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Ex Ekiti Governor Declines EFCC Invitation, Gives Reason

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The former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has declined an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, over an investigation involving money laundering.

DAILY POST sighted an invitation letter dated 12th May 2023, sent to Fayemi by the EFCC.

According to the letter, the Commission said it needed clarifications from Fayemi as part of the investigation.

The statement further disclosed that Fayemi’s scheduled interview with the EFCC would be held on 18th May 2023.

However, Fayemi who had acknowledged the receipt of the commission’s letter via his legal representatives claimed he would not be available for the interview on that particular day.

The former Minister of Solid Minerals stated that he would be engaged in the presentation and launching of two new books in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

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Ondo Governor Approves N35,000 Wage Award for Tertiary Institution Staff, Reduces Civil Servants’ Award to N15,000

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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has approved a N35,000 monthly wage award for workers of state-owned tertiary institutions, effective from June 2024 for six months.

 

This decision comes after a meeting with institution heads and worker leaders, following protests over their exclusion from the previous N35,000 wage award paid to civil servants from November 2023 to April 2024.

 

To fund the tertiary institution workers’ award, the government reduced the civil servants’ wage award from N35,000 to N15,000. Pensioners in the state will receive a N10,000 monthly wage award.

 

The Governor’s intervention was necessary as the tertiary institutions’ subvention increase was insufficient to cover the award. This move aims to ensure fairness and equity in the payment of wage awards across the state’s workforce.

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Senate Chief Whip, Ndume Reacts As Tinubu Suspends Cybersecurity Levy

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Ali Ndume, the Nigerian Senate Chief Whip, has submitted that the federal government was too much in a hurry over the implementation of the cybersecurity levy.

He stated that the government failed to examine the nitty gritty of the levy before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rushed to publicly announce the implementation.

The Borno federal lawmaker said this on Sunday while reacting to the directive of President Bola Tinubu for the implementation of the controversial cybersecurity levy to be suspended.

Recall that the CBN had announced a 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy on electronic transactions, but President Tinubu, on Thursday, subsequently ordered the suspension of the policy for proper review.

Reacting to the suspension during an interview with Arise TV on Sunday, Ndume praised President Tinubu for listening to the complaints of the people over the policy.

The lawmaker stressed the need to tackle the issue of cybercrime which he argued was a stain on the country’s reputation but said it must be properly done and not rushed.

He said: “It’s good that the president has now acted and we’ll go back to the drawing table to look at the Act again. When this administration came on board, the first issue that needed to be addressed was that of cybercrime. And it’s part of the purpose of government as outlined in Section 14,2 of our constitution. That the purpose of government is the security and welfare of citizens. And cybercrime is part of the security, very important one.

“So that’s why the government was in a hurry to look at the enabling law which was signed in 2015. To strengthen it, give more powers to the institutions charged with that responsibility to ensure efficiency and to address the issue of cybercrime which you know is ravaging the country and spoiling our reputation and name because of the incessant and increased cybercrime going on in Nigeria.

“But I will add that we were in a hurry and so weren’t able to look at the nitty gritty of the issue until the CBN made that announcement. And also they didn’t look at it very well. And you’ll see the reactions of Nigerians was not good. Of course it is expected, looking at the situation we find ourselves. There are a lot of burdens on the common man and the low-income persons. And it’s not the intent of this government to add another burden on the middle class especially the low-income earners or Nigerians in general.”

The Senate Chief Whip called on Nigerians to support the Tinubu administration in the quest to implement critical reforms to the cybercrime laws.

“So, I still want to commend the President for that and as I said, I was expecting him to do that. But I also want to urge Nigerians to agree with this government that this cybercrime issue, the laws need to be critically upgraded,” the Senate Chief Whip added.

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APRIL 20: GOV AIYEDATIWA ROUNDS OFF LG CAMPAIGN TOUR 

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– Akoko APC leaders assure Gov of victory

 

 

– Olukare, Owa-Ale, Zaki endorse Gov’s continuity

 

 

Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, concluded his campaign tour round the 18 local government areas of the State on Thursday, expressing optimism that he will clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to contest the November 16 governorship election.

In a statement released by Ebenezer Adeniyan, the CPS to the Governor, he noted that Aiyedatiwa addressed jubilant crowds of APC supporters gathered across the three council areas of Akoko North West, Akoko North East, and Akoko South East, urging them to remain steadfast till Saturday’s primary.

The Governor thanked the party leaders from all 18 local government areas who joined him on the 7-day campaign tour, while also thanking the dedicated party loyalists for their warm and enthusiastic reception in their various areas.

The Governor and his team visited Oke-agbe, Ikare and Isua in conclusion of the tour and the people of the three local government areas came out in their thousands to receive the team.

Speaking with party faithful in Okeagbe, the Governor said: “throughout this campaign journey, the immense support I’ve garnered stresses the resounding desire of the people of Ondo State for continuity. This affirmation is rooted in the remarkable progress achieved during the short period we have spent in office. The people of Ondo State yearn for the continuation of this positive trajectory, and it’s evident that they believe I am the right candidate to lead this charge.

“Therefore, I urge everyone to identify with me in their various wards on Saturday, so that the developmental phase we have embarked on can continue. Let us ensure that our collective voices are heard loud and clear.”

While speaking at Ikare, Governor Aiyedatiwa promised increased developmental projects to strengthen the status of Ikare as one of the major economic hubs of the State.

Also at Isua, while addressing the crowd of party members, the Governor expressed gratitude for their overwhelming support which will translate to victory at the primary. He expressed his gratitude for their trust in him, assuring them of continued progress in his administration.

Earlier, the Zaki of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, the Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh, and the Owa Ale of Ikare, Oba Adeleke Adegbite Adedoyin, along with other traditional rulers in Akoko, expressed unwavering confidence in Aiyedatiwa’s victory at the primary, while endorsing him for continuity.

The traditional rulers hailed the leadership style of the Governor and gave him their prayers and royal blessings to emerge as the candidate of the APC and win the governorship election in November.

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