September 14, 2018

Nigerian Yahoo Boys Should Lend Us money, Nigeria Is Collapsing” — Lai Mohammed Pleads

By MINISTER of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government is unable to implement the capital votes of the 2017 budget because of lack of funds.
The declaration by Mohammed was coming some 24 hours after the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, told foreign visitors that the Federal Government would soon release N750 billion to fund capital projects in the 2017 budget.
Speaking during the 2018 budget defence session, at the Senate, on Tuesday, Mohammed said “it is not that government is deliberately withholding releases to fund the 2017 budget or starving us. It is because we do not have enough money to do that.
“When budgets are made, they are made based on certain assumptions and if you are not able to get enough to meet your assumptions, there will be poor release.
“At least, there is an improvement in different sectors like the Nigeria Customs Service, while the price of crude oil is getting better. There is also more peace in the Niger Delta. So we can produce more,” he said.
The minister also told newsmen after appearing before the Senate Committee on Tourism that President Muhammadu Buhari was currently spearheading a programme where Africans, including Nigerians, would not need a visa to visit other African nations.
 
According to him, once the visa regime was liberalised, tourists would be encouraged to visit African countries.
The minister said there was an improvement in visa regime in the country, adding that the current “visa on arrival programme” recently introduced by the Federal Government was working well.
“Anybody who has been observing what is happening in the creative industry, including culture, film industry, and fashion, will see that there is remarkable transformation and that is because the government has provided the enabling environment.
“The creative industry is on a tripod, the government, the private sector and the practitioners and what government has done is to give the support that the industry needs to grow.
“For instance, sometime this year, the Federal Government included the film industry in the list of industries that will enjoy pioneer status.
“What this means is that if you invest in this industry with a certain amount of money, you will be entitled to a tax holiday for three years at the initial stage and another two years.
“In addition, dividends from your businesses will be exempted from taxation. This is one of the incentives government has given,” he said.

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Kogi Central 2019: Senator Ogembe Still Our Best Bet – Group


A socio-political group, Kogi Central Rebirth has said that Senator Salau Ahmed Ogembe is still the best for the people in the 2019 election.

The group also  said that after due consultation with major stakeholders, they have decided to endorsed him for a second term, for what it described as the senator’s focused, effective and dedicated service to his constituency.

The  president of the association, Alhaji Suberu Itopa said Ogembe’s performance at the red chamber has supersede  his predecessors, saying that every good turn deserves another.

Itopa commended Senator Ogembe for making himself accessible to the people in addition to the remarkable support given to the youths in gaining employments and the construction of  motorized boreholes with standby generators across the five local governments in the central senatorial district.
According to the group, his empowerment programmes has touched numerous lives in the senatorial district which they said has made majority to become financially independent.

“We have watched with kin interest the activities of the senator since he resumed at the red chamber. We are satisfied with his outstanding performance so far and we hereby call on him to seek a second term so as to consolidate on his present gains.

“He has empowered our youths and women. Some of them are now self reliant. We believe that as a ranking Senator with more powers and better contacts, he will do more. We are  appealing to the people of Central senatorial district to support him to achieve more lofty  height in the Red chamber.”
The group which promised to thrown their weight behind the senator, declared that they have already started the process of sensitizing the people ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The group however warned the people of the consequences of changing a winning team, adding that the people will get more of the dividends of democracy if the senator is allowed to get a second term.
“It is high time the people of central senatorial district produce a ranking  senator that will be able to attract more dividends of democracy to our  people,” the group solicited.

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See Top 5 Richest Women In Nigeria With Photos

In the past, women were constrained to raising kids and kitchen duty and that went on for years, however, times have changed and women have really stepped up and are taking the lead in various sectors of the economies around the globe. Even in Nigeria, we have women leaders in many areas. Below are some of the richest women in Nigeria.

1. Folorunsho Alakija


Folorunsho Alakija was born 15th July 1951 in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She studied fashion designing in the United Kingdom after which she came back to Nigeria to establish a fashion company. Fashion design fetched her some wealth over the years, and for a time, she was the secretary of the International Merchant Bank of Nigeria which happened to be among the first banks to be established in the African continent.

Alakija is the current Executive Director of FAMFA Oil – a company that is engaged in the production and exploration of oil and gas in Nigeria. Oil exploration and production is what produced the bulk of her fortune. According to our sources, her company is worth over $600 million. Her net worth is over $2.1 billion (N350 billion), she is into real estate that fetches her over a $100 million and she owns a private jet worth $46 million.

She is the richest woman in Nigeria, second richest in Africa. As at 2014, she overtook Oprah Winfrey as richest black woman in the world.

2. Bola Shagaya

Bola Shagaya was born 10th October, 1959 in Ilorin, Kwara State. she is a diversified businesswoman with interests and businesses in oil production and exploration, real estate and banking, she also is involved in photography and communication. She is owner and CEO of Bolmus Group International, a company that is engaged in oil, banking, and real estate, however this isn’t the only company she owns, just the most popular. She is also a member of the board of directors at Unity Bank plc, but like Alakija, most of her fortune comes from oil production.

The lady owns a lot of property in some of the most exquisite neighbourhoods in Nigeria, but aside them, she also has properties in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her net worth is $1.9 billion and she is the 4th richest woman in Africa.

3. Daisy Danjuma

Daisy Danjuma was born 6th August, 1952 in Benin City, Edo State. She is wife of one of the richest men in Nigeria, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma. She runs a lot of companies in Nigeria and she owns quite a good number of them. She has proven on many accounts to be a bright leader and entrepreneur.

Danjuma’s bank account started growing significantly when she was elected as a Senator in the year 2003. She has also been a part and leader of prominent committees. She was once the Senate Committee Chairman on Women Affairs and Youth Development and Chairman of the ECOWAS Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee.

Danjuma’s net worth is about $1.71 billion dollars and a lot of people consider her to be the richest female entrepreneur in Nigeria as her skills in entrepreneurship beats those of others.

4. Fifi Ejindu

Fifi Ejindu may not be very popular however, that doesn’t stop her from being rich. She was born in Ibadan, and she is the great-granddaughter of King James Ekpo Bassey of Cobham Town in Calabar, Cross-River State, Nigeria.

She is a graduate of Pratt Institute in the United States of America where she studied and graduated as an architect. Sometime later, she started Starcrest Group of companies which has interest in oil and gas, real estate, and building construction. This company of hers later grew to become a corporate empire worth millions of dollars and in that wise making her one of the richest women both in Nigeria and Africa.
 
Fifi Ejindu was honored with the African Achievers African Arts and Fashion Lifetime Achievement award in the year 2013. She is worth more than $600 million.

5. Stella Okoli

Dr. Stella Okoli was born in 1944, in Kano State. Unlike most of her rich female counterparts engaged in oil production and real estate, she rose to the ranks of the richest women in Nigeria with her pursuit of providing affordable and available healthcare to Nigerian citizens. She is a woman who started with little and with persistence and hardwork, rose to the top of the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry that she is now an entrepreneur unmatched in her field.

She is founder and CEO of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited that has produced more than 30 drugs that are being consumed by a large number of Nigerians and Africans on a daily basis. This company is more than 33 years old and it is still flourishing.

Her pursuit of healthcare brought her the esteemed honour of being a Member of the Order of the Nigerian in 2012 and she was also awarded with the ECOWAS International Gold Award. She is worth more than $500 million.
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September 12, 2018

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September 8, 2018

Kogi Central: SDP Aspirant, Natasha Akpoti Pledges To Work For The Revival Of Ajaokuta Steel Coy


A front line aspirant for the central senatorial district of Kogi State in the forthcoming general elections, Natasha Hadiza Akpoti, has said that her major policy trust when elected as Senator would be the revitalization of the Ajaokuta Steel complex and all other ailing Steel companies in Nigeria.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday after obtaining the nomination form of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Akpoti noted that a functioning Ajaokuta Steel complex was capable of generating huge employment opportunities to the citizenry, high revenue generation to the country,  technology  transfer among other benefits.

In addition to the efforts she has made so far in creating awareness about the company and the steel industry in Nigeria , she said more still needs to be achieved in the areas of Steel laws, establishment of Steel authority and ensure that the necessary political will is engendered.

“When I stood against the privatisation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company, I did so because of my firm believe that the company holds the future of our country. When I become a Senator I will not only work for the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel complex but all other Steel Companies in Nigeria that will use the product of Ajaokuta Steel as raw materials and the country would be better for it,” she said.

On why she has decided to venture into politics this time around, the social rights crusader, said her constituent have been marginalized from the necessities of government when it comes to social Justice and economic development.

While noting that the people have been absolutely neglected in the scheme of things in the country, she however said that the people have now realized that government and governance is far away from them and there is the need for someone who is committed to their wellbeing to bridge the gap.
“I am stepping into politics of the Central senatorial district of Kogi State to bridge this gap, so that I can make the difference, be the voice of the voiceless, provide support for the weakest in  the society and the most marginalized people of Nigeria.”

She said in addition to right to life as enshrined in the constitution, she will in addition advocate for rights to portable water, good roads, quality education adequate healthcare delivery and inclusive governance which she said the SDP stands for.

“As a woman, will also advocate for huge women participation in politics. Women have made their marks in the cooperate world, it is time for opportunities to  be given to the women to take charge of leadership positions.

She said the reason why she opted for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to actualize her senatorial ambition was because the manifesto of the party is in line with her personal philosophy of service to humanity.

Akpoti reafirm her commitment to social justice and freedom for all human as it is enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

According to her, “the reason why we have settled down for the SDP to deliver our mandate is that I have taken time in the last three months to study the manifestos of all the political parties and we found that of the SDP as the one that tally with our aspiration.

She noted that the philosophy of the party resonates with her ideas of politics, adding that her father was one of the founding members of the party who worked closely with late Moshood Abiola to promote the party and by default “l have always been a social democrat at heart.”
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Flood In Kogi: Over 4,000 Kogi Residents Displaced - See Photos.

Flood In Kogi: Over 4,000 Kogi Residents Displaced - See Photos.

Over 4000 residents of Kogi State have been displaced by flood following the overflow of rivers Niger and Benue in the last four days.


The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Sanusi Yahaya, disclosed this to Channels Television in a recent interview in Lokoja.

According to him the water level in Lokoja at the confluence point has risen 10 meters above, which he says is beyond the normal level.

In the past weeks, several other states have witnessed increased rainfall which has led to flooding in some areas.



Consequently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in a statement on Thursday warned that the steady rise in water levels and weather forecast for the coming weeks have put Nigeria at risk of witnessing a recurrence of catastrophic flooding similar to what it witnessed in 2012.

“There has been systematic daily rise in the water levels on both rivers. Records from our measuring stations in Lokoja (River Niger) & Makurdi (River Benue) clearly show this,” the agency said.

“This situation calls for watchfulness on the part of the riparian states as there is still a likelihood of occurrence of river flooding. Shiroro Dam has already joined Kainji and Jebba Dams in spilling water. This has contributed to the steady rise in the water level,” NIHSA explained further.

In 2012, catastrophic flooding had affected up to 30 states in Nigeria and resulted in the deaths of over 300 people and displaced more than two million people, according to data from the National Emergency Management Agency.

NIHSA believes the country is at risk of a recurrence of the disaster if steps are not taken.


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September 6, 2018

Opinion: The Need For Natasha Akpoti To Represent Kogi Central Senatorial District In 2019

Among all our men that have represented us at the red chamber, who among them lived up to expectations? Who among them fought for the reasons they were voted for? Who among them represented the general interest of the people of Central with sincerity of purpose?
Who among them brought the dividends of democracy to the people? And who among their lots except late Distinguished Senator, A.T Ahmed of blessed memory, who brought the presence of the government to their constituents?
To be factual, none of these were obtainable in the recent political activities that had taken place in Kogi Central.
This is why we should realize the fact that our men had disappointed us and they have failed to find solutions to the pressing issues affecting the Central.
Funds meant for Constituency projects were either mismanaged or diverted for personal benefits.
With all these in play, we have seen, heard and read about a lady, Barr. Natasha Hadiza Akpoti who from self effort, had changed the lives of an ordinary people through an established organization by her to positively affect the lives of the people.
Natasha H. Akpoti has in all capacity driven so hard to making sure the only resources available on the land, Ajaokuta Steel Company is revived to benefit not only the people of the Central she is vying to represent, but the nation at large.
Despite the fact that she is in no position of authority, yet; she has given it all it takes to see its actualisation against all obstacles.
Ajaokuta has been a campaign platform for the most erstwhile occupants of the exalted position which they all failed us.
Moreso, Barr. Natasha, having been recognised and loved by the masses in Kogi Central due the aforementioned selfless service to humanity.
It is no doubt in the minds of the masses in Kogi Central now that Barr. Natasha is the right choice that can bring sustainable development to our fatherland. Our education, health, roads, business opportunity will be given priority and our District will gradually be uplifted.
Hunger will be wiped off through ‘Natasha Poverty Eradication Programme’ in the Central. Women and youth capacity building will also bring the unemployed youths into various self-owned micro businesses to support the efforts of the State Government.
My dear people of Kogi Central, let us be wise. Support Barr. Natasha H. Akpoti who is already fighting for our positive development before now, to enable us enjoy and preserve better lots for our next generation.
Thank you.
– Hon Amir Habib 
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Party Primaries; Kogi APC Adopts Indirect Primaries

By Halimat Isah and Mohammed Yabagi


The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has adopted the option of indirect delegates primaries in the forthcoming party's primaries to field candidates for the various elective positions in next year's general elections.

The resolution was unanimously reached by members of the party at the Executive Council (NEC) meeting that held on Wednesday in Government House, Lokoja.

Addressing party faithful, Governor Yahaya Bello urged aspirants interested in standing for elective positions to go ahead and purchase their intent forms as the government does not have anointed candidates as widely presumed by members of the public.

Governor Bello assured that the party would create a level playing ground for all aspirants to test their popularity, and promised to work with whoever eventually emerged from whatever methodology agreed by leaders and members of the party on how candidates should emerge.

Governor Bello says; "Forms are on sale, feel free to purchase. Every member of the party and aspirants alike are all my people. 

"The insinuations that some aspirants have been anointed by me are false. I will not anoint anyone. We are ready to make the process free, fair and credible. I will eventually support whoever you decide to select as our party's candidate," he added.

According to the Governor, the interest of the party is to sweep all the elective positions on offer with a landslide in the coming elections, describing the NEC meeting as the first meeting that has held as Governor.

He further warned all the party executives in the state to desist from all forms of extortion from  aspirants with the promise of securing party ticket for them, adding that anyone found engaging in the illegal act would face the full wrath of the law.

"The era of extorting money from aspirants with the aim of influencing the outcome of primaries in their favour is over. I have been a victim of extortion in the past and I know how it feels. Don't take advantage of anyone seeking public office. Let's allow them equal opportunity and rally round anyone who emerges the flag bearer."

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole had earlier applauded the decision of the APC family to hold the NEC meeting, stressing that it was an avenue for leaders and members of the party to harmonise and come up with concrete resolution on their choice method for the party's forthcoming primaries. 

He particularly lauded the Governor for giving all party faithful the opportunity to air their views, adding that the decision to choose indirect primaries was a step in the right direction. 

Speaking, recently elected member of the Federal House of Representatives for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon Haruna Isah had described the decision of an indirect primaries as laudable one in view of the myriad of challenges being faced in the authentication of accurate membership of the party. 

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Edward Onoja had earlier told the gathering that the APC was not ready to jeopardize its chances at the primaries, stressing that love of the party has continued to soar under the current administration as it has gained over 500, 000 foot soldiers in the various Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

"We have agreed as a party that our choice is indirect primaries. Let's save our party the challenges of direct primaries. I would align myself with the option proposed, which is indirect primaries and avoid sponsored individuals who would want to disorganize the process and infiltrate the APC," he said.

Hon. Onoja expressed optimism that the peace witnessed in the various congress elections in the state would be replicated in the party's primaries and called for team work and synergy amongst members.

On his part, Chairman of the party in Kogi State, Hon Abdullahi Bello had lauded members of the APC for their peaceful disposition and commitment towards ensuring overwhelming victory at the polls, and assured of the party's commitment towards a transparent process. 

He praised Governor Bello for his dedication towards the cause of the APC, assuring of the party's preparedness towards ensuring convincing victories at the polls.
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August 28, 2018

Mercy Johnson Biography, Family, Husband, Children As She Clocks 34 - Birthday

MERCY JOHNSON CLOCKS 34, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HER
If you are conversant with Nollywood movies, then you must be aware of who Mercy Johnson is. Even if you don’t watch Nollywood movies, you might have in one way or the other heard her name. she is an actress who over the years have built her career to become a star and very good at what she does because of her unique way of acting. Lets get to know more about her besides acting as she clocks 34 today.



ABOUT ACTRESS MERCY JOHNSON

FULL AND ACTUAL NAME: Mercy Ozioma Johnson-Okojie

AGE: She is currently 34 Years old, born on the 28th of August, 1984 (Today is her birthday).

OCCUPATION: Acting, that is what we know her for ever since.

STATE OF ORIGIN: She is an indigene of Kogi State, Okene to be precised. Although she was born in Lagos State.

FAMILY: Daniel Johnson (her father, who is a naval officer), Elizabeth Johnson (her mother, she died in May, 2018), Prince Odianosen Okojie (her husband, they got married in the year 2011) and she is blessed with three (3) kids.

EDUCATION: At a very young age, while in Calabar, she started her primary school education but was not able to finish her primary education there because her father being a naval officer was transferred to Lagos where she continued her primary education at Nigerian Navy. After another transfer to Rivers, Port Harcourt, she started and finished her secondary school at the Nigerian Navy Secondary school.

HER ACTING JOURNEY
After her secondary school education, Actress Mercy Johnson immediately auditioned for a movie, titled “The Maid” which gave her a great chance to bring her into limelight and it did. From that movie, she got several roles in different movies such as “War in the Palace”, “Baby Oku In America”, “Hustlers”


ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

- Best supporting Actress at A.M.A (African Movie Award in 2009)
- Best actress at African Movie Award in 2013
- Google most searched Nigerian Celebrity in the year 2011 and 2012.
- She is presently the Senior special assistant to the governor of Kogi state on Entertainment, Arts and culture.


MOVIE SHE HAS ACTED (2004 TILL DATE)
- 2004: The Maid (which brought her into stardom), Temptation, House Party.
- 2005: Women in Power, Lost to Lust, Kill the Bride.
- 2006: Under the Sky, Under Control, Thanksgiving, Sweet Mama, Pay Day, Painful World, One-Bullet, Oath of a Priest, Married to the enemy, Last kiss, Endless Night, Emotional Blunder, Dear Mama, 19 Macaulay Street
- 2007: Wealth Aside, Twist of Fate, The Scorpion God, The Last Tradition, Take Me Home, Sunny my Son, She is My Sister, Power Of Justice, My Beloved Son, Look Into My Eyes, Kolomental, Keziah, Genevieve, Evil Agenda, Desperate Ladies, Crisis in Paradise, Breathe of Anger, Area Mama.
- 2008: Tiger King, The gods are Wise, Temple of Justice, Tell me Why, Soul of a Maiden, Strength to Strength, Sin No More, Live to Remember, Kiss My Pain, Forest of Promises, Don’t wanna be a Player, Corporate Maid, Act of Faith.
- 2009: Tears of Hope, Royal Tears, Sound of Pain, Sexy Girls, Heat of the Moment, Entanglement, Clash of Twins, Beyond Desire, A Weeping Soul.
- 2010: A Cry for Justice (She acted just one this year).
- 2011: White Chapel, Where Money Sleeps, Weeping Soul, The Seekers, The Code, Secret Code, Thanks for Coming, Gallant Babes, Mirror of Life, End of Mirror of Life, Jewels of the Sun, Hear of a Widow, Heart of a Widow, Heart of a Fighter.
- 2012: World of the Mind, My World, Mercy the Bus Driver, Heart of a Saint, Sins of the past, Hand of Fate, Brave Mind, Deep Water, The Enemy I see, Power of a Kiss.
- 2013: Baby Oku in America 
- 2014: Hustlers, Bloody Ring
- 2015: Thy Will Be Done.

happy birthday to her...
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August 23, 2018

Ebira Music: Yunique (Ozi Ori) - Isa Oori. Download Now

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Meet Abraham Attah, Ebira-Ghana Boy That Is A Super Star In The United State

Meet Abraham Attah, Ebira-Ghana Boy That Is A Super Star In The United State

Abraham Nii Attah (born July 2, 2001) is a Ghanaian actor, living in the U.S. for his career and education.[1] He hails from the Ga–Dangme ethnic group in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana also a nephew to Saratu Attah Saratu Attah was the Ebira Woman appointed as Personal assistance to Ghana President once upon a time click here to read. He is a Grand Son of late Adamu Attah the first Executive Governor Of Kwara State.



He made his feature film debut in Beasts of No Nation (2015). For his leading role of child soldier Agu, Attah was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.


He was made an Ambassador for the Free Education Policy in Ghana, after having supported the policy with a picture endorsement. In 2017, he appeared in the Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming. He has joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean.


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August 22, 2018

Eid El Kabir; Natasha Akpoti Felicitates With Muslims


I Natasha Akpoti, my Campaign Organisation wish all my Muslim brothers and sisters a blessed Eid el Kabir.

We must continue to appreciate that our strength as a people lie in our ethnic and religious diversity’s and maximize the inherent advantages in such diversity’s through understanding and respect of the essence of the different faith.

May this Sallah bring us bountiful blessings, good health  and continued peaceful coexistence.
As we look up to Allah for more of his eternal blessings , we pray for tolerance, good health and more prosperous years ahead to the people of Kogi Central and entire Kogi State at large.
Happy Sallah to us all.
Signed:

Barr. Natasha Akpoti 
(Senatorial Aspirant, Kogi Central Senatorial District ).
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August 20, 2018

Kogi Youths Berate Federal Government’s Neglect of Okene - Lokoja Highway

A coalition of youth groups from Kogi Central Senatorial district has berated the federal government’s long neglect of the dilapidated Okene – Lokoja highway.

Members of Coalition of Kogi State Elites (COKE) in Collaboration with the Kogi Central Excos of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) who embarked on a joint community project to manually sand-fill the badly damaged portions of the road today in Okene, described the situation as disappointing.

Comrade Abdul Rauf, president of COKE lamented the perennial negligence of the road by successive administrations in Nigeria.

Abdul Rauf wondered why a road that’s plied by tens of thousands of travellers to and from the federal capital territory, Abuja could be left unaddressed for so long.

"It is unfortunate that the Federal government has paid no heed to several appeals for the total rehabilitation of this all important road.

"For over a decade, this particular road has been listed among the capital project of our national budget but has never received significant attention from successive government".

Speaking on behalf of the Kogi Central Excos of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Isah Onimisi Babangida recalled the nightmare faced by motorists on the damaged portions of the highway, citing instances where travellers spent days on traffic gridlock around the area.

"There was an instance where Abuja and Lagos bound travellers spent about three days on this road. Traffic was on a standstill as all the escape routes within the township were over congested and completely blocked.

"It has been a horrible experience for the motorists since the rainy season began until the road recently received palliative measures from both Kogi State Government and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

“The temporary repairs only provide relief for a short time as it is now an annual tradition during the rainy seasons when heavy downpours erode most part of the road due to poor drainage system.

A member of the group, Comrade Ismail M. Kabir wondered why in spite of the huge support enjoyed by President Muhammadu Buhari since his presidential ambition began in 2003 by the people of Kogi central district, no meaningful project has been brought to the zone.

"It is on record that President Muhammad Buhari has enjoyed undiluted support of the people of Kogi Central district since he began his presidential ambition in 2003.

"I think it is not too much to ask that the administration makes the federal roads passing through our community motorable for the multitude of Nigerians plying this route on daily basis. The adverse effect is already telling on the socioeconomic activities in the community”.

The group then called on lawmakers from the area to raise their voice in solidarity with the advocacy by raising motions in favour of total rehabilitation of the highway, saying all hands must be on deck until a permanent solution is proffered.

While acknowledging the recent palliative steps taken by the state government to ease traffic on the road, the group further called on Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to mount pressure on the Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola to declare a state of emergency on the road for its total rehabilitation ahead of the Yuletide period.

"We are approaching December and the road is already an eyesore. So we are calling on our governor to strongly appeal to the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola to declare a state of emergency on this road to avoid a repeat of the usual gridlock motorists experience around here at such time of the year".
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