Political Thugs In Kogi Attack House Of Assembly Members

kogi youthsFour principal officers of the Kogi State House of Assembly escaped death on Wednesday when some political thugs unleashed terror on the factional principal officers of the Assembly.

The suspected political thugs, said to be loyal to the embattled Speaker, Momoh Lawal, had stormed a hotel in Lokoja cuddled with guns and machete.

The trouble started at one of the House’s plenary when Honourable Ikubile Ochijenu-Acharu raised a motion that 17 members of the House had signed the impeachment of the speaker Honourable Lawal.

Those who were not party to the signatory reacted to the motion on hearing their names, which created a rowdy session in the House.

Shortly after, some thugs came into the Assembly Hall and snatched away the maze.

At the end of the saga both Mr Lawal and the factional Speaker, Honourable Osiyi Ojo, laid claim to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly  and both also gave date for the next plenary.

With the intervention of the state Governor, Captain Idris Wada, who advised both parties to sheath their sword, the sitting of the factional Speaker could not hold.

While some of the factional principal officers were in one of the hotels in the state relaxing, some political thugs stormed the place, destroyed cars belonging to the lawmakers and some hotel’s property.

Two Speakers exist in the Kogi State House of Assembly for now, and with the attack of the lawmakers no one can tell how the problem will be solved.

1.3 Million Electorates Eligible To Vote In Kogi Election – INEC

Kogi  Election Ahead of the governorship election in Kogi State, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that about 1,397, 780 voters are eligible to vote.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in State, Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai gave the figure on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja when presenting a clean copy of Voters Register to the 23 political parties participating in the governorship election.

He noted that the idea was to enlighten the major stakeholders of the current figures of those eligible to participate in the election.

Political parties head and representatives, security agencies, civil societies, and pressmen were at the INEC’s office in Lokoja for the official presentation of soft copies of the Voters Register to all political parties participating in the forthcoming election in the state.

While performing the ceremony, the Resident Electoral Commissioner said the event was held to enlighten the major stakeholders of the current figures of those eligible to vote in the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State.

He urged those yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card to collect them, as they would only be allowed to vote with it.

Abide By The Rules

At the briefing, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the police were also making preparation in area of security.

Mr Ojukwu warned politicians to abide by the rules of the game, urging them to strictly go by the peace accord signed recently.

The Police Commissioner said the law would take its cause on any politician no matter how highly place.

He also noted that the police had mapped out some strategies to enable them maintain peace before and after the election of November 21.

The Governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, of the Peoples Democratic Party will vie for the governorship position along side other candidates.

In August Capt. Wada was declared the winner of the Kogi State PDP governorship primary election which took place at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium.

In an acceptance speech, Governor Wada pledged that he would continue to consolidate on the dividends of democracy and the transformation agenda of the state.

Police Promise Fairness During Kogi Election

PoliceAhead of the governorship election in Kogi State, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has assured the people of a level playing ground during the polls.

The IG, who was at the Police Headquarters in Lokoja, was received by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Command, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilusi and some other top police officers.

Mr Arase was on a mission elsewhere but stopped by at Lokoja Command to encourage the Police officers and also assure them of the Force Headquarters’ support at all time.

The IG also visited the Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada. He gave him the assurance of deploying more manpower to the state to tackle the internal security challenges.

He urged the people in the state to cooperate with the Police by giving credible information which would lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.

Hoodlums Invade Venue As Gov. Wada Distributes Items To Less Privileged

wadaThe Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has distributed money, clothing and food items to people living with disability in the state as part of his administration’s strategy to carter for the less privileged.

The Governor, who performed the ceremony in Lokoja the state capital, said that his government would not stop to improve the lives of the less privileged persons in the state in areas of health, material needs and employment.

While declaring the distribution open, Capt. Wada thanked them and urged them to remain law abiding citizens and never allow the privileged ones use them to create problems in the state.

He assured them of government’s commitment to catering for the less privileged, adding that the gesture would be a continuous one.

The Chairman of the disabled, who spoke in Hausa language, appealed to the Governor to assist them with Police security in their zone, adding that they have been experiencing robberies on daily basis and that the gifts being presented to them might be stolen away that night.

But just while the distribution was still on, some youths invaded the venue and snatched the bags of money and clothing from those distributing them while the Police were there. The venue became rowdy with bulling and fighting.

The drama did not go down well with the physically changed. For them it was a blessing with disappointments.

The Governor’s good intention was acknowledged but the goodwill was not carried through as they returned home disappointed.

They advised him to find a better approach to such distribution to avoid a re-occurrence of the invasion.


Kogi Inaugurate Committee On Federal Government Housing Project

WadaAs part of the reform programme of the Federal Government in providing housing to its citizenry nationwide, Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, has inaugurated a seven-man state technical group on the Federal Ministry of Finance housing project.

Wada said that the goal of his administration was to compliment the Federal Government’s effort at meeting the shortfall in its housing needs, which he said could require about 17 million houses in the next decade.

The executive chamber of the Government House Lokoja, played host to the state executive members, and members of the seven-man technical working body, saddled with the responsibility of refocusing the state in straightening out the process for better understanding of the people.

While inaugurating the seven-man committee, the State Governor listed some of the terms of reference of the committee, adding that there were major tasks ahead of them.

He urged them to focus on the assignment by putting in their time and effort so that the state can be one of the first beneficiaries of the housing scheme.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Joseph Daniel, thanked the Governor for initiating and keying into the programme which he noted would provide affordable house, stimulate construction, create jobs and assist in unleashing the potentials of the state.

Kogi Partners BoA To Provide N750m Loan To Farmers

farmersAbout 3,800 farmers in Kogi State have benefited from a N750 million loan jointly facilitated by the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) and the state government in line with the objectives of the Federal Government in transforming agriculture in Nigeria’s economy.

While presenting the cheques to some of the beneficiaries at the Government House Lokoja during the official flag-off of the loan, the State Governor, Capt Idris Wada said the money would be disbursed to qualified farmers in the state to boost food production, generate wealth and create employment for the teeming unemployed citizens.

Gov Wada also urged the beneficiaries to repay the loan promptly so that others can benefit from it.

He said: “Agriculture used to be the main stay of the nation’s economy. With the credit facility and farmers’ commitment, in the near future, agriculture can again become the main stay of our economy.”

Gov Wada further noted that agriculture used to be the main stay of the nation’s economy before the advent of crude oil, adding that with the credit facilities of the Bank of Agriculture and in addition to farmer’s commitment, agriculture will come back as the main stay of Nigeria’s economy in the nearest future.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Zaccheaus Oluwagbotemi, who said the loan is not government free money but a loan that must be repaid in order to ensure continuity of facility to others who are also waiting for it, added that his ministry would monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that the loans are used for the purpose they are meant for.

BoA Managing Director, Babatunde Sadiq said the bank has disbursed N1.3 million to farmers, adding that “loans below N250 million are given without traditional collateral but with guarantee by the cooperative societies. This is done to assist peasant farmers, who have the intention to grow their farm business but lack the capital for expansion.”

Kogi Governor, Wada Briefs Journalist On Administration’s Achievements

Kogi StateThe Kogi State Governor, Mr Idris Wada, says his administration has made substantial progress in infrastructural development, agriculture, education, health, road construction and human capacity development amongst others.

Wada stated this in lokoja on Thursday in an interactive session with journalists in the state as part of activities to mark the 23rd anniversary of the creation of the Kogi State.

Journalists in the state, commissioner for information, and the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor, Jacob Edi, all gathered in the governor’s residence for the briefing. It is the state’s 23rd anniversary and the journalists said there was a need for them to be briefed on some of the government achievements in the last two and half years.

Wada, who described the journey so far in the 23-year history of kogi State as very eventful, said that the state had been kept relatively secured and safe for citizens to go about their business. The governor stressed that his administration had been able to eliminate thuggery and youth restiveness and had focused on youth development

He further stated that his administration had brought agriculture to its prominence in all parts of the state.

“People now embrace agriculture with renewed interest, vigour and determination to make agriculture a business. Kogi State now partners with the Federal government who has supported the ideas of this administration,” he said.

While lamenting on the damaged caused by the 2012 flood that ravaged the state, Wada assured the people that the state was now better equipped and prepared for such disaster, with all machinery on standby. He emphasised that the recent launch of Lokoja Metro Bus Service was aimed at subsidising the transport needs of the people.

He said that in the area of health, his administration had provided free medical programme which was embraced by the people. “All the general hospitals in the state are undergoing renovation and we have upgraded the diagnostic hospital to a teaching hospital in Anyingba as means of to providing for the manpower need of the people in the state.”

While soliciting the continuous support of the people for his administration to succeed, the governor thanked the people for their support so far, assuring them that with the developmental programmes of his administration, he would leave the state better than he met it.

Kogi State Signs Bill For Public Private Partnership Into Law

Kogi StateThe Kogi State Government has signed into law, the bill for the establishment of a Bureau for Public-Private Partnership.

Capt Idris Wada, who performed the ceremony at the banquet hall of Government House in Lokoja, said that the law stands to give strong backing to investors interested in exploring the resources that abound in the state.

In his speech after the signing of the law, Wada revealed that several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed with foreign and local investors which were dependent on the establishment of the new law for them to fully take off.

He, therefore, expressed confidence that the new trend would take the state to its next level of industrialization.

In his address, the Kogi State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Yabagi Bologi, while thanking Governor Wada for the bold step taken, explained that the law would serve as a guide for the board and also for investors as they take decisions in partnering with the state.

The passage of the bill into law, some experts have said, would lay a solid foundation for investors to commence business activities in the state.

The state since its creation has signed several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which has not seen the light of the day, because there has never been any law which allows for Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Kogi Flags Off National Identity Card Exercise

Kogi State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, has urged residents of the state to participate in the national identity card exercise of the Federal Government.

The Governor, who made the call in the Lugard House, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, said that the programme was significant for governance, national security and planning.

The representative of the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),  Hajia Hadiza Ali Dagabana and management of the Commission were in  Lokoja to create an awareness on the need for every citizen in the state to register with the commission so as to obtain an identification number, which would help the Federal Government in planning.

The NIMC delegates met with some top government officials in the executive chamber of the Government House in Lokoja to brief the Governor on what the commission was all about.

The Director, Inspection and Regulatory Compliance, Hajia Hadiza Dagabana, explained that the Commission had the mandate to own, operate, maintain and manage the National Identification database in Nigeria.

She stressed further that the ongoing National Identification exercise was not time based and would remain open to enable the commission render, enumerate and perform other related services. She urged all citizens of the state to cooperate with the Federal Government by ensuring that they get registered.

To demonstrate the State Government’s commitment, the State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, proceeded to carry out his registration, which was supervised by members of the commission. An identification number was immediately issued to him.

Experts believe that one of the reasons for insecurity in Nigeria could be the porosity of the country’s borders, which allows aliens in and out without proper identification or documentation and that if every citizens in the country was fully registered, insecurity would be minimized.

The Federal Government has made it mandatory for all Nigerians to register and obtain a registration number for easy identification.

Kogi State Governor To Boost Security With New Equipment

Gov-Idris-Wada1The Kogi State government is looking to boost security in the state by providing security agents with Kogi State Governor To Boost Security With New Equipment.

Launching a Security Trust Fund in Lokoja, the state’s capital, Governor Idris Wada said that the provision of the security devices was in line with the government’s commitment to stamping out crimes and criminality in the State.

He said the establishment of the fund was as a result of his determination to make Kogi State a safe place for all Nigerians to live, work and raise families.

The Governor said the security challenges in some parts of Nigeria had put both individuals and the government on their feet.

He said this is one of the ways to strengthen the security situation in Kogi State so as to enable the citizen move freely in their day to day business without fear of molestation. He said his Government would set aside funds for procurement of modern equipment for effective working of the security operatives.

The event to mark the establishment of the fund was held at the Glass Hall of the Government House in Lokoja, where eminent indigenes of the state gathered to discuss how to strengthen security to ensure safety of lives and property.

In an opening speech, the Chairman of the State Security Trust Fund, Mr Joseph Faniyi, said the launching became imperative because of the growing menace of violent crimes in the State, explaining that  the search for alternative sources of funding to meet the current security challenges led to the constitution of a committee for the establishment of the trust fund.

He said the fund was a public-private partnership in response to the security challenges.

The guest speaker at the occasion, Mr Fola Arthur-Worrey, who is the executive secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, enlightened the well-meaning individuals in the State on the need to raise fund since the government could not do it alone.

Capt. Idris Wada while addressing the occasion said in 2012 a committee was set up to assess the state of security and that the committee recommended the establishment of the Security Trust Fund based on public partnership model.

The Governor said the committee observed that it was not feasible for government alone to shoulder the funding of the security agencies given the scope and sophistication of the security challenges confronting the nation. The occasion witnessed the donation of funds from participants with Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, as the chief launcher.



IPMAN, Peru Investors To Build Refinery In Kogi State

Gov-Idris-WadaKogi State has been described as the lucrative destination choice to do business in Nigeria in view of its strategic and central location.

The State Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, made the remarks when he received a delegation of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, who were in the state to build a petroleum and petrochemical refinery.

The IPMAN is partnering with a group of businessmen from Peru – Core Investors – to establish the petroleum and petrochemical refinery, in order to augment the transformation agenda of the Nigerian Government.

While welcoming the investors , Awoniyi  thanked them for choosing Kogi State.

He described their decision to site the $3 billion investment in the state as a profitable one, praising IPMAN for keying into the transformation agenda as far as petroleum supply was concerned. He expressed the view that the state, aside being safe, is strategically located at it feeds nine adjoining states including the nation’s capital.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo, said that as businessmen, they intend to partner with the Federal Government in moving the nation forward using the vast experience of Core Investors to create wealth.

He noted that the refinery, which would be built at Itobe, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state, when completed, would save a major part of the amount used in fuel importation by the country for other purposes.

Also speaking during the occasion, the Chairman of Core Investors, Dr. Bestman Anikwe, who revealed that the plan was for IPMAN to partner with Core Investors to build two modern petrochemical refineries in Kogi State and Bayelsa State, added that the Kogi refinery, particularly, when completed, would  benefit states in the North Central region of Nigeria.

The Core Investors’ Nigerian representative, Mr Abraham Ugo, who spoke on behalf of the group, revealed that the refinery, when complete is expected to refine 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and would be completed in two years. He also said that the choice of Kogi State was informed by its peaceful environment that would ensure a quick return on their investment.

The visit was concluded with the investors’ trip to Itobe in Ajaokuta Local Government Area where the project would be sited.

Kogi State To Host 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.

The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated  this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.

Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.

In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.

While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.

Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.

The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.