Wada Wins Bill Gates Award For Eradication of Polio In Kogi

Kogi state governor Idris Wada has been honored as the best performing governor for his contribution to the fight for the total eradication of polio in Kogi state.

Presenting the governor with the Nigeria Governor Immunization Leadership Challenge/Bill and Melinda Gates award in Lokoja, the director, National Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed, who represented the Minister for Heath said Governor Idris Wada has performed well in terms of routing immunization in Kogi state.

While delivering his opening speech, the Commissioner for Health in Kogi state Idris Omede, commended the governor for his commitment towards repositioning health care service delivery in the state and re-echoed the administration’s resolve to sustain the current polio free status in the state

The Commissioner while presenting the award to Mr Wada congratulated the governor for his feat, reiterating the federal government’s resolve towards ensuring the lives of children and mothers are protected from preventable diseases and cases.

The Governor described the award as a wakeup call for his administration to intensify efforts as he attributed the success to the collective effort of all stake holders in the health sector and residents of the state.

He thanked Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for supporting the polio challenge globally with their resources while promising not to rest until Kogi state becomes the model for primary health care delivery.

The program which took place at the banquet hall of the government house had in attendance medical practitioners, government officials and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state.

Nigerian Government Recovers Ajeokuta Steel From Indian Firm

After years of litigation, the Federal Government of Nigeria has recovered the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi State.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at the National Assembly complex, a Senator lawmaker representing Kogi state, Smart Adeyemi said the federal government is also in the process of negotiating the return of the Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, also the state.

The Federal Government has been locked in arbitration with Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL) and Global Infrastructure Limited at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London, for the return of Ajaokuta since 2007.

The legal tussle started in 2008 when Global Steel dragged the federal government before the ICC.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo during his administration concessioned the complex to (GSHL) in 2005, despite criticisms from steel workers and labour leaders.

The Indian firm was allegedly accused of going against the concessional agreement, which led to a faceoff between the firm and the company’s workers. The agreement was terminated in 2008 by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua , who set up an Interim management Committee (IMC) to oversee it.

I’m Back On My Feet, Wada Declares As He Resumes Work

The Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has returned to Lokoja, the state capital after spending about 60 days in a hospital in Abuja, following a motor accident, which led to him sustaining varying degrees of injuries and the death of his then Aide-de-Camp (ADC).

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

Arriving Lokoja at about in a long motorcade, accompanied by his wife, Alima, his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, Mr. Wada was received at the Jamata bridge end of the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, by an enthusiastic crowd.

Addressing the crowd at the gate of the Lugard Hall Lodge, in Lokoja, the governor expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their show of support and love towards him and his administration during the period he was convalescing in Abuja.

“I am back on my two feet now, looking forward to work and move forward our state to the next level,” he said.

The governor added: “My own dear people, let me express my deepest and sincere appreciation to God and you people for your prayers. God has indeed heard your prayers. Let me assure you all that I shall dedicate myself totally to the services of the state.”

Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the Kogi State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hassan Sallauh, commended the Deputy Governor, Mr. Awoniyi for keeping faith with the governor and the party by holding forth while the governor was away.

He said the deputy governor had shown exemplary courage, candour and loyalty by his responsible conduct during the period.

Police AIG Charges Officers To Imbibe Maintenance Culture

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Jonathan Johnson, has called on policemen living in barracks to imbibe maintenance culture and take proper care of the facilities.

The police boss who oversees Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara States, while briefing journalists in the Kwara State capital, Ilorin, noted that though some of the police barracks are in good condition, he lamented the poor state of the others which he attributed to the nonchalant attitude of the inhabitants of the barracks.

He wondered why it is difficult for policemen to effect constant minor repairs on their abode instead waiting for government to rehabilitate and renovate later.

Explaining the difficulties faced by the police in reducing armed robbery in the country, he appealed to the citizens to always cooperate with the police by providing information that would lead to the arrest of criminals, adding that though it might be difficult to match the criminals in terms of sophisticated weapons, the change of attitude from the public will go a long way in reducing crimes to the barest minimum.



Suspected Militants Kill Military Personnel In Kogi

Suspected militants this morning attacked some Army personnel at Itakpe in Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, killing at least two of the soldiers.

Eye witness say the militants who apparently got information about the movement of the troops, planted explosive devices on the road, which went off as soon as the soldiers got to the scene.

Confirming the incident, the Kogi police command disclosed that the soldiers were on their way to Kaduna, North West Nigeria, from the South when they ran into the ambush.

Adding that investigation is on, to unravel those behind the attack.

Wada’s Condition Is Stable – Doctor

The Kogi State governor, Idris Wada is responding to treatment following a car crash he was involved in on Friday, doctor said.

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The governor was initially rushed to the Emergency Ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja after the accident, which occurred on the Lokoja – Ajaokuta expressway, around Salem University.

Mr Wada and his convoy were returning from an official assignment and were close to Lokoja, the state capital before the accident occurred.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Felix Ogedegbe, the Medical Director of Cedarcrest Hospital, where Mr Wada is receiving treatment, confirmed that the governor was received at the hospital at about 8pm on Friday in a stable condition.

Mr Ogedegbe also confirmed that the governor had a fracture in his thigh bone though it has been fixed.

He said the governor did not suffer any life threatening injuries and that there will be no need to fly him abroad for further treatment, though his recuperation period is yet to be ascertained.

The special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi also confirmed that the driver of the crashed vehicle, Isah Jubril is responding to treatment.

The governor’s Aide de Camp, Idris Mohamed, an Assistant Superintendent of Police died on the spot of the accident.

Kogi Governor Involved In Ghastly Car Crash

The Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada was on Friday seriously injured in an auto crash.

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The governor was initially rushed to the Emergency Ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja after the accident, which occurred on the bad Lokoja – Ajaokuta expressway, around Salem University.

Mr Wada and his convoy were returning from an official assignment and were close to Lokoja, the state capital before the accident occurred.

The governor’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) died instantly at the scene of the accident.

Impeachments outside constitution is illegal – Lawyer

A legal practitioner, Wahab Shittu on Thursday said all parliaments have the right to impeach elected officials but that any impeachment done outside the constitution is illegal.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Shittu said impeachment is both a political and a legal decision.
The lawyer was answering questions on the controversial impeachment of the Speaker and principal officers of the Kogi State house of assembly on Tuesday.

Mr Shittu said: “Yes there are provisions for impeachment of certain categories of public officials in the constitution, but such impeachment must follow constitutional provision.

“In other words, for any impeachment to be valid, it must follow the prescription of constitutionality, must follow the rule of law, must follow due process, and above all must be in line with fair hearing provisions as prescribed under section 36.”

Red Cross International to raise N34m for flood victims in Nigeria

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an Emergency Appeal Fund to help the Nigerian Red Cross assist 10,000 people affected by the flood as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the flood ravaging some parts of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Disaster Management Coordinator of the Nigerian Red Cross, Mr Umarabdu-Mairiga says the sum of N34, 000,000 (Thity Four million naira) raised by the international arm of the humanitarian foundation will be used to assist victims in Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, Katsina, Cross River, Jigawa, Kogi, Benue and Edo states.

He added that the flood has claimed 148 lives and displaced 64, 000 persons in 21 states.

Also speaking at the occasion, the who described the flood situation as a disaster says the funds being raised by the federation will be used to support the ongoing relief efforts of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

Saraki visits flood ravaged-Kogi state

The Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology have expressed shock over the level of devastation of riverine communities in Kogi state by the flood.

The Chairman of the Committee, Bukola Saraki disclosed this in Kogi State Government House, Lokoja when he led Senators to commiserate with the state governor, Idris Wada over the flood which devasted parts of the state.

Mr Saraki said the committee was in Kogi state to assess the level of devastation and to sympathise with the victims who were affected by the flood.

He promised the governor that his committee would submit a comprehensive report on the floods. He believed that the report will bring about the needed assistance to the residents of the state.

He also promised the governor that the committee will intensify the release of ecology fund to the state to cushion the effect of the devastation.

Mr Wada, while thanking the committee members for the visit, described the incident as a great calamity to the state and a loss for most residents of the state.

The senate committee went for an on the spot assessment of the Ganaja Village where the floods have taken over the road and has made it impassable for commuters.

Mr Saraki assured the people taking refuge at the relief camp that the federal and state governments will intervene to take them out of their present state.




Over 10,000 people displaced in Kogi, Benue flood-NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed relief materials to the camps where over 10,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) from Kogi and Benue states are taking refuge after they were sacked from their homes with the ravaging flood across north central region of Nigeria.

A technical team from the agency visited areas devastated by the floods along the banks of Rivers Benue and Niger and their tributaries in states over the weekend to assess the damage and identify suitable intervention required to address the problem.

According to the team, most of the affected areas remained flooded with most of the displaced persons resorting to taking shelter in four camps.

The flood in Benue state is said to affect the communities in Makurdi, the state capital, along the river belt, while about nine local government areas were affected in Kogi State, with Ibaji Local Government Area almost submerged.

Other local government areas affected as Bassa, Ofu, Kogi, Omala, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Igalamela and Lokoja, where property, including hotels, residential buildings, offices and fishing communities along the confluence of Rivers Benue and Niger have all been submerged.

NEMA’s Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting, Charles Agbo, during a meeting with  Kogi State governor, Wada Idris, warned of prolonged flooding as more water would still be released from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon and Kainji Dam with the intensifying rains.

He also urged the state government to enforce the standard regulation on urban planning and development as well as permanently relocate communities in the flood plains to safer locations.

“Even after the flood, most of the submerged houses may become too weak and no longer be safe for habitation, in addition to the potential health hazards from the disaster,” he warned.

“Therefore, the states governments must to rise up to their responsibilities to the affected communities as the Federal Government, through NEMA, would provide necessary support the displaced persons.”

The governor expressed concern of the Federal Government towards the flood situation and requested support to reinforce the efforts by the state government to assist the displaced persons, while urging NEMA and other relevant organizations to identify measures to mitigate future occurrence of the flood.

Obi says Anambra owns disputed oil field

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi on Thursday dismissed claims made by some groups and states over the ownership of the oil well discovered in the inland basin of Aguleri-Otu, Anambra East local government area.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi during the president's working visit to the state

Addressing the state in a special broadcast at the governor’s lodge, Awka, the governor said the financial commitments of the state in the oil project running in billions which other states and groups laying claims have not done.

Mr Obi said: “on August 30th 2012, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan – GCFR was in Anambra State on a one day working visit to commission the Orient Petroleum facilities among other projects.

“Since then some groups and states have been trying to lay claims to the ownership of the oil fields located in Anambra State.

“It is pertinent to recall that Orient Petroleum Resources Plc was formed during the government of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju in 2001 and allocated oil fields domiciled in Anambra State.

“Though Dr Mbadinuju did not make any direct monetary contribution. Under Dr Chris Ngige, in 2002/2006, Anambra State government invested the sum of N100 million in the project. Under our government between 2006 and 2009, with the vision and the belief in the positive impact of the project on the economy of the state and the country, we invested directly and indirectly the sum of N4.4billion.

“This investment blustered the confidence of other investors to invest in the venture that made its commissioning a reality,” the governor said.

Mr Obi however, maintained that Anambra state will remain a good neighbour and will continue to pray for oil to be discovered in other states of the country in other that Nigeria will emerge an economic giant in the comity of nations in the world.

Moments after President Goodluck Jonathan opened the refinery built by Orient Petroleum and declared Anambra an oil producing state, the Kogi State, Idris Wada said “Kogi will be a major stake holder in the refinery, considering the fact the oil wells that will service the refinery are in Odeke Community in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.”

Mr Wada made this claim a day after a community group issued a public notice saying that the oil deposits claimed by Anambra State are within the Odeke community of Kogi State.

The Kogi State governor said he “is doing everything humanly possible to resolve the issues surrounding the location of the oil wells with the contending states and that he is confident that “Kogi State will soon join the league of oil producing states in the country.”