***launches investigation into fumigation exercise

Ekiti State Gov. Kayode Fayemi has described the death of former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, as shocking and disheartening. In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi described the late Al-Hassan as a woman who believed in hard work, excellence and service to humanity. He said Al-Hassan worked her way to the top of her professional calling through diligence and positive attitude. The governor said that Al-Hassan’s commitment to serving humanity was responsible for her huge influence among Taraba people, who nicknamed her Mama Taraba, and gave her the opportunity of representing them at the Senate. He added that although the deceased trained as a lawyer, she was best known as a politician whose reputation spread beyond the length and breadth of her home state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor recalled his working relationship with the former minister when they both served as members of the Federal Executive Council. He described the late Al-Hassan as a pacesetter and good ambassador of the womenfolk. According to the governor, the late Al-Hassan served as the first female Taraba State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and the first woman to be appointed Secretary, FCT Judicial Council. He described the deceased as a colourful politician who harboured no bitterness, saying that her exit was not only painful, but would create a void in the national polity. While praying God to give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss, Fayemi urged the family to be consoled by the fact she lived an impactful life. “On behalf of my wife, Bisi, the Government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the immediate family members as well as associates of the former minister, and pray that God grants her Aljannah Firdaus,” the governor added.
Kayode Fayemi

By Rotimi Ojomoyela – Ado-Ekiti

Following the ill-fated fumigation exercise that landed about one hundred students of the College of Health Sciences, Ijero-Ekiti in hospital, the Ekiti state government has suspended the Provost of the institution, Dr (Mrs) Cecilia Adebayo.

A statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode said, “Governor Kayode Fayemi has directed the suspension of the Provost, College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti, Dr Cecilia Adebayo”.

According to the statement, the Provost suspension subsists pending the outcome of investigations into the circumstances that led to the hospitalisation of about 100 students of the institution after a controversial fumigation exercise.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the outcome of a meeting of the College’s Governing Council slated for next week.

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“The officials of the Federal Fire Services that carried out the fumigation exercise have also been directed to report back to their office in Abuja.

“This was just as Governor Fayemi constituted an eight-man panel, led by Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, to investigate the unfortunate incidence.

“The panel, which is expected to commence work immediately, has two weeks to carry out the investigations and report back to the Governor.

“The Governor, who is the Visitor to the College, empathises with all the affected students, even as he has directed that their medical bills be taken over by the State Government, in all the hospitals they are being treated”.

He urged students and parents to remain calm and desist from any violent conduct capable of affecting the peace of the town and the state in general.

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