Kogi To Sell Govt Assets To Rebuild Burnt Assembly Complex

The scene of the Kogi State House of Assembly that was razed on October 10, 2022.


The Kogi State Government says it will sell some of the state’s assets to fund the rebuilding of the state House of Assembly complex which got razed last week Monday.

The Commissioner for Finance in the state, Idris Asiru, on Wednesday, said that the rebuilding of the complex will have to wait till the government sells state assets.

The commissioner spoke during a public engagement on 2023 budget organised by the Sate Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning.

“Until we get buyers for some of the state assets which have already been put up for sale, like the Kogi hotel and other assets, would have to be sold for us to have more liquid to undertake many of our pending projects which include Kogi State House of Assembly complex,” he said.

The commissioner called on Kogi residents to look for buyers of the assets for the state to have funds to embark on the reconstruction of the complex.

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The House of Assembly complex got burnt in the early hours of last week Monday, leaving the hallowed chamber completely razed.

The Speaker of the House, Matthew Kolawole, described the incident as an act of sabotage and alleged threat to his life.

Since the inferno, the lawmakers have been holding hearings at a hotel in Lokoja, the state capital.

Kogi State Records Case Of Lassa Fever

Kogi State Records Case Of Lassa FeverThe Kogi State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in Lokoja, the state’s capital in North-central Nigeria.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, who confirmed this to Channels Television, said the affected patient was diagnosed after returning from a trip outside the state.

He explained that the patient was rushed to the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja after he was discovered to show signs and symptoms indicating haemorrhagic fever.

Dr. Audu said the patient was eventually transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua in Edo State for optimal care.

“The confirmation was done after a patient who is a resident in Old Market area in Lokoja reported at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja with signs and symptoms suggestive of haemorrhagic fever.

“The state epidemiologists immediately responded by sending the patient’s blood sample to the designated laboratory at the Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State for analysis which came back positive for Lassa fever,” he said.

The Commissioner noted that following a meeting with the State Rapid Response Team, provisions were made for contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient.

“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being monitored.

“It is important to note that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he stayed for two weeks; he only developed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever two days after his return,” he added.

Dr. Audu stated that since the incubation period for Lassa fever is between six to 21 days, the State Government cannot completely say it has curtailed the menace.

He, however, said that they have put in place measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was notified of 273 cases of Lassa fever, including 149 deaths in Nigeria between August 2015 and May 2016.

The organisation added that 165 cases and 89 deaths have been confirmed through laboratory testing.

Kogi Govt. To Commence Free Primary Health Care Service

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost WorkersThe Kogi state government has said it would commence a week-long free primary health care service, for pregnant women and children who are between 6 and 59 months in the state.

This was disclosed by the Nutrition Officer, Mr Bolarinwa Ogundusi, in Lokoja, the state capital, while addressing some health officials from the 21 local government area in the state.

He said the training is to enhance the capability of the state health officers in order to enable them perform well in their areas of specialization.

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to train other health workers back in their various localities so as to enhance their knowledge for improved productivity.

Mr Ogundusi also noted that the programme is meant for the implementation of the planned Maternal and Neo-natal Child Health Week (MNCHW), at the community level in the state.

”The Maternal And Newborn Child Health Week is scheduled to hold from January 16 to January 20, in all the 717 designated facilities across the 21 local government areas in the state.”

According to him it would involve Vitamin A supplementation, mental valine vaccine, immunization, family planning, deworming and Mid-Upper Arm Circumfrence (MUAC) screening.

Other aspects would include: malaria and net distribution, antenatal care, (HIV/AIDS) testing and counselling among others”.

Meanwhile, experts described Valine as a crystalline essential Amino Acid and one of the building blocks of plants and animal protein.

”In addition, the week-long programme would help us to know if children are being adequately nourished and to also get the percentage of children that are malnourished.

“This will enable us to treat the malnourished and make sure that every child in the state is taken care of nutritionally and otherwise,” he stated.

Innoson Automobile To Provide Kogi Refuse Bins

Waste evacuation trucks of innoson automobilesKogi State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited for the supply of refuse bins.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike, signed the agreement on behalf of Kogi State government while the company’s Sales Manager Mr Kosy Maduanusi, signed on behalf of the company.

The MoU stated that the purchase would be assessed at zero vat of 50 per cent loan facility and would ensure that different sizes of dustbins ranging from 240 liters and 120 liters for a household, 660 liters for business premises, and 60 liters for offices are supplied.

In her speech, Mrs Arike commended the company for its willingness to collaborate and help the state to get rid of refuse.

Not Free For Residents

She said that when the present administration came on board, the Lokoja city and its suburb were in a filthy situation because residence had turned the street into a dumping ground.

”I am happy I have a clean copy of the MoU with me and I feel proud as a representative of the government to append my signature on the MoU on behalf of Kogi State government,” she stated.

In her remark, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said the MoU would be assessed at zero vat of 50 per cent loan facility to solve the problem of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.

”We thank his excellency for given the approval. This agreement is a revolving loan cycle where the state put up an initial amount and the company supplies sanitary bins in different categories, based on our needs per time,” she said.

The commissioner, however, pointed out the dustbins which would come in 240 and 120 liters for household 660 liters for business premises, and 60 liters for offices, would not be free for residents.

The company’s Sales Manager said that the agreement was meant to bring out the company’s products of world class quality to the state.

He said it would also ensure that the state was clean to support the blueprint agenda of the present administration.

Government agencies have been asked to consider made in Nigeria goods before imported in their procurement.

Kogi Govt. To Set Up Committe Against Illegal Felling Of Trees

Kogi, Felling of treesThe Kogi state government has resolved to set up a committee to check arbitrary and illegal felling of trees in all the existing forest reserves across the state.

The State Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Lokoja.

The commissioner also told newsmen that the state government has placed a fine of 1.5 million per truck on anybody caught in the act of deforestation of the reserves.

She condemned the destruction of 36 designated forest reserves across the state, assuring that government will not relent in its efforts to check the ugly trend.

”the state executive council today approves for the setting up of a committee to review kogi state specific laws, deterrent to illegal tree felling activities with severe penalties”.

Osikoya informed journalists that the council approved the recruitment of 100 forest reserves in the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Director-General Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwon, who also spoke to journalists, re-iterated the council’s resolve to ensure that transaction of government business in the state, followed due process in order to boost transparency and accountability in the system.

He intimated newsmen of the council’s resolution to retrieve all government vehicles that were illegally carted away by the immediate past political appointees.

Mr Fanwon expressed the council’s appreciation over the recent visit of the governor, Yahaya Bello, to some companies in Germany to seek their collaboration towards further development of the state.

Kogi State Recovers Part Of Diverted 230mln Naira Pension Funds

Stolen pension funds in KogiKogi State government says it has recovered 25 million Naira ($82,236) out of the 230 million Naira ($757,000) pension funds diverted into private pockets by some individuals in the pension office.

The government said another 12.7 million Naira from the College of Education Technical in Kabba has been traced and recovered from the Albarka Cooperative Society.

The Local Government Auditor General in the state, Mr Ahmed Ododo, hinted Channels Television about the recovered monies in an exclusive interview.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment to retrieving every fund stolen from the state’s pause.

Kogi State has raised alarm over the high rate of diversion of public funds, saying it was one of the reasons it had over-bloated wage bill.

Since January 27 that the present administration came into power, it has promised to recover all stolen funds.

The 230 million Naira was money meant for the payment of state pensioners. The government is also making efforts to recover close to a billion Naira money meant to pay staff salaries and upgrad the structures at the College of Education Technical in Kabba.

While lamenting the fraud that has eaten deep into the state civil service, he stressed that if not corrected, no meaningful progress would be achieved by the state government.

Giving more revelation on how the sum of 1.415 million Naira pension fund was trailed to a Microfinance Bank account, he said five suspects have been arrested in connection to the fraud.

The state government further assured citizens that it would recover every kobo and prosecute the culprits.

Kogi Government Launches ‘Operation Total Freedom’ On Crime

Kogi, Operation Total FreedomA combined team of security personnel trained for a special assignment has been established by the Kogi State government.

The operation tagged ‘Operation Total Freedom’ is an effort introduced by Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration, to ensure a secured environment for the people and investors willing to do business in the state.

The security personnel have been dispatched to their various location in the 21 local government areas of Kogi State in north-central Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), announced the establishment of the team while adressing reporters at the Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, the state’s capital.

He said the combined force would be on 24 hours patrol to ensure a crime free environment for both travellers and residents of the state.

Mr Omadara described Kogi State as a gateway to several states, including the Federal Capital Territory, which made it to witness an influx of people including criminals.

The ‘Operation Total Freedom’ include personnel from the police, navy, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the Department of State Services.

Some of the security personnel have been deployed to the Okene-Lokoja highway which is identified as a dead trap for travellers.

The activities of the kidnappers and cults in the area have attracted the attention of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who promised to deploy a special military task force to curb the menace.

Kogi Governor Tasks Political Officers On Good Governance

Yahaya Bello, Kogi StateKogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, has urged political office holders in the state to uphold the values of integrity and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.

Governor Bello also asked them to be guided by certain principles of the present administration which has zero tolerance for corruption.

He gave the charge on Tuesday when he declared open, a 3-day retreat for public office holders in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital in north-central Nigeria.

The Governor stressed the importance of the event, saying that the public look forward to getting the much needed dividend of democracy from the government.

He called on his political appointees to eschew all forms of sentiment and asked them to work selflessly for the good governance of Kogi State.

The theme of the retreat is “Innovative Strategies for the Development of Kogi State” and it is organised by the Savanna Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development in partnership with the Kogi State government.

The event is aimed at educating political office holders on the structure, procedures and practices that guide their various offices for the performance of their responsibilities.

The resource person for the programme, Professor Sam Egwu, tasked political office holders on diligence in discharging their duties and urged the Governor to live a good legacy.

Kogi Govt Threatens To Sue Media Over Alleged Funds Mismanagement

Yahaya Bello, Kogi State, Lawmakers
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Government has threatened to take legal action on the spurious allegation by some media houses that it diverted the sum of 11 billion Naira on fictitious contracts.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Abdulkareem Abdulmalik, announced the government’s decision while addressing reporters in Lokoja, the state’s capital.

He said: “The publishers of the story should be armed with their facts”, as the government would not take the matter with a pinch of salt.

Mr Abdulkareem pointed out that the publication was an embarrassment to the government and the people of Kogi State.

He also said that the Commissioner for Finance recently gave a breakdown of what comes into the state government’s coffers and how it was spent since January to date.

He, however, asked those who are behind the story to come out with facts and figures or tender unreserved apology.

Kogi Bans Illegal Felling of Trees

Yahaya-BelloThe Kogi State government has banned illegal felling of economic trees and trading of sand in the state, in an effort to protect the forest reserve.

The State Governor, Yahaya Bello, stated this when he received the members of the task force on forestry inspection after assessing the level of deforestation in state.

The team, headed by its Chairman, AIG Mamman Araga (Rtd), had visited most local government areas in the state and government’s forest reserves.

They briefed the Governor and some of his appointees on what they described as breaches of the Governor’s directive.

Governor Bello not too happy with the feedback, and the report that his directives were breached, said that it had become necessary to be hard on the defaulters, so as to save the environment.

He said that the ban on illegal felling of trees is to ensure the conservation and preservation of the state’s natural resources.


Flood Alert: Kogi Government Assures Citizens Of Safety

kogi stateKogi State Government has assured residents that it has put all measures in place to protect lives and property despite the great possibility that the state may experience flooding this year, as predicted by NIMET.

The State’s Deputy Governor, who doubles as the Chairman Kogi State Flood Management Committee, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, made the announcement in his office in Lokoja, the capital of the state while briefing reporters after a flood alert message to the people of the state.

Mr Awoniyi appealed to people living along the flood prone areas to be prepared for evacuation as soon as the water level increases to 11.0m calibrated on the scale of measurement.

He urged them to listen to all warning from the government related to the expected flooding.

In 2012, flood in Kogi State rendered most people homeless, as most buildings were submerged by water.

Washed away property worth billions of Naira were said to be lost during the flooding.

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).