Teachers in Ekiti State under the aegis of Positive Minds Club (PMC)
for Ekiti Teachers, have hailed the House of Representatives for
passing a vote of no confidence on the Minister of Mines and Steel
Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, over his refusal to attend the House
sectoral debate on the steel sector to find solutions to the troubled
Ajaokuta Steel Plant held yesterday.
The PMC, which is a gathering of retired and serving teachers in Ekiti
State, also called for the immediate sack of Dr Fayemi, who is a
former governor of the State, and saluted the courage of the Leader of
the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who moved the motion of no
confidence vote, not minding political affiliation.
Rising from its meeting in Ado Ekiti on Friday, the teachers said in a
communique signed by the PMC President, Comrade Patrick Ojo and Public
Relations Officer, Comrade Olusola Agbele and read to journalists that
“By passing a vote of no confidence on Dr Fayemi, who has never hidden
his hatred for teachers in Ekiti State and Nigeria in general, the All
Progressives Congress (APC) controlled House of Representatives has
further exposed him as lacking competence and integrity to continue to
hold any public office in Nigeria.”
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister and get
a better replacement among APC members in Ekiti State, noting that he
lacked the required competence and integrity to hold public office.
The statement read in part; “In saner climes, Dr Fayemi would have
resigned or be sacked by now.
“Nigerians should be reminded that consequent upon his indictment by a
duly constituted Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which probed his
tenure as governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014; Dr Fayemi was
banned from holding public office in the state for 10 years.
“It should also be noted that the same way Dr Fayemi held the House of
Representatives with contempt yesterday was the way he refused to
appear before the Ekiti State House of Assembly and the Judicial
Commission of Inquiry.
“As Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Fayemi did not only loot the treasury
with reckless abandon and plunge the State into debt; he killed the
morale of teachers by demoting them and imposing unwarranted
Competency Test on them, thus collapsing education in the State. He
has also continued to lend support to needless sacking of teachers in
the country, especially in Kaduna State.
“Interestingly, the same teachers that he termed as incompetent were
the ones still teaching pupils in Ekiti schools, and have achieved
first position in NECO Exams twice and tremendous improvement in
“Even as a minister, nothing can be pointed to in Ekiti as his impact
despite the solid minerals that abound in the State.
“Therefore, such a character lacked the required competence and
integrity to hold public office and we call on President Muhammadu
Buhari to sack him and get a better replacement, which abounds in
“Among APC members in Ekiti State, there are competent people who will
represent the State better in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).”