The committee constituted by Ekiti government to assist the incoming administration with seamless and smooth take-over of governance in the state has submitted its report to Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
Fayemi, while receiving the 332-page report on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti from its Chairman, Mr Foluso Daramola, said that the 20-man transition committee was set up in pursuance to Ekiti Transition Law, 2019. He said that the document would assist the incoming administration with seamless and smooth take-over of governance in the state.
According to him, it is as an enduring legacy aimed at setting standard for the process of handing over power to succeeding administration in the state.
Fayemi said that part of the responsibilities of the committee was to ensure adequate briefing of the incoming governor before assumption, and also ensure that salaries and benefits of political office holders were paid without delay.
The governor expressed delight that the assignment of the committee significantly captured the activities, programmes, projects and achievements of the outgoing government, in line with its agenda and policies.
“It is our hope that the report will provide the needed starting point for the incoming administration to start on the right footing.
“I must commend Ekiti people for electing Mr Abiodun Oyebanji, who had been part of the outgoing government in which he functioned as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
“This singular commendable decision of ‘Ekiti Kete’ has rightly resulted in the continuity of the good works of this administration.
“I am very confident that in view of this development, Ekiti will witness accelerated sustainable growth on all fronts of human endeavour.
“Your committee was constituted in pursuance to the Transition Law, 2019 which remains an enduring legacy of this administration, setting the standard for the process of handing over of power from one administration to the other in Ekiti,” he said.
Fayemi described the submission of the report as strategic, being a major event to the programme lined up for the inauguration of the incoming administration.
“As a government that values due process, it is inevitable for us to prepare the ground for the incoming administration to have a seamless and smooth take-off, in the overall interest of our people.
“I’m aware that the committee receives returns from ministries, departments and agencies of government through which the entirety of this government has been significantly x-rayed.
“I have no doubt that the report that has just been submitted will provide the needed starting point for the incoming administration to hit the ground running,” he said.
Earlier, chairman of the committee expressed appreciation to the governor for the opportunity given to him and other members to serve.
Daramola, who is also the SSG, expressed optimism that the observations and recommendations of the report would be a useful guide to the policy direction of the incoming administration.
In attendance at the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, Wife of the governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
Others were the Governor-elect, Mr Abayomi Oyebanji, Deputy Governor-elect, Mrs Monisade Afuye and the Head of Service, Mr Bamidele Agbede.
Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, immediate past Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, on Thursday called for the creation of a sole ministry for tourism.
Ojo-Lanre, a foremost tourism promoter, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said this was necessary to fully harness the potential of the industry for revenue generation.
According to him, merging the tourism industry with culture and information had hindered tourism growth over the years.
He called for the establishment of a legal framework for the industry which would go a long way in boosting investors’ confidence while the industry will remain formidable and organised.
“As a nation, we need to address the problems hindering the growth of tourism in Nigeria, these are lack of good legislation, no legal framework and we can not boast of 20 well developed tourism sites.
“Things should be done correctly, let us have a separate ministry for tourism, so that these problems and many more can be attended to.
“There is no political will about tourism as an economic sector which should be vigorously attended to,” he said.
On the World Tourism Day celebration in Nigeria, Ojo-Lanre said Nigerians still had a long way to go in yielding bountifully from tourism.
Hr said this was because the industry had not been fully developed like in other climes.
According to him, rather than celebrating the world tourism day like other nations, tourism practitioners in Nigeria only need to work unanimously in drawing government’s attention to the pitfalls in the industry.
“Tourism practitioners in Nigeria are supposed to work together on the occasion of the world tourism day, rethink tourism in a sober and reflective mood.
“We should not rejoice over failure and continue to dance over the comatose state of tourism in luxurious and choice venues.
“We join other countries that are steadily reaping fortunes from tourism to celebrate, instead, we should engage ourselves to call attention to the parlous state of affairs of tourism in Nigeria.
“We should come out with achievable strategies and a master plan of turning things over,” he said.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has said that his administration in the last four years delivered on its campaign mantra to restore the values of Ekiti people.
He said his administration had also laid the foundation for sustainable development.
Fayemi stated this in Ikere-Ekiti on Tuesday during his “Thank You” tour of the Ekiti-South Senatorial District, as part of the activities marking the end of his tenure.
The governor, while enumerating some of the achievements recorded by his administration especially in the district, said that the legacies would be sustained by the incoming administration.
He maintained that his administration performed well in the areas of education, human capital development, health, social security, social amenities and infrastructural development in all the senatorial districts of the state.
“It is easy to forget that when we embarked upon this journey four years ago, Ekiti was still in the dungeon.
“We had a lot of challenges and we promised to restore the value of our people and reclaim the land for progress and development.
“I believe that four years down the line we have discharged that duty to the best of our ability.
“I think we can thick the box in all of the areas in which we pledged to make life better for our people whether in education, human capital development,“ he said.
Fayemi said his administration upgraded the College of Education to the University of Education, Science and Technology and named it after Elder Bamidele Olumilua.
He said the upgrade was to complement the state, federal and private universities in Ekiti.
The governor described the airport project as extensive and said the “Knowledge Zone“ linked to it would in future constitute an Airport City. “This is because of a lot of development that will happen there will be to the benefit of the state.
Fayemi, while thanking the people of the state for their support, noted that the privilege to serve as governor gave him the chance to become the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and President, Forum of Regions of Africa (FRAS).
“Gratitude to our people in Ekiti State, particularly to the people of Southern Senatorial District.
“The people of the South Senatorial District have been good and gracious to us as a government and they have been good to us as a party.
“If we checked the result of the last election, you will see that our governor-elect received overwhelming support from the southern part of the state.
Mr Sunday Filani, a representative from Ikere Local Government Area, in his goodwill message, thanked the governor for the achievements of his administration.
He listed the upgrading of the College of Education, Ikere, to a degree-awarding university and the construction of Adelogun Bridge as some of the unprecedented achievements in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the other council areas also took time to enumerate the administration’s achievements in their domains.
The event was attended by the wife of the governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye and the Ekiti Govenor-Elect, Biodun Oyebanji and his wife, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji.
The Deputy Governor-Elect, Mrs Monisade Afuye and the Ekiti Chairman of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), Mr Paul Omotosho, were in attendance.
Others were Olowuro of Orun-Ekiti, Oba Aderounmu Adewumi; Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin and other government officials and party members.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has described the death of Chief Ayodele Ogunlade, a renowned journalist and former Minister of National Planning, as a great loss to the state and the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said Ogunlade was a man of honour and a worthy ambassador of Ekiti State.
The Ilupeju Ekiti-born industrialist and statesman died on Monday at the age of 88 years.
According to the governor, the late minister projected the core values of excellence, hard work and integrity for which Ekiti people are known.
The said that Ogunlade positively influenced the lives of many people when he began his career as a teacher before joining the Western Nigeria Television and the Broadcasting Service of Ondo State.
“This is where he rose through the ranks until 1976 when he was appointed as General Manager of Ondo State Broadcasting Service,” he said.
“Ogunlade’s appointment as permanent secretary in Ondo State barely two years after his elevation as general manger is a lesson that hard work is rewarding.
” He noted that the young generation of Nigerians should emulate this virtue, which later got Ogunlade appointed as Minister of National Planning under the military rule of General Sani Abacha.
The governor said Ogunlade’s life, as a community leader, journalist and industrialist, who ensured his family’s business became a household name, was inspiring and emulating.
He said Ogunlade would be greatly missed and remembered for his selfless contributions to national development.
“Our highly revered Baba Ogunlade was an icon of excellence, hard work and courage, for which Ekiti people are known.
“He was a beacon of hope and lived an inspiring life, which the younger generation of Nigerians should emulate.
His death is the end of another era, which will not easily be forgotten.
“His death is a loss, not only to Ekiti State but also Nigeria at large.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the family of Chief Ayo Ogunlade, and also pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss,” Fayemi said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released a 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign to be headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the list of members of the council released in Abuja on Saturday, Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Abdullahi Adamu, its National chairman, are to serve as deputy chairmen of the council .
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director General with James Faleke as secretary of the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy director-general (Operations) while Hadiza usman is the deputy director-general (Admin).
The 422-man campaign council has Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), as Vce Chairman and state Coordinator.
Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa-Ibom Governor, is vice chairmen (South-South and Uju Kennedy, the former female APC presidential aspirant is vice chairman South-East. Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa is the Regional Co-ordinator and Chairman for North and his state, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, regional co-ordinator South and Ebonyi; Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River is regional director South-south and Ebonyi.
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu is zonal co-ordinator for South-West and Ondo State; Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello is the zonal co-ordinator for North-central and his state.
Gov. Muhammed Yahaha is zonal co-ordinator for the North-East and Gombe and Gov. Bello Matawalle is the zonal co-ordinator for the North-West and Zamfara.
The list showed that all APC governors are co-ordinators of the presidential council in their respective states and where there was no sitting governors of the party, its governorship candidates were the co-ordinators.
Others appointed were Gov. Yahaha Bello of Kogi as National Youth Co-ordinator, Felix Nicholas, Deputy National Youth Co-ordinator; Festus Keyamo, spokesperson, Chris Tarka, deputy secretary, Gov. Kayode Fayemi is the Co-ordinator for Ekiti State and Adviser Foreign Affairs.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan is made Senior Adviser on strategic planning, Femi Gbajabiamila, Adviser on Legal Matters, Aliyu Wamako, former Sokoto State Governor, Adviser on Special Duties.
Rotimi Amaechi, is adviser on infrastructure; Ibikunle Amosun, adviser on contacts and mobilisation; Dele Alake, Adviser on Media, Communications and Public Affairs.
Others are Abdullahi Ganduje, adviser politcal affairs and Kano coordinator; Nasir El-rufai, coordinator, Kaduna State and senior adviser, policy, strategy and enforcement and Abdulrahaman Danbazzau adviser, strategic engagement.
Faleke, Secretary to the council, advised all nominees to pick their appointment letters on Monday at the APC presidential campaign office.
The PCC with its many directorates would be inaugurated on Sept. 26 at the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Office in Abuja
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman.
Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the NGF, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja.
“Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.
“ Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Bello-Barkindo said.
He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support.
“Yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the forum of governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation,” Fayemi said.
The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.
In his response, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years.
The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF.
“The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well,” Osinbajo said.
The vice president prayed that Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue.
Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct. 16.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council (NEC).
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Fayemi, who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday.
Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council, had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation.
He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members, he could affirm that Osinbajo’s leadership had been outstanding.
He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided.
The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward.
“I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time.
“In fact, I should say over the last seven years, but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years.
“And I have been part of all the NEC’s proceedings before your time, but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy, the focus, the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council,” he said.
In his remarks, the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting.
More so, at the meeting, NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood.
A Tourism and Hospitality Advocate, Wale Ojo-Lanre, says consumption of “Ponmo”, cow skin, is not contributing in anyway, to the downward slide of production in leather industry in Nigeria.
Ojo-Lanre, also the President, Ponmo Consumers Stakeholders in Nigeria, made this clarification in a statement on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti.
Ponmo is a popular supplement in soups prepared in many Nigerian homes, especially in the Southwestern part of the country where families of different classes are using it as an alternative or together with beef meat and chicken.
Ojo-Lanre, also faulted the claims by Alhaji Mohammed Yakubu, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), that cow skin (ponmo) consumption was contributing to the downward slide of production in Nigeria’s leather industry.
He was the Director-General, Ekiti State State Council for Arts and Culture and currently, the Senior Special Assistant on Tourism Development to Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
NILEST is a government agency responsible for the promotion of leather production in the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975. It conducts research on leather products and the use of local tanning materials in Nigeria.
Yakubu had called for prohibition of Ponmo’s consumption, claiming that its prohibition would be necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.
Ojo-Lanre said that the call for ban of Ponmo by NILEST Director-General would not have been necessary, if the institute had looked inwards through laudable ideas to other ways to increase leather production in the country.
He decried the proposed move by Yakubu to approach the National Assembly to enact law for the ban of Ponmo, a skin product used as adjunct at meals.
According to him, NILEST charged with the sustainability of the leather should think outside the box for sustainable strategies and formulas to shore up leather production, instead of calling for its ban.
Ojo-Lanre said that decrease in leather production in Nigeria was not as a result of ponmo consumption.
He said that ponmo has not only been beyond the reach of the people, but scarce, because of low production and lack of support to the livestock sector.
Ojo-Lanre, also a Tourism Ambassador, urged the institute concerned to research into the low production in leader industry and come up with the viable option of increments, instead of calling for ban of ponmo.
He urged NILEST management to do a proper fact-checking on low production of leather in Nigeria and should not believe that ponmo had drastically affected the output of leather.
The tourism ambassador identified some of the causes of low leather production as no positive intervention from the government, livestock under serious health infection, high cost of drugs due to exchange rate and lack of green pasture, among others.
He called on Nigerians to ask the NILEST when last it organise training and seminars for livestock growers and incentives available for livestock farmers.
According to him, when last has the institute engaged livestock growers and farmers in Nigeria to evaluate their constraints and challenges?
“And, what has it done to address the lack of skills, technology, intermediate inputs and processing equipment battling livestock growers and farmers in Nigeria?
The 36 states of the federation grew their combined Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by N360 billion in two years.
They grew the IGR from N1.31 trillion in 2019 to N1.67 trillion in 2021. Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti made the declaration in Abuja on Monday at the 8th IGR Peer Learning Event and launch of the NGF public finance database.
He said the share of IGR in total recurrent revenue of the states also rose from 31 per cent in 2019 to 35 per cent in 2021. Fayemi attributed the improvement to the conscious reforms in tax administration in the states.
“Consensus reforms were focused on ending multiple taxation; professionalising and modernising our revenue services; embracing a tax payer-centric culture that eases compliance and strengthens the existing social contract.
“What we need to do better is to foster an enabling tax environment and administration that allows us to optimise our revenue potential as sub-nationals.
“Our pursuit to do things differently has benefitted from the relentless efforts of our state officials, technical assistance programmes within our Secretariat and from partners’ support,’’ he said.
Fayemi added that collaborations and support had ensured that states stayed on the course of implementation, delivering far reaching reforms, which yielded the results.
He said, however, that state governments must occasionally respond to the fast-changing tax environment if they must stay ahead of evasion and avoidance tactics.
He added that attention must be paid to the emerging dynamics surrounding private income.
He listed the dynamics to include devaluation effect of rising inflation rate, structural transition in employment, business dealings and investments driven by the evolution of technology.
Fayemi advised his governor colleagues to examine ways of expanding their tax nets and improve the tax payer database.
He argued that this would require ending the proliferation of tax payers’ identification numbers and databases.
“It is pertinent that we harmonise; leveraging a unique identification number as it is the global best practice.
“For us to achieve this, information sharing between jurisdictions must be seamless, not only between the tiers of government, but also inter and intra-state,’’ he stressed.
The chairman called on the Joint Tax Board to find solution to the problem of inadequate information sharing between states to improve on transparency in tax revenues and also in the entire treasury.
He stated that the database, which was launched at the occasion, would allow users to easily filter and analyse states’ fiscal data and information.
“We understand the need to build greater accountability, especially showing citizens the linkage between their taxes and service delivery.
“We are working with our revenue services and with Ministries, Departments and Agencies to expand our tax-for-service initiatives in rewarding compliance, while ensuring that citizens knew where we expend their taxes annually,’’ he added Fayemi expressed the hope that the governors’ successors would continue the reforms.
The Director-General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru, assured that the Forum would continue to play an active role in mainstreaming tax programmes through advocacy.
He said the tax database portal would host comparable annual data on government spending, revenues, and financing in all states of the federation.
“This will feature hundreds of performance indicators that measure the quality of public spending and the intersection of public financial management and service delivery,’’ he said.
The Ekiti House of Assembly has passed the bill for the creation of three additional Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The passage followed the adoption and ratifying of the report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs at Thursday’s plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, in Ado-Ekiti.
The new additional LCDAs are: Eso One, with headquarters in Ikoro-Ekiti, Ikole with headquarters in Usin-Ekiti and Ayede with headquarters in Ayede-Ekiti.
The News Agency Nigeria recalls that the law for the creation of 19 LCDAs had earlier been assented to by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
The bill titled, “A Bill for a Law for the Creation of Three Local Council Development Areas in Ekiti (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, was submitted by the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chaired by Mr Tope Ogunleye.
The bill for a Law to Repeal and Re-Enact the Ekiti Polytechnic, Isan-Ekiti, 2022 was also passed.
The House adopted the report of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology submitted by its Chairman, Mrs Kemi Balogun and its eventual passage.
Furthermore, the assembly committed the Ekiti Local Government Administration Bill, 2022 to the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for further legislative scrutiny.
It, thereafter, adjourned plenary to Sept.20.