Sultan Tasks State Governors To Prioritise Youth Empowerment

 Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Youth, KogiThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has tasked the Nigerian state governors to give priority to job creation and youth empowerment.

The Sultan, who is the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, proposed that the recommendation would end the menace of restiveness and violent crime bedeviling Nigeria.

He noted that if youths were fully engaged in meaningful ventures, they would not avail themselves as tools for perpetrating violence and other heinous crimes in the society.

The monarch made the recommendation in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Kogi State Revenue House which was built by the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration.

He commended Governor Bello for striving hard in bringing development to the people in the face of the economic recession and dwindling resources.

The Sultan urged the people of Kogi State to support the governor in the development of the state.

“Today we’ve gathered to (witness) this very important occasion after praying at the mosque this afternoon.

“We are here to commission the building which of course, you all know the importance of money.

“Nothing works without money; money is needed in everything to achieve a goal.

“We are therefore grateful to God for us to be part of history to commission this project,” he said.

Lack Of Vision

In his address, the Executive Chairman of the revenue board, Mr Yakubu Oseni, said that what existed as a revenue house before the building was erected was nothing to write home about.

“In retrospect, we may recall that at his inauguration ceremony, his excellency (Governor Bello) declared unreservedly that he will take this state to an enviable height.

“True to this declaration, we have gathered here to witness the commissioning of the revenue house.

“There is no better way to walk the walk than for us to witness the commissioning of this revenue house today.

“Your royal majesties, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me emphasise for better understanding that what existed as revenue house before we came on board left a lot to be desired, it was in a state of comatose.

“This was largely due to lack of vision and mission, accountability, transparency and sound leadership,” he said.

The event was witnessed by top government functionaries, royal fathers, religious leaders and indigenes from the 21 local government areas of the state among others.

The ceremony also marked the first year of Governor Bello’s administration as the fourth Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Kogi Governor Threatens To Sack Deviant Commissioners

lokoja, supreme court judgement, bello,The Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello, has threatened to sack any commissioner who is not in tune with his administration’s new direction agenda to move the state forward.

Governor Bello gave the warning while addressing reporters after an unscheduled visit to the Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo in the state’s capital, Lokoja.

The governor, who was at the school for an on-the-spot assessment, said it was deplorable for any commissioner not to be abreast of the challenges confronting their various ministries and agencies

Governor Bello and the commissioners were supposed to have an emergency council meeting, but Mr Bello came in later and asked them to accompany him somewhere for a visit.

The convoy went through some routes which made it difficult for anyone to guess where the governor was going, before they finally arrived at the Government Day Secondary School amidst cheers from the students who immediately noticed it was the governor.

It was, however, a shock for the management who never expected him.

Arriving at the school, Governor Bello walked straight to the principal’s office.

The principal, Momoh Umoru, wasted no time in telling him some of the problems the school is encountering at the moment. The picture painted by the principal did not, however, go down well with Governor Bello who sounded tough to his Commissioner for Education, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke.

After talks with the principal the governor went to the accountant’s office to see how funds given to the school is spent.

He, thereafter, met with all the staff, telling them his intention on the visit. The governor also promised to pay all outstanding salaries before December ending.

Some of the teachers reacted to the visit which they said was first of its kind since the school was established in 1983.

Osang Moses, who hails from Cross River State but served under the National Youth Service Scheme in Government Day Secondary School in 2011/2012, was given an automatic employment by the governor.

After the inspection, Governor Bello sounded a warning to members of his aides, saying he would sack anyone who does not conform with the policies of the government aimed at making the state better.

Expert said the visit was timely and hailed his decision to sack commissioners who are found of seating in the office.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

NHRC Wrong To Indict Me Of Electoral Malpractice – Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan, NHRCFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Reacting to the accusation, he said that the NHRC did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him.

The former governor added that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

He noted that if the commission had studied the case, they would not recommend him for prosecution.

Mr Uduaghan also expressed concern over the refusal of the NHRC to invite him to hear his side before making its report public.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

Special Military Squad To Tackle Kidnapping In Kogi State

military squad to kogi stateThe Nigerian government will deploy a special military squad to Kogi State to tackle kidnapping and other related crimes that have bedeviled the state in recent times, a military official said on Tuesday.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, informed the Governor of the State, Mr Yahaya Bello, of the planned deployment during a meeting with him at the State’s capital, Lokoja.

He said that the Federal Government was worried over the increase in kidnapping and other related crimes and was ready to curb the situation.

The Army Chief was in the state with some of his men on a working visit to the military formation to see the challenges facing them and proffer a solution to enable them carry on with their constitutional responsibility of ensuring internal security.

The Army General in his speech first commended Governor Bello for providing logistics and other necessary support to security agencies in the state and promised that a special squared of military personnel would be in the state soon to curb the activities of the kidnappers.

On his part, Governor Bello requested for more help from the Federal Government, saying that he had initiated ‘Operation Know Your Neighbor’ in the state to further check the activities of criminals.

He stressed that any new face found within the neighbourhood must be reported.

Governor Bello further told the Army Chief that the state would soon accommodate a death sentence in its law for any kidnapper caught.

At the end of the meeting, General Buratai told reporters that the military had educated its men to stay off politics and face what they were trained to do, ensuring that there was internal security.

If words are marched with action, the people of Kogi State and travelers will feel safe within the state that has recorded several kidnap cases in the last few weeks.

Teachers Union Seeks Better Welfare In Kogi State

Nigerian teachersThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) as appealed to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to take the welfare of teachers in the state more seriously.

The unions made the request following myriad of issues affecting the primary education sector in Kogi State.

In a meeting with the Governor of the State, the National President of the union, Mr Micheal Alogba, express the union’s displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local government in the management of primary schools salaries.

The primary schools teachers have in the past reached several agreements without success with previous government on issue affecting them.

The unresolved issue had led to street protests and closed down of primary schools in the state for several months.

But closing down of schools is the last thing in the mind of the union now, as they had chosen to have a conversation with Governor Bello on the way forward.

Reiterating his administration’s commitments to ensuring quality education in the state, the Governor gave reasons behind some of his actions, blaming the state NUT for allowing previous administration play politics with education.

The meeting ended with promises by the Governor to end the problems affecting the teachers in a matter of days, but just like many meetings of its kind that yielded no result in the past, members of the union and indeed teachers in the state are hopeful that this time it would not be empty promises.

Kogi State Governor Signs 2016 Appropriation Bill

Yahaya-Bello of Kogi StateThe Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello, has signed the 2016 appropriation bill of 99.9 billion Naira into law, tagging it a ‘budget of change’.

The Governor, who signed the bill on Monday, in the Government House in Lokoja, the state’s capital, said he would be guided by the law.

At the Governor’s office to witness the signing of the bill were the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, the Secretary to the State Government, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, and some of the governor’s aids.

Before he signed the budget, Mr Yahaya explained that the State House of Assembly had worked harmoniously with the executive to pass the 2016 budget.

He noted that the budget had a capital expenditure of 141.8 billion Naira.

After the bill had been signed, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ahmed Imam, said the passage was just the beginning of good things to happen in Kogi State.

Ministers Visit Late James Ocholi’s Residence

OcholiMinisters of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of their late colleague, Mr James Ocholi, at his Abuja residence, after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

The delegation, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, assured the children that the Presidency would support the family of the late Mr Ocholi.

Also at the residence to sympathise with the family was a notable politician in Kogi State, James Faleke, who said that the late minister’s death was a great loss to Nigeria, especially to Kogi State.

Friends of the deceased described him as an upright and brave man who made a great impact within a short period of time.

The visit came after the Federal Government announced automatic employment at the Federal Ministry of Justice for Aaron, the eldest son of the late Minister.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, revealed this to the Ocholi family when he paid them a visit to convey his and President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence message.

He also told the family that Aaron’s other siblings would enjoy scholarships for their educational pursuits, courtesy of the Federal Government which had pledged to cushion the effect of the loss of their parents.

Kogi Election: Wada Files Suit To Stop Substitution Of Candidate

Kogi governorship election Court JusticeThe Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to stop the substitution of the late governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the suit, the Governor is asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the proposed supplementary elections with a ‘substitute candidate’ to be fielded by the APC.

In a 15-page originating summon filed by Chris Uche, the Governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) want the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the decision of the APC to substitute its candidate.

The APC candidate, late Mr Abubakar Audu, died a day after the November 21 election, few hours before the Kogi governorship election was declared inconclusive by INEC.

The plaintiff is also praying the court to declare as illegal the decision of the APC to substitute its candidate after the governorship candidate of the party died.

In the alternative, the plaintiff is asking the court to order a fresh governorship election within a specified period.

The INEC had said that the APC would be required to fill the vacancy created by the death of its candidate before it would organise the supplementary election on December 5.

Also giving his view about the next action after the election was declared inconclusive, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, said that the APC could substitute its candidate in the Kogi State governorship election.

Mr Malami said section 33 of the Electoral Act provided for such substitution.

On Tuesday, the PDP kicked against Mr Malami’s statement, saying it was unlawful and an attack on Nigeria’s democracy.

The party also asked the INEC to declare the incumbent governor and its candidate the winner of the election.

Nigerian Lawyers have given divers views about the substitution of the candidate, with some saying that section 33 of the Electoral Act gives a political party the right to substitute its candidate in the middle of an election if the candidate dies or withdraws.

Others have spoken against the substitution of candidate, citing section 36 of the same Act which says substitution will only be made when the election has been concluded or before voting begins and not within the process.

Residents Of Anambra And Kogi Clash Over Ibaji Oil Well

Ordinarily, oil is a resource that ought to bring joy, judging by the income it generates. However that is not the case with some communities in Anambra and Kogi states as it has resulted in rancour, kidnappings and deaths.

Several people have been reported missing in a renewed row over the ownership of the Ibaji oil well.

Delegates from the two states in a meeting with the Governor of Kogi state, Mr Idris Wada have been discussing ways to resolve this problem.

Kogi Governor To Recover in 3months

The injured governor of Kogi State; Captain Idris Wada, will spend at least three months before he can gain full recovery after sustaining a fracture in his thigh bone in a car accident on Friday, December 28, 2012.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the medical director of Cedarcrest Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe, who conducted a check on the governor on Friday explained that Captain Wada is recovering well from the injuries sustained in the crash.

Dr. Ogedegbe added that the governor will only come in for routine check-up at the hospital.

The Governor was discharged from hospital on New Year’s Day.

Governor Wada had earlier told journalists that he is feeling well and expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their support and prayers.


Injured Kogi Governor Receives Treatment At Home

Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada who was injured in an auto crash last week is now recuperating in his private residence in Abuja.

The governor was on Tuesday, discharged from the Cedarcrest hospital, Abuja where he has been receiving treatment for a fractured thigh bone.

The governor’s media adviser, Mr Jacob Edi confirmed to Channels Television that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe certified the governor fit to be discharged,to allow him recuperate fully at home.

Dr. Ogedegbe had earlier in the week stated that the governor will be out of the hospital in a matter of days after successfully undergoing a surgery.

Mr Edi added that the governor is now recuperating in his private residence in Abuja.

On Friday, December 28, 2012, Captain Wada was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of his Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and left his driver injured.

The injured governor had reportedly refused to be flown out of the country to treat his fractured limb claiming his strong fate in the nation’s medical practitioners.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Monday visited the recuperating governor , at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained in an auto crash.