June 25, 2017

Eid el Fitri: Mercy Johnson Felicitates With Muslims, Sues for Unity Amongst Nigerians

Veteran Actress and Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace and unity.
The Actress made the call while felicitating with Muslims in Nigeria on the celebration of the 2017 Eid-el Fitri.
According to her, sustaining peace and tranquility in Nigeria is a collective effort of Nigerians irrespective of the tribe, religion and region.
“As exemplified in the life of Prophet Muhammad (PHUH), peaceful co-existence is a watchword in Islam. Therefore, I urge Nigerians to continue to preach peace and unity,” she said.
She reiterated her commitment to revitalizing the Entertainment, Arts and Cultural sectors of Kogi State, describing the sectors as essentials to drive-home the message of unity.
“Collectively, we are working assiduously to ensuring that the ripple-effects which are progress and development are felt in no distant time,” she assured.


2019: Kogi Central Senate Seat Should Be Reserved for Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ogori-Magongo – Atimah

Atimah made this call in an exclusive chat with Kogireports.
The former council scribe noted that in the political history of the zone, only two out of the five local governments that made up Kogi Central have been presenting them as Senators.
He noted that indigenes of the five local governments are all brothers and sisters with strong, unbreakable bond. However, he bemoaned a situation where only Okene and Adavi have produced Senators since the political evolution of Kogi Central to date, saying the trend is unfair to brothers and sisters from Okehi, Ajaokuta and Ogori-Magongo.

Atimah called on Governor Yahaya Bello to use his good office and position to establish a fair and equitable distribution of political slots in Kogi Central.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has proven to the whole world that he is a detribalised Kogi indigene by spreading his appointments and development projects evenly across the three senatorial districts in the state. We call on him to replicate this equitable distribution of political offices in Kogi Central so that all local governments in the district can have a sense of belonging.

“As we approach 2019 general elections, I call on all leaders and stakeholders in Kogi Central to consider the three local governments that have not produced Senator for the seat. This will further strengthen our unity and give sense of belonging to everyone in the district.

“It is time for the Senate seat to leave Okene and Adavi. The next beneficiaries should come from Okehi, Ajaokuta or Ogori-Magongo local government areas.

June 24, 2017

Brief History Of Sheyyiha Bilqis, Wife Of Late Spiritual Leader Of Tijjaniyyah, That Died This Year 2017

Sheyyiha Bilqis, born on 31st of December, 1939, was the daughter of the Nigerian first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, late Sheikh Abdulmaleek, who himself was the son of the first traditional head of Ebira land, Atta of Ebira land in Kogi State, Atta Ibrahim Onoruoiza. Her mother was Hajiya Amina of blessed memory.

Recommended: A visit to Attah Ibrahim Onoru-Oiza's Palace The First Paramount Ruler Of Ebiraland [See Photos].

The deceased got married to Sheikh Ibrahim Niass in Kaolack, Senegal, in 1954 when she traveled with her father to that country. The marriage was witnessed by her uncle, Sheikh Ahmad Rufai and several others.

Sheyyiha once narrated the story of her birth and growing up, titled: My Birth, Upbringing and Marriage as follows:

Sunday 31st of December, 1939 equivalent to 21st of Zhul-Qidda, 1358 saw the fruit of that marriage between Alhaaj AbdulMalik Okene and Hajiya Amina, for on this day I came into this world as their third child.

The prayers and love of my father for me started with my name Bilqis, he showered so much love for me that word of mouth couldn’t describe. He hardly travels without me; he went on his first Pilgrimage in 1947 with me when I was just 8 years not minding the inconveniences of children of my age.

When I say love, I mean caring and kindness and with these I grew up to love none but my father or whoever and whatever he loves, My obedience was therefore natural, I remembered one day, I was asked by my primary school girl-friends, “who would you like to marry when you grow up?,” I said: “Abubakar.”

This Abubarkar loves my father very well and was very close to him and because of this I mentioned him, but Abubakar was also the husband of my sister. So they said to me: “you can’t marry your sister’s husband.”

I replied: “then whoever my father loves to be my husband is my husband.”
They asked: “Even if such a person is physically disabled?”
I replied: “Even if he is physically disabled so far as is my father’s wish, I will love such a person.”
As a result of his deep kindness and care for me, I had this extreme love and intention of obedience for my father. My father later traveled with me to Kaolack, Senegal in 1951 to visit his Shaikh and the fruit and blessing of this Ziyara culminated into the showing of desire by Shaikh of his intention to marry me.

After our return to Nigeria, the likes of Shaikh Abubakar Atiku of Kano approached my father and disclosed to him the desire of Shaikh, then added: “Nigeria would be made proud if Shaikh married from us.”

Look, this was their habit, all the students of Shaikh saw themselves as one, not as Hausa, Yoruba, Fulani or Ebira, but as one tribe. This habit they learnt from Shaikh, who regarded the whole of Africa as one entity. He assists any of the Presidents of countries of Africa whenever the need arises, He assisted Seiko Tore of Guinea, Gamaal AbulNaser of Egypt; Sir Ahmadu Bello of Nigeria; Nkrumah of Ghana, etc.

This is Shaikh, whatever will be beneficial to mankind and he has the capacity to assist, he will.
Finally in 1954, my father travelled again with me to visit Shaikh in Kaolack at which time Shaikh made a formal request to marry me in the presence of Shaikh Ahmad Rufai and immediately, the marriage was conducted.

Note that my father never asked for my consent, for he knows that my mind was also with him. My fellow brothers and sisters understand this lesson: The sincere love of a parent to a child will make a child to completely trust his parent; nobody will sincerely love his child and would not always wish for the happiness and progress of that child.

The most caring of mankind Sallalaahu Alaihi Wasallam has said on the authority of Abu Huraira as reported by Tabarani:

“Assist your children to be respectful; And whoever wishes, Can remove disobedience from his child.”
The remains of Sheyyiha Bilqis Ibrahim Niass was buried on Sunday at Okene in Okene local government of Kogi State at 2.00pm on the 16th of April 2017.

The Board, Management and Staff of Ebiraland Media, Condole with the Ebira Muslim Ummah and the entire Ummah across the world for this great loss. May Allah grant her Aljanatil Firdausi. (Amin)

EbiraView: Alleged Assault On Okene DLG (Hajia Hawawu Owuda), The Truth Of The Matter

Hon. Abdulrazaq
The attention of the media unit of Okene Local government has been drawn to rumor and unfounded allegations making round on social media that, the Administrator of Okene Local government, Hon. (Mall.) Abdulrazaq Muhammad ordered his Personal Assistant to molest the Local government DLG, Hajia Hawawu Owuda. We wish to state that, the information is false and an attempt to blackmail and malign the Local government Administrator.

Hon. Abdulrazaq by his nature and political history is a humble, religious and non violence politician who has since brought peace and decorum to the political atmosphere of Okene Local government.

It is normal for public office holders to disagree in the course of their official assignment but what happened yesterday right inside the office of the Administrator was a clear case of affront and insubordination on the part of the DLG.

Okene Local government Administrator by virtue of his appointment is the head of the Council an such, he gives lawful orders, directive and sanctioned both internal and external correspondence. Some weeks ago, Hon. Abdulrazaq as the head of the Council had directed that, the Acting director of budget in the Local government be confirmed in a substantive position as requested by the Local government Service Commission and in line with the extant laws which was unanimously accepted at the management meeting.

However, credible information reached the Administrator that, the DLG had secretly and unilaterally transferred a completely different personnel to Treasury department and had nominated same to the Service Commission without recourse to the council boss.

On enquiry by the Council boss to ascertain the reason behind the sudden change of decision, the DLG threw caution to the wind and began to use abusive words on the person of Hon. Abdulrazaq Muhammad. This we considered very embarrassing, unfortunate and a calculated attempt to ridicule the exalted office of the Local government Administrator.

At this juncture, Hon. Abdulrazaq in his usual nature, quietly left the office without uttering a word. It was at his private residence we got information, that his Personal Assistance out of his own volition confronted the DLG and somehow fight occurred between the P. A and some boys in the company of the DLG. Hon. Abdulrazaq condemned the action of his P. A in strong term and order for his arrest. He is currently in police custody.

The Local government Administrator have so much respect for DLG and has always held her in high esteem and such will never descend so low to assault her. She was never molested or assaulted in any form as alleged in some quarters. The public is hereby enjoined to disregard such rumour/information as this is pure blackmail and figment of imagination of mischief makers.

Abdulmumin Abubakar 
S. A (Media & Publicity)
Okene LGA

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June 23, 2017

3 Psychological Ways To Talk To Girls, To Make Them Fall In Love With You.

Today, here and right now, I'm going to expose some secrets to you. This article might appear long, but don't worry…I have added headlines and pictures through-out it to make it easy for you to scan through (Though I will advise you go through every word here slowly).

Let me make you a promise before you start reading; if you are a guy and have always wondered why girls you really really like never seem to like you back then this would be the most important blog-post you will ever come across this whole year. If you want to completely eliminate the "hard to get" attitude you get from women then come with me. If this article didn't work for you, then my brother those women are still following you from village.

Now, in this post, I will show you 3 psychological tricks that you can use to communicate with girls and get them to like you.

These 3 ways of talking to girls that i am about to pour on your laps always work like magic, every single time. With just these three ways of talking to girls you can get them to become addicted to you, always come around you and basically love to be around you like crazy. Turn it up just a bit, use it on your dream girl and you will have her sending you love texts like her life depends on it Go through these strategies then ask any girl around you weather they work and my guess is that they would give you a resounding yes.

Before i go into the strategies let me quickly tell you why these strategies work. Now come with me.


Here is the thing;

- One; girls always get guys coming around them -every single time. Walk through a girl's Facebook inbox and you will be marveled at the tons of unread messages in it. In real life, same thing happens - they get approached by guys all the time. An average girl gets approached by at least two guys every week or two guys everyday if she is pretty (And that is 4 guys every week) This attention gets to a girl's head, she starts feeling like a prize and when that happens – "shakara" steps in.

- Two; Girls are bombarded by loads and loads of boring guys every day. it can be tiring, trust me - what they do is to filter away the boring guys and focus on the more interesting ones.

If girls don't like talking to you long in real life and on social media then it means you are not communicating with them in these three ways I'm about to reveal.

If girls always give you "k" and "lol" on social media, it is not because they are rude - it is because you are plain boring (that is the painful truth). But here is the good news, you can change how you communicate with girls and become a more attractive guy by using this 3 strategies Here they are –


1. Teasing
2. Sarcasm
3. Bedroom talk

Let's take them one by one…

1. Teasing:

Some guys can be a big nightmare to girls. What girls hate like crazy is a guy who keeps asking tons and tons of questions when they discuss with them. Questions like: "how was your day", "have you eaten", "hope your day was good", "hope you are fine" All in one chat/conversation. This is boring, it bores the hell out of girls.

You have to be more interesting than that if you want that girl to find you interesting. You have to flirt with her using the teasing strategy.

How does this work?

Simple - teasing basically means to make fun of a girl in a playful way. Let me give you practical examples - Instead of coming to a girls Facebook Picture and commenting with "Beautiful Picture" (which is boring - every guy does it), You could flip this around and comment instead with - "Comot here joor, you are too sexxxy for my liking, i can't date someone like you."

To a guy, a talk like this is silly (i know) but to a girl it works like magic. (Try it right now, go on Facebook and try it out under a girl's picture and watch her reaction).

More examples - You could call up a girl and instead of asking her "did you think of me?" (which is as boring as hell and makes her feel like you are begging to be thought of), the best way to start the conversation is to playfully say - "I know you've been thinking about me all day so i am here to free your mind" *smile* "how are you".

The reason why this works on girls is that it:

- Makes you different from other guys who are boring
- Makes you appear confident.
- Makes you more attractive because by making fun of her you give her the impression that you are not trying to impress her like other guys do (and nothing is as attractive to girls as a guy who doesn't try to impress them like a puppy)

Now note; It doesn't matter what you say but how you say it. Someone can say the above things and it will seem like he is arrogant while another person would say the exact same thing and it would work like a magnetic magic on a girl.

So the right way to tease a girl is to always to make fun of her with a smile. it doesn't mean saying nasty things to her; the right way to tease is to always make it seem like you are playing around with your little sister.


This is another powerful way to communicate with girls that will make her find you interesting. But before i go into this strategy proper, let me first tell you why it works. Every single minute a girl gets attention from dozens upon dozens of guys struggling real hard just to impress her.

During a girl's teenage years, she finds this interesting and she might even fall in love with you if you show her enough interest than other guys. But as she grows older she gets used to it and it starts to bore her. A teenage girl might fall for sweet talk but a grown girl won't - as a matter of fact she has heard it all. Two; girls are never attracted to guys who always try to impress them - they prefer free guys who they cannot control.

If you join dozens of other guys who are saying the same sweet things and acting in the same sweet way then how do you intend to stand out?

That is where "Sarcasm" comes in...it makes you stand out, It gives a girl the impression that you are not like the next guy who will only say what she wants to hear just to please her, it shows her that you are in control, it shows her that you are DIFFERENT - and girls find that attractive.

So how do you apply sarcasm in real life?

Again i will give you real life examples - let me use Facebook again; Take for instance a girl puts up a new profile picture you could inbox her and say - "Thank God for that profile picture, no guy will look at it two times and that means there is no way they will take you from me - keep uploading those kinda ugly picture"

If she gets angry don't apologizes (assuming she is the dull type that doesn't understand a joke - a smart girl will understand a joke when she hears it).

Also, for instance; if a girl says hi to you on social media you could reply with: 'You want to snatch me from my girlfriend abi, alright, if i must cheat on her for you then i need 2 sons from you"
You get the gist?; mixing a little sarcasm with a little humor is the key. It makes you appear like you have options, but when you run around trying to impress a girl like your life depends on it it gives her this impression that you don't have much choices (that could turn a girl off big time). Girls love guys who have self worth and not ones who jump up whenever they (the girls) says jump.


Alright, now we are here - the final strategy. I will have to carefully go through this one so we all can get it.

First, let's look at why this strategy works.

The thing is this; if a girl sees you as just a friend then that is what you will remain - no matter what. Girls RARELY date guys they have friend zoned. This is exactly why after telling a girl who is a close friend of yours that you love her, she will either start avoiding you or she will start becoming uncomfortable around you - she would RARELY agree that she feels the same way (because she doesn't).

If you want a girl to see you as a boyfriend material then you have to start from the onset to give her boyfriend signals, not by telling her how you feel about her (This will only make her lose interest in you), the best way to make a girl see you as someone she might date in the future is to use BEDROOM TALK on her from the very beginning. When you talk to her in this way she would

One; Not categorize you as just a friend.
Two; She would begin to feel some level of sexual attraction to you. when this happens then she would start seeing you as someone she can date i will explain what i mean, Stay with me Bedroom talk is the art of talking to a girl in ways that trigger her sexual buttons or her sexual imaginations. I don't mean sex-chatting (That would be gross).

Let me give you some real life example: For instance; assuming you are having some discussion with a girl and she says something you don't agree with, you could say something like: "see eh, if you say something like that again I will bite your lips for you" (In her head, this registers as a sexual tease and it triggers her imagination a bit - if you say it with the right voice tone it would be electric) Sure enough, if she doesn't already like you she might not imagine much of the sexual meaning of what you've just said, but when you keep giving her loads and loads of bedroom talks in the right way, it will start to have effect on her.

More examples: You could hug a girl and while she is still holding you, you could say something like: "help, she is molesting me. where is my mummy" (I know, it sounds silly but it works - girls are tender creatures, tender things work on them) Also you could be walking with a girl then you can turn and go like; "hey, stop checking out my hips joor, i'm not even up to 18 and you are looking at me that way" (Try this and watch her laugh her head off, hit you and then say: "go joor") Or you could say something like this after calling her up at night; "sleep tight, don't dream of me - i get girls pregnant in dreams". (This one also works just fine) You get the gist?; you mix a little teasing and then charge it up with sexual fire. Girls are very imaginative creatures; they are more affected by what they hear than what they see.

BUT NOTE - Doing this the wrong way could backfire and make you look like a pervert - So be Smart like Binoosmart. 

Written By:
Yakubu Binuyaminu.

June 21, 2017

Tanker Explodes and Killed One Person Along Zango Daji Adavi Local Government

A diesel-loaded truck was on Wednesday involved in an accident which led to its explosion, killing one person along the busy Old Zango expressway in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State. 

The fire incident which led to serious traffic gridlock for hours, had the timely intervention of men of the fire service, and the police before it was subdued. 
Eye witness told Ebira Reporters that the truck rammed into a commercial vehicle 
 parked by the roadside, and lost its control. 
As at the time of filing this report, motorists coming from the Nagazi end of the road were diverted to another route to continue their journeys, making the road noticeable for only those from the Okene axis. 
Some of the injured persons were passengers inside the commercial vehicle, and have been rushed to the hospital for treatments. 

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Image and News Credits to: Ebirareporters.

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The stakes are high, the players are ready, the ball will be set rolling this weekend as the Continental Basketball League presents ‘May Madness Tournament’ in celebration of Lagos @ 50.
The league is made up of six teams; Eko Kings, Lagos City Stars, and Lagos Warriors from Lagos, Libreville Izobe Dragons from Gabon, Abidjan Raiders from Abidjan and Yaoundé Giants from Cameroon.

Billed to tip-off today, Friday 12th of May 2017, the tournament will begin with the ‘Lagos Challenge’ at the remodeled Teslim Balogun Arena in Lagos. Teams will go head to head against each other in one of the most awaited basketball challenges ever in the history of Africa.
Thereafter the teams will embark on a road trip to the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, tagged “Yaoundé Challenge” from 22nd to 24th of May.
The best of the best in basketball will hit the court on the 27th and 28th of May for the tournament’s All Star weekend, where your favorite celebrities will play against Basketball veterans, and youth players.
Other activities are the CBL Three-Point Contest, CBL Slam Dunk Contest and more. Fans will also have the opportunity to interact with their favorite players at the highly anticipated tournament of the year.
The May Madness Tournament is not just about basketball, it’s more than a game; expect to see the best African entertainers perform during the half-time shows.
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Friday, 12 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Lagos Warriors vs Yaoundé Giants 7pm

Saturday, 13 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Libreville Izobe Dragons vs Abidjan Raiders 4pm, Yaoundé Giants vs Eko Kings 7pm

Sunday, 14 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Lagos City Stars vs Libreville Izobe Dragons 4pm, Eko Kings vs Abidjan Raiders 7pm

Tuesday, 16 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Eko Kings vs Lagos Warriors 7pm

Friday, 19 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Abidjan Raiders vs Lagos City Stars 7pm, Lagos Warriors vs Libreville Izobe Dragons 9pm
Saturday, 20 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Abidjan Raiders vs Yaoundé Giants 4pm, Lagos City Stars vs Lagos Warriors 7pm

Monday, 22 May (Yaoundé, Cameroun) – Abidjan Raiders vs Lagos Warriors 7pm
Tuesday, 23 May (Yaoundé, Cameroun) – Libreville Izobe Dragons vs Eko Kings 4pm, Yaoundé Giants vs Lagos City Stars 7pm
Wednesday, 24 May (Yaoundé, Cameroun) – Eko Kings vs Lagos City Stars 4pm, Yaoundé Giants vs Libreville Izobe Dragons 7pm
Saturday, 27 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – Three-Point Shootout, Dunk Contest, Celebrity Game 7pm
Sunday, 28 May (Lagos, Nigeria) – All Star Game 7pm

Saturday, 3 June (Libreville, Gabon) – Final Four Game I 4pm, Final Four Game II 7pm
Sunday, 4 June (Libreville, Gabon) – Championship 7pm


Having experienced two days of exciting games, the players and coaches of the Continental Basketball League (CBL) are geared up for the final game of the Yaounde Challenge in Cameroon as the Yaounde Giants clash with the Libreville Izobe Dragons.

The game which will see live performances from some of your favorites artists in Cameroon promises to be phenomenal.

The Yaounde challenge started on Monday night with Abidjan Raiders going against Lagos Warriors. Tuesday was double header night as Libreville Izobe Dragons battled it out with Lagos City Stars and right after, home team and host, Yaounde Giants took on Raiders. Wednesday saw Eko Kings play City Stars.

The tournament will then move to Lagos for the big one that everyone has been waiting for, The ALL STAR WEEKEND on Sunday 28th May!

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June 18, 2017

How Ajaokuta Steel Complex Was Killed, Buried — Ex-General Manager Explain.

Dr. Philip Atanmuo, the erstwhile General Manager/Project Director of the moribund  Ajaokuta Steel Complex, Ajaokuta, Kogi state has revealed how tribal sentiment, corruption and financial recklessness killed both the multi-million naira Ajaokuta and Delta Steel Complex, Aladja, Delta state. Excerpts:

What is the position of Ajaokuta and Aladja at the moment?

Their positions are nothing to write home about. While Aladja is still functioning on a shaky ground, Ajaokuta died a natural death immediately after the government board of directors who were mainly northerners forced me into retirement and replaced me with their anointed son. I came back from the United States of America in 1977 where I studied engineering up to doctorate degree level and obtained many years of working experience. In 1981, I joined Aladja as Acting General Manager but along the line, I discovered that tribal sentiment from government functionaries was weighing down the complex.

I also discovered then that our leaders were not devoted to the people’s welfare. Developed countries do not allow their steel industries to die because it gives them employment, helps them to train people and above all, help them to produce vehicle components and other components.

In the  first place, the Ajaokuta steel complex was originally proposed to be sited in Onitsha, Anambra state but due to ethnic sentiment and political motive, it was moved to Ajaokuta. A steel complex of that nature could be regarded as a school which needed time to break even. We established Aladja first and it went to 10 to 25 percent production capacity.

In Aladja, somebody was supplying us certain quantity of raw materials at a cheaper rate of N600 per ton and after using the material to produce a certain quantity of iron rod, we would sell it at about N1,100. But at a stage, some government officials went and negotiated with someone else to be supplying the same quantity of raw material at a cost of N1,000.

I kicked against it but I was only a lone voice in the wilderness and eventually, the government officials dropped the contractor who supplied us the material at N600 and handed it over to the one who supplied at N1,000. It was when I expressed my disappointment about such a decision that the officials redeployed me to Ajaokuta.

As an obedient servant, I went to Ajaokuta with an open mind and settled down for work. By then, we were importing bloom and working at a low capacity with the expectations that in time to come, we should have 20,000 direct employees and 150,000 or close to 200,000 indirect employees.

Based on such an expectation, I assembled some senior staff and led them on a delegation to General Ibrahim Babangida, the then military President and appealed to him to release at least 1 billion as lifeline for us to expand.

After some persuasions and contacts, Babangida released a cheque of N500 million as part payment and promised to release another N500 million in due course, depending on our efforts to revamp the industry.

To my greatest surprise, the moment I called a meeting and showed the government officials the cheque from Babangida, they collected the cheque from me, retired me instantly and replaced me with someone else. The unfortunate aspect of it all was that they just shared the money after I had left and folded up the company.

Another unfortunate thing was that most of my assistants who were northerners, were fresh graduates. Some of them had only one or two years working experience after the National Youth Service, yet because they were northerners, they were placed on levels 14 to 16 as assistant general managers for each department. To crown it all, they brought some money to my house here after the cheque had cleared and told me it was my own part of the N500 million shared among themselves. But I drove them away with the money and  told them I was not interested in their corruption.

I told them that as Chairman of Governing Council/Pro-chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi and immediate past Dean of Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Uli, Anambra state and the incumbent Head of Department of mechanical Engineering, COOU, Uli, I did not need their money to survive, more so, when I was still a pensioner with Ajaokuta.

So, it would have taken about N1 billion as far back as 1992 to put Ajaokuta into full capacity production but now it will take billions upon billions of naira to start from somewhere because for the government to start from somewhere, the dilapidated water supply plant must be resuscitated, trained personnel must be assembled, the corroded electrical switches must be serviced and a lot of other things.

Credit: Vanguard, Kogireports.

June 15, 2017

Grazing Reserve : Kogi government assures residents of safety

The Kogi State Government has assured all its citizens, that its plan to reconstitute the Grazing Reserve Management Committee, in the interest of all and not intended to harm anyone or group. 

Yahaya Bello

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba said that the exercise is  not targeted at any particular section of the state.

Oloruntoba also said that the move is aimed at forging lasting peace between the herdsmen and farmers.  

The Kogi state government, in a statement sent to Pulse News, said "Our attention has been drawn to an erroneous interpretation of our memo dated 20th May, 2017 with reference number MOA/KGVL40.VOL1/92 reconstituting the grazing reserve management committee."
We wish to state as follows: 

1. That the Committee is set up to look at the workability of reconstituting the Grazing Reserve Committee in the two gazetted grazing reserves and other possible suitable locations in the State to deal with the the menace of farmers Fulani crisis following the directive of the federal government of Nigeria. 

2. That the two grazing reserves locations gazette over 20 years ago and not under the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

3. That NO BILL has been sent to Kogi State House of Assembly in this regard.

4. That this exercise is  NOT targeted at any particular section of the state as part of the terms of reference of the committee is to identify other locations within the state. 

5. That in view of the amount of interest and concerns it has generated, the committee has been dissolved and the entire exercise put on hold immediately.

6. That the State Government has devised other ingenuous ways of dealing with the Fulani - Farmers crisis in the State.

7. That Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello will continue to develop all parts of the State evenly.

8. That Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture shall involve all Stakeholders in finding a lasting solution to the herdsmen-farmers problems.

Senator Dino Melaye recently called for a state of emergency to be declared on Kogi state following a deadly clash that led to the killing of two people.

June 14, 2017

Rep. Member Tasks FG on Ajaokuta Steel Completion

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Steel Development, Hon. Lawal Idirisu has declared that he would continue to lobby the Federal Government to ensure the quick completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Hon. Lawal who spoke to newsmen in Ajaokuta while giving account of his two years stewardship at the National Assembly stated that the giant steel company situated in his constituency has remained moribund for too long.
The National Assembly member said, in the last two years, he has raised motions on the need to avoid the sale of the steel company adding that he has also presented a motion on the need for the Federal Government to renegotiate the completion of the Ajaokuta steel with its original builders.
Hon. Lawal said the revamping of Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company, Ajaokuta Steel and the development of steel companies across the country has remained his heart beat since he assumed office in June 2015. He maintained that he will continue to use his political synergy to ensure that the companies are productive in his time.
On the dividends of democracy to the electorates of his constituency, the Federal lawmaker said he has carried out free medical care treatment for members of his constituency. He added that he has also given financial assistant to women across the fourteen wards of the local government to enable them embark on any trade of their choice.
He further stated that he has successfully used his office to facilitate gainful employment for youths into Navy and Police force.
Hon. Lawal thanked the electorate for the support he has continued to enjoy from them. He assured them that he would continue to do his best to lobby for more dividends of democracy from the Federal Government to his constituency in the years ahead.

June 13, 2017

Lokoja NYCN Enjoins Calm Among Youths

The Lokoja Local Government Chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on youths in the area to distant themselves from any politician bent on using them as thugs or agents of destruction.

The coordinator, Comrade Abdullahi Adamu,  who made the call in a press statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity, Yabagi Mohammed, described Monday,  June 12 2017's unfortunate incident that led to the death of a youth,  as regretful.

According to Comrade Adamu, gone are the eras when youths allow themselves to be caught in the web of political skirmish, and enjoined them to remain steadfast in hardwork and dedication in whatever productive venture they are into.

"Those who have one legitimate business or any other thing doing should please take it seriously because the world we live in today does not look kindly at lazy young ones waiting on manna," pointed out Comrade Adamu.

To him,  it is high time the youths in the state began to think towards how best they can utilise the opportunities created through learning of vocations that would assist in making them self reliant,  than making themselves available as tools of destruction.

In his own words: "It is highly unfortunate that youths in their prime had their lives cut short. We hope that this serves as a lesson to those who follow people with destructive tendencies."

He therefore urged the security agencies to thoroughly investigate circumstances that led to the shooting that took place at the maingate of Kogi State Polytechnic and ascertain immediate and remote causes so as to bring perpetrators to book.  

Source: Ebirareporters