Kogi CP Promises Zero Tolerance For Election Violence

Kogi-police-logo-1The new Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi, has pledged to provide security to the people of the state before, during, and after elections in the state.

Ogunjemilusi, who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in his office in Lokoja, shortly after assuming office, stated that the police under his command would maintain law and order with zero tolerance for violence in any form.

He based his speech more on security for the 2015 election, insisting that the crime rate is unacceptable.

 

Ogunjemilusi assured the residents of the state that his command would make the state the safest and most peaceful state in the country.

Earlier before this, a one-day interactive session for stakeholders and party candidates on constituency reportage and community outreaches was organised by Kogi Central CSOs Network in Okene.

The initiative was taken by a coalition of Civil Society organisations in the zone to erase the battered image of politics in the central zone of Kogi State.

 

Nigeria, US To Finance Pharmaceutical Warehouse In Abuja

Tablets and pillsNigeria and the United States are collaborating in the construction of a pharmaceutical warehouse in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Supervising Minister of Health, Mr Khaliru Alhassan, announced the US financial assistance on Tuesday.

Mr alhassan said the project, when completed, would reduce wastages and improve supplies of medical consumables to government hospitals across the nation.

“Nigeria will be saving a lot of money and this will  in ensure that our drugs are warehoused and are in one place,” he said.

The project, which is code-named “Warehouse In a Box” is expected to be completed within five months.

The development is in line with the National Drug Policy that stipulates that all medicines meant for the public should pass through the National Warehousing System for proper storage and maintenance of quality.

This has almost been impossible since 1945, as the Federal Medical Stores in Oshodi in Lagos State has been the only major warehouse doing this job.

However, if words are matched with actions, the $10 million jointly financed project by the Nigerian and the United States to float the “warehouse in a box” project in Abuja, would boost warehousing of drugs in Nigeria.

Bearing in mind that the current administration has barely three months to go, the Director, US Mission in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, said it would take charge of the project implementation to ensure its completion.

Three modern warehouses are expected be built and completed in July.

APC Rally Disrupted By Gunfire, Hoodlums Stab Channels TV Staff

APC rallySporadic gunshot in Okrika on Tuesday scuttled the APC governorship rally at the National Secondary School, in Rivers State.

Before the disruption, our correspondent, Charles Erukaa, explained that three explosions were heard before the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, arrived the rally venue.

Shooters were unseen and no one could tell from which direction the gunfire was coming but it appeared to be from all around the venue of the APC rally.

The situation worsened as hoodlums have reportedly taken over the town.

A member of Channels Television crew has been stabbed and is currently receiving treatment in a hospital.

More details soon.

Three IEDs Go Off Close To APC Rally Ground In Rivers

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FILE: Picture from a different blast scene

Three Improvised Explosive Devices have gone off close to the rally ground of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Rivers State.

This has caused a stampede, as people gathering for the APC rally scampered for safety.

The party supporters, in their numbers, had gathered and were waiting for the leaders of the party in the state to arrive the venue of the rally.

Loud sounds were heard in quick successions, causing panic among those who gathered for the rally.

So far, there are no reports of any injuries or casualties and it is not clear if the rally would eventually get underway.

More Details Soon…..

Buhari Makes The Best Jokes Anybody Can Hear – Amaechi

BuhariThe Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, says he plans to help Nigerians see that the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is different from what the PDP has been portraying him to be for the past 16 years.

Speaking on Channels Television, in his capacity as the Director-General of General Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Amaechi said that the GMB Campaign would have a different outlook.

He noted that work had already started in this regard, as they have shown the public that APC Presidential candidate is a family man, contrary to the image of him “as if he doesn’t smile and the man makes the best jokes anybody can hear”.

“We are trying to sell to you a man who, though 70, is more fit than others and most other people who are competing with him.

“You saw him on the day we matched against the impunity of the President and he joined us to match from the Eagles Square to Hilton, back to the Police Headquarters, stood out there till we closed 6pm.”

Governor Amaechi also addressed the allegations against him that he has been funding the presidential campaign of his party with vigour despite owing salaries of workers in his state.

“Now I have an appointment as the DG of Buhari campaign, I will not make a careless statement that I have no facts on,” condemning statements credited to a Presidential Spokesman alleging that he was funding the campaign.

I have never owed salaries, whether (of) teachers or cleaners,” he said.

Funding GMB Campaign

Having criticized the manner in which money was raised for the campaign of the PDP’s President Goodluck Jonathan, Amaechi was asked to explain how he intends to raise money for the Buhari Campaign.

Claiming that the APC was at a disadvantage financially, Buhari“If you call a fund raising today you will see how many people that will come, are you sure we will be able to get up to 1billion?

“If you look at the Buhari Campaign Organisation, we have put a process in place where Nigerians will donate 1naira, 2naira, 10,000, 15,000…

“If you think you will match this President with money, then you will not win the election. We will depend on the people.”

With words out that Governors would be funding the campaign, Amaechi said, “Unfortunately the Governors in APC are not the rich governors.”

He explained that he could not afford to fund the election campaign with the financial challenges that the Rivers State Government has had to face.

“My wage bill is 9.2billion. Don’t forget I employed 13,200 teachers, don’t forget I employed 400 doctors,” he said.

Rivers State Cannot Fund Buhari Campaign 

Governor Amaechi, during the conversation, also provided details of Rivers State’s revenue and expenditure, as well as the challenges being faced with dwindling monthly allocation from the Federal Government.

He insisted that the Federal Government should take responsibility for the poor situation in the states, “Its the stealing at the federal level that has denied us funds,” he said.

He, however, explained that Rivers State has been able to forge ahead due to his dynamism in raising the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state, which previous administrations fed on.

“Before I became Governor, the IGR was 2.5billion. We’ve been able to raise the IGR from 2.5billion to 8billion. No new taxes, just stopping corruption. I made sure nobody shared the money.

“Before, what they do is to give the State Government 2.5billion, other interests they share the rest. So, I said put all the money on the till. When they brought the money back, we saw that we were getting more money.

“I’m proud to say that that income is able to rise to 8.5billion because we were able to block the loop holes of corruption.

He added that from the Federal Allocation which used to be about 20 to 25billion Naira, the state had since been receiving about 12 to 14billion Naira only.