Gov. Bello Donates N7m To Churches

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has donated N 7 million to 11 churches in support of their projects with N2 million of the amount going to Christ the King Catholic Church, Okene and N500, 000 each to other churches in Central Senatorial district of the state.

Alhaji Abdulmalik Abdulkarim, the Director -General, Bureau of Information and Grassroots Sensitization, disclosed this in a statement he issued in Lokoja on Tuesday.

He said Bello announced the donation during a service to round-off the centenary celebration of the Christ the King Catholic Church, Okene, adding that the money was meant to assist the churches in their various projects.

Bello, who was the Special Guest of honour at the event,congratulated the church  on its 100 years of existence in Ebiraland and pledged to donate coaster bus to aid its evangelism.

Abdulkarim quoted Bello, as commending the past and present leadership of the church for immense contributions to peace and harmony in Ebiraland and urged other churches to emulate the church by preaching the gospel of love, peace, unity and religious tolerance.

According to Abdulkarim, the benefiting churches are : Gospel Assembly Church, Nagazi, Adavi, Mountain Crusader Church, Ihucheba, Adavi, St. Andrew Anglican Church, Lafia, Okene, Deeper Life Church, Obehira, and St. Paul Anglican Church, Okengwe.

Others are: Christ Apostolic Church, Oboroke, Okehi, St. Peter Anglican Church, Ihima,  Gospel Assembly Church, Iruvusechi, Eganyi, First Baptist Church, Ajaokuta and Catholic Church, Ogori.

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Governor Bello Calls For Peace Among APC Aspirants

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has directed that aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) across the three senatorial zones in the state must enter into a peace accord as means of assuring peaceful primaries to elect qualified candidates that will represent the people at local, state and national levels in the 2019 general elections.

Governor Bello gave the directive at the APC stakeholders and aspirants meeting at government house in Lokoja, the state capital.

He encouraged aspirants to support each other.

He called on those who do not scale through the primaries to accept the defeat with hope for a better future.

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Flood Sacks Over 150 Households, 64 Villages In Kogi

About a 150 households in 64 villages have been trapped by the recent flooding in Kogi State.

The flood was reportedly caused by the overflow of the banks of the Niger and Benue rivers, and killed one adult and a child.

Several communities affected include Kpaku, Nury, Ekwurika and Babasu in Kogi Koton Karfi Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, the Kogi state Ministry of Environment and the State Emergency Management Authority, in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), have started gathering data of persons affected by flooding across the state.

The national and state emergency officials say plans are in place to resettle affected persons.

The flood displaced persons alsoexpressed gratitude to the authorities for their intervention and called for a permanent solution to their problem

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NCAN Kogi Chapter Visits SDGs Focal Person In The State To Strategies For Buhari

The Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) kogi state chapter today, paid a courtesy visit to the Special Adviser to Kogi State governor on Sustainable Development Goals and the state Focal Person, Arc. Abdulmumeen Ahmed Okara after the group successfully purchased the Nomination and expression form for
President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group was led by the State Coordinator Hon. Shehu Otuoze Yahaya and Miss Mariam Muazu the deputy State Coordinator.
In his Statement, Hon. Shehu stated that having purchased the nomination form for President Buhari, the mission now is to deliberate and map out a strategic plans towards his return in the 2019 presidential election.
Re-echoing the National Coordinator of the organisation, Hon. Yahaya said “We have decided to pool our meagre resources and purchase the expression of interest and nomination forms for President Buhari as he presents himself to our party members to be chosen as its candidate for the 2019 general election. Our members from various villages, local governments and states have contributed to make this happen.”
He said the group and other interested parties must now work to ensure the victory of the president at the polls.
In his reaction, Arc Abdulmumeen Ahmed Okara expressed happiness with the good strides and kind gesture from the group, saying that there is no doubt that Mr. President has, both in action and word, been working to lay a foundation for a greater and prosperous Nation that our generation and future Generations will be proud of.
He said under his Administration, “Nigeria has become a country sought after for investment in the world. Nigeria has assumed its leadership role, not just in Africa, but the world.”
“President Muhammadu is much more better as a leader, he might not have met the expectation of some people, but definitely he has made and is making Nigeria better that what it was. And it is the norm, apparent success of his administrations, manifest in his second term so that he can successfully complete the good job he is currently doing, stems from Security, Economy, Agri revolution, health, improvement in our infrastructural facilities and strengthening our foreign policies.”
The meeting had in audience an APC front runner for the House of Representatives in the state,  Hon. Joseph Asuku Bello who came to pay homage to Arc Abdulmumeen Ahmed Okara in his office. “Engr. Joseph Asuku commended the efforts of Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network and pledged to support them in any way he could.
“We acknowledge the challenges we face today as a nation, but we are not oblivious of what the situation used to be especially in the immediate past adminsitration that brought us here. This is why we believe that in spite of what we may be going through, we can only get better if we support the path to the greatest that has already been set in motion which in many ramifications is worthy of consolidating,” Engr Asuku concluded.
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Kogi Govt Appeals To Residents To Leave Flood-Prone Areas

The Kogi state government has advised residents of flood-prone communities in the state to relocate to a safer place, to avoid loss of lives and property.

Sanusi Yahaya, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, made the announcement in a statement in Lokoja.

“The Kogi Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources wishes to announce to members of the public, especially those in the nine flood-prone local government areas to relocate.

“In view of the heavy rainfall recorded so far this year due to climate change, as well as the high volume of water from tributaries of Rivers Niger and Benue, which has led to steady rise in water level of the rivers, as confirmed by our monitoring team,

“This development may likely cause flooding in some flood-prone LGAs: Omala, Bassa, Kogi/Kotonkarfe, Lokoja, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Idah, Ibaji, and Igalamela/Odolu.

“The Ministry, therefore, strongly appeal and request the people living in these flood-prone LGAs, particularly those living close to river banks, to start moving to safer ground, to avoid loss of lives and property in the event of flood,” Yahaya said.

He said that the state government had started preparing temporary shelters for flood victims in the event of emergencies.

Yahaya assured the people that the protection of their lives and property would continue to be given utmost attention by the new direction administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello.

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Why We Want Buhari To Continue Beyond 2019 – Kogi Gov

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said the decision of “patriotic Nigerians” to extend Buhari’s Presidency beyond 2019 was borne out of a genuine desire to deepen good governance and transparency in Nigeria.

The Governor who stated this on Saturday while fielding questions from some selected international media said the President has saved the nation from economic calamities as a result of “deep stealing by the previous administrations in the country”.

“As far as we know, Nigerians are happy and satisfied with the performance of Mr. President. He is honest man who is trusted by the international community to take Nigeria to the promise land and will therefore be re-elected next year by the masses of this great nation.

“It is unfortunate that the opposition was doing everything to bring the nation down to justify their desperation to return to power. When a child defecate on a chair, it is expected that the chair will be cleaned and allowed to dry before the child can sit on it again. The Nigerian system is undergoing serious cleansing process and Mr President should be allowed to conclude his Nigerian rebirth Agenda.

“Those who love Nigeria and the strides of Mr President want him to continue the rebuilding process. Our nation was a subject of international scorn for corruption and insensitivity to the plight of the masses. Today, the respect is back because of the personality of Mr President.

“Our economy is looking up and it is trickling down to the states. Kogi State has keyed into the agricultural policies of the Federal Government to create more jobs and wealth. Our youth and vibrant populace now see a career in agriculture.

“The Federal Government has been very supportive of our war against criminality in the state; the same way the war against insurgency has been waged with serious mindedness.

“Nigerians surely do no want the gains of this administration reversed”.

On the current crisis rocking the National Assembly over calls on Senate Bukola Saraki to resign his position, Bello said he has nothing more to say after the National Chairman of the party had stated the position of the party.

“Our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has stated the position of the party. I have nothing more to say about it.

“What I will just tell Nigerians is that it is not enough to have President Muhammadu Buhari. They must also strive to vote equally patriotic Nigerians into the National Assembly to work with Mr President to make Nigeria great. We must have a National Assembly that has the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart”.

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Kogi Gov Felicitates With Muslims On Eid, Solicits Citizens’ Cooperation For Sustained Peace And Stability Of The State

The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello felicitates with Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah in Kogi State on this year’s celebration of Eid-el-Kabir and urges Kogites to cooperate with government for sustained peace and stability of the State.
The Governor who praised the patience and steadfastness of Muslims in spite of the difficult economic times the nation is going through admonishes all to use the occasion of the forthcoming Eid to reestablish the pillars of love and tolerance for which Islam is known and enjoins Muslims to reflect on the teachings of Allah (SWT) noting that peaceful coexistence and understanding as well as sustained prayers among citizens are essential in harnessing our abundant resources as a people to move the country forward.
“Our Government is working round the clock to reposition Kogi State for rapid growth and development. The support for small businesses, youth and women empowerment, and our Agricultural Revolution programs are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards. We are positive that Kogi State will soon overcome its current economic challenges which will eventually translate to improved standard of living for citizens.
Governor Bello congratulates all believers who have successfully undertaken the Hajj this year as enjoined by Prophet Mohammed (May Peace Be Upon Him). Adding that Nigerians should go beyond seeing the Eid-el-Kabir festival as just another public holiday and an annual ritual for wining and dinning, but rather use the period for spiritual renaissance and deep reflection on the tenets of holiness, love and peace as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.
The Governor wishes all Kogi State citizens and Nigerians currently in the Holy Land a safe journey back home and prays their pilgrimage will be accepted to Allah as Ibadah.
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Kogi By-election: Ex-govs Idris, Wada Imported PDP Thugs From Nasarawa, Bayelsa, Says Bello

With less that 24 hours to the House of Representatives by-election in Lokoja/Kotonkarfe constituency, the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday raised the alarm over influx of political thugs allegedly imported by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt the exercise.
He specifically accused two ex-governors of the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, popularly known as Ibro and Captain Idris Wada of spearheading the agenda.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Odaudu Joel Minister, said the political thugs were recruited from Toto in Nassarawa State, Bayelsa State, and other parts of the Niger Delta.
He advised the public, especially Kogi citizens within the constituency to be security conscious and report unusual migration or movement of unfamiliar faces within their territories to security agents who are already on the watch.
The statement reads: “The attention of Kogi State Government has been drawn to an ugly development where some desperate elements of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have imported thugs from Toto in Nassarawa State, Bayelsa State, and other parts of the Niger Delta into Kogi State to disrupt the Lokoja/Kotonkarfe House of Representatives by-election scheduled to hold tomorrow Saturday, 11th August, 2018.
“Former Governors Ibrahim Idris (Ibro) and Captain Idris Wada are spearheads of this nefarious agenda. The Kogi State Government vehemently condemn this evil agenda in its entirety. We understand from our deliberate social reforms that if such acts are allowed, it will take our democratic calendar back by centuries.
“We hereby call on all lovers of democracy, friends of Kogi State Government, Indigenes of progressive mindset and security agencies to stay alert to their antics.
“We are putting all mechanisms in place from our end to ensure the entire process is peaceful and orderly and safe for every voter to exercise their franchise.
“The general public is hereby notified to be security conscious and report unusual migration or movement of unfamiliar faces within their territories to the dispatch of security agents who are already on the watch.
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Kogi REC Urges Voters To Collect Their PVCs

The Kogi state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor James Apam called on registered voters to visit Pvc collection centres across the state to collect their cards.

Professor Apam who called for the immediate response of registered persons during a press briefing in Lokoja lamented over thousands of voters’ card not collected by voters.

He added that voter registration exercise will be suspended on August 17, 2018 until after general election, while collection of PVCs will continue until one week to the general elections 2019.

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Kogi Government To Build Sugarcane Refinery

The Kogi State government is working with a Brazilian group of companies, enigma to build a sugarcane refinery and plantations in three communities in the state.

The state finance commissioner of Finance Ashiru Asiwaju Idris led other top government officials to guide a visiting team from brazil to inspect the prospective sites.

The visit of the Brazilian company to Kogi state is a fallout of the maiden edition of the Kogi economic and investment summit held earlier this year

The commissioner of finance Ashiru  Asiwaju Idris and other government officials  say the establishment of sugar-cane plantations and refineries across the state has huge positive economic implications

The  representatives of the Kugbani community in Lokoja local government area expressed their preparedness to make their land available.

The visitors expressed their willingness to get started

The state government assured the visitors of the security and safety of their lives, property and investment and expressed hope that this development will mark the beginning of huge investment flows into the state.

 

 

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Kogi Opposition Leaders Are Merchants Of Controversies – Fanwo

The Director General of Media and Publicity, Hon Kingsley Fanwo has described PDP leaders in the state as “merchants of controversies”, saying allegations of stifling opposition in the state are “unfounded, false and characteristic of the PDP style.”
Fanwo who made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja said Kogi State has no place for criminals, challenging the legislators who claimed they were attacked, to come open and tell the world the truth about their political styles.
“Nobody can rewrite the sterling and steady progress recorded by the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello in the state. Opposition leaders are gradually losing their only campaign of no salaries. They have moved to presenting Kogi State to the world as a violent place when the world is already celebrating our giant strides in ensuring security of lives and property.
“The Governor has ensured criminality has no place. Our human development indices are rising. Healthcare delivery has never been this good. Agriculture has taken thousands of youth off the street. The State has also keyed into the social investment scheme of the Federal Government to empower thousands of our youth across the State.
“The Administration is not expecting those who shared the commonwealth of the people to be comfortable with a government that is working hard, not only against corruption; but to also recover the loot of the past.
“We are not expecting those who used the resources of the state government to pay workers in their private firms to be comfortable with the administration that is using the resources of the state for the people of the state.
“We were all in the State when a loan meant for the empowerment of the youth through enterprise was shared by government officials. Today, such loans go to the beneficiaries. We have restored confidence in the future of our dear State.
“Governor Yahaya Bello will never succumb to blackmail by the enemies of the people of Kogi State.”
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Melaye Lands In Fresh Trouble After Armed Guards Allegedly Shoot Police Officer

Less than three months after Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West, regained freedom from police custody, the Kogi state police command has asked him to report at the state criminal and investigation department in Lokoja, the state capital.

This is in connection with the exchange gunfire between his armed guards and a team of policemen on patrol duty in the state.

A police sergeant who was allegedly shot on the chest is reportedly recuperating in the hospital.

The police asked Melaye to report at the SCIID office in the company of his guards, saying investigation into the shooting is on.

The police said their statement was partly to refute Melaye’s allegation that he was shot at by the police.

The statement said Melaye’s guards opened fire first, while the police responded.

In posts on Instagram, Melaye said the police tried to block his convoy with a grader, parked on a bridge, while he was on his way to Yagba east to commission some projects.

He said his convoy avoided the blockade.

In another Instagram post, the senator representing Kogi west said the state government barricaded the road to stop his movement.

He later took to Twitter to say that an attempt was made on his life during the visit to his state.

He accused men of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and the military of firing over 20 bullets at his jeep.

“I thank God for spearing my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police, SARS and military. God I thank you,” he wrote.

The police statement reproduced below contradicted his account:

“Today, at about 1530hours, a team of policemen from the Command was on a routine Anti – Robbery/Kidnapping patrol along Aiyetoro Gbede – Mopa Road.

“During the patrol, and as it is often the practice, the team pinned down at a point at Iyah Gbede Junction, where they were observing the highway and occasionally conducting Stop and Search.

“It was in this process a long convoy of vehicles coming from Mopa towards Aiyetoro Gbede approached the Point. Officers of the Command at the Point flagged down the convoy. While the lead vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was later discovered to be conveying officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, stopped to introduce themselves, other vehicles in the convoy dangerously zoomed off without regards to the safety of the officers on ground.

“Surprisingly, some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration number, without provocation fired gunshots at the officers of the Anti-Robbery /Kidnapping Patrol Team.

“One of the officers, a Sergeant, was hit by bullet on the right part of his chest as a result of which he sustained grievous injury.

“The Officer is currently lying critically ill in the hospital where he has undergone a live threatening surgery and currently recuperating.

“Expectedly, the policemen in self defence responded by firing back to repel the unexpected attack. Vehicles in the convoy nevertheless, drove away from the scene. It was not until the officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were questioned that it was realised that the convoy was that of Senator Dino Melaye.

“It is rather unfortunate that the Senator could after this dastardly act by his aides, be going around with armed men, unknown to the Command who could launch such a lethal attack on police officers in the course of their normal duty.

“It is more saddening that the Senator could turn around to issue misleading statements to cover up the heinous crime committed by his hired aides.

“While, the command has instituted a high powered investigation panel into the incident, Senator Melaye is hereby advised to report with people in his convoy to the office of the deputy commissioner of police, State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Lokoja to assist in the investigation.”

 

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