Showing posts with label Kogi News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kogi News. Show all posts

September 23, 2018

Kogi Workers Now to Receive 54% of Salary

Local Government workers in Kogi State have applauded the state government for its decision to increase their monthly percentage salary from 30 per cent to 54 per cent with effect from this month. The state chapters of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) gave the commendation in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday.

It said that the decision to raise the bar was commendable and urged the government to take cognizance of the percentages of salary yet to be paid. The statement signed by Mr Onu Edoka, Mr Tade Adeyemi and Mr Thomas Ayodele, state Chairmen of MHWUN, NULGE and NUT respectively urged the government to continue this gesture until 100 per cent salary payment is regularized.

“Government should include in the payroll the names of all the staff and teachers that have been cleared but are to be captured on the payroll, while the case of the uncleared undergoing review should be resolved without further delay,“ the statement said. The workers promised to reciprocate the government‘s gesture by continuos loyalty, support and dedication to duty.

It would be recalled that workers in the local government sector in the state have been receiving between 22 per cent and 30 per cent of their monthly salaries for more than three years. Government was also charged to sustain the existing industrial harmony in the state by constantly engaging in dialogue with critical stakeholders.

Source Credits: Ebira Reporters
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September 8, 2018

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.


Source Credits: Ebirareporters.blogspot.com
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September 6, 2018

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 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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August 16, 2018

Yahaya Bello to Appointees: Resign in 24 Hours If...


There is a new twist to politicking in Kogi State following a directive issued by the Governor of the state, Alh Yahaya Bello to his political appointees who are interested in elective positions. 

In a memo signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade Arike, the Governor has directed that whoever wants to contest for an election should resign his or her appointment within 24 hours through the SSG.

Recall that the Spokesman of the governor, Kingsley Fanwo; and the Chairman Board of Internal Revenue, Alh Yakubu Oseni have both withdrawn from the race to contest for House of Representatives and Senate respectively.

Ebiraland Media gathered that more notices of withdrawal are in the offings as the opportunity to ride through the government's chariots may have been short-lived. 
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August 12, 2018

Kogi Bye-election: Mob Kills Two for Attempting to Snatch Ballot Boxes

Kogi Bye-election: Mob Kills Two for Attempting to Snatch Ballot Boxes

Police in Lokoja have confirmed that two persons died during Saturday’s bye-election to fill the vacant Lokoja /Kogi seat in House of Representatives.
Spokesman of the command, DSP William Aya, who confirmed this to News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Saturday, said the number of people killed during the election is now two.
He said that the latest victim, who he identified as Yadau Umoru was killed at Ugwan Pawa polling unit, in front of Maigari palace while attempting to snatch a ballot box.
According to him, the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
An unidentified man had earlier in the day been killed by a mob at the polling unit located by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s office in Lokoja, while also attempting to snatch a ballot box.
Aya had told NAN that the identity of the unfortunate man was unknown.
The bye-election which started peacefully, with impressive turnout of voters, later became characterized by vote-buying and violence, including ballot box-snatching.
(NAN), KogiReports.
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Kogi Bye-Election: SDP Agents Shot By Suspected Political Thugs

Kogi Bye-Election: SDP Agents Shot By Suspected Political Thugs

Two agents of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have been shot by political thugs.
The agents were shot during the ongoing bye-election for Kogi/Koto-Karfe federal constituency, by suspected political thugs in Kogi State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Ali confirmed this to newsmen on earlier today.
The names of the agents is still unknown as at the time of filing this report.
Ali, whose principal is a candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said the two agents have been whisked to an unknown hospital for treatment.
He said they were shot inside their vehicle along Federal Medical Centre road in Lokoja.
However, attempt to snatch election materials and ballot box at one of the polling units at Ward B was frustrated by determined voters.
At Paparanda square, Independent National Electoral Commission staff had to flee the polling unit for safety due to confusion created by sporadic gunshots by security men attached to the chief of staff to Kogi state governor.
The official was alleged to be going from one polling units to another in Lokoja when he was confronted by youths who questioned the legality of his action.
Source Credits: KogiReports.
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August 9, 2018

KSU Student Stabbed to Death by Schoolmate A Day After His Birthday.


Perhaps, after the celebration of his birthday on Tuesday, he was all hopes and rejigged to get a grip of his dreamt future, unknown to him that his untimely death awaited. 

Currently viral on social media is the picture of Ali Umar Sheriff, a 300 level student of Kogi State University reportedly stabbed to death yesterday by another student who is currently at large. 

Sheriff as he was popularly called was a student of the Department of Philosophy, and described as one of the students' favorite photographer. 

Sources who linked the incident to a cult activity said the attack happened at the late hours of Thursday when the deceased was returning from his studio located at a student lodge named Millionaire Quarters. 

Sheriff who was deeply stabbed in the neck reportedly died at the school clinic.
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