oguntayo, on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti.

According to him, the late  Fakiyesi, from Iyin- Ekiti, represented Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency 1 in the Assembly between 2003 and 2007 on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

He said the former Assemblyman died on Friday, Aug. 7.

Afuye added that  as a Commissioner in the Ekiti  Local Government Service Commission, Fakiyesi was the only man standing on the side of our party, AD, in the days of the government under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The former lawmaker stood his ground in the face of the heavy oppression of the government. He was the only  golden minority voice while the regime lasted,” he said.

The speaker lamented that death snatched away Fakiyesi, whom he described as a personal friend, at a time when his wealth of legislative experience was needed most.

He, however, urged the deceased’s family to look up to God, the giver of life, at this trying time.

He said, “Kola Fakiyesi lived a life of good legacies during his earthly sojourn.”

He, therefore, prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Fakiyesi, assuring them that the state assembly would give the deceased befitting rites as a former member and compatriot.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)


PDP commiserates with Fayose over sister’s death



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, over the death of his sister, Madam Moji Ladeji.

Ladeji died on Sept. 21 after a brief illness.

In a statement issued by PDP National Publicity secretary to commiserate with Fayose and the Ladeji family, the party said: “our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this moment of grief.

”Madam Ladeji was an exceptionally good-hearted personality who stood beside his brother, the former governor of Ekiti, with wise counsel and prayers, which immensely contributed to his success as governor.

“In our grief, we are however consoled that Madam Ladeji lived as a devout Christian and we believe that she has found rest in the bosom of the Saviour.

“Our party commiserates with the Fayose and Ladeji families and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.’’

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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NAICOM urges state govts to domesticate compulsory life insurance, others for citizens



The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), has appealed to state governments to domesticate compulsory group life insurance and other insurances in their states.

Mr Sunday Thomas, the Commissioner for Insurance of NAICOM, made the appeal on Tuesday when he visited Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

The commissioner in a statement in Abuja, also appealed to state governments to create a structure for the enforcement of the compulsory insurances.

Thomas said the structure which would be created by the government would be supported by the commission.

He listed some of the relevant mandatory insurance to include group life insurance for all employees of both public and private sectors and insurance for all buildings under construction more than two floors – builders’ liability.

Others are all public buildings including schools, offices, hotels, hospitals, markets (occupiers’ liability), professional indemnity for all medical practitioners and third party motor vehicle insurance.

“Over the years, the commission has embarked on series of programmes aimed at a nationwide massive public enlightenment with respect to compliance with the laws on compulsory insurances.

“In consequence of the losses, the victims are prone to sufferings which in many cases may lead to total impoverishment.

“The objectives of protecting third parties and relieving the government of the avoidable burden of compensation from the meagre wallet of the government led to the enactment of various laws on compulsory insurance products.

“It is on the strength of the above that the commission is seeking collaboration with the state government in the enforcement of the above mentioned compulsory insurances in the state.

“As the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, there is no better place to start the campaign than Ekiti State.’’

In his response, Fayemi advised the insurance sector to be flexible in creating new products that would align more to the country’s environment.

He said the state was taking insurance seriously but could still do more, while assuring the commission that the state would work with it.

“We may need to invite you to meet with the 36 state governors to apprise them of your initiatives.

“We have taken note of the benefits inherent in these compulsory insurances and we are always desirous to collaborate,’’ Fayemi said.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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Rape : Group calls for domestication of VAPP Act in Abia



An Umuahia-based non-governmental organisation, Public Enlightenment Projects (PEP), has called for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) in Abia.

Mrs Lilian Ezenwa, the Executive Director of PEP, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Tuesday.

Ezenwa said that some states, including Ekiti, had domesticated the law, which was passed in May 2015, while Abia had yet to do so.

She said: “Under the VAPP Act, we have the Sexual Offenders Register, which Abia has yet to upload online.

“It requires that once anybody is caught in any crime that has to do with molestation, domestic violence, child trafficking, child and sexual abuses, the person’s information should be uploaded there.”

Ezenwa said that the objective was to provide a database, where information about perpetrators could be sought during employment by employers of labour.

She said that PEP focused mainly on issues of child trafficking, rape and other similar vices.

She therefore called on the state and federal governments to embark on massive awareness campaign about the National Sexual Offenders Register.

Ezenwa underscored the need for offenders and would-be offenders to be aware of the Act to prevent people from committing sexual offences and violence against women.

Ezenwa decried the rate of rape in the country, especially during the lockdown, saying: “We are collating our data on rape in Abia, which we hope to publish by December.

“Our case is worse in Abia because people do not like to talk. We practice the culture of silence on issues of rape.

“Rape is on the increase. With the lockdown, a lot happened as the children stayed at home and rape takes place within the community.

“So people, including children, need to be aware because awareness will help to reduce a lot of crimes,” Ezenwa said.

Edited By: Sam Oditah
Source: NAN
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PDP wants late Zazzau monarch immortalised



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to immortalise late Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State  Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Shehu Idris, by naming a national monument after him


The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had been grief-stricken over the death of the highly revered Emir, describing his death as an irreparable national loss.

He described the late emir as an extraordinary and exceptionally loved monarch, who served his people with utmost dedication.

Ologbondiyan added that the deceased spent his life in  pursuit of people’s happiness as well as the wellbeing and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

“The late Emir of Zazzau was a selfless leader and outstanding nationalist, who made immeasurable sacrifices in his relentless roles toward the development and stability of our dear nation.

“He demonstrated that the essence of statesmanship is in employing its values to the advantage of others rather than  self.

“Our party calls on the federal government to take steps to further immortalise the late Emir, including naming a national monument after him,” he said.

Ologbondiyan commiserated with Gov. Nasir el-Rufai and the government of Kaduna State, family of the departed Emir as well as the good people of Zazzau Emirate.

He prayed the Almighty Allah to console them and grant the departed an eternal rest.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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