Fayemi Signs N100.7bn 2022 Budget Into Law
Governor Kayode Fayemi on Friday signed the Ekiti State 2022 Appropriation Bill of N100.7 billion into law, promising to consolidate on the gains of the last three years of his administration
While signing bill tagged: “Budget of Legacy and Consolidation” in Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi said it had a percentage ratio of 60:40 recurrent to capital expenditure.
He said it was designed to achieve the goals of handing over an enduring legacy to the incoming administration.
“It has been designed to ensure we complete most, if not all, of our capital projects, while also ensuring the day-to-day operations of government continue to run smoothly.
“The budget will ensure we complete the projects, including the Ekiti Passenger-Cargo Airport, the Ado-Iworoko section of the Ado-Ifaki Road, renovation of township roads, and finally commence our construction of farms roads across the state.
“It will also ensure we continue to construct and renovate schools, while also providing learning materials for students.
“Also, it will ensure we complete the construction and equipping of our Intensive Care Unit at EKSUTH, as well as various ongoing projects in many of our secondary and primary care hospitals.
“We will continue to focus on the environment, by completing our erosion and watershed management project.
He added that “It will also help in consolidating on our gains in agriculture by investing in more Public-Private Partnerships, to deepen commercial agriculture across the State”.
The governor said his administration would also leverage the budget to lay a solid foundation for long terms transformative projects like the Ekiti Knowledge Zone and the Special Agriculture Processing Zone.
According to him, these two projects will eventually deliver large scale opportunities to thousands of young people.
He said it would give them an opportunity to develop exciting careers without having to migrate from Ekiti.
Fayemi said his administration considered it as a mark of responsibility to build on work done by previous governments and also bequeath a legacy for those coming afterwards.
“This budget has been prepared not just to consolidate on the work we have done in the last three years, but with one eye on the future, to ensure our successor government has a clear blueprint of development to follow, with the minimal burden of unfinished projects.
“We are not just keen to finish well, we are even more focused on providing a launchpad for a worthy successor government to lift Ekiti into a period of sustained prosperity,” he said.
The governor said the administration had been able to restore the Ekiti values, and set the state on the path of sustainable growth.
He said the budgets in the last three years had been tailored and aligned with the government’s five-point agenda.
Fayemi said that the administration had utilised the budgets as instruments to deliver on development objectives.
“Budgets, as you know, are important instruments in delivering on the priorities of the government.
“I am pleased to report today that our five main road projects have all been delivered and inaugurated, with the most recent inauguration of the Ado-Iyin Road, earlier in the week.
“These roads reduce the travel time within the state and improve the productivity of our people.
“I am sure over time, we will see the benefits of improving our infrastructure stock with an increase in commercial activities within Ekiti.
“We have also delivered on our plans to renovate and equip our schools and hospitals in fulfilment of our promise to prioritise human capital development.
“Also, even with the challenging fiscal environment, we continue to fulfil our promises to our workers, and only recently defrayed some of the outstanding obligations owed by our predecessors in office.
“This and the constant investment in our people by completing a number of secretariat blocks and office buildings, show our dedication to our engine room of governance, the civil service,” he said.
The Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum expressed his profound gratitude to members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, especially the Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, for passing the 2022 Appropriation Bill in record time.
“I appreciate the commitment of the members of the Fiscal Coordinating Agencies in driving our annual budget preparation and execution.
“In particular, I commend the Honourable Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning and his team in the Ministry for their dedication, hard work and commitment in the preparation of the 2022 draft estimates,” he said.
Youths Have Lost Faith In Nigeria, Gbajabiamila Laments At Valedictory Session
The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says many young Nigerians have lost faith in the country.
Gbajabiamila spoke on Wednesday at the valedictory session of the ninth House of Representatives.
He said the country was losing some of its “best and brightest” brains to other countries, adding that urgent action must be taken to avert a “painful consequence”.
Gbajabiamila said despite the “considerable investments we have made to improve our public infrastructure and the numerous reforms we have enacted to change how we administer the government”, the country still faces many “significant challenges”.
He said the challenges have caused many young Nigerians to “wonder if the promise of democracy will ever become real in their lives”.
“Too many of our young people have lost faith entirely and are choosing in droves to seek their fortunes and their futures in other lands.
“We are losing some of our best and brightest, and if we don’t act now, the consequences of this loss will shortly become painfully evident”, Gbajabiamila said.
He said the government must ensure that the economy is “healthy, vigorous, growing” and that all Nigerians will have equal opportunities to succeed through their labour, hard work and ingenuity”.
Gbajabiamila further said the citizens must be protected from marauders, insurgents, petty criminals and assorted villains who wish to harm them.
He also said the government needed to “restore faith in our young people so that so many of them no longer feel like the only way to achieve their best aspirations is to chase their fortunes in far away, often, hostile lands.
“With each new day, we have an opportunity to make the hard choices and take the necessary actions to guarantee our nation’s future”.
With each new day, we have less time to act and a more outstanding obligation to act quickly,” he added.
After the valedictory session, the House was adjourned sine die.
The 10th National Assembly will be inaugurated on June 13.
INEC Releases Final List Of Governorship Candidates In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates for the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The gubernatorial candidates in Bayelsa include Governor Diri Duoye (PDP), Timipre Sylva (APC), Eradiri Udengmobofa (LP), Osuluku Binalatefa (SDP) and Ogege Mercy (APP).
The candidates for Kogi are Leke Abejide (ADC), Dino Melaye (PDP), Malam Ahmed Ododo (APC) and Suleiman Fati (ZLP). In Imo, the candidates include Governor Hope Uzodimmma (APC), Anyanwu Samuel (PDP), Odunzeh Ben(NNPP) and Achony Nneji (LP).
Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner on Information and Voter Education Committee, said in a statement that the commission approved the list at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Mr Okoye added that the decision was in line with the provision of section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, requiring the publication of the list not later than 150 days to election day (June 9), following the period for voluntary withdrawal and substitution of candidates by political parties under section 31 of the Electoral Act 2022.
“The final list has been uploaded to the commission’s website and social media platforms. The same will be published in our state and local government offices in the affected states on Thursday, June 8, ahead of the statutory deadline of June 9,” the INEC official explained.
The list showed that all 18 political parties fielded candidates for the Kogi poll, while 17 parties fielded candidates for Imo and 16 parties in Bayelsa.
The list also showed that two political parties fielded female candidates for the Bayelsa poll, while only one party fielded a female candidate for the Kogi poll.
Mr Okoye reminded political parties and their candidates that in line with the timetable and schedule of activities for the election, the campaign in public would officially commence on Wednesday, June 14, in line with section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and end on November 9 (24 hours before election day).
“We urge parties and candidates to conduct their political activities with civility and decorum as peaceful electioneering heralds a peaceful election. Political parties and candidates have a responsibility to de-escalate tension ahead of the election”, the INEC Commissioner stressed.
Atiku, PDP Accuse INEC Of Failure To Provide Election Documents After Collecting N6.69m
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for clogging the wheel of progress of his petition.
On Wednesday in Abuja, Alhaji Abubakar told the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that despite paying N6.69 million to the commission for certified true copies of documents he intends to tender in evidence, the commission failed to make the documents available.
Speaking through his lawyer, Chris Uche, the petitioner said it was discouraging for the commission to say that some of the documents they paid for were outside Abuja.
“We thought all these documents would be made available to us, and we won’t have to go to the states to collect,” stated the lawyer.
Mr Uche then proceeded to tender certified true copies of documents for 10 out of 21 local government areas of Kogi, the only documents the commission had made available for the day.
The petitioners also tendered form EC8D for Anambra.
The form EC8D is the form for election results from Anambra.
Alhaji Abubakar asked the PEPC to declare him Nigeria’s president-elect. He urged the court to cancel the election and order a fresh election due to alleged irregularities that marred the February 25 poll in thousands of polling units.
These are part of the seven prayers anchored on five grounds in the petition he filed against President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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