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Photos of Governor Yahaya Bello's Mansion In Okene, Kogi Central.
Kogi Gov's mansion in Okene
Bello's Mansion In Okene

Ebiraland Media describes Bello’s mansion as a “state-of-the-art country home on Mahmoud Ata street, GRA Okene”.
Someone else has called the Governor’s new mansion “a thing of beauty”.

Commissioning

News reports with pictures of the Governor’s new home, called this week’s show off ‘a commissioning’—a house warming party sort of thing.
Bello's Mansion In Okene
On Thursday night, an aide of the Governor told Ebiraland Media that it wasn’t a ‘commissioning’ of a new home as had been widely reported in the local press.
“We are in the second day of a five day event. When did it become a crime to build a house while in office? Please let me know.
“Yes, the house is new but there was no commissioning. It’s a cultural and traditional event. His people decided it would be hosted at his house to honor him as Governor”, the aide explained.
More photos after the cut:
Kogi Gov's mansion in the midst of poverty is really unfortunate

Lois Rachiel December 8, 2017
Yuletide: Kogi ADP Begins Sale Of Confluence Rice
Kogi Agricultural Development Project (Kogi ADP) has commenced the milling and sales of confluence rice to meet the high demand during the yuletide season.

According to the Assistant Managing Director of Kogi ADP, Mr Isaac Ejiga, the confluence rice is a product of sustained commitment of Kogi state government to make the state assume leadership position in food production in the country.

Ejiga assured that Kogi ADP will continue to contribute towards Governors Yahaya Bello’s determination to make confluence rice the most affordable rice for Kogites. 

He said the product will be made available to the masses at Kogi ADP head office, Felele, Lokoja and will be sold to residents during the festive period and beyond.
A bag of 25kg costs N7,000 while 10kg N3,000.

Lois Rachiel
Governor Bello Moves to Revive Okene Waterworks, Inspects Facility
The people of Central Senatorial District of Kogi State may soon be getting the long-sought respite from incessant water scarcity, as Governor Yahaya Bello has taken the bull by the horn to revive the moribund Okene Waterworks. 

Governor Bello who was represented by his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr. (Dr.) Abubakar S. Ohere expressed his readiness to begin work when he led a delegation of top government officials to inspect the water facility on Thursday 30th November, 2017.

According to him, since the creation of the state, the water facility has suffered neglect in the hands of political conspirators. 

The Okene Waterworks was built in 1933 under the initiative and supervision of the then Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Late Alh Ibrahim Onoruoiza Atta. 

"No attention was given to this project, except the little one from Federal constituency interventions. This is the first water project in Northern Nigeria. His Excellency has promised that whatever it takes, even if it's his personal resources, he will bring it back to reality. 

"A technical auditing of the water facility was ordered with expectation of the result within a window period of one week for the Governor's consideration," he said. 

He revealed that the Ministry of Water Resources had completed the feasibility study, and they have a target of six months to get the water running, cutting out all bureaucratic obstacles. 

Part of the early interventions promised by the governor include de-silting, replacement of steel pipes, tidying of Idiche storage tank, amongst others which have been settled for during the inspection. 

In the delegation were the Commissioner for Water Resources, Barr Abdulsalam Deedat Ozigi; Commissioner for Works and Urban Development, Engr Abdulmumuni Sadiq; Accountant General, Alh Momoh Jibril; Auditor General, Usman Ododo; Deputy Chief of Staff, Alh Isa Omade; Special Adviser on SDGs, Arc. Abdulmumin Okara; the D.G Information and Grassroots Mobilization, Hon. Abdulkarim Abdulmalik; and others. 

In a related development, the delegation also inspected the Bank of Agriculture newly built by the Okene Local Government administration. 

Commending the strides of the local government administrator, Abdulrazaq Muhammed, the Governor's Representative promised that the project will be personally commissioned by the Governor.

Source: EbiraReporter

Lois Rachiel
Ekuechi Festival: Gov. Bello in Okene, Promises to Promote Kogi Cultural Festivals
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Thursday in Okene, in the State’s Central Senatorial District, promised to revive and promote cultural festivals that were formally celebrated across the state.

The Kogi State Governor averred that cultural relation amongst the various groups in the state “are the major drivers that promote unity,” stressing that he would support any effort that encourages it.

Bello who made the remark at this year's edition of Ekuechi festival in Okene said “I’m a firm believer of my cultural heritage and I will not ignore that noble tradition that was handed down to our fathers by their fore-fathers.”

He added that since he came to power about two years ago, “I have identified with various cultural outings in the state and I’m committed to supporting them in order to promote peace, unity and love among our people.”

Governor Bello appealed to the people of Ebira land to support the government in its resolve to change the fortune of the area for the better, assuring that the age long cultural festival of the land would be revived and made attractive to generate money for the people.

He used the occasion to reaffirm his determination to improve basic social amenities in all parts of the state.

He said “My administration will empower our women and youths to earn money for a better standard of living.”

Bello advised Kogi indigenes to embrace the State and Federal Governments’ “welfare programmes that are aimed at ameliorating your sufferings.”

He called on politicians to see the development of the district as a collective responsibility, and enjoined them to pool their resources together to improve the lives of the less privilege rather than engaging in acts that divide them.

The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim who delivered the goodwill message commended the Governor for his belief in the unity of Ebira people and the state in general.

He called on his subjects to support the present administration in its quest to take the state to “higher heights.”

Lois Rachiel
Mz Kiss vs Sharon Sonia, Who's Music is Better.
Mz Kiss

Mz Kiss or Sharon Sonia. That’s the question that hangs on the lips of every music enthusiast in Ebiraland. A competition that exists in perception and conflicting interest. Sometimes the contest takes a back seat, and it becomes a juxtaposition: Mz Kiss & Sharon Sonia. Side-by-side, mentioned in the same breath, and conjuring inherently the same, yet different mental imagery.
Like all pop culture rivalry that is generated by the media, this one truly exists only in the minds of fans, propagated by social media, and made real by the insistence of the artistes to ignore the conversations, or sometimes, to stylishly avoid the question during press interviews and talk shows. Why these rivalries come up is self-evident. The Nigerian music industry is male dominated, with very few women rolling in the big time. Omawumi, Sharon Sonia, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, and Mz Kiss kind of always come to my mind in mainstream music. An argument for Cynthia Moran can be made, but she is too niche to properly lay a claim to the pop soundscape. Omawumi and Waje are seen as too of a kind, with very little designs on the pop crown.

Mz Kiss
My comparison here isn't about ow successful tis two female artists are but how we enjoy their music and ow they deliver their flows, Mz Kiss is Yoruba local rapper quietly successful and recognize based on er record deal and her level of collaboration wile in the other hand Sharon Sonia is currently the queen of Afro Pop in Kogi State. I felt ,like writing this after I gave Dj ICE Sharon Sonia's track titled "Sunmobi (Come Closser)" and when he played it everyone fill the vibe and right after then he played Mz Kiss hit track titled "Wawu" then guys asked for replay of Sunmobi by Sharon Sonia, with the saying "She Dey Burst  Head" 
Sharon Sonia is still chasing her Kogi big bang. Her single Memi’ ft Landy failed to get the effect it deserved in the Nigeria hit music charts. That’s why she returned with ‘Owonla’, a fusion of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), but i don't think it is in vogue. In this uber-competitive space, to stay motionless, is to fall behind.

Sharon Sonia
Sharon Sonia
For numbers, Mz Kiss and Sharon Sonia have played in the same league within the past years, only Sharon Sonia Memi pulled nothing less than 75,357 downloads already on Ebiraland Media. Mz Kiss does have videos, on Youtube Which has pulled over all 2 million  views and also have featured top stars in Nigeria like Falz in Stupid and her Boss Illbliss, and also her music showing up on top sites in Nigeria which trends her song compare to Sharon Sonia who don't have any promotion parts from her album marketers around Kogi State

Mz Kiss and Sharon Sonia are currently defining female pop artistry on the continent, but the latter edges her out for international recognition and fame. In my own opinion Sharon Sonia has the baddest Party Jams still retains her status as the DJ best, but the growing influence of Mz Kiss  and her Afrocentric marketing and branding has achieved phenomenal results, the only issue is that Rap Music is underrated in Africa.

My one and only advice will be Sharon Sonia to step up her game and double her hustle i believe even without good record deal she can still step to the limelight because she got the talent with flows wey dey burst HEAD and she should never say she can't spend money on Bloggers to promote music Internet has music now.

Thanks for reading don't forget December 20th 2017, Eko Convention Center for Falz Experience Show, Red Carpet starting by 6pm, Shows start 8pm on the Dot. SEE YOU THERE.

Lois Rachiel
Okene - Abuja Road: Former Senator Kidnapped, Abductors Demand N80m Ransom
A former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Ayo Arise, was on Sunday kidnapped by gunmen.

He was kidnapped alongside his driver on the Okene-Abuja highway while travelling back to Abuja from his country home in Oye-Ekiti.

He was said to be travelling in his Mercedez Jeep as of the time of the incident.

A family source said the abductors had contacted his family and demanded N80m ransom from them.

The All Progressives Congress’ chieftain was said to have attended a ceremony at Ikere-Ekiti on Saturday, where a chieftaincy title was conferred on a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “Yes, he visited Ekiti State on Saturday before returning to Abuja.

“When we wanted to establish contact with him, we could not. The last time I called him was around 6pm, so the kidnap must have taken place around 7 pm.


“They have contacted us and demanded a sum of N80m ransom. We are worried because we don’t know his situation.

“The family is working hard to secure his release and we have contacted all the relevant agencies, including the Police, to come to our aid,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Alberto Adeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, said he could not speak on the matter since the reported kidnap took place in Kogi State, which is outside his jurisdiction.

Arise was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He defected to the APC in 2015, having been denied the senatorial ticket of the PDP.

Lois Rachiel December 5, 2017
Hotels In Ebiraland (Hotels In Okene).

Hotels In Ebiraland

These are the lists of Hotels Motels and Guest Inns in Ebiraland and ow much they care per night their full address and their customer care:

Hotels In Okene

Gamji Hotel
Address: Okene-Lokoja Express Road
Price: (Per Night): ₦4,000

Dan-Sanusi Luxury Hotels
Behind Petrol Jost Petrol Station Nagazi, Adavi Kogi State
Price: ₦4,500

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Afims Hotels LTD.
Address:
Price: ₦6,000
+234 (0) 706 781 7898
info@afimshotelsltd.com

Rio Hotels and Suites
Address: KM 12 Okene-Lokoja Road, Adjacent Fed College Of Education
Price: ₦4,000

Hotels Dabras
Address: 1, Kuroko Road,, Inoziomi, Okene, Kogi, Nigeria.
Price: ₦3,500

Villa-U Hotel (Okene)
Address: Ohinoyi Road, GRA Okene,
Price: ₦3,000

Billy Guest Inn
Address: Okene-Kabba Road, Ogaminana, Okene
Price: ₦3,500

DE-Hilltop Guest House
Address: Anyoke Layout G R A P.O Box Okene
Price: ₦4,000


Queentos Hotel & Suites

Address: Nagazi Uvete, Lokoja-Okene Expressway
Price: ₦4,000

Garuyi Hotel And Suites

Address:  Lokoja/Abuja Road Okene,
Price: ₦7,000

Easy Life Hotel

Address:  91A, Lagos Road, Iruvucheba, Okene Nigeria.
Price: ₦4,000

Otal Hotel And Filling Station

Address: Check-Point, Okene Auchi Road, Okene, Okene, Kogi, Nigeria.
Price: ₦5,000

Ochuda Guest Inn

Address: Okenne-Kabba Road, Okene Nigeria
Price: ₦4,000

Kekere Guest Palace

Address: 76/77, Oziwaya Street, Okene, Kogi, Nigeria.
Price: ₦4,700

De Hero Guest House

Address: 4, Inike Layout, Okenne, Okene, Kogi, Nigeria.
Price: ₦4,500

Executive Guest Villa

Address:  Ebogogo G.R.A, Okene Nigeria
Price: ₦5,000

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 2, 2017
Ajaokuta Steel Company to Create 500,000 Jobs - FG
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The first phase of Ajaokuta Steel Company will provide 500,000 upstream and downstream jobs when operational, the Federal Government has said.

The company’s Sole Administrator, Mr. Isah Onobere, made this known during a media tour of the company, last week.

Onobere said the first phase of the plant would also provide direct employment for 10,000 technical staff.

He also said the first phase had been completed, adding that it was envisaged to produce 1.3 million tonnes of liquid steel yearly.

Onobere said it would cost $400 million to complete Ajaokuta Steel, which had reached 98 per cent completion.

According to him, $2 billion is needed for infrastructure rehabilitation and operational cost.

Onobere said the government had begun to commit resources toward the maintenance and preservation of the plant’s equipment and facilities. He, therefore, called for improved efforts.

According to him, the government is considering various options on the way forward for the project’s completion, which includes outright sale, concession and joint venture.

He, however, denied rumours that the company’s equipment were obsolete, adding that the company can stand the test of time as all its equipment are functioning appropriately.

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 1, 2017
Job: United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) Campus Ambassador Programme 2018
UBA Campus Ambassador Programme

United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) is one of Africa's leading financial institutions, with operations in 19 African countries and 3 global financial centres: London, Paris and New York. From a single country organisation founded in 1949 in Nigeria UBA has grown to become a pan-African provider of financial services with over 11 million customers, through close to 1000 business offices and touch points globally.

In 2005, UBA was born through one of the biggest mergers on the African continent. capital markets with the business combination with Standard Trust Bank (STB) Plc. From the merger UBA has emerged as a Pan-African provides a full range of solutions and services that span the full value chain from retail to corporate. UBA is also the acclaimed leader in electronic payments in the sub-region.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Position: UBA Campus Ambassador Programme

Location: Nigeria

The Programme

  • UBA Campus Ambassador programme offers a unique opportunity for students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria and across Africa to be part of a dynamic and forward thinking Pan-African bank by representing the brand on campus.
  • The initiative is part of the bank’s commitment in developing creativity and leadership abilities amongst young people in the continent of Africa.
  • The programme is designed to be a learning experience and a highly rewarding one for selected students while providing them a platform to build their leadership capabilities and showcase their diverse talents.
Responsibilities for the UBA Campus Ambassador Role
  • Represent the UBA brand on campus
  • Build relationships on campus with the school authorities, faculty and student groups
  • Identify trends and opportunities that UBA can leverage on within the campus community
  • Implement various UBA initiatives within the campus
  • Provide insights that will help UBA better understand campus requirements unique to each region
  • Learn about UBA products/ services and promote their adoption within the campus
  • Plan and host fun events on campus to amplify the UBA brand
What Qualifies an Ammbassador
  • Should possess experience in engaging stakeholders within the school community
  • Should have the ability to gather feedback and provide innovative insights
  • Should be able to dedicate 3-4 hours weekly
  • Must be highly professional in general conduct
  • Should have a UBA account
  • Must be a registered full-time undergraduate student of any tertiary institution in Nigeria and Africa countries where UBA operates
  • Must be actively involved with student groups and influential within the campus community
  • Must have established social media presence with demonstrable followership
What Does a Campus Ambassador Stand to Benefit
  • Career advisory, mentorship and interaction with managers in UBA
  • Free tickets to UBA events
  • Learn about UBA culture and career opportunities
  • Inclusion of UBA campus ambassador experience to your resume
  • Awards
  • Development of Intellectual, leadership and creative skills through periodic training
  • Monthly stipend
  • Gift pack with UBA branded collaterals
  • Network and collaborate with other ambassadors from campuses across Africa
Application Duration
Applications opens between September and Mid-December yearly.

Application Steps
  • Qualified students are expected to log on to www.ubagroup.com/campusambassadors and complete an online form with required personal data and a motivation letter highlighting why they should be selected.
Other steps include:
  • Follow @ubagroup on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and Youtube
  • Create a short video describing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the role
  • Upload the video on your social media page with the hash tag #UBACampusAmbassador
  • Ensure to tag or mention @UBAGroup in your post. Candidates with high engagement stand a chance to be fast tracked into the application process
Note: UBA reserves the right to disqualify applicants and /or rescind ambassadorship accorded to any student if deemed to have contravened the terms and conditions of the programme.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Pay Cleared Workers And Pensioners Up To Date Before Considering Those Pardoned, Hon. Toba Counsels Kogi Gov.
Yahaya Bello
Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has been advised to make the payment of salaries to cleared workers and pensioners in the state a priority.
Hon. Toba Abraham, a renowned publisher and public policy analyst in Kogi State, made this known while speaking against the backdrop of the recent strike action embarked upon by Kogi State workers and government inability to pay cleared workers weeks after the organised labour called off the seven weeks old  strike.
The publisher said rather than concentrate on trying to pay those said to have been pardon by the state Governor, he appealed to the Governor to put the available resources together for the payment of salaries to the genuine and recently cleared workers.
The publisher decried a situation where by  Labour seems to be more concerned about the workers who were been pardon for various criminal offences at the expense of genuinely cleared workers who at the end of November would have been owed backlog of four months salaries.
The publisher expresses his displeasure with the Governor for bowing to pressure from Labour by announcing pardon to those who have committed so much infringement against the state even when it was apparent and clearly accepted by labour and other stakeholders that those infractions were actually committed.
While acknowledging the right and the discretionary power of the Governor to grant such pardon he was of the opinion that all efforts would have been concentrated on re-integrating back to the state payroll those genuine workers  who were newly cleared and have not been paid.  If this had been done, the cries that the Governor is not paying salary would not have arisen.
He said rather than Labour and those so-called pardon workers to continue to show appreciation to the Governor for his magnanimity and show of mercy,  they  instead resulted to propaganda and blackmail that they are being owed 20 months salaries.
Toba, however, believe it has become imperative due to the exigency of the situation that the Governor put in place the needed machinery to ensure that those genuine workers and pensioners who have been  cleared and have not been paid and those who have been receiving their salaries be accorded priority by ensuring that these categories of workers are paid up to date.
“This will help to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff.’  And this will help to confirm to the whole world that Governor Bello is not owing salary,” he said.
According to him, a situation whereby those who have defrauded the state as reflected in the recently publicised lists of workers with fake/forged certificates and many who have been indicted of collecting multiple salaries, diaspora workers and so on would seems to have attracted the sympathy of labour leaders more than the genuine workers is not morally acceptable.
Hon. Toba described Governor Bello as God sent with good intention to reposition Kogi State for greatness. He applauded  Governor Bello’s courage for embarking on the Workers screening and the transparent manner in which the exercise was carried out.
According to him the workers screening was a necessity given the magnitude of corruption perpetuated by a microscopic minorities in  the civil service of Kogi State.
He noted the pains the exercise has brought on genuine, innocent. honest. hardworking and committed workers but quickly appeal to the workers to cooperate with the governor as he strive to improve on the welfare and well-being of the generality of the citizen of the state and the workers in particular noting that governance in this time of recession is a difficult task, that require the cooperation of all.
Hon. Toba urged the governor to listen to the voice of reasoning and see how those cleared workers would be paid till date.
Source: Kogireport

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 30, 2017
Kogi Central Youth Dialogue: A Redefining Moment
 
Dear Kogi Central Youths, as we warm up for 2019, here is a redefining moment for us to rather be actively involved in the frameworks of basically declaring WHAT WE WANT.

We have the STRENGTH, and they know it. They'll come to you with the money, wear you their brands, and tell you what to do. 
BUT, this is what you should do as a KEY STAKEHOLDER in the KOGI PROJECT! 
SET THE YOUTH AGENDA, by telling them WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO. 
The Kogi Youth Dialogue train left Kogi West, and it's coming to the Central Senatorial District on Saturday 23rd December, 2017.
Theme: Setting the Youth Agenda 
Venue: Afims Hotel, GRA Okene. 
Time: 11am
Don't be left out. 
Conveners
Oladele John NIHI
Chairman, NYCN Kogi State Chapter
Petra Akinti Onyegbule
President, Progressive Women Front
Isyak Alex Adeiza
Publisher, Ebira reporters

For more information, please call: 07066120838, 0813 345 6557 or 08132284732

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Dangote Truck Kills FUL Student, Civil Defence Officer, One Other in Lokoja
 
Mrs. Rashida Bello Rescues Survivors 
A Dangote Cement truck has crushed three people dead in Lokoja and left about three others critically injured.

The fatal accident happened this afternoon along cemetery junction within Lokoja township.
Eye witness accounts hold that a Dangote Cement truck on a high speed smashed into a commercial tricycle commonly called Keke Napep, killing three occupants instantly and leaving others fatally wounded.
 
Among the casualties is a student of Federal University, Lokoja who was returning from a bank after paying her tuition fee. Another casualty is believed to be an officer of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps who also died on the spot.
Kogi First Lady Mrs. Rashida Bello who arrived the accident scene almost immediately rushed the survivors to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja where they are receiving medical attention.
The fleeing truck was reportedly apprehended by irate youth around Commissioner's quarters, setting it ablaze.
The truck driver was saved from being mobbed by a police patrol team and has been arrested.
 

Yakubu Binuyaminu