Yahaya Bello Sustains Leg Injury While Alighting From Vehicle

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Kogi State Governor, Yahya Bello, sustained a leg injury while alighting from his official car.

A statement from the Kogi State Government House, Lokoja on Tuesday said the governor had the minor accident, last week Friday, and has since been discharged from the hospital.

The statement signed by Director – General, Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said that the incident happened at the old market area in Lokoja when the governor was waiting to receive the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

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Fanwo said the governor is not incapacitated as rumoured and he has since gone back to his official duties.

“We wish to refute rumours that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahyah Bello is either hospitalised or otherwise incapacitated.

“The governor missed his footing last Friday, March 30, 2018, while alighting from a vehicle and injured his left foot. He was treated by his doctors, who bandaged the leg and discharged him,” the statement read in part.

Bello was however in Abuja, on Tuesday, to attend the APC governors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello and other All Progressives Congress (APC) governors during the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dino Melaye’s Allegations Are Reckless, Indefensible – Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has denied claims that he had a hand in the alleged assassination attempt on Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west.

Governor Bello who spoke through his media aide, Kingsley Fanwo, said the accusation by Dino Melaye and his supporters is baseless and that the governor would not be distracted by anyone in his attempt to re-position and resuscitate Kogi state.

“Senator Melaye and his group should not see Kogi as their fishing point. Their allegation against the governor is reckless, unsustainable, uncharitable and indefensible.”

Melaye had last week, cried out over an assassination attempt on his life by unknown gunmen at his residence in Aiyetoro-Gbede Ijumu Local Government Area of the state.

According to him the assailants invaded the residence at about 12:00 am on Saturday shooting sporadically in the building adding that two of his vehicles parked within the premises were damaged while part of his building was destroyed.

Kogi Govt. Commits To Maternal, Newborn Health In Week-long Programme

Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, MNCHWKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has directed health officers to ensure comprehensive implementation of all stages of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in the state.

Governor Bello urged the health officials to specially pay close attention to the needs of women, children and nursing mothers.

He gave the directive through the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, at an event in Lokoja, the state’s capital in north-central Nigeria.

The event was organised to officially flag off the week-long free healthcare services for women and children to mark the 2017 MNCHW in the state.

The governor said his administration was poised at bringing good health to the doorstep of everyone living within the state.

He directed the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna, to ensure that every stage of the exercise was comprehensively covered.

Governor Bello also ordered the administrations of the 21 local government areas in the state to ensure the success of the programme.

In his remarks, Dr. Haruna thanked the governor for his determination to introduce the ‘Health  Plus’ programme.

He expressed hopes that the programme would aid the renovation, remodeling and re-equipment of health facilities in order to reduce mortality rate in the state.

The highpoint of the event was the immunisation of children which was administered by the Secretary to the State Government.

It was witnessed by representatives from WHO, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Health, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, as well as top government officials and nursing mothers in the state.

Kogi Governor Proposes A Budget Of 174b Naira For 2017

yahaya-belloKogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, has presented a budget of 174.851 billion Naira for 2017 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly in Lokoja, the state’s capital, for approval.

The Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of New Direction” is aimed at addressing the problem of infrastructural development in the state, the Governor said while addressing the House.

Governor Bello had walked into the hallow chamber of the newly renovated Kogi State House of Assembly where lawmakers were already seated waiting.

The governor was accompanied by some of his aides at the presentation, the first since he assumed office in January 27 2015 as the 4th executive governor the state.

While presenting the budget estimate, Governor Bello stated that it was prepared in line with the domesticated national chart of account, medium term expenditure frame work/multi-year budget framework which outlines key initiatives, assumption and what was expected to be achieved by the key spending Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.

”We have budgeted a total estimate recurrent revenue of 81.666 billion Naira, consisting of 32.181 billion Naira from internal sources, 35.309 billion Naira as states’ share from the Federation Account, 8.085 billion Naira revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT) 2.209 billion Naira will come from exchange differentials and 3.880 billion Naira from budget augmentation.

The governor said “the total budget outlay of 174.851 billion Naira estimate is divided into recurrent expenditure of 58.531 billion Naira representing 33.47% and capital expenditure of 166.320 billion Naira representing 66.53%”.

Fund available for recurrent expenditure in year 2017 stands at 81.666 billion Naira while estimated personnel cost for the period is 32.734 billion Naira. 25.797 billion Naira is overhead cost, giving total recurrent expenditure for the year 2017 to be 58.531 billion Naira.

Governor Bello noted that the implementation of the budget would accelerate the rate at which the state could build physical infrastructure and develop human capital in the state and deploy them.

according to him, the budget is designed to stimulate with equal importance including agriculture, water resources, environment, housing and support from women and youth empowerment.

The budget is an increase of 74.85% from the 99.998 billion Naira budgeted in 2016 out of which the current revenue was 63.127 billion Naira and capital receipt was 36.870 billion Naira.

N-Power Programme: Kogi Govt. Employs 4,530 Graduates

N-Power Programme: Kogi Govt. Employs 4,530 Graduates Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has flagged-off the federal government N-Power program for 4,530 successful beneficiaries in Lokoja, the state capital.

Governor Bello during the flagging off, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, for the initiative aimed at empowering unemployed graduates across the federation, while also charging the beneficiaries to be diligent and give their best in the discharge of their duty.

The N-Power deployment exercise is a two years program created by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is designed to drastically reduce unemployment in the country.

The focus is to provide the young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation from various states of the federation.

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Attendees at N-Power flag off In Kogi state.

The Kogi state government is the first to flag it off, with the belief that keying into the opportunity, would reduce unemployment and crime rate.

It is set to target Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisan industries.

About 500 successful young graduates who are now beneficiaries of the scheme, all gathered at the glass hall of the government house Lokoja for the official flag-off of the social investment program.

Also present were top government officials such as the Special Adviser to the governor on multilateral donor agencies and special projects, Adoga Ibrahim.

In his address of welcome, he said physical verification and deployment of beneficiaries to their various places of assignment would begin from next week at various local government areas, while he warned those with fake credentials to stay away.

Secretary to the state government Folashde Arike, equally charged participants to be honest and hard working.

In his key note address, the governor promised the beneficiaries that his administration would retain all those that are able to distinguish themselves on their given assignments after the set two year period.

He noted that he was working hard to ensure all industries and commercial opportunities available in the state are revived to provide jobs for youth.

Yahaya Bello Decries Poor State Of Schools In Lokoja

Yahaya Bello Decries Poor State Of Schools In LokojaKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has condemned the poor state of schools in Lokoja, the state capital.

He also threatened to sack any commissioner who is not in tune with his administration’s new agenda to move the state to the next level.

He made the statement during his unscheduled visit to Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo in Lokoja, for an on the spot assessment.

An executive council meeting had initially been scheduled for that day, until the governor came in later and asked the commissioners to accompany him somewhere for a visit.

Everyone remained oblivious of the governor’s plan or where he was going until they arrived at the secondary school.

Students cheered him in excitement, while the sudden visit came as a shock to the management who never expected him.

Governor Bello, however went straight to the principal’s office to check some files and also find out those yet to receive salaries.

The principal wasted no time in telling him some of the problems the school was encountering at the moment.

“It is only this Government Day Secondary School in Owe Lokoja, that has no fence. – We have tried, the parents have tried also, we have started one close to the exam hall but we are yet to complete it because of our inability to raise fund.

“We seek for your assistance your excellency; in the areas we have mentioned so far, particularly the staff payment,” the principal said.

 

The situation did not go down well with the governor, who challenged the Commissioner for Education, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke, and asked if he had ever visited the school since he resumed office.

“Honourable commissioner, how many times have you visited this school? – have you ever visited this school since you became a commissioner? How many months have you spent in your office now? You’ve spent nine months – have you visit this school once, do you have any reports on the schools visited?

primary school ogun“As a commissioner you have not been in this school since you assumed office, this is just 200 meters to the government house, yet the school is not feeling the impact of government.

“If the schools in town are not feeling the impact of government what about those outside the state capital,” he questioned.

The governor also visited the accountant‘s office to know how money was being managed.

He promised to audit the account of the school and every other school owned by government in the state, while also expressing dissatisfaction towards any commissioner who was not abreast of the challenges confronting their various ministries and agencies.

Some of the teachers reacted to the visit which according to them, was the first of its kind, since the school was established in 1983.

One of the teachers, James shelika, lamenting, said, “the last time I received salary was December last year.

‘As I speak, from January to date, we have not been paid, but since the governor has promised us we believe him and pray that God should help him throughout his tenure.

Another teacher, Ogu Patrick, Eexplained that “between January and now, I have not been paid but that has not deterred me from doing my work, because of the passion I have for education and for teaching”.

The governor further stated that the infrastructure on ground was nothing to write home about.

He however assured the management that he would do everything humanly possible to fix them before the mid-term.

“When we came on board, education was my number one priority. This is why I paid an unscheduled visit to this school.

“We are taking schools at random with the aim of proffering lasting solutions to the problems confronting secondary education in the state.

The governor then went round the classrooms and admonished the pupils to face there studies in order to pass their examinations in flying colors.

In an interview with pressmen, Governor Bello asked all commissioners to be on their toes if they don’t want to be sacked from their office.

“All my commissioners are supposed to be in the EXCO right now, but I decided that I will begin to visit not only their offices, but also the agencies and departments under them to know the situation of things directly.

“The structures I met on ground in this particular school is nothing to write home about. There has been successive government but they neglected the education sector.

“I don’t know how the students will learn, the condition of learning is so poor. All my commissioners are going to be in trouble – whoever is not sitting on top of his job.

“We are going to take decisive steps to make sure we address that, because it is uncalled for. You are a commissioner and you have not visited schools to see things for yourself, what report are you bringing for me, what are you putting in the budget.

Expressing total dissatisfaction, he said: “honestly speaking, I am not happy with the commissioner for education.

The governor then emphasized his decision to visit more schools for on the spot assessment, as the situation came to him as an eye opener.

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.

Eid-el-Fitr: Governor Bello Challenges Muslims On Global Peace

Eid-el-Fitr, Muslims, Yahaya Bello, Kogi State, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has asked Muslims around the world to restore the global peace that has been challenged by wars and economic instability.

Governor Bello stated this after observing his prayer on Wednesday in commemoration of the Eid-el-Fitr in Okene, Kogi State.

He also urged the civil servants in the state to be law abiding, saying government was doing its best to provide them the dividends of democracy.

The Governor added that his administration was on track to re-position Kogi State through quality education, efficient healthcare delivery and youth empowerment.

He also assured the people of the state in north-central Nigeria of better days ahead.

The people of Okene could not hide their joy as it was the first time a sitting governor will travel down to the town to observe prayers during festivity.

Governor Bello To Probe Kogi Civil Service

Yahaya Bello, Kogi State, Civil ServiceKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, says his administration will not only stop the rotten system that has engulfed the state civil service, but will also probe the past when it all started.

The Governor made the vow during a gathering at the glass hall of the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

He promised to restore the civil servants in the state that have been unjustly removed from the payroll.

Highlighting the reasons for the gathering, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, said that the meeting would help move the state to the promise land.

The Commissioner for Finance, Ashiru Asiwaju, on his part gave a brief on how allocation was received and spent in Kogi State.

He recommended that the government should embark on financial re-engineering and block leakages in order to survive.

The Chairman of a screening committee, Mr Jerry Abagi, revealed that over 81,000 staff and pensioners were screened while about 5,000 state and local government workers did not show up for the screening.

The Kogi State Auditor-General, Yakubu Okaba and that of the local government, Usman Ododo, reacted to the shocking revelation.

Also expressing shock was Governor Bello who responded to all the issues raised one after the other, just as he implored the workers to go back to work, saying the government was doing its best.

Aisha Buhari Gives Food To IDPs In Gombe

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsWife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated some food items to the less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

The donation was made on Sunday by the former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State, Mr Inuwa Yahaya, who represented Mrs Buhari.

Mr Yahaya commended the initiative of the First Lady and advised other individuals and corporate organisations to support the IDPs.

He explained that the items would also be extended to those participating in the Ramadan fast.

The former governorship candidate also advised beneficiaries to continue to remain law abiding citizens and support Gombe State and the federal authorities in the fight against terror.

Mrs Buhari’s benevolent act was part of her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative, where she reached out to some less privileged persons in Kogi and Kaduna states.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

Kogi State House Of Assembly Resolves Crisis

Kogi State House of Assembly Warring factions in the Kogi State House of Assembly reconciled on Friday to ensure lasting peace among them and end four months of disagreement.

The House has been in the lingering crisis that erupted early in February this year which resulted to two factions – the Momoh Jimoh and the Imam.

Trouble started after some members of the house impeached Mr Jimoh in February, resulting to G5 and G10 factions.

The reconciliation meeting was not an easy one, but it was achieved after the State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, set up an 11-man reconciliation committee headed by Mr John Oladele.

Both factions were called on Thursday into a roundtable discussion that lasted for over two hours held to broker peace between them at the Government House, Lokoja, the capital of the State.

But they, however, could not resolved their differences.

The Kogi House of Assembly members also reconvened on Friday for the reconciliation meeting which was held in closed-door.

The meeting ended after about four hours of deliberations.

Addressing reporters shortly after the reconciliation meeting, Governor Bello stated that as the leader of them all it was his duty to reconcile them.

Also speaking on behalf of the G5, which later became G10, Honourable Friday Sanni said all suspension on the former G15 members remained null and void, as they were now united.

Another House member, Honourable Kolawole, spoke on behalf of the G15 lawmakers on the successes of the reconciliation meeting.

He said they had finally found a lasting solution to the crisis, noting that all the court cases against the other faction would be withdrawn.

The members said when the Assembly reconvened they would sit down and jointly elect a leader who would pilot the House of Assembly.

Aisha Buhari Donates Food To Less Privileged In Kogi‎

Kogi, Aisha Buhari, Less privilegedThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated food worth millions of Naira to some less privileged persons in Kogi State through her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative.

Mrs Buhari made the donation on Tuesday in Lokoja, where she was represented by Mrs Maryam Ibrahim and the wife of the Kogi State Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

‎The President’s wife added that the plight of the widows and less privileged ones in the society remained a serious concern, hence the need for the support.

“This is part of my contributions to nation building. We cannot pretend that these set of people don’t exist in our society.

“We have carried out this same gesture in other states of the federation, because the essence of living is to be our brothers’ keeper.

“So, these materials are just my token gesture to assist those who are in dire need of help in our country,” she said.

Mrs Buhari also used the medium to appeal to the people of the state to support the All Progressives Congress-led administration to deliver the dividends of democracy, urging the populace to remain peaceful at all times.

In her remarks, Mrs Bello commended the gesture, saying that she was also committed to improving the lives of widows and the less privileged in the society.‎

She similarly called on the women in Kogi State to lend their supports and prayers for the President’s family.