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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has restated the commitment of his administration to collaborate with the Ekiti in Diaspora to ensure sustainable development of their home state.

Dr. Fayemi made the remarks on Monday in Ado Ekiti when he commissioned ultramodern medical equipment donated by the Ekiti Kete in Canada to the Children Emergency Ward of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor said the state-of-the-art equipment would assist the hospital to deliver best services to the children and serve as motivation to workers in the ward.

Some of the equipment inaugurated are 14 hospital beds, 18 mattresses, 2 Mechanical Lifts, 1 Portable Ultrasonic Ultrasound Scanner/Machines, 18 Infusion Regulation Machines, 1 Medical Pole, 5 Dual Head Stethoscope with case, 2 Ultrasound Gel with Dispensers, among others.

Dr. Fayemi said his administration would always provide an enabling environment for development partners, well meaning Ekiti indigenes within and outside the country to contribute their quota to the development of the state.

Describing the Ekiti Kete in Canada as one of the most vibrant pan-Ekiti organisations abroad, the Governor said the state is proud of the exploits of its indigenes in various fields of human endeavour all over the world.

The Governor hailed the Ekiti Kete in Canada for their contribution to the development of the state in health, education, infrastructure, human capital development and investment in local economy.

He said: “The government and people of Ekiti State are grateful to you for what you have done here because all these equipment have cost you several millions of Naira and this hospital will make the best use of them.

“We are happy with you and we are always ready to identify with you because you are our ambassadors. Many of you are doing Ekiti proud over there in various fields of human endeavour and you are propagating the Ekiti brand there.

“This government will always partner with you to contribute your quota to the development of Ekiti. We are also calling on other well-meaning Ekitis within and outside this country to emulate this gesture and join us to develop the state.”


The leader of the Ekiti Kete in Canada team, Mr. Abosede Adeoye, said the group was passionate about the development of their home state hence the donation of the medical equipment.

Mr. Adeoye said the Ekiti Kete in Canada had donated books to the libraries of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) and computers to all local government councils.

He added that the group had awarded scholarships to Ekiti students in public schools and donated wheelchairs to EKSUTH in 2019 saying members would not relent in making some gestures in the future.

Mr. Adeoye hailed the Fayemi administration for being friendly with Diaspora bodies of Ekiti origin and reaching out to them on issues of development of the state.

The EKSUTH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Kayode Olabanji, said the group had earlier renovated the Children Emergency Ward and promised to donate equipment which was fulfilled with the shipment and commissioning of the equipment.

Prof. Olabanji who described hospital as a very expensive venture said the equipment would further motivate the staff of EKSUTH to give their best in the discharge of their duties.

He called on well meaning individuals and organisations to emulate the Ekiti Kete in Canada to make EKSUTH a destination of choice for quality healthcare delivery.


Man With 39 Wives, 94 Children, Dies In India




The death of Ziona Chana, a 76-year-old patriarch in India who was recently recognized as head of the world’s largest family, has been reported by Indian authorities.


Ziona, who was the head of a local Christian sect that permits polygamy, had 39 wives and 94 children.


His demise was announced on Sunday by Zoramthanga, the chief minister of his home state, in Mizoram area of northeast India.


Zoramthanga broke the news via a tweet.

With a total of 167 members, the late Ziona’s family is the world’s largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33, are counted.


Aside from Ziona, Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, who has around 150 children from 27 wives – 178 people in total, is another personality who is close to matching his record.


Ziona lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms in Baktawng, a remote village in Mizoram that became a tourist attraction as a result, according to Zoramthanga.


The sect, named “Chana”, was founded by Ziona’s father in 1942 and has a membership of hundreds of families.


Ziona married his first wife when he was 17, and claimed he once married ten wives in a single year.


They shared a dormitory near his private bedroom, and locals said he liked to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.


Despite his family’s huge size, Ziona told Reuters in a 2011 interview that he wanted to grow it even further.

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Igbo’ll Feel Less Marginalised If They Produce Next President, Says Ngige




The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said the South-East producing the next president will help in addressing the feelings of marginalisation in the region.


He, however, lamented that the 1999 Constitution doesn’t support zoning, which would have boosted the chance of the region in the 2023 presidential election.


Ngige who spoke during Channels Television’s Newsnight programme stated that what suits the current situation is the 1995 Constitution by the late General Sani Abacha.


“The people in the area have perceived that they are marginalised, that they are unappreciated, whether it was done by propaganda and brainwashing or not, that is now immaterial.


“So I agree with that proposal, unfortunately, the Nigerian Constitution does not have that. This is where I quarrel with those who authored the 1999 Constitution.


“I still believe today, tomorrow, the Abacha Constitution of 1995 that espouses rotational presidency into the six zones in Nigeria, a single five-year tenure in order to heal all the wounds; the wounds of civil war, and the wound of June 12.


“Now, that constitution would have been the best constitution for Nigerians to use for the next 30 years by which the six zones would have tested the presidency,” the minister stated.



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ECOWAS Court Fixes June Date On Twitter Ban Suit Hearing




The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has fixed June 22 for a hearing in the suit challenging the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and 420 Nigerians, including a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and the co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, Aisha Yesufu, had filed a suit before the court, challenging the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalisation of Nigerians and other people using Twitter, and the escalating repression of human rights, particularly the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.


In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21, the plaintiff sought an order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria and subjecting anyone, including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.


The plaintiffs stated, “The suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticise acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.


“The free communication of information and ideas about public and political issues between citizens and elected representatives is essential. This implies a free press and other media able to comment on public issues without censor or restraints and to inform public opinion. The public also has a corresponding right to receive media output.


“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedom and to developing democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy but indispensable to a thriving civil society.


“The arbitrary action by the Federal Government and its agents has negatively impacted millions of Nigerians who carry on their daily businesses and operational activities on Twitter. The suspension has also impeded the freedom of expression of millions of Nigerians, who criticize and influence government policies through the microblogging app.


“The suspension of Twitter is arbitrary, and there is no law in Nigeria today permitting the prosecution of people simply for peacefully exercising their human rights through Twitter and other social media platforms.”


However, the court, in a notice to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and the respondent’s counsel Maimuna Lami Shiru, stated that the hearing would be virtual.


“Notice is hereby given that this application has been fixed for hearing of the Application for Interim Measure on the 22nd day of June 2021 at 10 am and will be heard on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjourned day of which you may not receive further notice,” the court stated.

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