Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday berated the chief judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, for describing the new High Court complex built by his administration as “hybrid of absurdity”.
He asked the judge to shed the toga of unbridled hatred for him.
Justice Daramola had, on Tuesday, at a special court sitting to mark the commencement of the 2018/2019 Legal Year of Ekiti State Judiciary at High Court 1, stated: “As laudable as the new building is, it is still, in a way, a hybrid of absurdity.
In its present state, it can’t properly and comfortably function as a court house, as it was not properly designed for that purpose nor was it designed for administrative purposes.
“That, of course, is why we have not been able to put it into use since that building was commissioned earlier in May this year.”
He appealed to Governor Kayode Fayemi to reconstruct the interior of the building “to enable us put it into appropriate use.”
However, Fayose’s chief press secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said that the High Court complex “is the first of its kind since the creation of Ekiti State in 1996. If Daramola cannot commend Fayose, he could as well shut up his mouth and stop behaving like a cry-baby.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), yesterday, disclosed that Ekiti ranked third in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, saying concerted efforts must be made to end the practice in the interest of female children.
UNICEF stated this at a sensitisation programme of mothers it embarked on, in partnership with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Ekiti on the need to end the practice.
The programme took place at Orin Ekiti in Ido/Osi Council.
The international body noted the need to save female children from the pangs of FGM, adding that the practice had cost the deaths of millions of African children.
At the programme attended by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the partners signed a pact with the town through the reagent of Orin Ekiti, Mrs. Theresa Dada, signalling the town’s commitment to prohibit the practice.
UNICEF consultant for Oyo, Ekiti and Osun states, Mrs. Aderonke Olutayo, said that the practice had caused a lot of havoc to female children, especially haemorrhage and convulsion.