PHOTOS: DPR Seals Over 15 Fuel Stations In Kogi

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kogi State on Tuesday sealed over 15 fuel stations.

The operation was carried out during surveillance tour to some of the petrol stations within and outside the state capital, Lokoja.

According to DPR, the stations came under the hammer for adjusting their pumps, thereby cheating their customers.

 

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Osinbajo Holds Thanksgiving In Lokoja After Helicopter Mishap

 

Twenty-four hours after surviving a helicopter accident in Kabba, Kogi State, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has held a thanksgiving service in Lokoja, the state capital.

He thanked God for sparing his life and that of the others who were on board the helicopter.

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Also speaking on the matter, the Senior Special Assistant to the VP on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, thanked God for safety, and also thanked Nigerians for their concern and prayers.

He said, “We are thankful to God for his deliverance and safety. The Vice President is not only thankful to God, but to all Nigerians who have expressed concern, affection and prayers.

“The Vice President is continuing with his schedule in Kogi and from there, he will go back to Abuja, and go to other places, to continue his ‘Next Level’ engagements with Nigerians.

“There is going to be a full report after the investigation as is procedural

“And we will get the full details of what happened and we will let everybody know what actually happened”.

The incident occurred at about 2:22 pm on Saturday when the helicopter landed at the township stadium in Kogi State.

After landing, its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome him.

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There were, however, no casualties and shortly after, the VP was said to have been evacuated immediately from the scene into a waiting vehicle.

Thereafter, he proceeded to the palace of Obaro of Kabba in a convoy of other political office holders in the state, where he paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler.

The VP later addressed some party supporters at the St Augustine’s College in the town.

Truck Kills Three, Injures Five In Lokoja

A truck fully loaded with cement has killed three people and injured five in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, when the truck lost control and rammed into a tipper and tricycle, causing gridlock along the NATACO junction on the Lokoja, Abuja road.

Speaking with Channel Television, the sector commander of Federal Road Safety Corp Lokoja (FRSC) attributed the mishap to brake failure by the truck that carried cement heading to Abuja.

He confirmed that a female student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, and two other male were crushed by the truck while five other people sustained injuries and are presently taking treatment at the specialist hospital Lokoja

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.

Boko Haram Members, Armed Bandit Paraded In Lokoja

Boko HaramAbout 17 suspected criminals and Boko Haram terrorist who have been hibernating within Kogi State have been nabbed and paraded by the Nigerian Army in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Commandant, Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Brigadier General Henry Ayamasaowea while parading the suspects before the State Governor, Yahaya Bello said they were picked up following a special operation by the Nigerian Army, Navy and the DSS, who have been working around the clock in the last three weeks in the state to put an end to the kidnapping and invasion of insurgents into the state.

Meanwhile, apart from the Boko Haram members nabbed by the joint operation, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state where two police officers were killed.

Some of the items recovered from the terrorist are several Ak 47, locally made guns, 12 masks of different size, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenade and explosives devises.

The Commandant, briefed the governor on how the 17 suspects were all arrested in Okene and its environs, he said the joint operation combed the entire central senatorial district of the state and the insurgence have invaded Kogi state after the military success in Sambisa forest.

The Operation Officer Lieutenant Colonel, Tosin Ayoola also gave the governor a breakdown on what they have on ground, he identified the suspects as members of the Boko Haram and not a suspect.

However, Governor Bello said, “If the joint task-force will build on the tempo adopted in arresting this suspected terrorist, then crime will be reduced within the shortest time in Kogi state”.

Kogi State Set To Become Hub Of Industrial Activities

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed the determination of his administration to make the state a hub of industrial activities, because of its strategic location in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello, made this known to journalists during his maiden visit to the Nigeria-Korean friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI) in Lokoja.

The institute which is a technical/vocational school, is committed wholly to the training of youths, middle and skilled man power.

It was established in Lokoja in 2010, by the South Korean government in partnership with the government of Kogi state, aimed at deepening the bond of friendship between Nigeria and South Korea.

The Principal of the Institute, Gabriel Okewu, in his address of welcome, gave a rundown of the institute, including the challenges it has experienced; one of which he identified as land disputes with the state polytechnic.

“I wish to express the profound gratitude of the management and members of staff of this institute to your Excellency for the prompt response in granting the needed fund for the take-off of the institute.

“We remain deeply grateful for the noble gesture which will go a long way in paving way for eventual commencement of academics programme in the institute.

He further stated: “We have commenced the process of registration of the institute with the corporate affairs commission and as demanded by the note.

“Hopefully and by the grace of god, we shall collect the certificate soonest for onward transmission to note the head office for scheduling of the date for the resource inspection and accreditation of the Institute.

The governor in his reply lauded the Korean government initiative leading to the establishment of the institute, while he assured the management of his readiness to take the institute seriously.

“Kogi State is set to overtake every other states in Nigeria, we are ready to take our destiny into our hands, we have the political will to ensure that this Institute works well.

“We will make judicious use of it to impact knowledge and skills into our teeming youths to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.” Yahaya said.

At the end of the speeches the governor and some of his cabinet members present, were taken round each department of the institute.

Furthermore, Yahaya promised to resolve the lingering land dispute, and promised to fund the institute.

“Before our second year anniversary this institute is going to be assembling vehicles here and we shall have ‘Made in Kogi’ vehicles, machines, shoes, and ‘Made in Kogi’ almost everything.”

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Multilateral Donor Agencies and special projects/focal person on social investment programmes, Adoga Ibrahim, told journalists that the institute would be used as a foundation for industrialization in the state.

“Part of the initiative is to invite automobile plant companies to see how they can establish a plant In Kogi state and begin to assemble vehicles.

“Kogi state has about 100 million in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), which you have graciously approved and given directive for the establishment of cassava processing plant at Egbeda-Ega in Ijumu local Government Area.

“We have also brought Kogi indigenes who invented cassava processing plant which you are going to see in action today, and fish-drying machine fabricated by this institute.

“We have direct talk with Korean government through their embassy and we have gotten an invitation to host them in a couple of weeks in Abuja.

“To whom much is given much is expected,” Adoga Ibrahim added.

Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Kogi Governor To Probe His Predecessors

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Governor Bello says it is important to know how previous governments spent public funds

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has inaugurated a commission of inquiry to investigate the use of public funds from May 29th 2013 to January 27th 2016.

While inaugurating the members of the commission at the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Bello says he will also surrender himself to be probed by his successor after leaving office.

He charged the commission to avoid any means of victimization but should rather check how public funds were used within the stated period.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state,  Mohammed Ibrahim explained the relevant sections of the law that empowers the state governor to set up the probe panel.

The seven-man judicial panel of commission is headed by Justice Wada Umar Rano as its chairman.

While inaugurating the commission, Governor Bello said it has become necessary to look into the activities of the past administrations with a view of recovering stolen funds belonging to the state.

He mandated the commission to recommend measures that would prevent stealing of public funds while added that his administration is ready to put Kogi State on the path of development, urging the people to assist the commission in the discharge of its assignment.

Some experts however urge the commission to be honest and fair so as to avoid a witch-hunt.

Governor Bello Celebrated In Lokoja After Supreme Court Judgement

 lokoja, supreme court judgement, bello,Despite the ban placed on jubilation after the Supreme Court judgement which validated Governor Yahaya Bello’s election was passed, the Governor has been given a grand welcome to Lokoja, the state capital.

In what could be described as a triumphant entry, a crowd of supporters followed the Governor from the Jamata bridge as everyone tried to catch a glimpse of him.

The crowd gradually built up into a large procession, causing heavy traffic jam for several hours.

The Governor had to alight from the vehicle and walked down to the government house, where a lot of other people had been waiting to receive him.

He finally arrived at the main entrance of the Luggard House, after which he gave his speech.

He was received by the State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, and his wife, following his victory at the Supreme Court.

 

 

A Better Kogi

Governor Bello, while addressing the crowd of supporters, called on the people to give him maximum support and cooperation to enable him develop the state and provide the dividends of democracy.

He said that he would have no cause not to perform, now that the apex court has upheld his election as the substantive governor of Kogi state.

While addressing past issues, the Governor said that the state had been in darkness for too long but that in a short while, the darkness would turn to light.

Furthermore, he called on the youths and women in the state to support his government, promising to empower them.

He also urged civil servants to be patient with him, stating that the ongoing screening exercise in the state would soon be completed.

With the Supreme Court judgement signifying the end of the litigation regarding the leadership of the state, the people of Kogi state have expressed hope that their expectations would be met as soon as possible.

 

Kogi Governor To Empower Over 100,000 Youths And Women

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, YouthsKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has promised to empower at least 100,000 youths and women through the line-up empowerment programme of the state government.

He said his administration had prioritised the well-being of youths and promised to empower them so as to prevent some politicians from using them to cause crises in the state.

The Governor made the pledge on Tuesday while addressing the multitude of people who paid him a solidarity visit in the spirit of the Sallah celebration at the Government House in Lokoja, Kogi State’s capital.

He urged the people of the state to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari over Nigeria’s economic recession.

Governor Bello also urged them to uphold peace and unity among themselves, irrespective of their religion and ethnicity.

He promised equity in carrying out his duty as governor and vowed to wipe out corrupt practices in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The traditional ruler of Lokoja, Muhammadu Maikarfi and his subjects were among the multitude at the Government House, to show their support for the administration in power.

The monarch, who is also the state’s Chairman, Traditional Council of Chiefs, thanked the Governor for his patience in leading the people of Kogi State.

He appealed to him to forgive those who threw stones at his convoy and called on Muslim faithful to embrace good conduct which he described as the basis of the Eid-el-Kabir.

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.