Kogi Govt Declares December 11 Work-Free Day

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.

 

The Kogi State Government has declared Friday 11th December 2020 as a work-free day to enable Civil Servants to travel to their towns and villages for December 12, 2020, Local Government election in the State.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo says the directive was given to enable civil servants to exercise their right to vote and participate in the political determination of how their Local Government Areas are governed.

This is a further confirmation of the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration to deepening democratic practice and tenets.

The State Government has already charged the State Independent Electoral Commission to ensure free, fair, and credible poll. Security agencies have also been urged to ensure strict adherence to constitutionalism, before, during, and after the election.

“To us as a Government, the franchise is a festival of freedom. Let us all come out en masse to determine those who will govern our grassroots Government for the next three years”.

Gov Bello Decries Flooding In Kogi, Asks FG To Intervene

A house submerged in flood in Kogi State.

 

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed concern over the increased rate of flooding in the state.

He is thereby asking the Federal Government to intervene in the situation.

This comes after over 200 communities in about 10 Local Government Areas in the state were affected by flood, rendering residents homeless and destroying properties worth millions of naira.

Addressing journalist in Lokoja, the state capital, the state governor appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid and help the victims of the flood disaster.

According to him the water level this year is far beyond what they experienced in 2012.

He said the 2018 flood disaster is already biting harder in most communities across the state.

The situation in Koton-Karfe and Ibaji which are among the worst hit local government by the flood is alarming as the state High Court in Koton-Karfe, houses, clinics, churches, mosque and farmland have all been submerged by the flood.

Affected families are presently taking shelter with relation living at the uphill while others are now in the IDP camp hoping that the water will recede soon.

Kogi Govt Imposes Emergency Curfew In Five LGAs

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has imposed an emergency 24 hours curfew on five Local Government Area in the state.

The five Local Government Areas are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okene, Okehi, and Ogori Mangogo are all in the central senatorial district of the state.

Though reasons for the urgent declaration were not given, but some of the reasons may not be too far from the recent insecurity that has been on the increase mostly in Okene and its environs, which have led to the burning of a police station, killing of security men and the most recently the assassination of a labour leader Abdulmumini Yakub.

The declaration was made earlier this morning after the State Executive Council meeting which ended late last night.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Petra Onyegbule, “This is a notice of a 24 hours curfew imposed on residents of the five Local Government Areas of the central senatorial district beginning from midnight (the next one hour).

“This curfew will last for 24 hours and it is absolute. No movement whatsoever shall be allowed.

“All residents of Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okehi, Okene, Ogori/Mangogo Local Government Areas advised to comply with this directive as anyone who runs foul would have themselves to blame.

“The Government regrets every inconvenience this may cause and assures citizens and residents this decision has been taken in the best interest of the state”.

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost Workers

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost WorkersKogi state government has uncovered 18,471 ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries in the state civil service and pension.

The Staff Review and Complaint Committee Chairman, Yakubu Okala, stated this during the reading of the final screening report in Lokoja the state capital.

He noted that the unintended beneficiaries have gulped over 2.6 billion Naira from the state government every month.

Judges, members of the state legislative arm of government, top government functionaries, staffs of agencies and parastatals, organised labour, APC members and supporters, all attended the official presentation of the final screening report at the glass hall of the government house.

While submitting the report to Governor Bello for implementation, the audience were all amazed as the committee chairman read out their findings.

Mr Okala also noted that his committee discovered quite a number of minors in the state and local government pay rolls, while some were earning double salaries from the state government’s pause.

Governor Bello commended the committee for a work well done and promised to implement all the committee’s recommendation.

He also promised to engage those who would no longer be included in the state pay roll.

The committee was set up on July 26, 2016 by Governor Yahaya Bello to look into what was described as a shoddy work earlier done by the General Okutimo (Rtd) and Dr. Jerry Agbaji committees.

They had the mandate to come up with a recommendation that would “re-position the state civil service and public service for optimal performance.

“To subject to scrutiny the list of staff that have been adjudged, identified and authenticated by the screening and verification committee.

“To receive complaints from staff and determine the genuineness or otherwise of their complaints to determine and set out criteria for accessing thoroughness among others.”