Wise Quote

"The neighbours we are competing with are several steps ahead of us, we must run while they walk and, we must stay awake while they sleep" (Youth Position paper, The Knell Tolls for Dark).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

No Journalist was Barred from Covering Yahaya Bello, CPS Debunks Report

By Isyak Alex Adeiza 

Contrary to a report by Vanguard newspaper that Kogi governor, Alh Yahaya Bello, restricted journalists from covering the swearing in of the new Deputy Governor, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo has debunked the report, describing it as untrue and spurious.

Simon Achuba, Kogi State New Deputy Governor Vanguard reporter, Boluwaji Obahopo had reported that securities on the instruction of the governor, restricted journalists from covering the swearing in of Hon Simon Achuba, the new Deputy Governor of the state.

While debunking the allegation, Fanwo Kingsley who was a senior correspondent of Vanguard before his appointment as Chief Press Secretary, said that many journalists covered the event and no one was either barred from covering the event or threatened by security operatives.

"It is necessary to inform the public about what transpired at the swearing in. I want to place it on record that no journalist was barred from covering the program and no security operative threatened anyone. The government of Kogi State has tremendous respect for journalists and will never allow them to be molested by any security agent," he said.

However, he reiterated that the governor appreciates the support of media houses, especially Vanguard, adding that the author of the report wrote out of ethical standards.

Reposted from Ebira Reporters.

Governor Yahaya Bello Abolishes Deductions from Local Government Allocations

Press Release

The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, 9th February 2016, abolished arbitrary deductions from the allocations of Local Government Councils in the state.

Alh. Bello frowns at the various deductions from the council allocations by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, saying state laws cannot override the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He directed the Ministry to submit their running cost to the Office of the Governor and stop exploiting the Local Government Councils.
He urged Council Chairmen to ensure pensioners and teachers are paid their pensions and salaries this month.

Gov. Bello urged the Chairmen to ensure Council workers are promptly paid their full wages, warning against profligacy saying the Chairmen must account for every penny received from the Federation Account. He urged the Council Chairmen to execute projects that will impact positively on the people of the state, reiterating his desire to visit Local Government Areas to commission projects.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Area, Alh. F.G. Ibrahim thanked the Governor for his historic intervention at freeing Local Government Areas from the jugular of financial restrictions. He canvassed for forensic audit of Local Government pensioners. He also advocated for better supervision of teachers to ensure efficiency.

The Chairman of ALGON in the state and the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Council, Hon. Alloysus Okino thanked the Governor for his clear directive on Council properties, urging the Chairmen to take possession of their properties.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Hon. Abdulmalik Abdulkarim said the decision of the Governor to give Local Government Councils financial autonomy is a revolution that has heralded a new Kogi State. He urged the Chairmen to seize the opportunity and develop their different Local Government Areas.

Kingsley Fanwo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

A United Pain and the Power of Collective Prayer for Biba

By Miriam Ikunaiye

First and foremost, we must thank Almighty Gracious God that never fails.

And on behalf of Habiba (Biba) and her entire family, I say a heartfelt thank you to the BCO community, friends, families and all the total strangers and other great organizations that took this tragedy and made it their own. While Biba is still receiving medical attention and recuperating, she sends her eternal gratitude to you all for the overwhelming support, love and attention given to her during her kidnapping ordeal. She prayed that Almighty God in Heaven repay you all in folds. Once again, she thanks you all from the bottom of her heart. From Biba

BIBA WENT MISSING
On Sunday, January 31, 2016, my phone ranged at about 9:45pm. It was Biba's husband at the other end. He said in an unfamiliar raspy voice "I call to talk to you about Biba," then his voice suddenly dropped very low. I could immidiately sense sadness and fear. I became very nervous as I struggled out of bed pressing the phone very hard against my ear, waiting for his voice to come back up. Of course, a thousand thoughts ran through my head but kidnapping was not one of them. But he said "Biba is been missing since yesterday. She took a taxi and never got home." I can't remember how we ended the conversation but I knew I became hysterical but managed to report it on Buharian Culture Organization's chatroom; a community of compassionate folks, working tirelessly round the clock without pay, to CHANGE Nigeria through communitarian efforts.

SEARCHING FOR BIBA
As always, all the members of BCO community immidiately started posting and sharing on their whatsapp, facebook, twitter, and spreading the news to their families and friends, colleagues, organizations, Churches, Mosques and everywhere. Shortly after, the social media went wild and calls and prayers came pouring in from everywhere around the globe.

The following morning, while the case was immidiately reported to police in Kubuwa and despite police's advice to wait for 48hrs, we went ahead and formed a citizen search team. Pockets of team went different directions to hospitals, police stations and on the roads, looking for accident cases or eyewitnesses but we turned out with nothing. Then we made some missing person flyers and went to markets, banks, Shopping centers, fuel stations but we came out with nothing. We went everywhere but never thought of visiting the graveyards and who would have thought of that?

THE WHIRLWIND OF PRAYERS
By day three, the prayers were pouring in nonstop. Biba's name was probably mentioned more than a million times in all kinds of prayers around the world. While some imployed Mallams sitting in one corner with continuous recitation of the holy Qura'an, many did the holding of Biba's photo to pray with Holy Bible. Some did the placing of hands on television gospel channel to wish for Biba's safe return. And while some visited the rivers in the middle of the night, I took to rock climbing to pray for Biba. Maybe in my confused mind, if I am up high closer to the sky, God will hear me clearer. Some were doing akl kind of fasting; dry fasting and wet fasting. At a point, all kinds of short verses of prayers were flying across the chatrooms until Muslims were reading psalms and Christians reciting Surah. At this point our united pain knows no boundaries.

Well, the longer it took without Biba the more we  intensified prayers until we formed a whirlwind of prayers that twirled Biba's captives into confusion that she was able to run free from the graveyard away from her captives on Thursday, around 1:00a.m as they sleep. The formidable power of prayers has taken its effect and

BIBA CAME HOME ALIVE:
I am being sketchy here for security purpose.
Biba got home obviously dazed and very dirty, dusty and barefoot. No headcover, a slight bruise on her arm and very confused. She appeared dehidrated and hunted. She was bearely audible. She could only make out a sentense at a time. She said; on taking a drop from Gwarimpa to Kubuwa, 10 minutes into a twenty minutes trip, the cab driver playing Christian song, slowed down at the bridge and two men jumped into the back seat. She was immidietely alarmed and tried to question the driver harshlly but before she knew what was happening, they pulled out a gun and sprayed her with some peppery liquid, only to wake up the following morning in an uncompleted building with the kidnappers demanding for money.

POWER OF COMPASSION:
The beautiful fruit of very-ugly-pain is a united compassion that transcends beyond the blockades of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, national and international boundaries.

Although, we didn’t have the capability to deploy expensive technical team of rescue experts, helicopters or search dogs that were used in the rescue missions of Okonjo Iweala's mother and President Goodluck Jonathan's newphew who were at one time kidnapped.
But we certainly deployed the ONLY arsenal available in the hands of the ordinary citizens around the world -PRAYER.

This shows that there is power in prayers and there is immeasurable power in collective prayers.  When we open our hearts and let in other's pain, it has a way of pushing us beyond our limitations of time, energy, resource, and reservation. It is only when we stand up for others can we discover our hidden strengths.

LESSON LEARN:
1. That law and order on the verge of total break down in Nigera
2. That the police are overwhelmed, inefficient and ill equipped.
3. That Nigerians are in imminent and grave danger than you ever imagined.
4. That we must have each's back plus be in steadfast prayer.

ADMONITION:
We are here on earth for a purpose. Therefore, we must use our experience; maybe good or bad, to guide others through this short journey of life.

As we partake a little deeper in the pains and sufferings of others around us, we build compassion that steps over fear, that walks past discomfort, and that insists on seeing beyond personal schedules and
needs. And gradually, we build that unbreakable bond of compassion, loyalty, trust and security around us.

WAY FORWARD:
It is unbelievable the many cases of kidnapping in Abuja. Pls believe it, this tragedy can happen to any of us here in Nigeria. And hurrying to barricade yourself alone will nor help you. A collective efforts is still the best way, the cheaper way and the most impacting way.

Would you like the world to stand up for you when in trouble? Then join a community of commpassionate people and do your bit.

Let's come together to promote #CodeBiba; a citizens alert on abducted cases of pregnant women. Lets share ideas to perfect #codeBiba. Nobody deserves this horror and certainly not a pregnant woman.

Thank us all.

It is me,
Miriam Yakubu Ikunaiye, still speaking loudly so others won't be silenced.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Dinner Reception: FairWin Group Did Not Receive N18million From Anybody

There is no gainsay  that the dinner reception organized in honour of Kogi State Governor, His Execellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello by the FairWin Group was a huge success and exceptional despite the usual and unprecented crowd whereever Yahaya Bello goes as the generational change agent. Our thanks go to all the supporters of the event.

However, some ugly rumours and reckless insinuations made by some ill-informed individuals have come to the notice of Fairwin management. It has become expedient to protect the image and virtue of Fairwin by laying bare the truth about the grand dinner. 

It was rumored that an individual gave N18million as a financial support to organize the dinner The said allegation is serially  and wholly denied accordingly.

The organizers of the dinner never received N18 million from the said donor or any other person. This can be proved by the financial report comprises the record of the voluntary donations and expenditures as submitted by the Finance and Budget Committee (copy attached). The record of the expenditures and balance of the event are properly kept and always available for those who are interested to know. There is no clandestine or under hand dealing in respect to our stewardship.

FairWin is a group of respected personalities of various disciplines and promising youths whose activities and prospects are patriotically nationalistic. This is a group that cherishes transparency and accountability. We urge all our supporters and members to ignore the unfortunate insinuations from any quarters.

We will always be grateful to Almighty God for the success so far,  We appreciate our Patron, His Execellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for his unwavering recognition, we commend our amiable Chairman Alh. Abubakar Ohere for his examplary leadership and our Matron Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim for her moral supports, to the FairWin Founder Prince Abdulkareem Onyekehi for his great idea that gave birth to FairWin and kudos to the  entire FairWin management and members of FairWin for their commitments and sacrifices in the best interest of Kogi State.

The details of the voluntary donations and expenditures as submitted by the Finance and Budget Committee is hereby attached for your perusal.

Thank you.

Barr. E. S. Omeiza
Public Relation Officer I

RE-BELLO SNUBS OYEGUN, OCHOLI, PICKS OWN DEPUTY

It is not just today we heard that Simon is being tipped as Deputy to Yahaya Bello.

Even the party consented to it some three weeks ago. We do not know why the issue was suspended.

This type of report is part of the grand design and conspiracy to create hatred and animosity for the embattled Governor Yahaya Bello as if he is recalcitrant.

Such use of hate adjectives as snubs, defies, etc in the Report are still part of the on going conspiracy to fight Yahaya Bello for no just cause other than hatred and animosity. Let it be placed on record that whether the Report is true or not, it is still the same fifth columnists that have been causing confusion in the political dispensation of Kogi state.

So, it very easy for such fifth columnists to be hired for a fee so as to cause animosity and hatred among the ranks and files of the party caucus in their Report of so called happenings in Kogi state.

Such fifth columnists are planted in our media and law profession who pretend to make their independent analysis or report of the issue.

Whereas they are being sponsored under ground to lend credence to the happenings in Kogi state in favour of the opposition. We should therefore be aware of such fifth columnists reporting or analysing the Yahaya Bello - Kogi events.

The fifth columnists are spoilers and partisans.

Therefore, we should learn on how to accept and consume whatever that come from them as news report and legal expert analysis.

They are still the same opposition fighting common enemy in different forms. May God Guide and Protect the Yahaya Bello Administration.

Indeed, let us not forget that all zones in Kogi voted the late Audu, but God, the Especiallyy Merciful voted Yahaya Bello and it is only Him that can protect Yahaya Bello and his administration.

We should also not forget that every one is like lizard that lies down on their bellies and it is hard to know which one is having stomach ache. Alhamdulillahi.

Comrade Saka Audu Raji in Kano.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Questions Before the NLC Kogi State


By Bello Support Organization

The statement by the Nigerian Labour Congress against the efforts of Kogi State Government at sanitizing the civil service, is the peak of recklessness and irresponsibility. The plight of Kogi workers was the first the Executive Governor faced on assumption of office.

Over the last 24 hours, the Media Team of the Governor has been on top of its game, trying to enlighten the people that the decision to make staff verification a precondition for salary payment is meant at ensuring that genuine salaries are not deprived of their entitlement by ghost workers. Kogi State cannot continue to pay 2.8 billion on salaries to a workforce dotted by high number of ghost workers.

I know that labour was instigated to attack the government by forces who are about to be exposed by the verification exercise.  The public should ask labour why they are afraid of identifying themselves before they take their salaries.

We know the people who are aggrieved by the new system. It is unwholesome to spend 98% of our revenue on a labour force that is less than 15% of our population. I commend the governor for his action on this issue. I urge him to get to the root of fraud in the civil service. We can't continue this way.

Enough is enough. Once more, I commend the energetic media managers of our dear governor. God bless Kogi State.

BSO Media Team
February 4, 2016.

Questions Before the NLC Kogi State


By Bello Support Organization

The statement by the Nigerian Labour Congress against the efforts of Kogi State Government at sanitizing the civil service, is the peak of recklessness and irresponsibility. The plight of Kogi workers was the first the Executive Governor faced on assumption of office.

Over the last 24 hours, the Media Team of the Governor has been on top of its game, trying to enlighten the people that the decision to make staff verification a precondition for salary payment is meant at ensuring that genuine salaries are not deprived of their entitlement by ghost workers. Kogi State cannot continue to pay 2.8 billion on salaries to a workforce dotted by high number of ghost workers.

I know that labour was instigated to attack the government by forces who are about to be exposed by the verification exercise.  The public should ask labour why they are afraid of identifying themselves before they take their salaries.

We know the people who are aggrieved by the new system. It is unwholesome to spend 98% of our revenue on a labour force that is less than 15% of our population. I commend the governor for his action on this issue. I urge him to get to the root of fraud in the civil service. We can't continue this way.

Enough is enough. Once more, I commend the energetic media managers of our dear governor. God bless Kogi State.

BSO Media Team
February 4, 2016.

On Kogi Worker's conditional salary payment

Press Release

February 04, 2016

The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alh. Yahaya Bello has directed that civil servants are only required to complete the data forms provided in their ministries, agencies and parastatals to qualify for immediate payment of salaries. The exercise shall commence on Friday, 5th February, 2016.

Government's policy on data collection in the Kogi State Civil Service is primarily aimed at weeding out ghost workers to make it convenient for government to pay genuine and bonafide civil servants.

The process is also expected to help government build a database of its workforce for effective planning.

Governor Yahaya Bello has decided to relax the conditions stipulated in the earlier announcement, as civil servants would not be required to provide the documents. The Governor has responded to the pulse of the workers by requesting them to only complete the forms without attachment of credentials to qualify for immediate payment.

Government expects the workers to comply without further delay.

Kogi Labour to Gov Bello, “You Are a Backstabber” Government 

Barely three day Kogi state workers resumed work after forty days of strike action, the state chapter of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), has described the new plan by the Yahaya Bello led administration to screen workers before the payment of October 2015 as back-stabbing ‎and in bad faith.

‎The state governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley ‎Fanwo, has directed all civil servants to help in weeding out ghost workers from the state. 

He stated that the wage bill has been over-bloated by over 300%, stating that ghost workers were partly responsible for the astronomical rise in wages in the state.

To qualify for payment of the one month salary promised by the Governor, the governor equally directed that civil servants to complete a verification form with the certain information, such as Appointment /Employment Letter, Confirmation of Appointment /Employment Letter, All promotion Letters, Statement of Salaries Account or Pay slips for the last 24 months (bank waiver), Copy of Staff Identity Card, and Personal Credentials such as State of Origin Certificate, Birth Certificate and Academic Credentials.

 

But the labor yesterday came heavily on the state governor’s plan to verify workers in the state, the action they described as unsaleable and betrayal of trust by the state government. 

 

The Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Edoka Onuh, in a media briefing at the Labor office stressed that ‎the governor’s plan was in total contrast with early agreement reached, which eventually led to the suspension of the strike. 

“But to our surprise‎, the governor, having agreed on the 2nd of February with the labor leaders that he was going to pay out of four months salary owed workers, made a u-turn by directing the state permanent secretaries to make pro forma and screen the state workers before they recieve thier October salary. This is outragious, and wicked.”

“This administration as far as we are concern is out to back-stab the state labor leaders and and also insensitive toward the plight of the civil servants in the state. On a realistic note, these workers who are been down for four months without salary, will have to travel from t distance to Lokoja, the state capital, to obtain form, fill it, photocopy and submit, on which account this burden will fall on?,” he added. 

While urging the state workers to disregard and ignore any form of screening until their salary is paid, Edoka said the labor union has issued seven days ultimatum to the state governor to retrace his decision and pay the October salary. He added that before the plan screening will see light of the day, labor and government must seat together and fashion out the modus operandi on how the screening will be conducted. 

He said failure by the state government to renege from his decision within the ultimate seven days, worker will go back to indefinite strike action.

Reposted from: Latest KogiNews

KOGI GOVERNOR SETS CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT OF WORKERS

Operations be a bonafide civil servant before you can get paid by the kogi state government:

The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alh. Yahaya Bello has pledged to pay full salaries to workers in the state’s civil service.

Speaking at a meeting with Permanent Secretaries and heads of government Agencies and Parastatals, the Governor  said his administration is determined to cater for the welfare of the workers, enjoining them to cooperate with his administration in its determination to reposition public service and make it effective and efficient.

However, the Governor has directed all civil servants to help in weeding out ghost workers from the state. He stated that the wage bill has been over-bloated by over 300%, stating that ghost workers were partly responsible for the astronomical rise in wages in the state.

To qualify for payment of the one month salary promised by the Governor, civil servants are directed to complete a verification form with the following information:

1. First Appointment /Employment Letter

2. Confirmation of Appointment /Employment Letter

3. All promotion Letters

4. Statement of Salaries Account or Payslips for the last 24 months (bank waiver)

5. Copy of Staff Identity Card

6. Personal Credentials such as State of Origin Certificate, Birth Certificate and Academic Credentials.

Upon satisfaction of the above conditions, the workers shall be immediately be paid their salaries without further delay.

The Governor appeals to civil servants to fully cooperate in realizing the objective of blocking loopholes in the finances of government, assuring the workers of better days ahead.

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