Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has constituted a Transition and Steering Committees to ensure a smooth transition of government from the present Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC).
The committees, which are expected to liaise with their counterparts from the APC, is expected to draw out programs for the incoming government.
The Governor said that the committees became necessary in order not to fail in their duties and responsibility as a government.
He, however, read out their terms of reference which he said would guild them to work better.
The Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, while giving the vote of thanks, assured the Governor that the committees would ensure that all the ministries and parastatals give their assignment the appropriate attention.
Governor Wada inaugurated the committees in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State on Saturday.
The outgoing administration will hand over power to the incoming one in the Confluence State on January 27, 2016.
Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has assured the people of the state that his administration would consolidate on agriculture programme in his second term in office.
The governor’s statement is coming as various political parties in Kogi State, north-central Nigeria prepare for the forthcoming governorship election scheduled to hold on November 21.
Governor Wada, who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the promise when he took his campaign train to Kupa South in Lokoja Local Government Area of the state.
In company of his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, and his wife, Hajia Lami Wada, he pledged that his administration would focus on rural developmental projects if re-elected.
The Director General of the campaign group, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, as well as the Vice Chairman of the party, Engineer Sam Abenemi, also noted that PDP would transform the state if the governor is elected for a second term.
Kogi State has been described as the lucrative destination choice to do business in Nigeria in view of its strategic and central location.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, made the remarks when he received a delegation of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, who were in the state to build a petroleum and petrochemical refinery.
The IPMAN is partnering with a group of businessmen from Peru – Core Investors – to establish the petroleum and petrochemical refinery, in order to augment the transformation agenda of the Nigerian Government.
While welcoming the investors , Awoniyi thanked them for choosing Kogi State.
He described their decision to site the $3 billion investment in the state as a profitable one, praising IPMAN for keying into the transformation agenda as far as petroleum supply was concerned. He expressed the view that the state, aside being safe, is strategically located at it feeds nine adjoining states including the nation’s capital.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo, said that as businessmen, they intend to partner with the Federal Government in moving the nation forward using the vast experience of Core Investors to create wealth.
He noted that the refinery, which would be built at Itobe, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state, when completed, would save a major part of the amount used in fuel importation by the country for other purposes.
Also speaking during the occasion, the Chairman of Core Investors, Dr. Bestman Anikwe, who revealed that the plan was for IPMAN to partner with Core Investors to build two modern petrochemical refineries in Kogi State and Bayelsa State, added that the Kogi refinery, particularly, when completed, would benefit states in the North Central region of Nigeria.
The Core Investors’ Nigerian representative, Mr Abraham Ugo, who spoke on behalf of the group, revealed that the refinery, when complete is expected to refine 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and would be completed in two years. He also said that the choice of Kogi State was informed by its peaceful environment that would ensure a quick return on their investment.
The visit was concluded with the investors’ trip to Itobe in Ajaokuta Local Government Area where the project would be sited.
The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.
The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.
Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.
In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.
While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.
Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.
The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday urged government at all levels not to shy away from its constitutional role of providing accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare for Nigerians.
The president of the NMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, gave the charge during the celebration of the 2014 World Oral Health Day celebration in Lokoja, Kogi state.
Medical practitioners, students, government officials, student nurses, and experts in dentist care gathered at Kafas Hall in Lokoja, the state’s capital to mark the World Oral Health Day which was being marked for the first time since the creation of the state.
In his opening speech, the NMA president, who was represented by Dr Kassim Davidson, said the right to good health of every citizen is guarantee and enshrine in the statue book and that the NMA would continue to contribute its little quota towards the state of health of the people.
In his address, the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Idris Omede, said oral health advocacy was a major component of the Federal Health Policy.
“It is in tune with the defective health care delivering services of the state government,” he said.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Yomi Awoniyi, who represented Governor Idris Wada, urged Nigerians to cooperate towards achieving the optimum oral health care goal policy, pointing out that the state is in the process of adopting the oral health policy despite the paucity of dental practitioners in the state.
The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Smart Adeyemi has presented 24 ambulances, hospital equipment and jeeps worth millions of Naira, as well as 100 lock up shops to the people of the state.
The senator made the presentation at the open field of Anglican Science Secondary School Iyara, the headquarters of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada had weeks before this presented ambulances to some local governments in the state, adding to the existing ones after paying their counterpart fund, but the ambulances were still not enough, as many hospitals in the state still lacked facilities.
Senator Adeyemi therefore decided to compliment the state government’s effort by providing the 24 ambulances and hospitals equipment which he distributed to state, federal and local government owned hospitals in the state, including the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.
The donor explained that the ambulances and hospital equipment were acquired in order to improve the quality of lives of the people in the state and to reduce mortality, owing to the fact that it would enhance easy access to speedy and quality healthcare services.
Adeyemi added that he had been providing social basic amenities to complement the state government infrastructural development, assuring that he would never betray the mandate given to him.
He urged the people of the state not to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties in the country, saying that the PDP is the party for Nigeria.
The PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladapo, commended Adeyemi for the good work. He also seized the opportunity to canvass for his party, the People’s Democratic Party. He stated that all those who work for the party would be rewarded at the end of the day.
In his speech, Governor Idris Wada commended the senator for embarking on projects that would touch the lives of the citizens of Kogi State, he appealed to the people to use the equipment with care, while urging others to emulate the philanthropic gesture of the senator so as to complement the government.
The commissioning ceremony also had in attendance the royal fathers, Kogi State Road Safety Sector Commander, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Chief Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital Lokoja, PDP members, Kogi State Executive Council members, and the Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi.
The Kogi state government on Tuesday released a warning alert to those living on flood prone areas to relocate their relatives to designated camps in the state following the release of water from Jebba Hydroelectric Dam.
The state Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi, who made this call while speaking with journalist in his office, stated that water has finally been released from the dam and people living around flood plains in the state will have no hiding place as the flood is fast coming.
According to Awoniyi, the reservoir that was at elevation 99.09m has risen to 102.42m following profuse inflow receipt of water.
He also restated that the state government is taking necessary actions to prevent the devastating consequences that trailed 2012 flood adding that the state government is also also putting in place adequate security for the protection of lives and property.
Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has commissioned the foundation laying of a 272 unit housing estate in Gadumo village, Lokoja.
The project is aimed at helping hundreds of victims who were displaced by floods in 2012.
Mr Wada said his government is committed to alleviating the suffering of the flood victims in the state by providing an environment conducive for the people to live in.
He stated that this will serve as fulfillment of the administration’s earlier promise to assist victims in all the nine local government areas of the state which were affected by the disaster.
The State Commissioner for Land and housing, Mr Stephen Mayaki said that the housing estate comprises of 272 units of bungalows.
He said the ongoing project will be executed in four months at the cost of N6,650,000.
The Governor, accompanied by the his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi and some of his cabinet members promised that other affected areas would soon be attended to as well.
Inspection of uncompleted projects
In a bid to fulfill his promise to conclude all uncompleted projects by his predecessor, Mr Wada was also at the Confluence beach to inspect a five star hotel which was initiated by former governor, Idris Ibrahim.
He disclosed that the project is top priority because it is aimed at promoting tourism in the state.
He also stated that the state government intention is to work out a private partnership with a management team based in Dubai, to run and change the fortune of the hotel.
Wada also inspected the second phase of the state secretariat complex which the contractor promised will be handed over in one week.
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).
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.
Kogi State Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi has identified skill acquisition as a panacea to solving the nation’s unemployment profile.
Mr. Awoniyi said the skill acquired will make the youths self-employed and reliant.
Awoniyi, who represented the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada at the end of a skill acquisition programme organised for army officers’ wives and their dependants by the Defence Headquarters of Nigerian Army in Chari-Maigumeri Barracks Lokoja also noted that the state government will key into the laudable programme.
The participants of the skill acquisition programme went through a two week intensive training in soap making, tailoring, photo-processing, Information and Communicaion Technology (ICT), hats and bead making as well as fish rearing, and confectioneries.
While giving his speech, Mr. Awoniyi noted that with an abundant pool of hidden talents that can be found in towns and villages in the nation, only a conscious skill acquisition policy that will compliment formal education to meet with the nation’s target of job provision and self-reliance.
Chief Executive Officer of Brand Edge Consulting, Mrs. Modupe Wigwe commended the 325 participants who have just acquired the various skills saying that it’s a turning point in the barracks for beneficiaries of the Defence Headquarters skill acquisition programme.
The Commandant of Maigumeri Barracks Lokoja, Maj. General Alphonsus Chukwu who could not hold his joy thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, for allowing Kogi State to benefit from the programme which he described as laudable as it enables spouses of army officers to be financially independent and empowered.
The Chief of Defense Staff who was represented by Brig General Chris Olukolade stated that the program has become imperative to enable them acquire skills.
He also stated that the equipment, implements and materials required in producing the product of the skills they have acquired are moderate, adding that the certificate issued to the beneficiaries will facilitate access to soft loans and credit facilities towards take off.
Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state has urged Christians in the state and those affected by the recent attack on Deeper Life Bible Church to desist from launching reprisal attacks.
Wada, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, stated this during his visit to the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, who was in the state to condole with members of his congregation.
Pastor Kumuyi was in the state with his wife and some members of his church to condole with the people of the state and the bereaved and wounded members of his church who were recently attacked at the Okene branch of the Church.
The Governor stressed that retaliation would mean that “the designs of the enemies of the state and country had succeeded.”
The governor, said a lot of findings had been made on who the brains behind the acts were, stressing that the ugly situation had no sectarian or religious undertone.
While thanking the governor for steps taken by the state government, Pastor Kumuyi stated the attack was premeditated.
He further appealed that a peaceful atmosphere should be provided for the people of the state.