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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”.


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
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
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.
Price: ₦6,000
+234 (0) 706 781 7898

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
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! 
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. 
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 November 30, 2017
Calling on Elites For Cure, Peace, Unity, and Progress in Ebiraland - AEE

What do we understand by Elites?

Elites are those special group of people that have a superior intellectual, social, political  or economical status in the society. They are group of people which are superior in terms of abilities and qualities over the rest in a society. They have much influence and power over other groups in the society.

From the above definitions, we can understand that Elites in a nutshell are the Enlightened personalities  in the society. With high level of intellectual englightenment, the elites are bestowed with the mandate of leadership to lead the non-elites to greater height. In line with this, Mosca in a debate said in 90's that " in all societies,  two classes of people exist- a class that is ruled and a class that rule.

A society with a high level of elites is a peaceful and developed society.
Most of the decay in Ebiraland today can be traced to lack of enlightenment by the perpetrators.
Our land is currently facing some challenges of its nationhood and existence. A land where the learned ones are fast becoming ignorant, the supposed wise men becoming charlatans or outright demagogues, a land where humility has become secondary ideal to arrogance.

An enlightened society is a harmonious one, education as we know is an illumination to dark ways, to ignorance, to idleness. We need to go back to the drawing board enlighten ourselves, educate ourselves, our youths especially, for youths are the stronghold of any generation. It is not enough to be educated, but to come with a plan, a plan with great foresight, this can only be achieved in unity, and hence peace will be inevitable when all these structures are in place.
Our identity is gradually being attenuated by Internal friction and attrition occasioned by clannishness; declining value and views; serious security breaches in the form of kidnapping, assassinations and robberies.
We have become a land where our best men rarely exert influence beyond the Local Government and State borders, a land where everyone is a King but holds no responsibility to any Constituency, a land where everyone is a champion even where there are no contests albeit at peace time but jets into exile at the slightest threat and trials that demand leadership.
So many Devils now straddle our land in Saintly robes. These vices which are manifest signs of unrestrained individual ego and ambition are also bitter consequences of absence of community and societal leadership.
Education is shambles and our youths are on the edge of moral decadence. Despite the time of such great moral decay some of our youths have struggle in different ways, manner and forms to curb the menace in our society. Different noble association doing their little contribution in making our home land hospitable, in their little way restoring our lost glories. But it is not enough, we have no other home aside this land of ours, so we have to come together, as individuals, as a group, as an association, as a union, to restore our lost glories.
In the light of that, ACADEMIC ELITES OF EBIRALAND is born. It is not just an association but a revolution of Ebira youths formed for the purpose of enlightenment of the Ebira race, the youths in particular, with carefully laid plans both short term and long term to achieve the maximum outcome for the betterment of Ebiraland in general. As educated, learned and an indigene of Ebiraland, you can be a part of these movement.

The purpose of the ACADEMIC ELITES is to revive the lost glory of our youths through enlightenment. To revive the spirit of education in the heart of the youths of our dear land.
To create a model in our land where others can emulate from. To pull our youths from the pit of destruction and to also support and  serve as guardian to our brothers/ sisters in higher institution in order to make them an influential person to the society, in collaboration with our fathers EBIRA SENIOR ACADEMICS to get this struggle fast on track without limitation till the end of time by God grace.

Where there is Enlightenment, there is Peace, Unity and Development. Let everyone be part of elites ti be enlightened.

Long live Nigeria…
Long live Kogi State....
Long live Ebiraland..
Long live AEE


For Enquiries:
 07038107029. (Engr) A. S. Yunusa                     (AEE PRESIDENT)
  08066155633. Habeebullah Abdulrasheed Anda                            

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 27, 2017
Son Of Ohinoyi Of Ebiraland, Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim Promise To Deliver Electric Cars to Nigerian Market in 2018.
Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim
The electric vehicle revolution is a reality. Several countries including the UK, Germany, France and India have announced that combustible engine cars would be phased out between 2030 and 2040. It is sending shivers down the spines of oil Sheiks and oil-dependent nations across the globe.

In a chat with the media in Abuja, the Chairman of Nigus, Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim, famous for his role in F1 design, says his company, Nigus, in collaboration with BYD of China, would import electric vehicles into Nigeria as from 2018 and start their assembly in the country by 2020.

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Source: Vanguard Nigeria.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
See Photos Of Amazing Ekuku Cave In Okene Kogi State - Ebira Tour
Ekuku Cave In Okene Kogi State
While i was doing some background research on tourism not even regarding Ebiraland Media, but on other projects I'm working on i decided to explore my mentors blog, the person of Ismail M. Kabir and stumble upon this historical cave in one of his posts. Tough the post was a very old posts but i think when it comes to heritage, culture and traditions the Old Days things are what we are taking into consideration.
 I came across this photos on EbiraViews Blog and was posted By Mr. Ismail M. Kabir since October 06, 2014.

The Ekuku cave, located about 200 meters from Ekuku Dam in Okene is an amazing site.
Historically, it was a hideout for Ebira warriors but now provides shelter for farmers in the present day Ebiraland. The entirely natural landscape is an awesome vista covers about 15 hectares, stretching through the Upogoro forests.

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

The beautiful valley of Uruku-Are, as the landscape is locally called is covered with tall palm trees and ever-green shrubs that reminds one of the spectacular view from the popular movie, Journey to the Mysterious Island.
When EbiraView team visited the cave some years back before the official publication of the photos in 2014, three farmers were taking shelter after the long day of their usual non-mechanized tilling and cultivation. One of the farmers, an elder in his early 70s said that he has farmed in the area for about three decades. he also said that:
"In the early 80s, I was returning from the farm with a heavy bunch of Banana. A white tourist suddenly appeared from the bushes with a camera hanging on his chest". The farmer narrated that the excited tourist requested a quick snapshot of him in his tattered farm clothes.
"I carried my bunch of Banana on the head he flicked the camera. To my utmost surprise, about a year later, he returned here with a copy of the picture that he later delivered to me as a gift".
From the farmer's story, the tourist was most likely one of the engineers that handled the Ekuku Water Dam project back then or guest of the present Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Ibrahim who has a country home in Agasa, about 500 meters from the Ekuku Dam.
Like many other similar tourism potentials of Ebiraland, the Ekuku cave is untapped but left to the mercy of grazing cattle...and wild animals.

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The cave is a good shelter from rain and sunshine

Entrance to the cave

Corn roasting session with the farmers

The beautiful landscape

Ekuku cave, view from a distance

Ekuku Dam

Photos Credits To Ebiraview.

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 5, 2017
A Business Tycoon, Stephen Otaru Killed By Assassins In Adavi Eba - See Details.
Stephen Otaru aka Pastor
A business tycoon in Adavi Eba Adavi Local Government of Kogi State, identified as Isiaka Stephen Otaru, aka, Pastor has been killed by gunmen in a night shoot out. Otaru was gunned down by suspected assasins on his way home on Wednesday night, at about 10.30pm close to his house, located beside Nuru Islam Primary School in Adavi Local Government. Ebiraland Media gathered that his bullet-riddled body was found in a car which still had its engine running and the driver’s door flung open.

The deceased according to residents is into cold room business. A neighbor who doesn’t want his name in print said the gunmen came through the bush and shot at him.

“When we heard the gunshot, me and my wife shouted. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do anything because of the fear of being hurt.

“I can’t say categorically how many they are but I could only recall that they came through the bush to perpetuate their evil act.

“The deceased is a good man, who is well know in the community most, especially within his line of business.”

Confirming the incident, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Asp William Aya said the deceased Isiaka Steven Otaru closed from his shop on that day before he was killed.

“On the 2nd August, around 11pm the Nigeria Police Adavi Division got a distress call that one Isiaka Stephen Otaru AKA pastor was shot by some hoodlums close to his residence at Adavi Eba area.
“When the Police got this information, the Divisional Police Officer quickly led a team to the scene to confirm the incident.

“On inquiry, it was revealed that, the deceased left his cold room shop around 10:30pm of that same day and was going to his house. So, he directed all his workers to close the shop for the day as it was getting late.

“Few minutes after leaving the shop, information reached residents that the man was shot by unknown assailants very close to his house while he was driving,” Aya explained.

He said the police were yet to make any arrest in respect to the assassination adding that, “Investigations is on to track down the fleeing assailants.”

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 4, 2017
Is The 6th Ebira Carnival The Best Ebira Cultural Display Ever? These Pictures May Answer The Question.
6th Ebira Carnival
It would be recalled that Ebira Carnival came as a child of circumstance, to battle the negative perception people have about the Ebira people during the period the land was bedeviled by crisis of all sorts.

It could be established that for the past years, the dream of attaining tranquillity in the land has been achieved, as the people have embraced peace.

The carnival started as usual on the 25th December, 2016 with a picnic at Ataba Upayi, one of the interesting mountains in Ebira Land. The picnic was a hub for Ebira delicacies such as Apapa, Apapa'pa and others; a time to meet friends, and get entertained by the indigenous musicians in preparation for the main day, the 26th. (check our twitter handle for pictures from the picnic)

For the first time in the history of Ebira Carnival, it had in attendance a Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who promised that his government will work with the organizers to take the Ebira culture to the world.

Rambo dancers are step dancers in the cultural way. 

Beautifully dressed masquerades thrilling the audience.
Yunique Ozi ori thrilling his fans with the song "Ebira osivari Eko" (Ebira has turned to Lagos)
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Yakubu Binuyaminu August 1, 2017
How To Understand Land Sizes In Ebiraland When You Need one.

There are many Ebiras who are eager to own landed properties yet have no idea of the real estate terms involved in the acquisition of land, especially in Kogi state. Some even purchase land without actual knowledge of the meaning of this real estate terms. This article deals with the various measurements adopted in determining land sizes in Nigeria that will work for everyone wishing to do same thing in Ebiraland.

Before you purchase land, you must fully understand the system of land measurement or land sizes in Nigeria as it varies for different countries. It will be foolhardy for prospective buyers who are looking at building a new house or buying land not to be acquainted with few of the figures associated with the measurement of land.

If you know the size of a standard plot in Nigeria, then maybe you are not one of the many who are ignorant of the figures when it comes to measurement of land in the country.

Although, it’s probably no one’s fault that most people are not conversant with the measurement of land, considering the fact that land is sometimes measured in feet, meters, and hectares. These measurements are affected by factors which include but not limited to, economic investment and development patterns, human and environmental factors which could lead to mass migration and artificial scarcity of lands suitable for development.

It becomes paramount to know these things because buying and selling of land is a very lucrative business venture that draws the fancy of many Nigerians.

The commonly used definition of plot goes thus; A plot is a marked out piece of Land for the purpose of building or farming. The word ‘plot’ is an arbitrary term used to describe a land division carved out for property development.

Plot sizes can differ for a multiple of reasons, but according to Nigeria’s land divisions, the appropriate plot for a house construction is 100 x 50ft which can accommodate a standard house with a small compound.

However in Kogi state, a plot of land is 120 x 60ft. To better understand land divisions used in Nigeria, different units of area are used as follows:


The hectare is an SI accepted metric system unit of area equal to 100 ares (10,000 m2)  i.e 100m x 100m or 328ft x 328ft. It is primarily used in the measurement of land as a metric replacement for the imperial acre. An acre is about 0.405 hectare and one hectare contains about 2.47 acres. A Hectare consist of 15 plots.


Did you know that during the Middle Ages, an acre was defined as the amount of land ploughable in one day by one man and an ox? Not very specific, then – especially if your ox is feeling particularly lethargic. Thankfully, these days the acre unit is more clearly defined.

An Acre is a standard unit of measurement used by Land sellers and it is almost equivalent to the size of a standard football field. An Acre is a product of any rectangular plot of land giving a total of 4,046 square metres, 43,560 square feet, 4840 square yards or 0.404686 hectares. An Acre consist of 6 plots each measuring 6 x 120ft/18.3 x 36.6m – 669.8sqm. Invariably, this means there are 6 plots of land measuring 669.8sqm in an acre.

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Others conversions are;

50 x 100ft  / 15.2 x 30.5m – 463.6sqm (which means there are 8.7 plots of land measuring 463.6sqm in an acre)

100 x 100ft  / 30.5 x 30.5m 930.25sqm (which means there are 4.3 plots of land measuring 930.25sqm in an acre)

Now that the various measurements for land have been brought to your notice, do you think you still have an excuse why you shouldn’t understand land sizes in Nigeria and more in Ebiraland? We can Help you acquire any land of your dream in any location in Ebiraland (Cheap And Reliable).

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 24, 2017
How To Start Building House In Ebiraland. 7 Basic Steps - Real Estate

This became necessary due to recent mails I received asking for advise on basic steps in building a house that once can effectively follow. It is for those who are not really sure of what steps to follow when planning for their own house.

How To Building House In Ebiraland.
Understanding the basic steps in building a house will aid your knowledge more and always make you come out with better result. It does not matter whether it is your first or second house.

The steps discussed here is not arranged in any sequential order, although great care was taken at ensuring that the following will help you understand the scheme of things in housing construction.

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1. Acquiring a Plot

Your house must be built on something and that something is usually land, so the first step that sets things in motion is acquiring a plot on which to erect your structure. With the right real estate company (buying from Ozi Ete is not always advisable), you can acquire a plot of land in your desired geographical location and get all documents leading to proof of ownership of the land. Once this is done, you are set for the second step. We can help you acquire lands in any part of Ebiraland.

2. Building plan

Once the land is in your kitty and all the necessary documentation done, next in the steps in building a house is to get the service of an architect to draw the plan of the structure (house) you plan to build.
After your taste and the requested facilities and rooms you wish your house to contain has been discussed with your architect, your architect gets the plan designed to fit and meet with the building standards of the authorities in line with the location of the plot. There are regulations regarding what can be built, where and how, the Architect is the best person to help you through the maze and marry your dream with what is possible and legal. Before a standard house is erected, involving an architect will be a very good thing to do.

3.Consulting With a Building Professional/Quantity surveyor

Once the Architect is done with the drawings as required before he presents it for building plan approval or after he must have done so, you will need the services of a Quantity Surveyor to come up with the Bill of Quantities (BoQ).

That is the determination of what building a house will cost you. Ordinarily, it is a very good thing to have this and you will be required to even produce it for verification if you are seeking financing in funding the construction of your house.

But if you are not required to present it probably because you are funding your structure out of pocket, then this could help(motivate) or hinder(de-motivate) you depending on how your handle challenges.

Reason been that most of the time, your BoQ will be more than what you were thinking your structure will cost. Workmen, contractors, etc. even have it almost as standard practice to tell client what they think the client will want to hear in terms of what the construction will cost or what any stage of the construction will cost.

One reason this is carried out, is to avoid losing business in case the client gets discouraged on knowing the near actual cost and concludes that he has no means of raising such a sum and as such backs out. Either procrastination sets in or there is a total cancellation of the project.

The other it is carried out, is because they they know that when someone wants to do a thing most of the time, what is required is to overcome the inertia that keep people from starting.

Usually, once they start, the desire to complete it fires all other areas of their being, financial provision inclusive. Therefore, they (BoQ) do that to help you overcome your inertia and start, so you cannot stop when the real cost begins to show up because you would have gathered enough momentum.

Well-groomed professionals abound for consultancy with respect to the amount and quantity of various materials you will need all through the stages of building process.

4. Getting a Builder/Site Inspector

This person is sometimes called Contractor, Site Supervisor, or Foreman. Whatever he/she is called, the job is to help ensure that what you have on your plan is what is constructed on ground at not more than the estimated cost except where there are reasons why you must deviate from your plan a little or the cost because of price movement in the market between the time you drew your plan and got your BoQ and when you moved to the site.

5. Labour

Securing the services of labourers/masons, carpenters, electrician(s), plumber(s), etc. is essential in achieving your desired project. Without them, the actual implementation cannot be possible.

6. Water supply

Water is one building material required in huge quantities during a building project and it is sometimes over looked, because the general belief is that water (dirty one especially) can be found in most places and therefore getting water to use for your building project should not be a problem.

The challenge with that is that the quality of water used for your building project can affect the integrity of your structure.

During the stages of building a house, water is needed in large quantity to mix materials. If this is not provided adequately, it can result in huge unwarranted cost at the end of the day.

To address this issue, drilling a borehole, digging a well or making provision for water supply to your site via a water board pipe or commercial water tanker will solve the problem a great deal.

7. Purchase of building materials

You need to have an answer to how you intend to procure your building materials. This is one aspect of your building project with huge potentials of derailing the whole exercise cost wise if not put in check.

If you are a green horn and this is your first house construction, we will suggest you brace up and learn fast. You only need to know the material types, their specifications, and the places (markets) where they can be found.

With the knowledge of these three things, you are good to go. Better if you have the support of an honest handyman to help you. Most times, old hands and experts know how to ensure they get what they want at the prevailing market price without doing the legwork.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
New Development Coming To Ebiraland Vote For Your Hometown Now - Its Urgent
Hello my good people of Ebiraland main focus on today's post is the new development we think is coming to Ebiraland but we don't really know the best location for the development.
Its a company that has been doing great by their self and its a Ukrainian company that deals in electronics and home appliances (Wholesale and Retail) with up to 97 branches across Africa already, and its time for Nigeria, instead of going to Lagos and other top authority states in Nigeria, one of their executive that's an Ebira folk thought its best to site this company in Kogi State.
Here we (Ebiraland Media) have come to play, since we reach more Ebira People World Wide than Radios and Televisions, Up To 100,000 visitors are reading our contents across the Globe every month so we were given the work to ask Ebira People on their opinions on where to site the company.
Its going to be a great chance for you to actually rep your people (Hometown) so on this post you will be provided with options to choose from and the options will be names of town in Ebiraland and after voting you can back your vote in the comment section describing why you want the company to be located at the option you have chosen. 

Choose one of the options and click vote below it don't forget to share with friends below so that they can vote too.

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 22, 2017
Governor Nasir El-Rufai Of Kaduna is An Ebira from Kogi State – Ex-NIMASA Boss
The former Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Director of Media and Communications in the 2015 Nasir El-Rufai Gubernatorial Campaign, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Ramalan Monday spoke on the accusation leveled against him by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna.
Governor  Nasir El-Rufai Of Kaduna is An Ebira from Kogi State
Governor  Nasir El-Rufai
Governor el-Rufai had raised accusations in response to a letter written to him by Kaduna Restoration Group chaired by the former NIMASA boss, including saying that the former NIMASA boss was not an indigene of Kaduna State, hence lacks the right to question his appointments.
But, responding, the former NIMASA boss said, El-Rufai, despite being an Ebira Son from Kogi State was still elected as governor of Kaduna State.
The former NIMASA boss, also responded to the issue of Digitalisation of the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC), His Resignation as Chairman of KADFAMA Board, Renovation of KADFAMA head office Awarded to his Son’s Company and Contract of Communication equipment by Atar Communications.
He told the governor that “It is also pertinent to educate you that Kaduna State is a cosmopolitan state with indigenes having their roots from Yoruba, Igbo, and even Ebira which you are rumoured to have your root from. However, mindless of that, we the indigenes of Kaduna State still found you qualified and competent to be our governor today.”

Read The Reply In Full:
Your Excellency,
This is in response to a write – up titled Response to self – styled “Kaduna restoration Group” written and posted on social media by one Samuel Aruwan who is your Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
Though his write-up touches some areas outside my personality, I hereby response on only issues relating to Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan as follows:-
Please recall that the concept of Digitalization of KSMC started in 2007 during the era of Governor Namadi Sambo. However, the contract for consultancy was duly awarded to ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited during the tenure of Late Mr. Patrick Yakowa after all due process compliance including the State Assembly ratification in its sitting of 19th October, 2011 and that of the State Executive Council in its sitting of 25th May, 2011. The approval was conveyed to ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited through an award letter signed by the then Commissioner of Information (Alh. Saidu Adamu) dated 26th May, 2011. The scope of work as contained in the signed agreement consist of the followings:
Assessment and Technical Evaluation visits to KSMC sites.
Feasibility studies.
Production of Designs and Bill of Quantities.
Project Supervision, Monitoring, Evaluation and Certificate of all Installations.
Building Construction supervision with State Ministry of Works.
Factory Pre-inspection of Equipment visit in China.
Customs clearing and forward of Containers to Kaduna KSMC Site.
While the payments schedule as follows:
50% on signing of Contract Agreement.
20% on Factory Inspection visit to Beijing, China.
20% on arrival of Containers at the Lagos Ports.
10% on Commissioning of the Project.
The agreement was signed on the 29th November, 2011 by both parties as follows:
Cost of Consultancy:- 2.5% of the Project Cost amounting to USD899,990:57. Saidu Adamu, Honourable Commissioner of Information signed the agreement on behalf of Kaduna State Government and Zubairu Suleiman, Director Information Services signed as witness.
Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, Executive Chairman signed on behalf of ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited and Yakubu Muktar signed as witness.
On the 25th of May, 2012, a request for advance payment having completed the following out of the scope of work was submitted to the government:-
Technical Assessment and Evaluation visit to the proposed KSMC TV sites and the 23 LGs Areas for full coverage of the entire state with China Potevio Engineers.
Developing the Kaduna State Topography report on proposed KSMC TV Sites in the State.
Geological Survey on all the proposed KSMC TV Sites in the State.
Soil Test for all KSMC Proposed TV sites for the erection of towers.
Visits to Kano and Jos to inspect public and Private TV Stations sites with Potevio China Engineers.
Production of designs and Bill of Quantities of the project that led to the signing of Commercial Contract Agreement on the 2nd May, 2011 between the Kaduna State Ministry of Information and China Beijing Great Dragon information Technology Co. Ltd China at the project cost of USD $32.6M.
Production of Building Designs of the Proposed TV sites in the State.
Feasibility/Technical report on the assessment visit to the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
Legal opinion and reports by Templars – Lagos, an Independent Legal Firm as required by the Chinese Exim Bank on the Draft Loan Agreement for Citic Bank China and EXIM Bank of China which ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited paid on behalf of Kaduna State Government.
Foreign visits to China with the Kaduna State Government officials to negotiate the Draft and Loan Contract in February, 2012 with Citic Bank China, Potevio and EXIM Bank of China which was fully financed by ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited.
With the above, the position of ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited is that there was a Legally Signed Contract with the Kaduna State Government on the Digitalization Project of the KSMC which is subsisting and that was why the Governor approved the part-payment of N17 million after the confirmation of successful completion of 75% of the scope of work. It is our believe that a so called transparent Government of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai cannot afford to pay the sum of N 17million to a Contractor that has no contract with them. In this regard, we may have to seek for the enforcement of our right in the Court of Law for the resolution of our Legal Dues, the Subsisting Contract and the balance payment of N84,248,939.12. May I rest my case at this point.
The accusation on the issue of conflict of interest where ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited can be a Consultant to the KSMC digitalization is in bad faith by the Kaduna State Government. The concept of the consultancy project started in 2007 and signed in 2011 while the Liberty Television came on board in 2014 and is still offering services to the Kaduna State Government and Nigeria at large.
The issue of my resignation as KADFAMA Chairman in December, 2016 was based on the fact that there was undue interference of the activities of the Board and the running of the agency by the Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Mr. Jimi Lawal. The board was not left to be independent of itself but teleguided by the Special Adviser in question. He gives directives to the D.G unilaterally including the aborting of the bidding process of the Asset Register Consultancy Project to favour an unknown company which he claimed to be recommended by the World Bank.
These were not acceptable by me because I cannot afford to be used as rubber stamps for some dubious transactions on behalf of Kaduna State by Mr. Jimi Lawal as the Board Chairman hence my resignation honourably.
The process for the award of contract to renovate KADFAMA Head Office awarded to my Son’s Company preceded my appointment as the Chairman of KADFAMA Board. There was never a Memo  by the D.G KADFAMA to the Board during my tenure. This information is therefore misleading and mischievous which I strongly welcome any investigation on the matter. The little information I gathered from my son was that his company responded to an advert of the job by purchasing tender documents on the 26th of July, 2016. After passing all the relevant due process, the head quarters of his company was inspected and verified by officials of the Kaduna State Government on the 23rd September, 2016. Subsequently, his company was awarded the renovation contract by the Kaduna State Public Procurement Authoirty (KADSPPA) on the 22nd December, 2016. While the agreement was signed by the two parties on the 16th January, 2017. To put on record there was no contract award approved by the Board within the three (3) sittings of the Board during my short stay.
The issue of the contract for the provision and maintenance of communication equipment handled by ATAR Communications Nigeria Limited has been on since 2009. We have designed, supplied, installed and maintained Motorola Communication System for the Operation Yaki from 2009 to the last administration until your administration came on board in 2015.
It is sad that since your emergence as Governor of Kaduna State, the issue of Communication equipment for the security surveillance of the State has been neglected. Though a professional proposal was submitted to your office on 15th October, 2015 for the upgrading and maintenance of the Operation Yaki Communication Network in the State which will be compatible with the existing communication network of the Army, Police and Operation Yaki outfit in the State. However, the Government discarded this professional proposal and allowed the Coordinator of Operation Yaki to purchase new communication equipment that is not compatible with the existing Network as such the Communication Network in the State is now down as there are no links between the Headquarters and other substations around the State. This is now a big challenge in the fight against Terrorism, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the State.
No comment you know best, as the Governor and leader of the APC in Kaduna State.
I am proud to associate myself with my ancestral root of Nasarawa State but also a proud citizen of Kaduna State who has been contributing to the development of my state politically, socially and economically from 1966 till date with solid investment and properties inherited from my late father. I schooled in Kaduna State from Primary school to Secondary School and have held various positions representing Kaduna State Government at State and Federal level successfully. I also had the opportunity of employing over three hundred (300) Nigerians including Kaduna State indigenes in various Maritime Parastatals and companies with some of them now at the comfortable positions of Directors and Competent Seamen operating on International and Coastal Vessels.
Please be educated that I was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. My father had lived, worked and gave employment to indigenes of Rivers State before I was born. Our family relocated to Kaduna in 1966 while our father’s businesses continued in Port Harcourt. In recognition of my role to the success of his campaign, the then defunct NPN Governor of Rivers State Late Chief Melford Okilo, appointed me his special representative in the Northern States (Kaduna Office). That was in the spirit of political alliance between the people of Northern States and the Niger Delta which bond was in existence since the NPC days of the Late Tafawa Balewa and Sardauna of Sokoto when my late father equally served as the Northern State Special Representative of the NPC in Portharcourt being the headquarters of the Niger Delta. It is also pertinent to educate you that Kaduna State is a cosmopolitan state with indigenes having their roots from Yoruba, Igbo, and even Ebira which you are rumoured to have your root from. However, mindless of that we the indigenes of Kaduna State still found you qualified and competent to be our governor today.
My reaction to the appointees of the Governor that are non indigenes and of questionable and dubious character holding sensitive position was actually the views of the majority party faithfuls of the APC and most people of the State. I am still of the opinion that the State Governor should copy the Federal Government’s Local Content and Community empowerment policy which is similar to the Late Northern Premier’s policy of Northernisation in public offices of the region and which policies is now used by the Niger Delta Governors, IOCs to reduce Militancy and Regional Agitation. This cannot be same with the appointment of people like Jimi Lawal, Muyiwa Adekeye and Martins Akamaze. One of the danger of this is absence of the heavy voice of Kaduna State at the National Council of Information because of the scraping of the Ministry of Information to favour the appointment of Muyiwa Adekeye, as your Special Adviser Media and Communications which I still maintain is not in the interest of Kaduna State.
Finally, this response is taken from the letter by the Restoration Group on the improvement of Governance in Kaduna State. Please open your doors for advise by eminent indigenes of the State. It is in your best interest as a leader and also take note that the crop of your advisers who rally around you calling you Mallam are not helping matters. For me I see nothing wrong in advising the Governor of my State and God the Almighty Allah is my witness, I have spoken.
Have a nice day and accept my best regards.
Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan
Credits: Isyak Alex |

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 18, 2017
Ataba Uyami (Mountain) In Ege Adavi LGA Has A Well On Top, Corp Member Said - See Photos

As reported by Ebira Reporters:

Some Batch B Corp Members serving in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Thursday went on an expedition of a mountain popularly known as Ataba Uyami in Ege area of the local government.

One of the corp members under the aegis of Educational Development Group, Abimbola Raj shared his experiences with Ebira Reporters, describing the mountaineering as a fulfilling but scary adventure.

Raj said that they decided to go hiking for the fun of it, especially having being told that there is a well on the mountain, but some of them were scared at first.

"You know when you see a female climbing and getting to the top, we decided to join and we helped ourselves climb because it was raining and everywhere was slippery. We had to take refuge under the shades provided by rocks and trees.

"It was scary because it is a very tall mountain. The people in the village even saw us as risking our lives. We got there, and saw the small well which never gets dry, according to the people," he said.

Raj added that they had been informed by the villagers that there are two wells on the mountain, but could only get to the first one before they returned.

Source Credits: Ebirareporters.

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 16, 2017
Osun State, Permanent Secretary, Olufunke Oluwakemi Murdered Around Okene, Kogi State
The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole has been murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday.
Kolawole had left Osogbo in the early hours of Thursday for Abuja, to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants along Okene-Abuja road around noon.
She was said to have been rushed to a hospital at Lokoja, the state capital but later gave up the ghost.
The younger brother to the deceased, Mr Femi Ajibade, who spoke to Daily Post on Friday expressed shock over the incident, he described the death of his sister as devastating and sadden.
According to him, the family members became so anxious when her number was no more going through on Thursday evening.“I spoke with her last on Wednesday, and one of my sisters called me on Thursday evening that her number could not be reached, I rushed down to her house at Ofatedo where I gathered that she was in a critical condition after being attacked and shot by ” armed robbers’ in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja for an event.
“We later arranged among the family members to travel to Kogi and ascertain her condition, but we were prevailed upon not to go again, as some of her associates confirmed to us that she was dead”, he said.
Daily Post gathered that the deceased, who is one of the most powerful Permanent Secretaries in the state hailed from Modakeke, in Ife East Local Government of Osun.

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 14, 2017