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Ekiti Commences Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage October

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 … As Fayemi approves recruitment of 2,000 primary and secondary schools teachers

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has stated that his administration would commence payment of N30,000 minimum wage to Ekiti workers this month.

Dr Fayemi said the payment of the minimum wage was to motivate workers, especially teachers,  to deliver the best to the state and reclaim the lost glory and pride of being the education nerve centre of the country.

The Governor, who spoke amidst cheers by highly elated teachers and public servants in attendance at the 2019 World Teachers’ Day celebration in  Ado- Ekiti on Saturday, however, tasked teachers to strive for the realisation of the bid to return the state to a leading position in education.

He said, “We will commence payment of N30,000 minimum wage to workers in Ekiti with effect from this month. We are determined to reward diligence because the workers, particularly our teachers, have done the state proud.”

Dr Fayemi, who reiterated the determination of his administration to protect and preserve the core values of making Ekiti the nation’s education capital, said he decided to establish more schools in Ado Ekiti to decongest schools in the capital city and make learning environment more conducive.

The Governor said, “The only way we can reclaim our lost glory in education is to encourage our teachers in and outside service. I will promote functional and technical education in this state.”

Fayemi said that the ongoing recruitment of over 2000 teachers into the public primary and secondary schools was part of the mission of the administration to safeguard the future of the state.  The newly recruited 2000 teachers, according to him, are to fill consequential vacancies arising from retirement of teachers adding that the teaching profession still needs brilliant, agile and vibrant men and women for the sustenance of the profession in the state.

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The Governor said:  “I have also ensured that all students of school age are in schools in line with Education Law which makes basic education compulsory and in line with global best practice.

“In this year’s West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination, Ekiti was ranked 12th. I want to salute our teachers, but that is not where Ekiti belongs, we must continually do more to rise to number one”, he said.

The governor, who further stated that car and housing loans would soon be extended to the primary school teachers, added that names of two Tutor-Generals would soon be announced. This he said, will put teachers on the same pedestal with their civil servant counterparts with potential to rise to the position of permanent secretary.

Fayemi said his administration would continue to pursue the mandate of the National Policy on Education which makes it compulsory for all school age children in Ekiti State.

He said, “I note of course what the chairman of NUT said here about loans being extended to primary schools teachers, and I want to assure you that that will be given very serious consideration. I also want to let you know that government has concluded plans to ensure that we commence the payment of minimum wage of N30,000 with effect from this month.

“Let me state specifically that two new Tutor-Generals appointments have been approved and would be announced in the next week and the third one of course would follow with the retirement of the third Tutor-General. On the other request relating to promotion, arrears of salaries and leave bonuses, I want to assure you that we would not renege on our promise and we are doing all we can to set outstanding obligations to all. As I have assured you at my recent meeting with all workers.

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 “I wish to state emphatically that we are running with the time and vision to ensure delivery of the dividends of democracy to all the good people of Ekiti State. In other words, we will do everything humanly possible not to leave any stone unturned in making life easier and more comfortable for our people both at home and in diaspora.

“The present administration in Ekiti State under my watch is poised, committed and highly determined to restoring, preserving and guiding our core values for posterity.

“May I reiterate at this auspicious moment that, Ekiti State Government will not renege on its promises to pursue free, compulsory, functional, basic, affordable, enterprising, quality, technical and vocational as well as entrepreneurship education. This is to ensure that all the school age children in Ekiti State are in school in accordance with the mandate of the National Policy on Education, Universal Basic Education Law and Sustainable Development Goals with Quality Assurance practices and global best practice.”

According to Governor Fayemi, “some of the remarkable landmark achievements and initiatives of this State government in the education sector include but not limited to the following: Enactment of Executive Order 001 prohibiting the collection of levies and fees from the pupils and students of all the public primary and secondary schools across the state; disbursement of running grants for the first, second and third terms of 2018/2019 academic session to all the public primary and secondary schools in the state; ongoing renovation of the dilapidated structures in some schools and distribution of free JAMB forms to 3000 candidates across the 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State.”

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Other achievements according to him are: establishment of four new public secondary schools in Ado-Ekiti metropolis to decongest some of the over populated secondary schools in the State Capital; payment of Bursary for students in Law School for 2018/2019 academic session; training and retraining of teachers in all the subject areas to build their skills and capacity for efficient and effective teaching and learning activities in the schools; regular payment of teachers’ salaries, allowances and personal emoluments including granting of loans and payment of core subjects and rural allowances to the teachers of core subjects and teachers serving in the rural areas respectively.

While congratulating the teachers and the critical stakeholders in the Sector, Fayemi implore all the well-meaning Ekiti people to join hands with him to move education forward to the next level of glory, urging teachers not to rest on their past glory but strive harder to be the best in their chosen profession.

In their remarks, the NUT Chairman and his ASSUS counterpart in the state Comrades Samuel Odugbesan and Sola Adigun respectively commended the state government for being labour friendly.

The labour leaders praised Fayemi for recruiting teachers into public schools across the state, saying this will help in strengthening the future of education.

They however appealed to government to pay all arrears of salaries, leave bonuses as well as effect promotion of deserving and qualified teachers.

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Breaking News: Customers Groan As Zenith Bank’s System Collapse

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Zenith Bank customers are currently in pains as they have been unable to get good service from the bank since the early hours of Saturday.

It was gathered that the bank is experiencing system collapse at the moment, even as customers are finding it very hard to withdraw or send money while other transactions with the bank have become estremely difficult.

According to some of the victims of the Zenith bank sudden system breakdown, the development became noticeable in the early hours of today at about 8: 45am and was yet to abate as the time of filling this report.

Some of the victims are seeing around the banks premises, especially ATM users lamenting their predicament.

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The Imperatives In Fadahunsi’s Bill for Orthopedic Hospital By Soji Ikotun

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Life, according to an old adage, has no duplicate. Another view says, health is wealth, while some doctrines claim that fitness is divinity. In all, we are on same trail where unarguably, good health comes with its willpower.
To average Nigerians, discussing issues that bother on health, are unequivocally align with efforts a government may put in place to mitigate the plights citizens were made through at getting quality health care delivery.
Passionate by the need to establish a Federal Orthopedic Hospital in Osun East Senatorial district, Senator Fadahunsi, Francis Adenigba, “Fada” as fondly called, laid on table, legislation to drive home the dream of a functional Orthopedic clinic in Ilesa, Osun State on Tuesday, the 23rd of November, 2021 at the floor of the Nigerian Senate.
The Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim El-Ladan read the presentation of Federal Orthopedic Hospital, Ilesha, Osun State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (SB 855) for first reading. If this Bills scale through, this will be another milestone towards alleviating the agony of accessing a quality healthcare for the good people of Ijeshaland, Osun East Senatorial district and Osun State at large.
The fallout of this is that, the people will have the first class medical attention when it comes to orthopedic diagnoses, as a branch of medicine that deals with correction of bone and muscle deformity. This hospital will perform range of other techniques from arthroscopy to muscle and tendon repair to corrective surgery for anatomical malalignment. Theoretically, orthopedic specialty hospitals offer multiple advantages compared with general medical practices.
Senator Fadahunsi, taking the bull by the horn, identified the necessity of such a huge investment of government to cushion the inaccessibility of orthopedic facilities in the area. Ilesa an ancient town as we all know, a densely populated city, is in dire need of adept surgeons and hospital to diagnosis, treat, rehabilitate, prevent injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
The speedy passage of this Bill and assent by the President will be a further indication that the present administration is attentive to the wellbeing of the people and it will go a long way to complement services of orthopedists in limited public and private specialist hospitals in the State, who cannot fully meet the demand of patients with skeletal deformities.
Of recent, the menace of these “Okada” riders, auto crashes even domestic injuries and muscular weakness, cases of broken bones, compression fractures, stress fractures, dislocations, muscle injury and tendon tears or ruptures are common reasons people visit orthopedic doctors. When these services are out of reach, people suffer severe pain in their sick beds, the purpose of quality health care delivery is defeated. It is therefore commendable and timing having a Bill in this direction.
Senator Fadahunsi, a consummate lawmaker and ex-Customs chief with track records of immeasurable accomplishments had played an eloquent role, digging in the necessities of having a specialized health care center in the heart of Ijesaland, the Federal Orthopedic Hospital, Ilesa, Osun State.
With Fadahunsi’s experiences and as a lobbyist which is one major characteristic of a prudent parliamentarian, he knows the capacities of the Co-sponsors at ensuring easy passage of this significant Bill, to navigate all the procedures of legislations and presidential assent by the grace of God.
The Senator Fadahunsi, Francis Adenigba 29 months’ exploits in the Senate has drawn quite impressive achievements to the Constituents in all ramifications of governance and this is noteworthy. Fadahunsi, a well-informed, intellectually resourceful reformist, he is well equipped to achieve desired results at all times.
So far, he has in Ife central and Atakumosa East local governments built blocks of classrooms for students at several schools. Solar powered boreholes were also provided in 8 out of the 10 Local governments areas of the Senatorial District while others are under construction.
When his attention was drawn to the epileptic power supply and total outage of at Ife North, Senator Fadahunsi supplied and installed new transformers while that of Idasa’ base in Ilesa is fully functional. Ward 7 and 8 of Atakumosa East Local government have been connected to the National grid and as we speak, the problems of electricity in those two wards is now an history.
In the area of empowerment and youth emancipation, Senator Francis Fadahunsi facilitated training of over 1300 women and youths, start-up grants were awarded for various trades.
These training which include Tailoring, Shoe making, Vulcanizing, Hair dressing, Furniture/Carpentry, Barbing, Soap making and many others are still ongoing and the scopes were enlarge to accommodate larger number of participants and other interested individuals in the Senatorial districts
It is also worthy of note that apart from not failing in making available various requests for cash gifts, Senator Francis Fadahunsi had sponsored about 308 youths in specialized vocations, they are all doing vibrantly well in their various fields as we speak.
He facilitated minimum of 2.2M loan for 55 party members in the Senatorial district. This to any responsible person the needed empowerment that can create jobs for the beneficiaries and participants in turn will become employers of labour.
In lawmaking, Senator Fadahunsi is not a push-over, since his assumption of office in the Upper Chamber, he has raised several bills and motions on the floor of the Senate.
In drawing Federal attention to the Constituency, Fadahunsi were able to lobby the Minister of Work, Babatunde Fashola in the construction, rehabilitation of some deplorable roads, the Ipetu-Ijesa-Ile-Oluji axis road, about 451m project and so many others.
Taking about employment opportunities to the Constituents, Fadahunsi has been in the front burner, youths in the district were recruited into the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, also at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, NCS, Trade Negotiation Office, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and the Nigerian Hajj commission, these are pensionable employments, so admirable.
As part of his succour to the people during the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Fadahunsi did direct transfer of total sums of N50m to the electorate across the ten local governments, this was at the period of the lockdown, he also evidently distributed food items to individuals and communities.
He has constructed various projects personally handled, one of which is the popular Town hall in Ilesa West local government, classrooms for schools and reading equipment. Senator Fadahunsi donated two brand new Hiace buses, 11 seaters and 15 seaters, worth N18m to the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP which is a rare feat since coming to power of this present administration.
In all of these, what the lawmaker require of us is a total support and prayers to partner his desire to bring the people out of the wood.
Soji Ikotun, is a Media Executive in Abuja.

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DIRECT PRIMARY: Buhari Under Pressure As Pro, Anti-Tinubu Forces Dig In

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Two different camps within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC were at the weekend mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to take their position on the amended Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The pressure on Buhari according to multiple sources is majorly on the contentious provision in the amended Electoral Act that provides for direct primaries in the selection of party candidates for elections.
It was gathered that majority of the governors are against the provision as they feel that it denies them the godfather role of dictating candidates from their states for election. However, supporters of the 2023 presidential aspiration of National Party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were on their part lobbying the president to assent the bill given what they claim as his advantage using the option.
 Tinubu is reported to have been able to get the advantage in vote rich states like Lagos, Kano, Borno and Katsina which return the majority of votes in direct primaries.
The addition of Katsina to the vote rich states for Tinubu came after it emerged that the wife of the deputy governor of the state, Hajiya Mariya Buhari was appointed as national woman leader of the Tinubu Support Organisation, TSO.
Tinubu is also believed to have consolidated himself among APC members in many states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with Akwa Ibom, Delta among such states in the South-South.
The face of the campaign for the use of direct primaries is Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives. Gbajabiamila a scion of the Tinubu camp, was one of the first senior political leaders to meet with President Buhari once he returned from his 16-day trip out of the country last week.
 The Speaker who went on a mission to lobby the president on the issue came out saying that the president was supportive of direct primaries.
 The pro-direct primaries camp being conscious of the leverage that the governors have in mobilizing delegates believe that the only way that they can overcome the hurdle is by going direct to the people using direct primaries to elect party candidates.
 ”There is no way Tinubu can become APC presidential candidate with the Malami group and the governors opposed to him if indirect primaries are used,” a source privy to the unfolding developments mentioned.
 ”The cabal knows that there is no one with the kind of name recognition or network in the country who can match Tinubu in a direct primary and that is why they are stonewalling on the issue,” the source said.
It was gathered that it was part of their strategy to lessen the momentum of Tinubu that they have been stonewalling on the national convention of the party. The opposition to Tinubu in the Tinubu camp as represented by the governors of Yobe, Kebbi and Jigawa, respectively, Mai Mala Buni, Senator Atiku Bagudu and Mohammed Abubakar.
The three governors after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday announced that the party’s convention will hold next February and by that extend the time that Buni has held on as caretaker committee chairman of the party.
In that period the governors working with the cabal are expected to push proposals that would further diminish the leverage Tinubu has.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is said to be walking between the devil and the deep blue sea on the matter of direct primaries as he could face a popular rebellion in the National Assembly over the matter.
Besides the strong support for Tinubu from Speaker Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the majority of National Assembly members are also craving for direct primaries.
 The lawmakers believe that it is the only way that they can be liberated from the apron strings of their governors who dictate candidates list when indirect methods are used for primaries.
 ”If the president refuses to sign the lawmakers are ready to override the veto for their self-preservation,” one source said.
 Besides, there are also some regional champions who are also said to be pushing the agenda that the use of direct primaries would give the North an advantage in the selection of presidential candidates on the basis of the alleged superiority of the region in population.
 Reports indicate that the National Assembly in passing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, had provided that the selection of candidates should be by direct primaries. The extant Electoral Act on the other hand provides for the use of direct, indirect or consensus.
 The shocker for the Anti-Tinubu forces came when on the last day of the consideration of the bill that Speaker Gbajabiamila during the Committee of the Whole with the deputy Speaker Idris Wase presiding as required by the rules of the House, moved the motion for the adoption of the compulsory use of direct primaries for selection of candidates.
 The moment Gbajabiamila moved the motion, the majority of the House was forced to support it leading to the harmonization in the same direction with the Senate.
 However, sources within the party say that Gbajabiamila was pandering to the interest of his political godfather who holds sway among the party grassroots.
It would be recalled that a major offensive to stop Tinubu came with the removal of  Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the party in 2020 following claims of the latter’s allegiance to Tinubu. Since then repeated efforts to elect a new executive has not materialized on account of the inability of the forces against Tinubu to drown him.
 However, one activist in the anti-Tinubu camp was dismissive of the national leader’s advantage in a direct primary.
 ”After Lagos, Kano, Osun and maybe Borno where else is he strong? Mark me, Tinubu will not contest the APC presidential primary,” the source said.
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