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By Otori Ozigi

Unarguably, Ebiraland is gripped in miasma of open politicking, a reflection of electioneering process as witnessed in other climes in the country today at a time the whole Nation is caught up in active politics.

As you may be aware already, next year is an important one in the political evolution of this country, needless to say that there will be four major elections to be conducted by INEC in virtually all the states of the federation. Let me remind us that next year will witness presidential, senatorial, House of Representatives and, finally, state houses of assembly elections, all taking place on a staggered timetable as released by the electoral umpire, INEC.

Recall that the electoral body recently lifted the ban on open campaigns and rallies. Consequently and expectedly, our political class have already gone to the trenches and mapping out various strategies for their full participation in the game of politics come 2019.

Now, let talk about the mood of Ebira Nation. In the spirit of open politicking by major players and party gladiators, palpable anxiety and worrisome happening pervade the polity today.

Let me remind us that come February next year INEC has fixed senatorial election to be conducted in accordance with the umpire guidelines to serve as a template for the polls. In compliance with this guidelines, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni who is running on the ticket of APC, Barr Natasha Akpoti on the ticket of SDP and Senator Ogembe on the platform of PDP are unarguably going to face the verdicts of the electorates come rain come sunshine. One of them will eventually carry on his or shoulder the destiny of over four million Anebira.

At this juncture, I want to enjoin the electorates to shine their eyes very well before casting their votes for the candidates of their choice. I want to appeal to the electorate not to sell their conscience for pecuniary gains or other mundane considerations. They should remember that they carry the burden of the rest of us.

This journalist want to caution the three candidates not to resort to violence or any other unwholesome conduct that may derail our peace. Gone are the days when our politicians would seek political offices through the barrel of the guns and open coercion, senseless buying and selling of votes.

Certainly, this is the time for us to get it right so that Ebiraland can witness a new dawn. Yes! We must get it right this time around. It is my hope that the best candidate should emerge through a credible, free and fair process.

– Otori Ozigi is a former Public Relations officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Journalist and Public Relations Expert.

Former acting Governor of Kogi State, Chief Clarence Olafemi, has stated that no cabal can hijack Abubakar Atiku if he becomes the President of Nigeria.

The former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly made this known on Monday while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which took place in Port Harcourt.

He stated that Atiku is an independent person who cannot be coerced against the interest of the nation.

Olafemi, who is also a member of Atiku Campaign Organisation for Kogi State, added that the victory of Atiku at the primaries will definitely “change the change” stressing that the nation’s economy that have nosedived in the last three years will be revived if Atiku is elected.

“The people need to change President Buhari, the politicians have established that. Before Buhari becomes President, a dollar was less than N250 but today it is above N350 which has pushed the country into poverty level.

“The economy is bad and nosedived. We fought for change in 2014, believing that Buhari’s government will perform and liberate the people from the shackles of poverty but the situation became worse under his administration.


“Infrastructures like road have become death traps particularly Okene-Lokoja road which serve as a gate way between the North, West and the East,” he said.

Olafemi stressed that the issue of insecurity in the country is worsening everyday as people could no longer trust the current government due to the insecurity that is consuming some parts of the country.


“There is need to change Buhari, and it is the desire of the people for change that made Atiku to win the PDP presidential primary election because as a successful businessman, he will be able to turn around the economy of the country just the way America President is turning around the fortune of Americans.

“We must create a Nigeria where people can work and do business in any part of the country. Abubakar Atiku is the man who can do it because he is a detribalised man.

“Our leaders are not patriotic. The current government should come out and tell people what happened to dollar and naira. The Nigeria government does not have what it takes to address the economy,” he stated.
Violence in ebiraland

Ahead of the 2019 general elections the President General of the Ebira Peoples Association (EPA), Dr. Musa Abdulrahman Adeiza has called on all aspirants to various positions from Kogi Central senatorial district to play the game according to the rules devoid of violence and acrimony.

The president who Stated this during a meeting  with aspirants on the platform of different political parties in Lokoja on Sunday, noted with regret, the experience of previous years where contestants from the area were at daggers drawn in the quest to represent the people.

Taking the aspirants through the memory lane, he noted with sadness a situation where several human lives and property worth millions of naira were lost in the name of politics, saying that the aspirants must guide against it occurrence.

According to him the whole essence of the meeting was to caution the major actors against acts and utterances capable of causing frictions with its attendant grave consequences on the people and the community.

He noted that only one person can occupy any political position at a point, saying that if their intention is to represent or serve  the people, they should be careful in what they say or do that can cause the people sorrow and discomfort.

The president promise to collate all issues raised by the aspirants for onward transmission to the appropriate authorities for their action, saying that they will continue to engaged other stakeholders in the days ahead.

He called on the people saddled with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the law and order to do so within the ambit of the law with people at the back of their mind.

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.

Source Credits: Kogireports..

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.”
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 
Kogi Central Senate aspirant, Alh Khalifa Abdulrahaman Okene on Thursday debunked the false information alleging that he stepped down for another aspirant, describing the information as a figment of the writer's imagination. 

In a press statement signed by Okene, he declared that he is carrying the mandate of the people and will be at the polls. "To set the records straight, I was at the residence of the Governor this morning to clarify facts on his widely circulated endorsement of an aspirant and Local Government to flag the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress, and there was no such meeting between myself and the other aspirants whose names were mentioned. 

"While I am not oblivious of the calculations of opponents to ride through my name in attempts to regain a lost reputation, I want to state it categorically to all and sundry that I carry the unalloyed mandate of the people, and fully committed to this cause. "Therefore, disregard such spurious messages and consider them a figment of the writer’s imagination. 

I understand the likelihood of similar malicious information popping up in the future, and I am assuring my teeming supporters that I will be at the polls where the exercise of their franchises will coast us to victory," he stated.

On this Post we will be voting for our proffered candidate for 2019, 9th Kogi Senatorial Seat Candidate of our choice, we are going through Political Parties. We will rather go with each candidates pofile and short description about each of them.

Bar. Hadiza Natasha Akpoti: 

A lawyer also has an M.A. in gas and oil. A former employee of Liquefied, a natural Gas Industry in Brass, River State, she is a social entrepreneur and reformer. She is the founder of the Builders Hub Impact Investment Program and Builders Hub Foundation, a social enterprise focused on creating jobs through the sustainable revival of Nigeria’s local industries. Natasha is also a philanthropist, supporting 600 school children in Kogi State and 100 university students across Nigeria.


Dalhatu Sheriff

Alhaji Dalhatu Sheriff Saki is a public-spirited individual, a man with a heart of gold. He is the founder and currently funds ADS Foundation, a care for the poor initiative birthed out of his desires to touch the lives of the needy and the less privileges amongst us and as well his philanthropist gestures to sponsor hundreds of Kogi State undergraduates in various higher institutions both within and outside the country. He is known to be providing multiple forms of support to individuals and families.

Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe

A successful businessman, with several years of experience in medical consultancy. Ogembe is also a grass root politician/mobilizer and an astute Public Administrator. A former local government chairman of Okene L.G.A and a Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the 8th Senate.

Abdulrahaman Khalifa Okene

Khalifa, before now has been impacting positively on the lives of Kogi Central people and beyond through his charity foundation, Khalif Cares Foundation, hence his resolve to do more if given the opportunity to serve.

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Sen. Ahmed Salau Ogembe
Alh. Dalhatu Sheriff
Alh. Abdulrahaman Khalifa Okene
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By Mary Amodu. 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has commended the front-line Kogi Central Senatorial aspirant, Barrister Natasha Hadiza Akpoti, for her unprecedented decision to unveil her credentials.

In a remark through their official social media handle, the agency said “way to go Natasha! Let’s show them how women run the world!!!” Reacting, Natasha said, “indeed, the world watches and wastes no time in identifying credibility.

“It’s paramount Nigerians realize this and begin to take conscious steps in defining the narrative of our representatives across all levels of authority”, she said. Natasha decided to set the pace when she disclosed on her social media handle that she will be publishing her biography and educational documents on Thursday for credibility and transparency.

Below are the biography and educational credentials; Natasha Hadiza Akpoti (born December 9th, 1979) is a Lawyer, MBA professional and a Social Entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Builders Hub Impact Investment Program – a Social Enterprise focused on creating jobs through the sustainable revival of Nigeria’s indigenous and neglected industries.



Born to the family of Late Dr. Jimoh Akpoti and Mrs Ludmila Kravchenko Akpoti of Obeiba- Ihima, in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state. She is the second of four children and only daughter. Natasha spent her formative years as a child growing up and being primarily educated in her native communities- Okehi and neighboring Okene, Adavi and Ajaokuta towns.

Her most fascinating childhood moments were lessons of philanthropy and empathy for humanity that her father taught by practically treating the poor for free, paying tuition for thousands of school children, supporting hundred of local farmers and traders with their businesses and so much more. She attended Christ the King Nursery and Primary School Okene where she was made the Social Prefect and acknowledged in her testimonial to be very quiet, hardworking and responsible.



Thereafter, she proceeded to Government Girls Unity Secondary School Oboroke, Kogi State and Federal Government College Idoani, Ondo state for her junior secondary and senior Secondary education respectively. Yet again, her exceptional academic and personal performances earned her the leadership position of being the Head Girl at F.G.C. Idoani. Graduating in 1997, Natasha’s Secondary School leaving Certificate and Testimonial acknowledged her of being responsible, hardworking and a diligent prefect.

She holds an LLB in Law from the University of Abuja, and was called to bar in 2005. She also obtained her Masters in Business Administration and doubled up with a PGD Petroleum Law and Policies from the foremost University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom. Through shear determination and doggedness she excelled in vital modules such as Strategic Management and Organizational Analysis; Leadership and Decision Making;



International Arbitration; Management in Energy and Natural Resources Industries; International Petroleum Law and ultimately Business Strategy in the Extractive Industries amongst others. Admittedly, knowledge acquired greatly influenced the success of Natasha’s advocacy for the revival of the moribund Ajaokuta in an attempt to position Nigeria as an industrialized nation. Natasha also participated in a high-level workshop organized by the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom which centered on the Bargaining Zone, Anchor Points and Negotiation Tactics) Preparation, First Moves and Concessions) where Natasha scored the most accurate bargain during a delegate-simulation.

While employed as a legal counsel at Brass LNG, an international gas liquefaction company, Natasha participated in and completed many resource development courses some of which are – International Gas Business Management Certificate program offered by the prestigious International Human Resources Development Corporation (IHRDC) in Boston, Massachusetts USA.

Others are, Contracts Used in International Petroleum Development, and Monitoring and Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector (Exploration and Production) both programs were offered by the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Scotland, UK.



Interesting enough, Natasha’s becoming an expert in the energy sector didn’t quench her innermost desire to work with marginalized communities to help connect people to self-developing opportunities and create a meaningful legacy.

This drove her to become a Social Entrepreneur and in leaving no knowledge stone unturned, she enrolled at INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Program in Singapore. At INSEAD, Natasha understood that innovating indigenous technologies and building inclusive resilient economies is the only sure way Nigeria can sustainably develop. Reflecting such knowing to Nigeria, she identified the need to create a responsive Ecosystem plunging People, Processes and Products in one responsive space to support Start-Ups and smart ideas.



This interest birthed a partnership between the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Small, Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN) of Nigeria and Natasha’s Builders Hub Impact Investment Program (BHiiP) to establish Nigeria’s first integrated Technology Development and Business Growth Hub situated in the city of Uyo, in the coastal, oil producing part of Nigeria.

While Natasha loves traveling to new places, meeting people, reading and watching documentaries; she enjoys nothing more than every moment spent parenting her three wonderful children.



By Suleiman Adinoyi.

A household name and leading aspirant for the 2019 Kogi Central Senate position under the All Progressive Congress (APC), Distinguished Khalifa Abdulrahman Okene has handed over a multi-million Naira GMC vehicle to his support group famously called G20 Khalifa Engine Network (G-KEN).

The presentation took place on Sunday, June 3rd at his residence in Abuja FCT.
Earlier in his speech, the would-be Senator described his political aspiration as a clarion call to service, pointing out that he is in the race to give effective representation to his people, which, according to him has not been extended to his constituents.

Khalifa revealed that before now, he has been impacting on the lives of Kogi Central people positively through his Helping Hands Foundation and Khalif Cares Foundation, hence his resolve to do more if given the opportunity to serve.

The entrepreneurial guru further said; “I am not in the race for personal gains, because God has already blessed me. It is without niminy-piminy of words that Kogi Central people need a vibrant voice in the Senate. Someone who will sacrifice his experiences, resources, time and energy for their welfare. And it is on that cause, I have made myself available for the race of selfless service to humanity.”

Khalifa in his akin address to G-KEN team, enjoined them to see themselves as privileged to be counted among the “instruments” of change that would better the lives of Kogi Central people and Kogi state at large. He urged them to discharge their duties without any bitterness or envy, but welcome all intending members for the overall interest of the people.

Handing over the vehicle to G-KEN Team, he thanked them for their selfless support, commitment, and dedication to his project, and advised them to diversify their functions.

In the quest to ensure APC victory in all levels of elections in 2019, he said President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello are the top priority candidates of the team.

The President of G-KEN, Prince Suleiman Adinoyi having received the vehicle thanks the would-be Senator for his foresight and surprises. He prayed for him and promised to utilize the opportunity in propagating support for him. The president also pledges on behalf of G-KEN members to mobilize effectively.

Ebiraland Media.
 
Okehi constituency House of Assembly hopeful, Matthew James Avabee, popularly known as Mr spreading, has called for more supports for the poor and less privileged.

Mr. Spreading made the call during his birthday celebration with friends and political associates on Sunday at his Lekki, Lagos residence.

He asserted that Nigeria will be great if only we are all willing to help the less privileged in our midst.
“Another year has come and my hope is very high that I am beginning to see that sooner than man’s calculation I will be touching the sky.

“I’m a year older, but younger, stronger, healthier and fresher… The zeal and passion to salvage humanity and transform lives is eating deep into me the more I advance in age, and this makes me conclude that my time has fully come.

“I want to appreciate my dear followers and friends, my fans and colleagues, my Pastors and teachers, my leaders (elected or appointed), I appreciate the role each has played in the adventurous journey of my life.
“Well, I lost my father in the course of this journey, but all Glory to God who knows the best.
“I have nothing much to say on this special day of mine, than re-communicate my passion again and again with anyone reading this piece. I am talking about the people-driven project we, though existing for long, officially inaugurated for the past three years when we first launch the National Day of Humanitarianism in commemoration of my birthday nationwide.

“I want to encourage us to do more and more, for at the end of our lives, we shall not be measured by how much gold we acquire but by how many people we have been able to put smile on their face.
“I want to sincerely urge our leaders and those whom God has already allocated a portion of materials prosperity to key into this project for the collective development of our nation. For I foresee, that Nigeria will be great if only we are all willing to help the less privileged in our midst.

“For the past years, my attention has been concentrated on the people of Lagos and Ogun state, where God has helped us to equip some schools with computers, donate both hard and soft copies of thousands of books to schools, we have also been privileged to extend a hand of love to some orphans by giving out food items and toiletries to orphanages, while scholarships are dole out to students, prisoners as well are not left behind as our outreaches has brought to them, food items, relief and medical materials, clean and hygienic water outlets, clothes and books in Ikoyi prison in Lagos.

“But this year my heart draws closer to the people of my dear state, Kogi state and most especially the great and loving people of Okehi Local Government and the constituency at large. By the Grace of God, my people will hear from me immediately after this Ramadan period.

“We have nothing to boast of, for all things belongs to God, but left for me, I would love to see a world where everyone will smile and leave in peace and in that spirit, I dedicate this birthday of mine to the dedicate downtrodden masses out there and I promise to reach out to you as God will permit,” he said.
He commended his political leader, Engr. Malik Okino and other associates for their show of love.
 

On September 10, 2015 the All Progressives Congress (APC) officially picked James Abiodun Faleke as the running mate to Prince Abubakar Audu. However, the election was later declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the inability of some registered voters to vote in 91 units and death of Prince Audu. Thus, the APC National Working Committee later unveiled the runner up, Yahaya Bello, as the replacement of Audu which led to various legal battles with INEC but lost the case.

During one of his interviews, Faleke said “I won’t forget my people I still stand with Audu/Faleke mandate.”

Faleke is considered to be a leader per excellence, a philanthropist, a man of large heart and according to a political pundit, “he is one of the biblical prophets of old with political experiences from Lagos who is determined to make reconciliation and forgiveness with warring factions and everyone irrespective of whatever considerations and grievances,” Hon. Admor said.


“Faleke is a grassroots leader and his humility was and had remained infectious. His love and concern for his people is unquantifiable, unquenchable as well as demonstrative through various projects”.
It was believed that Kogites missed the Audu/Faleke ticket because of the recent outburst on the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello calling him names because of the unpaid salaries, stagnant infrastructural development and continual screening which has resulted in loss of lives.
Faleke is not just popular among his followers and the people of Kogi state, he has equally earned favourable relationship with Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and other top politicians with brilliant transformation idea.
James Abiodun Faleke is indeed a long sought political leader of Kogi state and Okunland who has the answer to the plight, tears of Kogi come 2019.
– Rosemary Moribirin
rozzygold1@gmail.com
 
By Stephen Adeleye.
 
As the 2019 general elections get closer, Mrs. Petra Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, has advised youths against offering themselves to be used as thugs by desperate politicians.
 
Onyegbule told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lokoja that youths should resist the temptation to be used as tools for destruction by politicians that would dump them thereafter.
“The youths must see themselves as tools of unity and development; they should be interested in a better tomorrow and be ready to plan for it.
 
“They must be able to detect evil from afar and resist it, no matter how it is coloured,” she said.
She reminded the youths that election was not war, pointing out that life would continue long after the elections were gone.
 
Onyegbule said that Kogi had become a model in youth participation in governance, saying that youths constituted a majority in Bello’s cabinet.
 
The media aide challenged other governors to emulate the Kogi example by engaging more youths in leadership, noting that the youths had the zeal, zest and the know-how to get the right things done appropriately.
 
Onyegbule urged public support for efforts to stamp out corruption and insecurity so that Nigeria can become a save haven for investments.
 
“With massive investments into the country, there will be jobs and youths will be positively engaged,” she said.
(NAN)