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Ajaokuta: PDP Youth Group Alleges Indiscriminate Arrests

By Usman A. BelloLokoja — A youth group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Youth Vanguard, has threatened to take legal action against the police over "indiscriminate arrest" of its members in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state.President of PDP Youth Vanguard, Ajaokuta chapter, Comrade Irikiti James Irikiti, said yesterday in Lokoja that the arrests were politically-motivated."We are using this medium to draw the attention of the Inspector General, Mr. Suleiman Abba and the state commissioner of police to the indiscriminate arrests of some PDP members in Ajaokuta, based on a petition said to have been written by a lawmaker, alleging the kidnap of his mother", he said.Responding, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Elvis Aguebor, said they are not involved in the political or indiscriminate arrest of anyone.He said the commissioner of police has warned his officer to steer clear of politics.Source: Daily Trust.

Adoke Pays WAEC Fees for Students in Kogi Central

By Ismail M. Kabir
The Attorney General of the federation, Hon. Muhammed Adoke (SAN) has promised to pay the WAEC fees of Secondary school studentsin Kogi central currently preparing for their final exams. He made the declaration at the PDP stakeholders meeting recently held at the FCE Okene.
Adoke made the promise in response to the plea from parents who besieged the venue of the programme to solicit the support of the Justice Minister following the announcement by the Kogi state governor, Capt. Idris Wada that the state government would not be able to pay for the students this year.
The state government has been responsible for the payment of the WAEC fees for the students across the state.
Governor Wada has earlier stated that the state government could no longer bear the huge cost of the examination fee which according to the governor has been inflated by the officials from the state ministry of education from its former sum of about two hundred and thirty million to a whooping five h…

Success story: My fried chicken business made me

By Ismail M. Kabir
As the effect of unemployment bites harder on Nigerians, the hope of the common man is to subscribe to self-employment and shun the over-dependence on government jobs. While some Nigerian youths pray hard daily for ‘a good job’ others are looking inward to discover their in-born talents. Such is the case of Idris Jimoh.
In 1981, Idris Jimoh was just a teenager who would ordinarily depend on his parents for his upkeep but he decided otherwise. Having supported his latemother in her trade, young Idris inherited the Fried Chicken business.
With a start up capital of less than five hundred naira (N500) only, Idris Jimoh began frying chicken for sale in Okene. For over thirty years, Idris has criss-crossed the entire nook and corners of Okene town, covering the entire distance on foot while hawking his fried chicken to shop owners, market women and passers-by. Idris buys live chicken from traders, slaughter them, cut them into sizeable pieces and fry them for sale.
“When I s…

Abatemi-Usman condemns call for election postponement

The Kogi Central Senatorial candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman has described the call for the postponement of the general elections billed to hold on February 14 and 28, 2015 as completely unnecessary, warning that such action should not be contemplated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on media and publicity, Michael Jegede, the Senator who recently defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to PPA, said the consequence of any delay beyond the already stipulated dates for the polls will be too grave to imagine.
The statement reads in part: “I wish to condemn in very strong term the call by some people for a postponement of the general election scheduled to hold on February 14 and 28, 2015. Rather than call for a postponement at this stage of our preparation for the election, on the ground that some electorate are yet to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), all…

Chinese, Nigerian firms to cooperate on reviving steel plant

A consortium of Chinese and Nigerian firms was to revamp the Ajaokuta Steel Plant in central Nigeria with projected annual production of 2 million tons of steel within the first two years of takeover.The Chairman of Henan Taihang Quanli Heavy Industry Group, Huang Quanli, revealed this in Abuja on Monday at the public presentation of the consortium.He said a consortium, made up of Total Steel Ltd of Nigeria and Henan Taihang Quanli Heavy Industry Group, was formed to take over and deliver quick results in steel production in the long suspended plant."We have visited the Ajaokuta Plant and we are impressed with the condition of equipment, which has been well preserved over the 30 years of non-productivity," said Huang, adding Ajaokuta Steel Plant has met all the required standards of a steel plant but "regrettably the plant is wasting due to non-completion.""If given the chance to invest in the plant, we promise that within a few years, Nigeria will become self…

Interface with 2015 general elctions political candidates from Ebira land

On the 17th January 2015, Kogi Central CSOs Network in collaboration with Ebira People's Association (EPA) held and interactive session with Ebira political candidates and aspirants for 2015 general elections.

The event held at the Dabras Hotel in Okene was a huge success as almost all the candidates and serving elected office holders attended the session to showcase their manifestoes and achievements respectively. The highpoint of the event was the collective decalration for a peaceful electioneering by all the contestants come February 2015..

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APC secretariat at Idah in Kogi State locked up day and night

The All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Idah part of Kogi State has been locked due to the fight over who is the real party chairman rendering 70% of the party supporters to be discourage and tin order wise.

If the party can settle such cases why then is necessary for us to be attending meeting? Because the supporters said that they were convince that the purpose of the meeting is to make change according to slogan of the party but change can never come when there is division and fractures among we that are political brothers.

They also called on the national party executive to act fast

Hoodlums Gang-r*pe Lady To Death In Kogi

By: Olumide (Information Nigeria)

A young woman, Miss Grace Ebiloma, who was on her way from a vigil was gang-defiled by hoodlums in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. The lady was said to be on her way home from the church when the hoodlums seized her and dragged her into the bush where they allegedly defiled her. Leadership Newspaper report:

According to a statement by the evangelist Enechojo Agene of Uleju Ojo Power House Ministry, the lady had gone to a nearby structure opposite the church to rest after the vigil, when the hoodlums struck, defiling and killing her.

The statement said that the hoodlums defiled her to death, stressing that the body of the victim was recovered from the bush after a search was conducted.

Envangelist Agene described the action of the hoodlums as heinous, calling on God in heaven to visit vengeance on the perpetrators of this gruesome act.

Agene also called on security operatives to intensify efforts at bringing the hoodlums to book, noting that those who perpe…

Ajaokuta, Delta Steel Company to Begin Production in 2015, Says Official

The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on Monday  said the Light Section Mill (LSM) of the Ajaokuta and Delta Steel companies would commence production in 2015.
The Director of Steel and Non-Ferrous Metals Department in the ministry, Mr. Abdullahi Also, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said both companies had signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with different private investors on billet conversion to iron rods and other steel materials. “The private investors will bring their billet and convert it to iron rods. We are starting that this year. “The investors that signed MoU with Ajaokuta are a consortium from Nigeria and Ukraine,’’Also said. “The LSM is a section of the rolling mill built for the production of iron rods and other steel materials. “The company is divided into light, medium and heavy section mills.’’
According to Also, the Delta Steel Company was sold to an India company — Global Infrastruct…

Youth group advocates quality leadership

Ibrahim Momohjimoh (Daily Times), LokojaThe Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, Professor Adams Abere, has identified lack of ethical values as the major problem militating against the growth and development of Ebira ethnic group of Kogi State.In a key note address, at the 12th edition of Ebira National Youth Summit, over the weekend, in Okene, the headquarters of Central Senatorial district of the state, Abere said until Ebira-speaking people resolved to go embrace, anew, age-long ethical values of hard work, courageous virtue, vitality among others, Ebira nation may continue to dwell in a perpetual decline in both infrastructure and human capital development.Abere, who also blamed the current backwardness of the land on the crops of politicians from the area.

Photos: Reception for the Turaki Turbaning Ceremony

Following the "postponement" of the much awaited Turaki turbaning ceremony of Alhaji (Dr.) Sanusi Abubakar by the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRM Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Ibrahim, families and well-wishers of Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar held a reception ceremony at the residence of the Turaki (Alhaji Sanusi) at GRA Okene to treat guests to a highly entertaining evening.

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