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Ekiti sacks 2,000 workers ‘hurriedly’ employed by Fayose


Ekiti Gov Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Government has sacked no fewer than 2,000 workers employed by the immediate past governor, Ayo Fayose, after the July 2018 gubernatorial election.

The decision followed deliberations by the State Executive Council on the report of the committee headed by the deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, that reviewed irregular appointments made between 2014 and 2018.

The government said the recruitment exercise violated due process.

It was gathered that the affected 2, 000 workers comprises 600 teachers recruited into the Teaching Service Commission, 400 personnel employed into the State Universal Basic Education Board and 1,000 injected into the system through the Office of Establishment and Training, among others.

Briefing the journalists on the development in Ado, the state capital, on Thursday, the Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, declared the appointments were null and void because they were done hurriedly with ulterior motives and in bad faith.

The Commissioner disclosed that the governor had directed the Head of Service, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, to collate all available vacancies in the Civil Service, with a view to recruiting suitable and qualified Ekiti citizens into the Public Service, irrespective of religious and political affinities.

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Olumilua, however, urged the affected workers to participate in the next recruitment exercise to be announced in due course.

“All appointments made after the Gubernatorial Election of July 2018, violated due process, are hereby cancelled and declared null and void.

“And all affected workers are advised to participate in the next recruitment exercise to be announced in due course”, Olumilua said.

He added: “The officers reinstated into the Local Government Service Commission between October 16th, 2014 and October 15th, 2018 are to be reabsorbed by the relevant Personnel Board, and migrated to biometric payroll.

“All 272 officers employed by the Governor Fayose Administration, who are still on manual payroll, shall be considered for absorption into the Civil Service but on case-by-Case basis. Absorption will be conditional on availability of vacancies.

“The 169 officers recruited in 2014 but had their appointments terminated by the Governor Fayose Administration, shall be considered for re-absorption by the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission, But on a Case-by-case basis. Reabsorption will be conditional on availability of vacancies in their previous offices of appointment.

“Officers dismissed between October 16th, 2014 and October 15th 2018 in the Ministries of Justice, Works and Transport, Environment, SUBEB, Teaching Service Commission, Hospital Management Board should go to the Office of Establishment to ascertain their current status”, he said.

Meanwhile, Fayose’s Media Aide Lere Olayinka has described the development as an act of wickedness and extreme degree of political vendetta.

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Olayinka, in a statement on Wednesday, said,

“Fayemi has only succeeded in writing his name in the history books of Ekiti as one who inflicts pains and sorrow on the people.”

Olayinka added that; “Fayemi has only demonstrated the wickedness in his heart by sacking Ekiti sons and daughters who were duly employed by the state government.

“It will be on record that the PDP government of Ayodele Fayose gave jobs to over 2,000 unemployed youths in Ekiti while the APC government of Kayode Fayemi sacked them.

“Also, whoever that applauds this show of wickedness will be reminded in future when actions of Fayemi will also be reviewed.

“As for those sons and daughters of Ekiti who have now become victims of Fayemi’s wickedness and political vendetta, they should place their hope in God and enforce their rights to seek redress in the court of law.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Com Sola Adigun, appealed to the government not to use the error and mistake of the past government to mete out punishment on innocent workers.

” This is not a fight, but a plea to the government to allow them to remain in the system. We are going to see Governor Fayemi and Head of Service Ayodeji Ajayi to please stop this recurrent issue of government sacking those employed by their predecessors,” he said.


Shehu Sani told me CJN asked for N4m for judges – Witness




A prosecution witness, Alhaji Sani Dauda, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday how a former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, allegedly asked him for N4m to be delivered to judges.

Dauda alleged that Sani claimed that the N4m was to be delivered to the Chief Justice of Nigeria who would retain N1m and give three other unnamed judges N1m each.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on January 27 arraigned the former senator for fraud involving alleged extortion of $25,000 from a businessman, Dauda, who runs A.S.D Motors.

Sani was said to have fraudulently represented the money as bribe for “the Chief Justice of Nigeria” and the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Testifying as the sixth prosecution witness in the case on Monday, Dauda, who was led in evidence by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Abba Mohammed, said he was arrested sometimes in November 2019 by the police for an allegation he did not disclose and was released on November 14, 2019.

The witness who spoke in Hausa and his testimony interpreted by a court official to English and vice-versa, said Sani introduced the issue of the money meant for the CJN some days after he visited to sympathise with family over the police arrest.

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He said:

“After he left, he called me on November 19, 2019, that he wanted to see me. I told him to speak on phone. He said it was not a matter that could be discussed on phone that he wanted to see me.

“I left that day, and I went straight to my house in Maitama, Abuja. He came that day to meet me in my house.

“He told me that he had met with CJN and discussed my matter with him. He said he would connect me with the CJN to talk to him on phone. I said I would not want to talk to him but I would like to go and see him.

“He said the CJN would not want me to come to his house because of security like DSS at his house. Then he made a call. He now handed the phone to me and said it was the CJN.

“I spoke to the person on the phone and the person told me that Sani spoke to him about my case and he has spoken to four judges that when my matter comes to them, they should inform him.

“Sani said that there are four judges that we should give N1m each but I told him that I was already in this predicament and could not give out money.

“He also told me that he was told that, my son-in-law, Abubakar also had a case at the EFCC and the prosecutor was asking for N1 million, a total of N5m and I told him I didn’t have money today and he should come back the next day.

“I then called a Bureau De Change Operator, Abubakar to bring the money to me.”

The testimony was cut short by the judge, who said he was not comfortable with the interpreter’s job.

Earlier, Dauda’s domestic worker, Bala Ismail, testified as the fifth prosecution witness, telling the judge how Sani visited his boss five times.

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He, however, could not tell the period of the ex-senator’s visits.

He also said he was not aware of what Sani discussed with the business on any of the occasions but that he saw the former senator leave the house with a brown envelope on three of the occasions.

Ismail who also spoke in Hausa said the last time Sani came, Dauda came out of the house to say to him and other domestic staff members that Sani had “finally returned his money.”

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Asked by the prosecuting counsel, Ismail said the last time Sani came to the house was before COVID-19 lockdown.

But during cross-examination by defence lawyer, Abdul Ibrahim, the witness contradicted himself to say it happened after the COVID-19 lockdown.

He also said he was not present when Sani allegedly returned money to Dauda, adding that he was only told by his boss.

Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned till Tuesday for Dauda to continue his testimony that was suspended on Monday.

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Lagos Assembly urges Sanwo-Olu to probe highway workers protests



The Lagos House of Assembly has urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the recent protest by street sweepers engaged by Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) over non-payment of their salaries.

The resolution followed a motion,  entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State,” moved by Mr. Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency I) during plenary on Monday.

The Newsmen reports that highway workers had on June 23 embarked on the protest over non-payment of their three-month salaries.

The sweepers also took to social media to express their grievances.

In a video posted on Twitter, the sweepers were seen removing their uniforms and dumping them on the floor, which formed a huge pile.

Elliot said the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of their salaries.

The lawmaker urged the House to call on the governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it and bring the people behind it to book.

“The House should call on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

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“Others are the Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.

“Gov. Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy, in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitize members of the public on the need to dispose of their refuse properly.

“The state government should also sensitize the public on the importance of having a waste bin in their respective houses.

“The House should also mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these irregularities in LAWMA with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.

Elliot said the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos.

He said that the government should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.

Elliot said that the House also needed to commend the efforts of the state government on waste management in the state.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, said there was a need to address the issues raised by the highway workers during the protest.

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Obasa said the highway workers were employed to clean the roads based on the humanitarian gesture of the state government.

The speaker said that the state government had the alternative of using mechanized ways of removing wastes in the state.

“The state can come up with mechanized ways of removing wastes. We also want to reduce crime, which was why we are doing the job manually.

“We should condemn those behind the video because there are many ways of making their grievances known.

“The issue started during the break out of COVID-19 and everybody was affected. Those behind the video should be brought to the book. We should condemn those going to the media to embarrass the government.

“For those who played roles in the delay of the salaries of the sweepers, the committee should see how they could be held responsible,” he said.

Contributing, Mr. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu I), said that policing the canals and primary drainages in the state required more attention.

Mr. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho II), in his comment, said the matter should be investigated but the government should not stop the salaries of the highway workers in the process.

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Also Speaking, Mr. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I), said that the pandemic slowed down efforts of the state government to deal with some issues.

Ajani said that the major challenge with wastes in the state had to do with plastic wastes.

“The roads are usually being flooded. We can monetize the plastic waste, and we can call on the governor to look at this in a way that we can monetize plastic wastes,” he said.

Also, Mr. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa II), said the state government should not ignore the viral video where the highway workers where protesting non-payment of their salaries.

Yishawu, however, supported the motion that their salaries should be paid.

He said that the highway workers were among the frontline workers that worked during the lockdown, and that the matter should be investigated as suggested in the third leg of the resolution.

The speaker, therefore, passed the motion through voice votes which was supported by all the lawmakers present in the House.

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Ondo guber: PDP appeal panel clears Erewa



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Appeal Panel (SAP) for Ondo State governorship primary election on Monday cleared Godday Erewa, one of the aspirants earlier disqualified by the party screening committee on Friday.
Erewa made his clearance known as he addressed newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja after appearing before the appeal panel chaired by Sen. Gyang Dung.
The aspirant, who displayed the certificate of clearance issued to him said the screening committee earlier disqualified him citing error in the spelling of his name, which was not in the documents he presented.
“The reason they gave was that there was an error in the spelling of my name but there was no error.
“Maybe the way they were pronouncing the name in their own dialect is different from the way it was spelt.
“The name in the certificate that was not cleared is different from the name in my school certificate.
“So when they looked at it from my appeal, they had to clear me. The name is Oritsewino which the party spelled as Oritsewiwo in error,” he said.
He appreciated the screening appeal panel for a fair hearing and for correcting the mistake.
Erewa, who expressed optimism of winning the party’s ticket and the  Oct. 10  election if given the opportunity, ruled out the possibility of a consensus candidate.
“There won’t be the consensus. At the stage we are now, there is no consensus. Consensus could have come before buying the form, not after buying the form. Sixteen days from today is the primary,” he added.
The Newsmen reports that Dung, chairman of the appeal panel, refused to grant the audience to journalists after the exercise.
Yakubu Dogara, former Speaker, House of Representatives, who was Chairman of the PDP Screening Committee for Ondo State Governorship Election  had disclosed that two unnamed aspirants failed the exercise on Friday.
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