UPSHOT REPORTS Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:44:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ekiti Govt releases activities marking first 100 days in office Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:40:33 +0000

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will on Thursday, January 24th flag off a training and empowerment programme for 6,300 youths in the state as part of activities marking his administration’s first 100 days in office.

Dr Fayemi was inaugurated as Governor of  Ekiti State on October 16, 2018. The administration would be 100 days in office on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Media and Publicity Sub- Committee of the Central Planning Committee,  Mr Yinka Oyebode, Governor Fayemi will also deliver the “ State of the State” address at the State’s House of Assembly in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday as part of activities marking the first 100 days.

The State of the State address, will focus on the journey of the past 100 days and the administration’s plans for immediate and future development of the state.

Other programmes slated for the one- day celebration include the flag off of the New Ado-Iyin road project, a Stakeholders Forum, where representatives of critical stakeholders in the state would interact with the Governor and his team.

The 6,300 youths billed to participate in the training and empowerment programme are drawn from all the 16 local government areas of the state. The programme is being done in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the statement added.

Governor Fayemi who has opted for a low key celebration, says his vision is to see Ekiti State regain her lost glory through huge investments in education, health care delivery; agricbusiness, youth development, infrastructure and industrial development.

He believes this can be achieved through effective implementation of the four pillars of the administration’s development agenda vis: Social Investments,  Knowledge Economy,  Infrastructure and Industrial Development; and Agriculture and Rural Development.


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FG harmonising frameworks for humanitarian assistance in North East Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:13:41 +0000 The Federal Government is harmonizing the various frameworks/plans for humanitarian and development assistance to the Northeast region into a costed Multi-Year Humanitarian Development Nexus Plan (2019-2021), which implementation is expected to commence in 2019.

This was disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, at a breakfast meeting organized to appreciate the donors who pledged support for the Lake Chad Region during the Oslo 2 Conference in Berlin in 2018.

The Minister explained that the Plan is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme and other donors and will provide the basis for the harmonization and layering of humanitarian, development and peace support, which will also serve as Nigeria’s Implementation Plan for the Northeast.

“It is hoped that the plan to deepen stabilization and resilience will ride on financial support through a Stabilization Facility to be set up in collaboration with UNDP and all other interested donors and partners,” he stated.

The Minister therefore called on all partners and donors to strengthen collaboration with the government by directing efforts at leveraging and strengthening the capacity of local actors and systems to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable.

Senator Udoma explained that the breakfast meeting was arranged so that the Federal Government can express its appreciation to those who participated in the 2018 High Level Conference in Berlin, Germany (Oslo II), particularly the donors who pledged their support. “This was a very successful conference which resulted in the receipt of pledges of very helpful and significant sums of money for humanitarian and development assistance in the Lake Chad Region. I thank all of you for your continuing support.”

The 2018 Conference was a follow-up to the first Oslo Conference held in Norway in February 2017. The Minister recalled that the 2017 conference was the outcome of growing concern for the humanitarian and other challenges experienced in the North East of Nigeria and the whole of the Lake Chad region, caused by the insurgency in the area.

Giving a background to the 2017 Conference, the Minister said the scale of the problem was such that the countries of the Lake Chad region needed some external assistance to fully address it.

He pointed out that It was for that reason that Nigeria, working together with the neighbouring States, found it necessary to mobilise international awareness as to the humanitarian challenges experienced in the North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad region and the need to scale up support in order to be able to effectively address these humanitarian challenges.

According to him, the two High Level Conferences were very successful, as he recalled that at Oslo 1, pledges of USD$672 Million were received as financial support for 2017 while Oslo II was more successful as pledges totaling US$ 2.17 billion were received for activities in 2018 and beyond for the funding of humanitarian and peace-building/development activities in the region.

He re-iterated Federal Government’s determination to provide durable solutions to the insurgency in the Northeast. “This was why we launched the Buhari Plan in 2016 as the framework for engagement in that region of Nigeria. This framework resulted in the setting up of the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) to coordinate the response in the region; the establishment of Operation Safe Corridor to provide rehabilitation and reintegration support to low-risk Boko Haram-associated persons, and, more recently, the creation of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) to tackle the root causes of the crisis,” he explained.

Stating President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ending the Boko Haram crisis in the Northeast, the Minister explained that the Federal Government has been working in active collaboration with the Governments of the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon in order to achieve this; and taken together, these concerted efforts demonstrate strong political will in the four countries to address the Lake Chad crisis effectively

“You will recall that in February 2018, Heads of States from the sub-region converged at Abuja for the International Conference on Lake Chad to explore regional solutions that would address the diminishing water levels of Lake Chad. The conference resulted in the endorsement of an inter-basin water transfer to recharge the Lake, which would return the region to its hitherto, buoyant economic activities and thereby address one of the root causes of the crisis”, he stated.

The breakfast meeting was attended by high level officers of the European Union and United Nations agencies in Nigeria including the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlegheck; his Norwegian counterpart, Petter Kyemprud; European Union Head of Cooperation, Kurt Cornelis; the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator of United Nations Systems in Nigeria, who was represented by the Head of UN-OCHA, Ms Edem; the acting Country Director UNDP, Ms Betty; and the Regional Director of UNIDO, Jean Bakole, among others.

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BREAKING NEWS: Fayemi Sacks EKSU VC, Ikere Provost, Others Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:40:40 +0000

…appoints governing Councils into BSES, EKSUTH, Others

Sequel to the consideration and adoption of the White Papers on the reports of the Visitation and Fact Finding Panels by the State Executive Council, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in his capacity as Visitor, has approved the removal of the Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University,(EKSU), Ado-Ekiti; the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), and Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti.

The most senior officials are to take over the running of the institutions pending the appointment of substantive heads.

In the case of EKSU, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof (Mrs)Olubunmi Ajayi, is to take charge in an acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor by the Governing Council.

The Governor also approved the appointment of Mrs Folakemi Falore as the Sole Administrator of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti

As approved by the State Executive Council, the Governing Councils’ immediate task is the implementation of the approved recommendations of the White Papers.

In the case of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero, the Sole Administrator is responsible for implementing the White Paper.

The Governor also approved the immediate constitution of the following governing councils.



·         Prof Bamitale Omole (Chair)

·         Chief Oluwole Ojo

·         Prof Adebayo Olukoshi

·         Prof Funmi Olonisakin

·         Prof Okey Onyejekwe

·         Mrs Foluso Olaniyan

·         Dr Amina Salihu

·         Mrs Mope Akerele

·         Prof Funso Falade

·         Mr Matthew Imoru



·         Dr Dare Teniola (Chair)

·         Dr Adebola Orimadegun

·         Dr Adedolapo Fasawe

·         Prof Bosede Afolabi

·         Dr Janet Funke Ogunbunmi

·         Mrs Ajoke Oluwasanmi

·         Prince Soji Agunbiade


COE, Ikere

·         Chief Afolabi Ojuawo (Chair)

·         Chief (Mrs) Moni Afuye

·         Prof Kola Oladunmoye

·         Mr S.I. Folorunso

·         Otunba Kunle Ajayi

·         Mrs Jumoke Adamolekun


College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero

·         Mrs Folakemi Falore ( Sole Administrator)




·         Mr Segun Omolayo (Chair)

·         Mr Gbenga Aruleba

·         Mr Kunle Olofin


The newly appointed members of the Governing Councils are to be sworn in on Monday, January 28, 2019.


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Photo news: President Buhari with former President Olusegun Obasanjo during National Council Meeting Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:22:00 +0000 Image result for President Buhari with former President Olusegun Obasanjo during National Council Meeting

President Buhari with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President Bukola Saraki as he presides over National Council of State Meeting in State House on 22nd Jan 2019



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National Council of State Approves 27,000 As New Minimum Wage Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:07:58 +0000 BY TAIWO OGUNMOLA- OMILANI

National Council of State has approved N27, 000 as new minimum wage as against 30,000 agreed upon by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government.

The council approved the amount at its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Following the Council’s approval, a minimum wage bill is expected to be sent to the National Assembly on Wednesday.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Federal Government is topping the approved amount by N3,000 to 30,000 for its workers.

He said the states are at liberty to augment the new agreement as they see fit.

The amount approved by the Council of State is N3,000 short of the N30,000 that the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage recommended.

The committee, chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms Ama Pepple, had submitted the report, contained the recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari on November 6, 2018, after many months of deliberations.

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EKITI GOVT SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA IN COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE, OTHER SECTORS Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:34:46 +0000 The Ekiti State government has canvassed the partnership of the government and people of China to achieve sustainable development in the key sectors and delivery of its four-point agenda.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, made the call while addressing the representatives of the Chinese government and business community at the celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year in Lagos.

The Lunar Year celebration also featured discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and production capacity cooperation between China and Nigeria.

According to a statement on Tuesday signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi spoke on business and economic opportunities available in Ekiti for potential Chinese investors and
business community.

Egbeyemi listed areas Ekiti would need China’s support to include training and retraining of workers, mechanized and commercial agriculture, healthcare delivery, development of educational institutions and establishment industries to absorb unemployed youths.

The forum was attended by Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjan; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Director General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Mr. Muda Yusuf, Director General of National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. Ayoola Olukanmi, among others.

The deputy governor said the state has both human and inherent natural resources for the development and sustenance of capital investment in the State.

Revealing the intention of the Fayemi administration on mechanized and commercial farming, Egbeyemi, explained that Ekiti State was blessed with vast arable land and yet to be accessed natural resources that could boost the economy of the country if properly harnessed.

Egbeyemi sought the intervention of Chinese government in provision of vaccine for immunization and equipment for its hospital to enhance health services accessibility to the people especially those at the grassroots.

This, he said, would reduce infant mortality rate, morbidity and the spread of infectious diseases.

Egbeyemi who revealed plans to partner Chinese government of development of its educational institutions in the State said such development would help produce self dependent graduates and reduce unemployment in the State.

The deputy governor charged the Chinese government who he claimed had benefitted from award of contracts from Ekiti State government to allow the people of the State feel its presence by establishing companies and investing in the economy of the State.

The four point agenda on which the Fayemi administration anchors its economic revival plan are social investment, knowledge economy, agricultural and rural development and infrastructural development.

In his address, the Chinese envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Pingjia revealed that the initiative would focus on industrial promotion infrastructural connectivity, trade facility, green development, capacity building, healthcare, people to people exchange and security initiative.

Pingjian expressed confident and readiness of China to deepen and sustain cooperation with Nigeria in the realization of the joint construction of the Belt and Road initiative.

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Facebook’s WhatsApp limits users to 5 text forwards to curb rumours Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:25:55 +0000

Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp is limiting worldwide the number of times a user can forward a message to five, starting on Monday, the popular messaging service looks to fight “misinformation and rumours”, company executives said on Monday.

Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to 20 individuals or groups.

The limit of five is in expansion of a measure WhatsApp put in place in India in July after the spread of rumours on social media led to killings and lynching attempts.

“We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Victoria Grand, Vice President for Policy and Communications at WhatsApp, said at an event in the Indonesian capital.

WhatsApp, which has around 1.5 billion users, has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app.

This followed global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.

The messaging service became part of the political battleground in Brazil’s presidential election on Oct., 2019, with far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro facing claims of using the app to spread falsehoods related to his main opponent.

Bolsonaro, who ended up coasting to victory, has denied the charges.

The messaging app was also used to mobilise support for a massive truckers strike in Brazil during May 2018.

The truckers strike blocked the country’s main roadways for about 10 days and hampered everything from fuel deliveries to gas stations to shipments of commodities at ports.

The app’s end-to-end encryption allows groups of hundreds of users to exchange texts, photos and video beyond the oversight of independent fact checkers or even the platform itself.

WhatsApp will roll out an update to activate the new forward limit, starting on Monday, WhatsApp’s head of communications Carl Woog said.

Users of devices running Google’s Android system will receive the update first, followed by users of Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iOS.

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Osinbajo launches ‘TraderMoni’ in Ekiti, commends Fayemi over workers’ welfare Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:25:53 +0000 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched the ‘Tradermoni’ loan scheme in Ekiti State with an assurance that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government would take Nigerians to the next level of prosperity if the party is re-elected.

Osinbajo, who was welcomed to Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado -Ekiti by thousands of artisans, traders and N-Power beneficiaries, said the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMSE) loan was initiated by the President Mohammadu Buhari-led government to empower Nigerians who are into small scale businesses.

The Vice President, who assured Ekiti entrepreneurs of government’s financial support for their businesses, disclosed that the Federal Government plans to set up an SME bank that will be responsible for providing loans for SMEs.

He said: “I want to congratulate all the business men and women here. I want to tell you that we will support you and give you the credit that is required, grants that are required to do your businesses well. The next level of our government, we are setting up an Entrepreneurship bank, a bank for entrepreneurs only to give loans to small businesses owned by young men and women.

“Before now, we used to do it through the Bank of Industry but now we will set up a special bank. We are also setting up a People Money bank. This is the bank that will give microcredit to business men and women.”, he added.

While urging Nigerians to support and re-elect President Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election, the Vice President said the Buahri-led government has been prudent with the country’s resources; saying that it had undertaken a lot of projects despite earning 60% less than what the previous government earned.

Osinbajo urged Nigerians not to be deceived by those who want to return to power in order to continue their looting of the nation’s resources having done so for 16 years.

The Vice President commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for giving Ekiti people, especially workers, a new lease of life by prompt payment of salaries and other people-oriented interventions.

Earlier, Fayemi had said that his administration was prioritising workers’ welfare through prompt payment of salaries and pensions, adding that the Fayemi-led government believes in making life comfortable for the masses.

Fayemi, who noted that some entrepreneurs have started benefitting from the SME loans in Ekiti State while others are still going to be included in the scheme, said the scheme will add value to locally made products.

The governor urged Ekiti people to support the re-election bid of President Buhari so that the various social investment and social safety net programmes of the administration could continue.

He added that the team Buhari/Osinbajo is made up of a combination of integrity and competence which are the hallmarks that are needed to take Nigeria to greater heights.

Osinbajo and Fayemi later inspected the various exhibition stands, where they had one on one interaction with the exhibitors.

The Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, venue of the MSME Clinic, was turned into carnival as many people trooped in with banners and bands to welcome the Vice President.

Earlier, the Vice President and Fayemi paid a condolence visit to Iworoko Ekiti where a trailer crash claimed 12 lives last week before the death of the traditional ruler of the community.

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Tinubu slams Obasanjo, says former president can’t stop Buhari’s victory Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:24:48 +0000 National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Monday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’ s criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari, was in bad faith and should be ignored.

Mr Tinubu, who spoke at the inauguration of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital noted that Obasanjo was not happy with the feat attained by the APC government in the clean-up of the mess of the past 16 years of PDP administration.

According to him, no amount of such criticisms will stop the electorate from giving Mr Buhari another four-year mandate.

“When we came on board in 2015, we promised Nigerians that we are going to turn the ship of this country to the right direction and we have done that.

“We are sweeping webs of collateral corruption, to give Nigerians a new life, new home and a solid foundation; that is what President Buhari is doing and we are 100 per cent behind him.

“President Buhari is upright, firm, steady and focused, with great vision for the betterment and progress of the country,” he said.

Mr Tinubu added that Mr Buhari was committed to upholding the rule of law and entrenchment of democratic principles, and therefore urged the electorate to give him their mandate for the second time.

Also, APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole lauded Mr Buhari over the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign and peace restoration to the northeast region.

Mr Oshiomhole recalled that 24 local government areas were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents in 2015, adding that the military under the stewardship of MR Buhari, reclaimed all the communities.

“We still have security challenges but the arrogance and impunity that was wallowing Nigeria is now a thing of the past.

“The situation we find ourselves in now started during Obasanjo’s regime. Do-or-die politics was Obasanjo’s legacy. Today, the era of impeaching state governors is over.

“The era of quarrelling with Vice President on the streets is over; the era of withdrawal of Lagos state monthly allocations is also one of the legacies of Obasanjo,” Mr Oshiomhole added.

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We’re not under pressure to rig polls –INEC Tue, 22 Jan 2019 07:24:45 +0000 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is not under pressure to rig the forthcoming elections.

The commission also gave assurance that its cooperation with security agencies would lead to a pleasant voting experience for Nigerians.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Abuja on Monday during a visit to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

He was reacting to the allegations by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that INEC would not be transparent in the forthcoming elections.

Yakubu said, “This is to be expected in an election year when people make all sorts of insinuations but I want to tell you that we, as a commission, have never been under any pressure to do what is wrong.

“We will never compromise our integrity to do what the law says that we shouldn’t and for the 2019 general elections.”

He said the commission would collaborate with the police for the protection of the electoral process such that votes would count in the polls.

The acting IG said the Force had identified some flashpoints, adding that it might commence the arrest of those who appear to pose a threat to credible elections.

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