Here is the list of selected candidates from Kogi State
Here is the list of selected candidates from Kogi State
(RACING FOR THE ACTUALIZATION OF AJAOKUTA STEEL COMPLEX AND NIOMCO)!!!
Pursuant to one of her objectives of encouraging sporting activities for recreational and vocational purposes for the empowerment of our youths, EYC, a coalition of youth Clubs and Associations in KCSD, hereby brings to you, the aforementioned race project.
Besides all the attendant health and socioeconomic benefits of the marathon race to our community, mobilizing massive public support for the actualization of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) and National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO) projects remains a critical objective of the Okene City Marathon Race Project.
The race Programme is designed to offer a special platform for the people of the Host Community to bring to bear, our support to our dear president Muhammadu Buhari and our amiable governor of the host State (Kogi), Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in their restorative efforts at bringing the steel companies to fruition.
The support of all towards the success this Race Fiesta is earnestly solicited!!!
Signed: Comrade Ismaila Mohammed, National P.S. lll.
RACE CONCEPT OUTLAY!!!
OKENE CITY MARATHON RACE (OKENE 2016),
CONCEPTUAL OUTLAY / PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Okene City Marathon Race constitutes a component unit game in the Kogi Central Senatorial District Annual Sport Programme whose maiden edition held in 2014, commencing with the Kogi Central Football League( the league featured 30 viable football clubs from across the 5 LGAs in Central with over 60 matches played).
The entire sports compendium draws its institutional framework from Article '2', Section 'D', Subsection 'ii' of the Charter/constitution wherein: "Encourage Sporting Activities for Recreational and Vocational Purposes".
2. RACE PROJECT OBJECTIVES: In addition to keeping our youths productively engaged with all the health and economic benefits the race offers, the OCMR 2016 is also poised to set to earnestly pursue the following objectives:
A. To mobilize massive public support for completion of ASLC and NIOMCO;
B. To promote value reorientation in the land;
C. To empower, at least, 3 persons into small scale enterprises for self-reliance with various prizes;
D. To further launder the image of Kogi Central Senatorial District;
We are strongly convinced that these objectives will go a long way in keeping social vice at bay.
3. ORGANIZER: EYC with possible collaborations with;
A. Nigeria Police Force(NPF);
B. Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC);
C. Nigerian Medical Association (NMA);
D. Tao Radio (101.9 FM);
E. Afims Hotels Limited(AHL);
F. Ebira Renaissance Group (ERG).
4. PARTICIPANTS: participation is opened to all well-meaning Nigerians who must be residents of Kogi State.
5. DISTANCE: 20 kilometers (being a maiden edition)
a. 1st prize N300.000, b. 2nd prize N200.000k c. 3rd prize N100.000
Positions 4th - 10th receives consolation prizes of N10.000 each.
registration form costs a N1000k
8. DATE: 2/12/2016 for pre-race orientation/seminal, &
3/12 /2016 for race proper.
Form collection points:
Call any of the following numbers to obtain your form:
Registration closes 18/11/2016
Signed: Mall. Alfa Jimoh Yusuf, Chairman, LOC.
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Dear Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello
Your excellency, the executive governor of kogi state, let me once again use this opportunity to celebrate your fantabulous leadership style as a young man who God has called to serve his people in the most unexpected providential manner. It is obvious to all that your ascension to the driver seat of Kogi State affairs is to rescue it from it's deplitating state and set it on high for rapid growth and development. My prayer for you is that He who called you for service will guide you through in Jesus name.
Time will not permit me to highlight your achievements within the short time in the office in apposition with the previous administrations which were characterised by gloss incompetence and marginalization of many sorts. I am however delighted by your courageous and unwavering step to constitute a judicial commission of enquiry to probe the past administration in order to set the record straight in kogi State.
Your excellency sir, I cannot be quiet when certain things are not adding up in order to make a difference as rightly stated in your campaign manifesto and operational blueprint with the caption "New Direction". The Change we all preach can only become reality when the elects and the electorates rub minds together in a dual communication channel. This article therefore is one of the feedback opinions.
Good governance is a relatively new concept, having entered the political lexicon in the 1970s and 1980s when a vast number of undeveloped countries were struggling to deal with theit political and economic problems which poor political leadership had generated for their countries. it refers to a system of government based on good leadership, respect for the rule of law and due processes, the accountability of the political leadership to the electorate as well as transparency in the operations of government.
From our definition of Good Governance which is the hallmark of the present leadership, three key ingredients were mentioned.
The reason the nation is gasping for life today is as a result of bad leadership. Many of those who were previledged to occupy political position both at the federal, state and local government have succeeded in injecting us with the deadly virus. We no longer think pursuing the virtues of good governance is worth our stress.
Your excellency, to accomplish your vision for New Direction before the expiration of your tenure, below is my contribution and way forward. Your vision for a New Kogi State may end up in white paper and ink binded together and thrown in the cabinet in Lugard House if drastic measures are not taken the checkmate government activities.
It is time that you re-evaluate your appointees and Local Government administrators with their achievements so far. Good and quality leadership delivery is highly expected in this administration especially those with closed proximity to the grassroots. Local government through which the state can reach the people must not be committed to people who do not understand what democracy and good governance are all about.
Recently, the house of Assembly in a unanimous decision suspended some Local government Administrators on issues bothering on misapropriation of public fund and abuse of office. Such alligations should not be swept under the carpet, the government should follow the principle of good governance and let the three ingredients come to play. We demand nothing from our local government administrators save for good leadership, accountability and transparency. If this cannot be seen in their activities let them get out of the kitchen before they 'smoke' everyone to death. Of what use is good governance when the govern are being 'smoked' by the people appointed to take care of their needs.
According to a document prepared by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria ASCON (1992), Leadership is "an art of influencing the behaviour of a group of people in oder to achieve specific objectives and goals." In our local governments and kogi at large the need for leadership cannot be disputed, for it is only with the aid of effective leadership that a society or group of individuals can indeed attain their political, economic and social objectives.
If its true that leadership is the art of motivating people to work together, to attain some agreed objectives, our political leaders, especially the administrators must understand that public resources are intended to achieve public goals; be political, economic or social in lieu of personal goals.
Your excellency, the era where millions of Naira are alloted by local government leaders to paint building to serve the purpose of executing a project is over. You must demand for accountability to ascertain their claims in both quality and quantity. No government can make a friend with good governance without inputs from the Local Governments. If your dream for a NEW KOGI STATE is going to have effect on reality, then checkmate the activities in the Local Government.
It is Abraham Lincoln who said, Democracy is the government of the people by the people and for the people. The Savior of the state from the corrupt and selfish leadership should be the Savior of our local governments from the hand of greedy and visionless leaders. At the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Alh. Abubakar Ohere has been doing an impressive job, but he needs likeminded individuals like him to succeed. His good work will amount to futility if they are not consolidated by the administrators in the local government.
Rumours are been peddled in some quarters that some of us who are very critical about what happen at the grassroots are forming a coup against the government. It's a figment of imagination from those that detest truth. Well, we stand on the assurance that the righteousness of the righteous will speak for him and the wickedness of the wicked will pour on his head. He who has no grains spread outside has less concern of the weather. I am a friend of this government but I cannot call black white for whatsoever reason. Time for politics of propaganda and distortion of facts is over.
We demand for good leadership, accountability and transparency in all the local government across the state.
Once again I salute your excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello's intervention on infrastructural development as evident in your decision to rehabitate road networks across the state. My prayer is that you will finish strong. In our life time we will have a state that work.
Our local governments will live up to their standard in Jesus name.
Kogi Will Never Be The Same Again
God Bless GYB
God Bless Kogi state
God Bless Nigeria.
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Governor Yahaya Bello has declared a revolution of infrastructural development in Kogi State as he awards contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of four major roads across the State.
Briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting, where the contracts were ratified on Wednesday, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said the road projects, which run into billions of naira, cut across many local government councils across the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Governor’s image maker said the contractors were carefully selected after a highly competitive bidding process, adding that the Governor Yahaya Bello administration is committed to following due process in contracts award in line with the transparency emblem of the New Direction Agenda.
Fanwo said with the award of contracts for the construction of the roads, Governor Yahaya Bello has kick-started infrastructural re-awakening across the state, assuring that more projects will soon be rolled out to enable Kogi compete favourably with any state across the country.
“In line with the administration’s policy on infrastructural development, the Kogi State Executive Council has awarded contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of four major roads across the State. This is the beginning of ceaseless development in the infrastructural sector of the state,” he said.
“The four roads awarded are: 1) The construction of Ekinrin Adde/Ohun/Ife Olukotun Road – It is 13.8 kilometres long and was awarded to Messrs High Skill Limited at the cost of N526, 146, 907:00 2) The rehabilitation and ashphalt overlay of the Iyamoye/Ife Olukotun/Ponyan/Jege/Ejuku/Ijowa (Isanlu) Road, awarded to Messrs Wiz China Worldwide Nigeria Limited at N4, 751, 312, 516.69 3) The rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of the Ibana Junction/Ikeje/Ogugu/Ette Road at N2, 839, 570, 439:19, awarded to Messrs Ferotex Construction Limited 4) the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of the Ogaminana/Ebogogo/Eika/Itakpe Road at N3, 819, 840, 260:11 to Messrs Levers Construction Company.
“It is instructive to note that the contractors were carefully selected after a competitive bidding process. The present administration is committed to ensuring thorough adherence to due process and the Public Procurement Act.
“The State Government has also decided to introduce tolling on the roads to ensure sustainable maintenance of the roads when completed. A bill is being drafted to be sent to the Kogi State House of Assembly on this.”
Mr. Fanwo also added that 20 water scheme projects have also been approved for commencement. The locations are Agaliga, Imane, Anyigba, Ogori, Ajaka, Magongo, Essomi, Oboroke, Ikuehi, Ogidi, Nagazi, Kuroko, Geregu, Egge, Idoji North, Obangede, Mopa, Idoji South, Oguma, and Isanlu.
“The present administration in the State knows the importance of a good road network and sustainable water resources as a panacea to economic woes, insecurity and health challenges in the state. These projects will catalyse our economy as a State as promised in the New Direction Blueprint,” he said.
Politics | Date:2008-03-27
Olafemi and the Ogaminana massacre
By Alex Adeiza (EbiraReporters.com)
To crown the visit of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai to Kogi state, the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, extended the courtesy to the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Dr Ado Ibrahim.
The visit which was geared towards addressing the alarming nature of criminal activities in the state was graced by key traditional rulers and stakeholders across the central senatorial district of the state.
Buratai stated that his visit to Kogi state was part of the movement to know the state of affairs of the headquarters, Command Army Records in the state, hence providing solutions to their challenges.
“We are not unmindful of the challenges being faced here in Kogi State in terms of logistics and movements. We are going to make sure that the state is rid of the elements operating,” he said.
He reiterated that Special Forces would be deployed to the state in earnest, adding that they would go after criminals wherever they are hiding.
Buratai sought for the cooperation of the Ohinoyi and the council of Chiefs, promising more presence of the army in crime ridden areas of the state.
While speaking, Yahaya Bello noted that Kogi central senatorial district is blessed to have for the second time, the presence of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, identifying the first as Retired Gen. Ibrahim.
“We have been able to put our heads together with the army and all other security agencies to root out all the criminals,” he said.
He sought for the support and cooperation of all and sundry in providing credible information to security agencies, adding that the time where disclosers of security information are victimized has passed.
He added that henceforth, any building where kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers are apprehended will be clamped down.
“I want to further warn the criminals in the Kogi state, and those who harbor and abate them, those who conceal them that they have come to the end of the road.
“There is a law in place to cater for those aiding and abetting criminals in the state. If other leaders did not enforce it, I will.”
On his part, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land commended the efforts of the army in bearing what he described as the pains of Nigerians, saying that they are saviours.
He pleaded with the Chief of Army Staff to return the withdrawn military detachments in the Central Senatorial District of the state.
The political events of the past five months that GYB took over the mantle of leadership of Kogi State needs overview in order to guide us as to what lies in wait for us. The governor inherited lots of crisis ranging from House of Assembly to nonpayment of workers' salaries, the menace of ghost workers and infrastructural decay that all characterized the immediate and past administrations. The youthful governor has tried within the means and availability of resources at his disposal to surmount the lingering problem of arrears of salaries owed to workers, checkmating the menace of ghost workers and rehabilitation of decayed infrastructures in Kogi State. One area I find disturbing and which has not received the genius attention of the governor is the political crisis rocking the sail of the State's boat.
God, in His infinite mercy has sustained the electoral victory of our governor through resounding victories (one after the other) at the Kogi State Election Tribunal. However, the ugly scenario playing out in Kogi State is that a group of 5 members of Kogi House of Assembly purported to impeach the Speaker in a House of Assembly that comprises of 21 members!! The court has ruled that the group of 15 members led by Hon. Momohjimoh Lawal is the authentic leaders. The group of 5 members has appealed against the judgment. The recent development is that the group of 15 members approached the court on their inability to access the House of Assembly having been taken over by the group of 5 members with the help of security agents. The court ordered last week that both groups (5 & 15) should seize conducting legislative functions until the pending case is determined. This means that the Kogi House of Assembly will be in limbo and will not be able to make laws for the good of Kogi people pending when the case is finally determined.
Although the government inherited the assembly crisis from past administration and has also denied involvement in their current crisis, a courageous, enlightened and politically conscious mind will see that there is government's vested interest in the leadership crisis facing the Kogi House of Assembly. The governor, as the leader of all, should be able to call the two warring groups for a meeting for amicable resolution of their differences. This does not amount to interference of executive into the workings of legislature. We have seen PMB called a meeting between him and National Assembly members. A meeting aimed at fostering good working relationship between the executive and legislature and between the legislature inter se does not amount to interference.
The second issue at hand is the APC panel set up by APC leaders in Kogi State on allegations of anti-party activities set up by APC leaders. The allegations borders on the appointments made so far by the governor which, the party leaders alleged, favours the opposition party (PDP) more than APC. The Governor, through his aides, have denied this anti-party allegations. The party leaders had constituted a panel of 11 members disciplinary committee and anchored their action on Article 12(8) of the party's Constitution. It remains to see how the party APC can prove the allegations or how the governor will defend himself. To me, this is another ugly political situation in Kogi State.
Surprisingly, some of the members constituting the APC panel are notable APC leaders from Kogi Central, the senatorial district that produced the governor. The immediate reaction of my people within and outside government circle is to tag the people as 'anti-Ebira', 'people fighting God' 'people pursuing selfish interest' etc. This reaction of my people is understandable and is premised on 'the governor is our own', 'It is our time', 'we must protect our own'. However, beyond this sentiment, we need to look far beyond our noses and see what consequences await us in all these political crisis, especially in Ebira land.
The governor may be right on this issue. It actually might be a political vendetta orchestrated by the APC leaders just to get at the governor. In politic, just anything happens. But the mentality of some of us that 'the governor will always be right' or 'the governor cannot make mistake' is, to me, an absurdity. Only God is imbued with such attribute of infallibility. Therefore, anybody who believe that he has valid and genuine reason to be aggrieved by the governor's decision should not be seen as 'fighting God'. We should ask question of our leaders where the need arises. Constructive criticism of a leader is a service to humanity and, we owe that duty to the society. The governor is truly a product of divine intervention in Kogi State politics. But the divinity should also be maintained divinely.
The governor and some of his perceived detractors are sons of Ebira. God chose GYB today as our governor. God may decide to chose any of these other people tomorrow. Who knows? There is need for us to give sincere advise to the governor to see that most of the political crisis, especially among Anebiras, be resolved. My fear is that this crisis may take a wider dimension of clannishness. Before you know it, our people will start burning their houses and killing each other. It happened in the past and only people of shallow memories fails in learning from past histories.
Am not unaware that the governor may not want to go along with old politicians of Ebira extraction. He may want to develop his own political dynasty by bringing up new people. But there is a way he can achieve it without too much of these crises and rancour. It is however difficult to remove food from one's mouth and expect him to dance with you. But if he choose to dance with you, beware of what he stores behind.
The governor as a leader should be able to douse this political tension in Ebira land. I support him wholeheartedly to succeed to the glory of God and uplift of Anebira. He will definitely make us proud. But the task before him is to clear the obstacles on his way to succeed and he should be advised to deploy the means to achieving it. He should deploy means to reduce the number of his perceived enemies and detractors in Ebira land. These perceived enemies; Senator Mohammed Ohiare, Hadi Ametuo, Momohjimoh Lawal and others are political heavyweights in their own right. Some of them are members of the said APC panel. I could remember how Senator Mohammed Ohiare stood against Falake and his people at the APC national secretariat in November 2016 when the issue of nomination of GYB hots up. Everyone was praising Senator Ohiare for his outstanding and fearless display at the party Secretariat in support for GYB. We seem to have forgotten so quickly without asking what suddenly happened between GYB and Senator Mohammed Ohiare. These people that are now seen as enemies have contributed one way or the other to the stage we found ourselves today. Dino Melaye is only being very clever. He saw that there exists serious division and fights among Ebira politicians in Ebira land, he capitalized on the situation to establish the committee with active support of Ebira politicians. That's what happens when a house is divided against itself.
The supremacy of the party was re-echoed in the recent judgments in which our victory was sustained by the election tribunal. It is that doctrine of supremacy of the party that makes our governor to step in and continued from where late Audu stopped in the election. It is the same party that has now set its machinery in motion to probe our governor for anti-party activities. Aside the legality or otherwise of the party's actions, it does not augur well that the governor be at loggerhead with his own party while contending with court cases of the opposition party (PDP). The remote cause of this APC petition is the state of disunity and lingering political crisis in Ebira land. That's the genesis and, no one should blame it on Dino Melaye.
These perceived enemies have their followers and sympathizers in large numbers. They have the means and potentials to cause trouble for the larger society. Anyone who underrate them does so at his/her own peril. A leper (ojavu) said: 'if I cannot make tea, I can use leg to pour it away'. Any adult that is familiar with the political terrain of Ebira will easily remember the play-out of this particular adage at certain point in our political history. Whatever is their motive, it is still my belief that the governor can diffuse this political tension as the leader of all. It is not to call their bluffs or demonize them or crucify them. Such cause of action only breeds and invites political chaos, turmoil, disunity, violence, tension and eternal crisis. The governor should, as a matter of urgency, call the leadership of Ebira Peoples Association, the traditional rulers and Ohinoyi of Ebira land to wade into this matter. The national secretariat of the party should not be left out of the peaceful resolution. Political crisis occurs everywhere and you see parties to the dispute succumb to mediation. The governor should not listen to people goading him on. Some of them are sychophants, praise singers and political layabouts looking for what will come into their pockets. It is dangerous to listen to them.
The governor is working, to the administration of all and sundry who appreciate hardwork. Much as I pray for his success for the overall interest of the generality of Kogi people, I sue for peace in my fatherland. The governor is for all Kogi people but I prefer to see him as a unifying force and rallying point for Ebira people. We have no person presently to adequately address as our political leader in Ebira land. I want him to develop himself as one. What it takes is humility, courageousness and perseverance. I prefer to see him as laying foundation for sustainedb peace, cohesion and unity in my fatherland.
May God guide our governor in all his steps.
Suleiman Abdulraheen Esq
1-We had the AjaokutaPublicHearing today and the revelations are mind boggling! Do you know Ajaokuta Steel has a university on site?
2-The steel that costs us so much money to import from China can actually be quite easily manufactured in Ajaokuta AjaokutaPublicHearing
3-President Shehu Shagari is a great patriot who meant well for Nigeria by conceiving of Ajaokuta. AjaokutaPublicHearing
4-If we revive Ajaokuta, global auto makers can make cars right here in Nigeria with our steel at a reduced price AjaokutaPublicHearing
5-Ajaokuta can be revived with far less than it cost Nigeria to sustain our greedy political elite in just one year AjaokutaPublicHearing
6-As vital as Ajaokuta is to national devt, ministers in charge didn't show up. But would show up for budget defence!AjaokutaPublicHearing
7-By virtue of the public procurement amendment bill passed by the senate today, we owe it a duty to revive Ajaokuta AjaokutaPublicHearing
8-Ajaokuta has its own airstrip, university, power station and 43 companies. It's an unforgivable sin to let it rot AjaokutaPublicHearing