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2018 Kabba festival: Kogi says it will develope its cultural tourism for revenue

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2018 Kabba festival: Kogi says it will
develope its cultural tourism for revenue

By John Akubo

The Okun people of Kogi West celebrated the 2018 Kabba Cultural Festival with calls for Government to ensure it is listed among national festivals for its tourism potentials to be harnessed.
Coming barely two weeks after the coronation of the new Obaro of Kabba, Solomon Dele Owoniyi, Obaro Otitoleke Oweyomade 1, and being his first official engagement the people were ecstatic to witness the enhanced face of Owei unity as enunciated by his ascendancy to the throne.
The festival with the theme: ‘Evolving the new face of unity’ is perceived as a celebration and festival of cultural heritage beyond comparison.
The secretary to Kogi State Government Mrs. Folashade Ayoade who represented the Governor said the people place so much premium on their culture and tradition as they are weary of the negative influence of western culture 
“We would not want our culture to be subzoomed by the western culture. We always set a day like this aside to showcase our culture because we value where we are coming from.
“The  state Government is working hard to ensure it utilizes it’s tourism potentials to turn around the State Economy. The state executive council approved for the renovation of the various tourists centers in the State and very soon the tourists centers would be there for every one to come and savor in the State.”
Continuing she said when there is improvement in tourism a lot of revenue would be generated from it as it will attract both local and international visitors  to the State thereby boosting the economy.
A governorship hopeful for the 2019 election on the platform of the ruling APC  Olumoroti George Olusola said
Tourism potentials of Kabba Day said Tourism is one of his priority areas. 
“Kogi State has much more than what Plateau State and Cross Rivers State have we have a lot of potentials; we have the two great rivers Niger and Benue forming a Confluence in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital which is a beauty to behold.
“We have the Lord Lugard history, we have a lot of things we can celebrate. In Kogi East there are lots of cultural endowments,  Same goes for Kogi Central and the Okun land. 
“All that is expected is to have the ability and the knowhow to harness all these endowment to our advantage. If our tourism potentials are properly harnessed tourism would be the highest revenue earner for the State because we actually have what it takes.”
He said in Lokoja there is a grave yard where the colonial masters were buried that some of their people do not know pointing out that the State can make Publicity about them, to make Lokoja another destination for tourists attraction. “It is just 2 hours from Abuja. It Is Just for us to develop the Enviroment and invest money in the tourism sector people will come and we will get more revenue. It is my priority area.”
The special adviser to the Governor on security Jerry Omodara said Culture has become so important to the Kogi State Government and that is why the Government has decided to partner with the peolle to promote the culture and tradition of the Okun people especially with the existing peace in Kabba and the State.
He said Kabba Day is a festival every body look up to because of its significant importance to the Owei and Okun people and Kabba being the headquarters of the Kogi West senatorial district.
The commissioner if Agriculture
Kehinde Oloruntoba called on the organizers of Kabba Day to collaborate with Kogi State Government via the ministry of Cutlture and Tourism so that the day can be listed in the National calendar to draw people from far and near to come visit the historic sites and help upstage the celebration and by so doing people can pay sone token for revenue.
The member representing Kabba/Bunu federal constituency Tajudeen Yusuf said
Tourism is the way to go, it is a money spinning thing saying that when the State can strike the right chord everything would fall in line.
“That is the right direction, for It to become money spinning It Is a marathon race not 100m dash.”

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NDLEA vows to go after supermarkets, confectionaries dealing in drug cookies

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NDLEA vows to go after supermarkets, confectionaries dealing in drug cookies

**Keffi Emir seeks agencys help over rehabilitation centre

The National Drug Law Enforcemwnt Agency (NDLEA) has warned owners/operators of supermarkets and confectionaries to rid their stores of drug cookies, biscuits and other products laced with illicit substances.

Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi who issued a statement to the effect said
Chairman/ Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) gave the warning while receiving further briefing on follow up operations from the Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto over the arrest of a 300-level university student, Rhoda Agboje and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, both of who specialise in producing and selling drug cookies to schoolchildren, clubs and supermarkets in Abuja.
According to the NDLEA boss, as part of our preventive measures, well henceforth go after supermarkets, clubs, confectionaries and other outlets and their owners, selling drug cookies, biscuits, cakes and other products laced with illicit substances under whatever guise.
He said they will not shy away from hitting their production spots, supply and sales outlets before getting into the hands of innocent schoolchildren, unsuspecting members of the public and even vulnerable young men and women.
“We wont rest on this until we chase them out of this criminal business. This is why I want to seize this opportunity to warn owners and operators of supermarkets, clubs and other sales outlets to clean their stores of these illicit substances before we get to them.” Gen. Marwa stated.
The Abuja drug cookies are packaged in designed paper wraps under the name Function with its motto as function right with every bite.

“At the back of the package is a quote the suspects attribute to God to justify their illicit trade; Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seeds, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.

Narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command of the NDLEA had last weekend uncovered a syndicate involved in producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol and rohypnol among other ingredients.

Their lid was blown open following the arrest of Rhoda Agboje with four pieces of the drug cookies on Sunday, 18th April, 2021.

She was arrested at the NNPC Cooperative estate, opposite Gaduwa estate in Abuja based on a complaint that she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat. After eating the drug cookies, the girl lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies.

Under interrogation, the prime suspect, Rhoda confessed she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1, 500. A follow up operation in her boyfriends house led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies. The suspect also said she supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, has asked the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to come to the aid of his emirate by taking over a rehabilitation centre being constructed in Keffi through community efforts.

The monarch made the plea when he paid a courtesy visit with other leaders of his emirate to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Gen. Marwa on Thursday at the Agencys headquarters in Abuja.
While commending Gen. Marwa for his outstanding commitment to the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria, the Emir said we have come to plead with you to take over the rehabilitation centre we started as a first class drug treatment facility through private efforts in Keffi. We are doing this because we know the damage drugs can do to any nation.
According to him, with proper funding, the centre can handle the rehabilitation needs of the entire North Central and even most parts of the North. If Keffi is at peace, Abuja will be at peace but if Keffi is on fire due to the menace of drug abuse, Abuja will equally be on fire due to its proximity to the FCT.

In his response, Gen. Marwa commended the Emir for his support to the crusade against drug abuse and assured him of NDLEAs preparedness to work with him to rid his emirate of the drug scourge.

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

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Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has been turbaned with the traditional tittle of “Asor Mtem U Tiv” meaning “The peace builder of the Tiv nation.”

While bestowing the traditional tittle on the governor, the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse, stated that the traditional tittle has
been approved by the Tiv area traditional council.

According to him, the governor was recognized for protecting all his people, particularly the Tiv indigenes resident in the state.

His words: “But because he is not here in person and we don’t send the tittle to the beneficiary, at his appropriate time he will come to the palace to be decorated and conferred.”

The paramount ruler also honoured the wife of the governor Hajiya Silfat Abdullahi Sule with the traditional tittle of “Hwan U Mtem U
Bem U Tiv” which also is translated as the “Rib of the peace builder of the Tiv Nation.

Expressing his gratitude on him via his tweeter handle @Abdullahi A Sule, governor Sule commended the Tor Tiv, and the entire Tiv nation.

“My immense gratitude to the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse and the Tiv Nation for honouring me with the traditional tittle of “As or Mtem U Tiv” which translates to ” The peace builder of the Tiv Nation “.We will not relent in the search for peace in Nasarawa and beyond,” Sule added.

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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