Mr Funminiyi Afuye, theSpeaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, has promised necessary legislative support and provisions for farmers to encourage cultivation of cotton in the State.
Afuye gave the assurance on Thursday while receiving a delegation of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria led by its National Vice President, Mrs Lola Adeoye, in his office in Ado- Ekiti.
The speaker expressed the resolve of the legislature to cooperate with the state government as well as other stakeholders to achieve the rural agricultural development agenda of Ekiti.
“I can assure you that the Assembly is ready to give necessary legislation to support the achievement of agricultural development in Ekiti,” Afuye said.
He called on youths to take advantage of the large expanse of land in the state to venture into cotton production as an avenue to be lifted out of poverty and joblessness.
Earlier, Adeoye had solicited for government intervention in creating a road map for cotton production and eliminating bottlenecks which could discourage investors.
Adeoye said a plan was underway to construct a ginnery in Ekiti for ease of processing cotton by farmers.
She solicited the partnership of government in activities and programmes of the association for the benefit of farmers.
(Edited by: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo)
Ekiti workers suspend strike as lawmakers intervene
The organised labour in Ekiti has announced the suspension of the three-day warning strike embarked upon by civil servants in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspension of the strike, which commenced on Monday, was owing to the intervention of members of the state House of Assembly.
NAN also reports that the lawmakers had, early on Monday, organised a meeting with the executive arm of government and the leadership of the organised labour.
The meeting was organised by the Assembly Committee on Public Matters, Chaired by Mr Oluwajuwa Adegbuyi, at the Assembly’s complex, Ado-Ekiti.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti chapter, Mr Olatunde Kolapo, said the organised labour decided to suspend the warning strike due to the intervention of the lawmakers.
He also hinged the decision on the assurance from members of the Assembly that some of their demands would be implemented.
“The House of Assembly has actually intervened and the honourable members have looked into our demands one after the other. To God be the glory, almost all our demands have been acceded to.
“Because of the position which the Assembly has taken, we will begin to work together to see to the implementation of the proposal.
“We, therefore, urge our members, who are presently at home to please, as from tomorrow, go back to their places of work.
“If the government fails to implement the new agreement reached with us at the end of the day, we have only, we will embark on the strike again, because we have only suspended it; we have not called it off, “Kolapo said.
NAN reports that in the new agreement signed by government and the organised labour and which was presented by the NLC chairman, the former pledged to ensure continuous payment of workers’ monthly salaries.
Part of the agreement also was to effect the payment of the financial benefits of 2015 promotion in September, while payment for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 would follow.
It was also agreed upon that the negotiation on the implementation of the minimum wage and consequential adjustment would resume as soon as COVID-19 subsided.
NAN reports that labour had earlier directed civil servants in the state to embark on a three-day warning strike, beginning from Monday, to compel the state government to accede to their demands.
Earlier, the chairman of Assembly Committee on Public Matters, said that the meeting was to find solutions to the demands of the workers.
He thanked the labour leaders for honouring the invitation, promising that their demands would be attended to, if possible, with necessary legislation, to promote industrial peace and harmony.
“As representatives of the people, part of our mandate is to be arbiters, especially in the ongoing industrial disharmony.
“We want to assure you that the Assembly, under the leadership of the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, will ensure that your demands are conveyed to the executive for possible resolution,” Adegbuyi said.
Also speaking, the state Head of Service, Mrs Peju Babafemi, restated the commitment of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration to the welfare of the citizenry, especially workers.
She assured that government would not hesitate to implement some of the demands by labour as soon as the economy improved.
Present at the meeting were the Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Ekiti chapter, Mr Sola Adigun and the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (NJC), Mr Kayode Ifatomiluyi.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters, Mr Oluyemi Esan and the Leader of Government Business in the Assembly, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, were also present at the meeting.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Ekiti Assembly passes bill to domesticate Debt Management Office
Ekiti House of Assembly has passed the bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Debt Management Office in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The Executive bill cited as “A bill for a Law to Provide for Establishment of the Debt Management Office, 2020’’, was unanimously passed at Thursday’s plenary in Ado Ekiti presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
Commenting on the bill, Afuye lauded the Executive bill, saying it would enhance good governance in Ekiti, if eventually assented to by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
“The summary of this bill is that Government is looking for a `one-stop-shop’ to enhance good governance and a better view of the debt profile status of the state.
“This move of the Executive shows its readiness for transparency and accountability. This is a bill in the right direction,” Afuye said.
Other contributors during the debate, who included, the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Hakeem Jamiu and the Majority Leader, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, described the bill as a laudable one.
They said that the bill would avail the citizens the understanding of the debt profile of the state.
Some others who spoke in favour of the bill were, Mr Yemi Osatuyi, APC, Oye Constituency 2; Mrs Yemisi Ayokunle, APC, Ekiti South West 1; and Mr Bode Adeoye, APC Ekiti West 2.
They noted that the bill would give room for participatory governance.
The bill after being committed and ratified by the Committee of the Whole House and read for the third time by the Clerk of the House, Mr Tola Esan, was unanimously passed by members of the Assembly.
Also the Assembly amended the Ekiti Fiscal Responsibility Law (Amendment) 2020.
The House only amended Section 34 (1) (a) (b) of the Principal Law, 2019, which gives room for the government to ensure that the level of external loan was bearable.
Afuye said, “The amendment of any law is to make the principal law effective and efficient.”
The Assembly which was called from four weeks recess, thereafter adjourned “sine die”.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Ekiti Assembly confirms ex-Clerk, ex-Speaker, 2 others members of FRC
Ekiti House of Assembly has confirmed former Clerk in the old Ondo State, comprising Ondo and the present Ekiti, Mr Alfred Ologuntoye as the Chairman of the state Fiscal Responsibility Commission, (FRC).
The Assembly also confirmed former Speaker, Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Adeniran Alagbada, Mrs Kemi Olaleye and Mr Lanre Fasuan, who are to serve in membership capacity.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the screening and confirmation was done during the Monday plenary session in Ado Ekiti presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
The Assembly members unanimously confirmed the nominees, sent by the Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, without much rigour due to the contributions of the nominees to the development of the state at one time or the other.
Earlier, Afuye had read a letter from the governor, requesting the concurrent approval for confirmation of the chairman and members of the state FRC.
The speaker described the nominees as fit and suitable for the job ahead, while motion for their confirmation was moved by Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, the Majority Leader (APC) and seconded by Adegoke Olajide, Efon Constituency (APC).
Speaking on behalf of members, the newly confirmed chairman of FRC said his commission would ensure transparency and prudent management of public funds in Ekiti.
NAN reports that the Assembly also adopted the report of its Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters, submitted by its Chairman, Mr Tajudeen Akingbolu.
Also, the speaker announced that the Assembly would proceed on four weeks recess commencing from Tuesday, June 30.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Sanitation: Ekiti Assembly speaker renews campaign for clean drains
The Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, on Saturday called for renewed campaign to clean up drains for the free flow of water during the rainy season.
Afuye made the call at Igede-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti, during the June edition of the state’s monthly environmental sanitation.
“I appeal for residents’ support to clean and clear their premises, especially their drainage systems across the state, so as to avoid unforeseen outbreak of diseases and flooding.
“Also, the non-compliance of motorists, especially those coming into the state from other states during sanitation, is condemnable.
” I, hereby, urged security agents to clamp down on offenders.”
He advised residents to keep observing all established protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing in addition to maintaining hygienic environment.
The speaker was accompanied by the Chairman, Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA, Mr Sina Ogunleye; Permanent Secretary off Establishme, Mr Abayomi Opeyemi, and his counterpart in Capacity, Development and Reforms, Mr Dare Ajayi to monitor the exercise.
The Council Chairman, Mr Sina Ogunleye, in his message to the people admonished them to keep their environments, gutters and drains clean during the rainy season.
Ogunleye warned that government would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone who violates the environmental laws in the council and Ekiti in general.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Dada (NAN)