Ado Ekiti, March 11, 2019 The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Monday announced the appointment of six Special Advisers, Chairmen and members of some Boards and Corporations in the state.
The appointments are contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olayinka Oyebode.
According to Oyebode, the appointments of the Advisers have been made to further position the present administration in the state for effective service delivery.
Alhaji Afolabi Ogunlayi, Senior Adviser, Economic Matters and Chair, Economic Development Council; Mr Paul Omotoso, the current state chairman of the ruling APC, is now Senior Adviser, Political Matters, while Mr Makinde Araoye serves as Special Adviser, Federal Matters.
Others are Mr Tajudeen Wale Ajayi (Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Public Buildings and Infrastructure) and Mr Muyiwa Ogunmilade (Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue).
Oyebode said that all the appointments are with immediate effect.
Ekiti airport project to continue despite unfriendly economy – Gov. Fayemi
The Cargo Airport, currently being built by the Ekiti State government in Ado Ekiti, will continue, notwithstanding the present unfriendly economy, Gov. Kayode Fayemi has said.
The governor, who said this on Friday in Ado Ekiti, while on an inspection visit to some project sites, embarked upon by his administration, said he was confident that the project would be completed on schedule.
According to him, the current economic downturn being experienced globally will not be allowed to stop the completion of the airport, given its relevance to the economic growth of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airport project formally commenced in October 2019 at a ceremony attended by Fayemi, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, a legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and others.
NAN also reports that the project is sited on Ado Ekiti-Ijan Ekiti road in the state capital.
Although the governor admitted that the project required huge financial commitment and well-defined technical expertise, he, however, said that his administration would go ahead with it and ensure its inauguration, along with others, before October 2022, to mark his third year in office.
According to Fayemi, the project is pivotal to his administration, adding that no effort will be spared to ensure its completion.
“I am confident that this project will be inaugurated before I leave office. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we deliver alongside other projects we are working on,” he said.
The governor also listed the establishment of an agriculture zone, where agro-allied factories would be located in order to further boost the state’s industrial development, as another legacy project of his administration.
“It is an agro-based industrial hub of our state. A juice processing factory will be there. Dangote Mill, JMK Mill and our Dairy Farm at Ikun-Ekiti will also be part of it.
“Just go and check what the government and Promasidor Nigeria Limited are doing at Ikun-Ekiti. We have brought the 400 local and foreign cows we want to crossbreed to produce 1,000 litres of milk daily.
“Although it is true that resources are very scarce, nevertheless, with innovation, we shall ensure that we fulfill our promises to the people of the state,” the governor said.
NAN also reports that other projects visited by the governor for on-the-spot assessment of their level of completition included the Ekiti State Civic Centre and the New Oja Oba market, among others.
Ekiti, Ondo ‘ll give ex-Gov. Olumilua befitting burial – Fayemi
Ekiti and Ondo State Governments will jointly give the late former Governor of the old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, a befitting burial deserving of a man who rendered selfless service to the people of the states.
According to him, the two governments of Ekiti and Ondo States are already working out a modality to achieve the plan.
The governor said he and his Ondo State counterpart, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had commenced discussion on how best to honour the late elder statesman.
He, however, noted that both states would ensure that a befitting burial was given to the late former governor while observing all the best COVID-19 protocols.
He said the governments of the two states would further discuss with the family of the late former governor and agree on the burial arrangements.
Fayemi noted that the late Olumilua was a man of many parts who was governor of Ondo and Ekiti states between 1992 and 1993.
According to Fayemi, Evangelist Olumilua spent 80 glorious years full of sacrificial services and commitment to his country and the globe before he breathed his last.
He described the former governor as a man who demonstrated strength of character, purposeful leadership, peaceful living among people and was dedicated to the service of his community and God to the best of his ability.
Commenting on the political life of the politician, Fayemi said, “Evangelist Olumilua was integrity personified, compassion personified, a man of reputable character who reflected and represented the best of Ekiti in the numerous capacities that he served the state, the nation and the globe.”
Fayemi said the Olumilua lived a good and fulfilled life, saying the transition of the former governor should be celebrated and not mourned.
He said: “I am not here to mourn. Ekiti people are here to celebrate and I can see Ekiti elders who are here as well, to celebrate with the family.
“Not that we shall not miss him, of course we will miss him.
“Baba has done well for us and we owe him immeasurably. Ekiti people would find most appropriate way to honour him; of course in conjunction with our brothers and sisters in Ondo State.
“But much more importantly, we like him for who he was; for the services he rendered, for his commitment to his people and we thanked God that he lived up to 80 and these were 80 glorious years.
Fayemi recalled that the former governor during his lifetime, served as Chairman of the National Pilgrims Commission, Chancellor of the Ekiti State University, served under the United Nations as a diplomat as well as in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa.
Fayemi later wrote in the condolence register: “A father in a million you were. You served well and we pray your soul rests in perfect peace.
“On behalf of my wife, Bisi, the government and good people of Ekiti State, we pray to God Almighty to take you into His bosom and also for your family to have the courage and fortitude to bear this irreplaceable departure. Adieu Daddy, Adieu!”
The governor was received by deceased’s eldest son, Mr Olumuyiwa Olumilua, a serving Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in Ekiti, along with family members.
Earlier, Muyiwa, who spoke on behalf of the family, said his father lived a good and fulfilled life that called for celebration rather than mourning.
He thanked the governor for his condolence visit to the family.
Fayemi, Bamidele, EKSU mourn ex-Gov Olumilua in Ekiti
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the former Governor of the old Ondo State, Amb. Bamidele Olumilua, who passed on early Thursday at the age of 80.
Aside Fayemi, there were reactions from different state indigenes, who mourned the former diplomat passage, describing it as regrettable and most unexpected at this time.
The governor, in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, , in Ado Ekiti, by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, described Olumilua’s death as a ‘monumental loss’ to Ekiti State.
He said the deceased served in different capacities till he breathed his last.
He said that nobody knew that he would soon depart for the world beyond shortly after joining the club of octogenarians.
According to him, Olumilua was a humble servant of the people, a compassionate leader, a politician whose actions were guided by the fear of God and a revered statesman whose impact positively affected the people he served.
He noted that Olumilua’s tenure in old Ondo State between January 1992 and November 1993, was remarkable in execution of life changing policies and projects within limited resources.
Fayemi said his worth was appreciated by the Federal Government which appointed him as the Chairman of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, where he also served diligently without blemish.
He recalled that the deceased equally excelled as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) during his first tenure in office.
He also described Olumilua as a disciplined and selfless party man and one of the leading lights of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders’ Forum in Ekiti State.
Fayemi said that Olumilua’s death had robbed the state and party of wise counsel, noting that the vacuum created by the loss would be difficult to fill.
In his own reaction, Senate Committee Chairman on Judiciary and Human Rights, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Representing Ekiti Central, said the dispositions of Olumilua, as a governor had become a template for good governance in the country.
Bamidele, averred that the people of the state would miss Olumilua’s progressive leadership style and ardent belief in the doctrine of unity, togetherness, equity, transparency and accountability in service delivery.
“Apart from exhibiting the spartan and incorruptible lifestyle that has been a long-standing brand an average Ekiti is reputed, Pa Olumilua at various times played pivotal roles in the entrenchment of progressive leadership in Ekiti through his political leaning”, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eddy Olanipekun, remarked that Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti mourned the demise of Olumilua who served as the institution’s Chancellor between 2011 and 2014 meritoriously.
He noted that the University witnessed robust development during his tenure and that he contributed immensely to the development of both Ondo and Ekiti states. (
APC primary: Steer clear of Ondo politics, group tells Gov. Fayemi
The Coordinator of the group, Mr Tunde Ajayi, made the call in a statement on Monday in Akure.
Ajayi said that there have been pressure on the leadership of the APC to impose indirect mode of primary against the wishes of majority of the party member in the state.
“The attention of the Ondo State Progressives Network has been drawn to series of moves to lure some national leaders of the APC and some governors to mount pressure on the national working committee to announce an indirect primaries for the election.
“The Network, therefore, advise that leaders of the party in Ondo State and at the national level should be allowed to act appropriately.
“The group also condemn any move which will thwart the unity of the party in the state,” he said.
The coordinator advised Akeredolu to adopt the party’s leadership process rather than seeking to get an indirect primary process.
“We further appeal to the leadership of the party and members of the national working committee not to be intimidated.
“Only a direct primary process in the party’s guber primary can restore the hope of APC faithful in the state and move the party to the next level,” Ajayi said.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, earlier in a statement, said that the governor was not afraid of direct primary.
“First and foremost, we have not come out as a government that we are opposed to direct primary; neither had the governor expressed aversion to same.
“We’re not afraid of any mode of primary. I will want the public to know that the call for direct primary is to put out narrative that the governor is opposed to direct primary. In fact, we’ll even prefer a direct primary.
“For those who clamour for direct primary, the message to them is that Akeredolu is more prepared for any mode of primary than those who clamour for it,” Ojogo said.
Gov. Fayemi greets Muslim faithful on Eid-el-Fitr
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr, which marked the end of Ramadan fast.
Fayemi said this in his Eid-el-Fitri message signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Olayinka Oyebode on Saturday in Ado- Ekiti.
He congratulated the Muslim faithful for the completion of the 30-day fast, stressing that the spiritual exercise had drawn them closer to Allah.
Fayemi, also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, admonished Muslims to put the teachings of the holy month to good use in all their undertakings.
He urged Muslims and adherents of other religions to live together in love, peace and harmony, as brothers and sisters.
Fayemi stressed that prayers were needed for God’s intervention, even as the world was looking towards a medical breakthrough for the cure of the deadly coronavirus.
He also urged residents to cooperate with government by adhering to restriction orders and other guidelines for the COVID-19 containment.
Accoding to him, success would be achieved in the fight against the pandemic with the cooperation of all and sundry.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Gov. Fayemi felicitates with former Ekiti deputy gov at 70
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, has congratulated a former Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, who attained the age of 70 on Saturday.
Adelabu, who is the Chairman of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), was deputy governor of Ekiti between May 8, 2013 and Oct. 15, 2014.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode in Ado Ekiti, said Adelabu’s attainment of the age of 70 in good health, was a special grace and privilege from God.
He said that Adelabu’s tenure as deputy governor was short but remarkable, saying that she contributed immensely to governance and handled all assignments given her with passion and unwavering touch of excellence.
Fayemi described her as a “seasoned scholar, teacher of teachers and a very loyal and dependable deputy”.
He also described the NBTE boss as an amazing woman, brilliant policy maker, saying she was an “implementer par excellence, a consummate politician and servant of the people”.
The governor said Adelabu’s scholarship had been recognised by prominent international agencies like the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations, Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), Department for International Development and Universal Basic Education Commission where she had served as a consultant.
Fayemi credited Adelabu for the massive turnaround of basic education in Ekiti especially, in the areas of infrastructure, manpower development of teachers, procurement of instructional materials, among others.
The governor recalled that she first served as the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I congratulate our amiable Prof. Adelabu as she joins the club of the septuagenarians today.
’’I wish her many more blessed years in good health and prosperity”, the governor added.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
State-wide fumigation: Lawmaker lauds Fayemi’s dogged fight against COVID-19
Mr Tunde Idowu, the Chairman, Ekiti House of Assembly Committee on Environment. has lauded the efforts of Gov. Kayode Fayemi in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Idowu gave the commendation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday, in Ado-Ekiti.
The lawmaker, representing Ikere Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, applauded the fumigation exercise embarked on by Ekiti government across the state.
“Fayemi is not only leading from the front, he is fighting the battle against Coronavirus with all resources available to him with rare determination and tenacity of purpose.
“I want to say that the state-wide fumigation exercise commenced on Sunday, May 17 with the use of drone and motorised sprayers.
“The aim of the exercise is to disinfect every nook and cranny of the state, as part of effort by the present administration to curb spread of COVID-19,” the lawmaker said.
“I want to assure Ekiti people that with Gov. Fayemi leading us, we are sure that by God’s grace we are going to win the battle against COVID-19.
“This season shall be over, I urge Ekiti people to cooperate with government by staying safe,” he said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Gambari’s appointment excites Governors – Fayemi
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has expressed excitement over the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Forum also expressed its readiness to work with Gambari for the progress and development of the country.
In a congratulatory message signed by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in Abuja on Sunday, the NGF expressed confidence in Gambari’s competence for the job.
“As you know, this appointment comes with great responsibilities and unconventional demands, requiring candor, discipline, professionalism, loyalty, focus, diligence and the highest level of service.
“Your credentials, pedigree, experience and career trajectory both locally and globally speak to your capacity. As State Governors, we are excited about this appointment.
“We are available at the sub-national level to work with you as you strive to make a positive difference in our country.
Fayemi wished Gambari God’s guidance and the best of luck in “the important and challenging assignment.”
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Lockdown, opportunity to rehabilitate many Ekiti roads – Fayemi
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Thursday said that the lockdown had provided the State Government an opportunity to rehabilitate many roads in the state.
Fayemi, who made the assertion when he paid an unscheduled monitoring visit to some roads currently being rehabilitated, noted the challenges that had been on the roads.
He said that the Ado Ekiti township roads had been in deplorable condition, and the lockdown had provided the state an opportunity to work on them.
Fayemi said: “This is really the best time for the Ekiti Public Works Corporation(PWC) to work. This is Ekiti PWC and what they are doing is mending and patching of our bad roads so that they can make them good.
“If you look at the way they are working at Oke Ila for example, there is no traffic because there is lockdown, and that is an advantage.
“Looking at other places like Onigari, Adebayo, Adekaitan among others, they are working because we want to make sure that we make the township roads good for those who ply them and for traffic to flow more easily.”
He expressed satisfaction with the level of work currently carried out by the PWC team, adding that the ongoing road repairs would give relief to motorists in state.
The Director General of Ekiti PWC, Mr Sunday Awoyomi, said it was thoughtful of the State Government and the corporation to take advantage of the lockdown period to embark on roads rehabilitation.
Awoyomi, who promised to complete the rehabilitation works on time, said that the repairs would stand the test of time.
Some residents of Ado Ekiti, who expressed satisfaction at the ongoing road rehabilitation, said that traffic congestion would soon be reduced in the state.
A motorist, Mr Femi Adara, commended the governor for personally monitoring the rehabilitation work.
He said that motorists had until now lost hope.
Another resident, Mr Dare Idowu, said that Fayemi had fulfilled his electoral promise to make all roads motorable.
Idowu particularly thanked the governor for the repair works on Oke Ila Road because of the dense population.
Edited /Oluwole Sogunle
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