Showing posts with label Kogites. Show all posts
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January 12, 2018

Mob Attack Soldier in Kogi Over Advances to Married Woman

Angry mob attacked a yet to be identified soldier over his alleged advances on a married woman in Gadumo area of Lokoja, Kogi state capital.
It was learnt that the incident occurred in the evening of Tuesday close to the Master Energy filling station in Gadumo community.
A witness who owns a shop in the vicinity said the soldier who reportedly came to the area from Lagos few days ago was said to have been making advances on a married woman in the community.
It was further learnt that the woman in question turned down the soldier, informing him that she was already married.
The witness said the soldier persisted, which made the woman to report to her husband.
It was learnt that the woman’s husband confronted the soldier and an altercation ensued in the process.
Our correspondent learnt that angry mob upon learning about the incident mobilised themselves and joined hands with the man in fighting the soldier.
The witness said the soldier was beaten black and blue before he was rescued and taken away by some of his colleagues.
When contacted, Spokesman of the Kogi Police Command, Mr Williams Aya said the incident was not reported to the command.
He however said the DPO in charge of C Division (where the incident occurred) confirmed he learnt about an incident in the area and that when he got there, he was told the soldier in question has been taken away by men of the Army.
He said people of the area were not willing to volunteer information to the DPO and his men when they visited the area.
Aya however said that the situation in the area is now under control and the people are going about their normal activities.
Credit: Daily Trust
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May 19, 2016

Shocking: Massive Fake Certificates, Fake 900 Schools, Fake Teachers, Rock Kogi

By Otori Ozigi

It has been discovered that most teachers in Kogi State have suddenly opened  their eyes on how to get rich quick beyond their dreams, through sharp practices, without waiting any longer for their rewards in heaven, and this is authoritative.

 Yahaya Bello - Executive Governor of Kogi State

After painstaking investigations, it has been finally established that there are massive and rampant cases of fake certificates, being paraded by thousands of primary school teachers in Kogi State payroll through SUBEB.

This was part of the stunning revelations contained in a comprehensive report submitted to the immediate past Governor Capt. Idris Wada by the Interim Management Committee that was inaugurated on 12th May, 2014 to oversee the affairs of SUBEB, sequel to copious petitions that SUBEB had become a cesspool of unbridled corruption and poor leadership style of the former chairman of the board. The report also revealed that  there are no fewer than 900 fake Schools and hundreds of fake teachers in all the 21 Local Government Education Areas of the State. 

A copy of the report exclusively obtained by this independent online journalist last week, stated that this unwholesome development have been discovered to be causing grievous damages to the future of school children in the state. 

According to the report, there are rampant cases of fake certificate in most LGEAs especially NCE Certificates, purportedly obtained from NITT and college of educations. 

It was discovered also that during the extensive investigations, that a good number of teachers in the state could not speak good English, even at very senior level. To arrest this ugly development, the report recommended that teachers should be promoted based on examination and interview.

In the same vein, the state government has been urged to urgently set up a high powered committee to carry out verification of school teachers in the state because of the menace of fake teachers that have found their ways into the system. 

This report which was never implemented by the then governor Captain Idris Wada before the end of his tenure, also suggested that all qualified teachers posted to LGEAs head offices should be transferred back to the field immediately, to solve the challenges of gross under staffing being experienced in many school across the state. It was recommended that failure of such teachers to go back to the class room should result in compulsory retirement. 

In the same vein, all those teachers without original NCE certificates or letters of attestation from such schools, should be laid off immediately. The report also recommend, the need for adequate supervision of schools and LGEAs by members of SUBEB. 

The committee furthered discovered that several teachers in LGEAs pay rolls were found to be working else where i.e Civil Defense Corps in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. 

It was also discovered that most educational secretaries including sectional heads in LGEAs were allegedly fraudulent, as they issue and backdated several new employment letters as conduit pipe to defraud the state running into millions of naira. 

The state government was also advised to flush out all fake teachers that found their ways into the pay roll through the educational secretaries and their collaborators.

There were also rampant cases of dead teachers being replaced by the educational secretaries without consultation with SUBEB, while some head teachers and sectional heads were discovered to have inserted fresh names in their pay rolls through which they were defrauding the state government of millions of naira monthly.

Another shocking discovery by the committee were cases where letters of appointment of some teachers had been backdated in other to escape 2010 embargo on state government policy.

Meanwhile, one of the key components of the change agenda of Alh. Yahaya Bello led administration is the total war on corruption and other financial crimes which he had sworn to pursue with all seriousness during his tenure in office.

– Otori Ozigi, a veteran journalist, writes from Lokoja.

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May 9, 2016

Group Hails Gov Yahaya Bello’s Achievements in First 100 Days, Begs for Implementation of Power Shift/Rotation Bill

 Gov Yahaya Adoza Bello

Source : Nairaland Forum

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May 4, 2016

Massive Debts, Insufficient Capital, Cripples Kogi Savings and Loans Ltd Again

 Gov Yahaya Adoza Bello
By Otori Ozigi, Lokoja.
*Kogites Urges Yahaya Bello to Offer Lifeline.

It has been finally established that a conglomerate of insufficient capital and outstanding massive debts obtained by both internal and external customers have combined to cripple the serially troubled Kogi savings and loans Ltd for the second time in her mortgage banking history.

Investigations conducted by this independent journalist spanning over several months, have revealed that the bank was being owed over 800 million naira by multiple customers who are allegedly feeling reluctant to repay their loans for reasons best known to them, even as all debt recovery efforts initiated by relevant authorities are not yielding the desire results.

According to impeccable sources close to Lugard house, the Kogi State government which is already aware of the state of affairs of the bank, is reportedly on the verge of conducting a “forensic auditing” of the moribund bank with a view to ascertaining the true picture of her debt profile and the entire balance sheet before taking a definite decision on the best way forward.

In the same vein, our authoritative sources close to one of the anti – graft agencies in Abuja that had investigated the bank in recent time, sequel to series of petitions received from multiple sources, confirmed last week that the present crisis rocking the bank have nothing to do with fraud as being rumoured, stressing that such financial crime could not be established against the management of the bank after diligent scrutiny.

It would be recalled that the bank has a long history of running into turbulent operating storms, as it had suffered bankruptcy in the past that kept her out of business between 2004 and 2007 before former Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Idris gave the bank a N270million lifeline in 2007 that resulted in a fresh commencement of business for the bank in 2008. Part of that lifeline totaling N105million was reportedly jointly sourced from the 21 local government areas in the state, who are statutory stakeholders in the bank.

As at last week, contrary to rumours making the rounds, the bank was still in full operations in all her branches located in Lokoja, Okene, Kabba, Ayingba, Ankpa and Ajaka, just as it was confirmed that it had sent some of its workers into the already saturated labour market in the state, largely due to liquidity and undercapitalization challenges.

According to our reliable sources, payment of salaries and other allowances to the remaining traumatized and demoralized staff members, have become huge challenges in view of the fact that such payments was being tied to availability of cash.

Financial experts and seasoned bankers who spoke to this journalist last week in Lokoja, were of the view that the Alhaji Yahaya Bello led administration should urgently take steps to inject what they called “substantial amount of money” to recapitalize the bank in line with CBN extant guidelines that pegged such recapitalization cap at N2.5billion before the operating license of the troubled bank is revoked by the apex bank in keeping with best business practices.

When contacted last week, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Alhaji Abdulazeez Otohinoyi Suberu declined comment on the issue, stating that the situation of the bank had already been brought to the attention of the present government which he said was still studying the situation before they can come up with an action plan on the bank.

Meanwhile, a cross section of Kogites who spoke to this journalist on this issue were of the view that the state government should quickly initiate moves to save the bank before it goes down in view of its economic benefits to the good people of the state.

They are of the view that since Kogi state as a whole have not benefited from National Housing Fund (NHF), compared to other states, it has become imperative to resuscitate the bank so that it can continue to exist as a financial vehicle for the realization of the growing housing problems of Kogites.

Credits::: Kogireports.

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