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Ekuku Dam project included in 2012 Budget - Sen. Abatemi

- Assured the actualization of Ajasteel project

By Ismail M. Kabir

The vice chairman of senate committee on Niger Delta, Senator Nuradeen Abatemi Usman has said that the long abandoned Ekuku Dam project has been enlisted in the 2012 budget of the federal republic of Nigeria for its revitalization.

The Kogi central district senator made the declaration in his office during a meeting with the coordinators of Ebira Youths for Progressive Change Initiative (EYPCI) at the National Assembly. He said that the provision of portable water to the people of the central senatorial district of Kogi state forms a significant part of his legislative agenda as declared in his campaign promises.

Senator Abatemi who applauded the objectives of EYPCI emphasized his commitment to delivering the expectations of the electorates while analysing the efforts he has made towards ensuring adequate discharge of his primary responsiblities to his people just as he has delegated a capable team to attend to 'peculi…

Abatemi-Usman pushes for reinstatement of disengaged Customs officers

PRESS RELEASE Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman representing Kogi Central Senatorial district has asked the Senate to prevail on the management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to reverse its decision to retire one Ibrahim Oricha Yusuf from his constituency and others with similar cases. A statement issued by Abatemi-Usman’s media assistant, Michael Jegede noted that the Senator while presenting Yusuf’s petition on the floor of the Senate through a letter he addressed to the Senate President said: “I have received a petition from one Mr. Ibrahim Oricha Yusuf a senior Inspector of Customs (CONSOL 8). Mr. Ibrahim was employed in the Nigeria Customs Service as a junior staff with disability and served for 25 years. Regrettably he was retired arbitrarily on 3rd October, 2011 on grounds of ill health, in spite of a medical report certifying his fitness. Mr. President Sir, the petitioner is praying the Senate to prevai…

Visit to Upogo Waterfall, Okene

It was a special Friday on the 11th of November 2011 otherwise regarded as 11-11-11 and the Sallah (Eid ul-Adha) holiday just ended.

As a farewell to the holiday, we embarked on a tour around Ebira Natural sites to explore their Tourism Potentials.Our first call was at the Cowrie Mountain (Ataba Uto) in Eika, Okehi LGA of Kogi State.

Accompanied by a local TV crew, we embarked on the long trek uphill the ancient settlement of Eika people. After hours of sweat and fun, we re-organised and headed for one of Ebira greatest treasure, the Upogo Waterfall.

Located in a remote thicket, about a kilometer from the Check-point axis of the Okene-Ajaokuta highway, the Upogo Waterfall is a rocky cliff that spreads about 250m from its foot uphill.

The Waterfall is a beautiful sight to behold as it snakes down the rocky channel to a stream at its foot. There is sandy ground that forms a perfect platform for picnic and flat rocks for sun bath.

Hidden from public knowledge, the enchanting view of the…

Town Hall meeting by Hon. Yusuf Ahmed Tijani

The Ohinoyi of Ebirra land, Dr. Ado Ibrahim has warned his subjects against vandalizing the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in his domain. Addressing his subject during Okene/Oghori-Magongo town hall meeting in Okene at weekend organized by Honourable Yusuf Tijani Ahmed representing Okene/Oghori-Magongo Federal Constituency, the royal father said NNPC is complaining bitterly about the development. He said the issue was giving him serious concern, saying that President Goodluck Jonathan was also not happy with the development. Ohinoyi advises the people of Ebirra land to do away with it because of the hazardous nature of bunkering to the people and the economy of the country. Relevant Links The traditional ruler stressed that the relative peace witnessed in Ebira land must be sustained, calling on parents to always check their wards so that the land should continue to embrace peace and unity for development to strive in the land. Ohinoyi noted th…