By Ariwidola Idowu
Ado Ekiti, Dec. 14, 2018 (NNN) The World Bank is to spend $3 million on three government technical colleges in Ekiti under the bank’s Innovation and Development Effectiveness for Acquisition of Skills ( IDEAS) programme.
The bank’s Senior Education Specialist, Dr Tunde Adekola, said this at a meeting with Gov. Kayode Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti.
According to Adekola, the IDEAS programme would focus on boosting technical and vocational education skills and would be private sector-driven.
Adekola said the IDEAS initiative would provide training and certification for middle-level manpower that would see technical colleges return to their original mandate.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti that the World Bank team was confident that the programme would succeed because of the full accreditation of the colleges.
The statement quoted Adekola as saying that the World Bank was happy that the five-year programme aligned with the knowledge-based economy being pursued by the Fayemi administration.
It also quoted Fayemi as expressing confidence that the programme would address the deterioration in craftsmanship, saying the government would make technical and vocational education a cardinal goal.
The governor also said his administration would provide the necessary support for the immediate take-off of the IDEAS programme in the colleges.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that IDEAS is a World Bank successor programme to SEPIP which was started by Fayemi in November 2013 during his first term.
The programme ensured the establishment of various education-related projects, including the ongoing rehabilitation of the Government Technical College, Ado Ekiti. (NNN) https://nnn.ng/world-bank-to-spend-3m-on-ekiti-technical-colleges/
(Edited by Shittu Obassa/Mufutau Ojo)
(Edited by Shittu Obassa/Mufutau Ojo)
No directive to constitute disciplinary c’tee against us — Ojudu, others
Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others have said that there was no directive from the National Caretaker Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), mandating the Ekiti chapter of the party to constitute disciplinary committee against them.
Besides Ojudu, Ekiti APC affected members are, Oyetunde Ojo, a former governorship aspirant of the party, Dr Wole Oluyede, Ayo Ajibade, Femi Adeleye and Bunmi Ogunleye.
The rest are, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, Toyin Oluwasola, and Ben Oguntuase.
NAN recalls that Mr Sam Oluwalana, Ekiti APC’s Director of Media and Publicity and a member of the committee, had on Sept. 15, said that the party had constituted a nine-man committee to query some party members.
He said that it was over alleged violation of NEC directive by the party members.
The 11 aggrieved members noted that the decision of the Ekiti APC to impose disciplinary measures against them and subsequent invitation were clear violation of their fundamental human rights to seek redress in court when aggrieved.
The affected members stated this in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee by their counsel, Chief Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, and a copy made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.
The aggrieved APC chieftains explained that they would not be attending the committee’s invitation.
The aggrieved APC members, through their councel said “it is sub-judice in law with consequences, saying they would not get fair hearing considering comments from members of the committee and leaders of the party.
“The information at the disposal of our clients is contrary to your claim that the National Caretaker Committee of the APC directed the Ekiti chapter to set up Disciplinary committee to try them.
“Sir, looking at the composition of your committee, especially the position of one of your members, the Ekiti APC Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Sam Oluwalana, has already written the report of your committee while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, Sept.,15.
“He went to the extent of calling our clients recalcitrant. You will agree with us that we can not guarantee the impartiality of your Committee.
“Still on the issue of independence and impartiality of your Committee, our Clients have raised serious objection to the venue of your meeting.
“That the composition of your Committee is against the principles of Nemo Judex in causa Sual, that is, no one is judge in his own cause.
“This is one of the cardinal rules of Natural Justice that no person can judge a case in which they have an interest.
“Mr Paul Omotosho that constituted your Committee and to whom all your findings shall be reported to is a party to Suit No. /446/2020.
Adeniyi, however, said clients were ready for the progress, unity of the APC and genuine reconciliation toward putting an end to the crisis in the party.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Fayemi inaugurates steering committee on Open Government Partnership
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday inaugurated the steering committee of Open Government Partnership (OGP), to further demonstrate his administration’s commitment to open governance, transparency and accountability.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that OGP is an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at promoting open governance, citizen’s empowerment, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen member states.
Fayemi, who inaugurated the committee at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, said the OGP initiative was in consonance with his restoration agenda as clearly spelt out in the five pillars of his administration.
The steering committee, which is to be coordinated by the Commissioner for Budget, Mr Femi Ajayi, had the Director General Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD), Prof. Mobolaji Aluko as member.
Special Adviser, Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr O’seun Odewale; Permanent Secretary (Finance) Mr Folorunso; Permanent Secretary (Budget) Mr Adeleke Adefolaju; Accountant General, Mrs Titilayo Olayinka and Special Adviser, Mr Biodun Oluleye.
Others include: Prof. Oluwadare C.T, Olafunsho Olajide from Disability Not a Barrier Initiative; President, Ekiti Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Chief Kola Akosile; and Representative of the Institution of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mrs Agbaje.
Members of the steering committee, according to the Governor, were selected from civil society organisations, professional bodies, youth parliaments, public service and other interest groups.
This was to ensure more commitment from the government to promote open governance, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen governance in Ekiti State.
The Governor explained that his administration had always prioritised inclusion of the needs and aspirations of towns and communities in the State’s annual budgets
He said that the OGP initiative would increase collaboration between government and other stakeholders to improve the standard of living of the people in the state.
“The Open Government Partnership initiative will also promote more collaboration work within government by promoting mutual accountability, information sharing and coordination among MDAs.
“This will promote efficiency in government and delivery of the goals of the five pillars,” he said.
Fayemi explained that OGP would further strengthen his administration’s reforms in open budget, open contracting, revenue transparency, beneficial ownership transparency, assets disclosure, access to information, citizens’ engagement and empowerment.
Ekiti being the first State to join OGP in South-western Nigeria, Fayemi expressed delight that his administration’s efforts at deepening good governance and embracing inclusive participation were gaining recognition at international level.
According to him, as a responsible government, we always insisted that all government functionaries demonstrated understanding of accountability and transparency in their various activities.
“The policy areas are the right to information, gender and inclusion, digital governance and rights, protection of civic space and natural resources and fight against corruption.
“The OGP was launched in 2011 with eight (8) founding member government. In July, 2016 Nigeria, through the efforts of Open Alliance, joined the partnership as 70th member country.
“To deepen ongoing institutional and policy reforms in Ekiti State, we applied for membership of Open Government Partnership in October, 2019, the application was graciously approved,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Development, Mr Femi Ajayi stated that the initiative involved engaging citizens in governance, adding that the benefits of the partnership was enormous.
Ajayi said that such partnership, if well coordinated would cement the already cordial relationship between the government and the civil society.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Felix Ajide
Lawmaker donates 5 motorised boreholes, promises more
Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has donated five motorised boreholes to his constituency.
The lawmaker during the inauguration of the projects on Sunday reiterated his earlier promise to sink a motorised borehole in each of the 42 wards in his constituency.
Ajuloopin, who is the Chairman House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, said the well-being of the people of his constituency is a top priority to him.
He pledged to continue to give adequate attention to projects that would have direct bearing on his constituents.
“These five newly completed boreholes take us to a total of 13 and we are spurred to do more; we will be doing this based on availability of funds.
“We still have plenty of projects to bring to our people but it is one step at a time.
“We are careful about what we are doing, so that we won’t give a community in need of transformer, a borehole. We don’t want to make such a mistake,” he said
He appealed to his constituents to exercise patience with him as the COVID-19 pandemic affected a lot of things already in the pipeline for the year, saying that he would not, however, be deterred from delivering his mandate.
The lawmaker thanked the people for their support, while expressing happiness for belonging to the constituency.
As at the time of visit to some of the projects sites, all the boreholes were fully operational.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Felix Ajide
Police arraign man for allegedly abducting girl in Ado-Ekiti
A 21-year old man, Mohammed Yakubu, on Monday appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly abducting a 17-year-old girl with intent to have carnal knowledge of her.
The defendant whose address is unknown, is standing trial on a charge of abduction.
The prosecutor, Insp. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendant committed the offence between Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 at Zone 9, Olorunda area of Ado-Ekiti.
Akinwale alleged that the defendant abducted a 17-year-old girl with intent to have carnal knowledge of her.
He said the offence contravened Section 225 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
His counsel, Mr Abiola Gboyega, urged the court to grant him bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case till Oct. 30 for hearing.
Edited By: Deji Abdulwahab/Razak Owolabi