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APC Chieftain, Gololo knocks NULGE for presenting award to Gov. Ortom

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APC Chieftain, Gololo knocks NULGE for presenting award to Gov. Ortom

Says Benue Gov still owing 24 months salaries

The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has come under great criticism, for presenting award to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Ortom was on Monday, presented with a ‘NULGE Life Patron Award’ by the NULGE national president, Ahmed Lobbo, in Makurdi.

NULGE said the governor was being honoured in recognition of his support and “inestimable contribution to the emancipation of the local government system” in Nigeria.

But a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, while reacting on Friday, berated NULGE for giving such an award, saying, it was an insult on “the general sensibility and collective intelligence” of Benue local government workers, whom he said were being owed cumulative arrears running to 24 months.

Gololo said, there are Governors in the country who deserved even more than that, stressing that, such a lifetime award on Ortom was to reward mediocrity and inefficiency.

“Ortom has not done anything to deserve any award. Has he commissioned any culvert since he became Governor? Not even a public toilet was commissioned to his credit. The road from Daudu to his (Ortom’s) country home in Gbajimba is like traveling to Afghanistan.

“NULGE saw Gov. Zulum in Borno, El-Rufai in Kaduna, Ganduje in Kano, Umahi in Ebonyi, even Wike in Rivers and Makinde that just came onboard in Oyo; it was only Ortom who has no single project to his name, except non payment of salaries and pensions, that deserved such an important award.

“I was born and bred in Benue and since all my life, I have never seen such a Governor that doesn’t put the welfare of his people into consideration. I will not be surprised if by tomorrow, I see on newspapers that Association of Pensioners too are making him their life patron, in recognition of his non payment of pensions”, Gololo mocked.

He said, such awards could be procured at the expense of the helpless workers who go to bed with empty stomachs, while their leaders smile to the market for Christmas shopping.

The APC Chieftain also described as “misplaced priority”, the ongoing Benue Youth Summit being organized by Ortom in Makurdi.

He said despite huge amount of money budgeted for the summit, it would not yield any meaningful result, aside being a conduit pipe to syphon more Benue money.

Gololo said, “the main youth stakeholders were sidelined and Ortom only organized a jamboree rally for his party boys. Have you seen a summit held under such atmosphere before? Who is paying all the musicians and artistes flown from Lagos and across the country? What are their roles in the summit? Ortom should rather call it a music concert”.

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Synergos Nigeria urges Kogi to implement Agric. Investment Plan, woo Investors

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By Friday Idachaba
Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, has called on Kogi government to implement its Agricultural Investment Plan to woo Investors and boost agriculture development in the state.

Synergos Nigeria is an international Non-Governmental Organisation

Adejoh who made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja said Synergos worked in the state between 2016 and 2019 alongside critical stakeholders to develop the plan.

He said that under the the aegis of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) collaboration produced the document which now resides in the state Agriculture Ministry to woo private investments in the Agriculture sector to the state.

The Country Director said it would be great to see the current administration in the state display the political will to work on the foundations laid in the past to revamp the state agriculture sector.

“When Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under a platform called the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG).

That platform helped build collaboration in the state in a way that the efforts and investments of government in that sector saw people working together to address a common issue which was how to increase farmers income and improve their livelihood.

He said that the organisation also supported government to set up a Core Delivery Team (CDT) which was able to organise all those critical to policy development and implementation.

Adejoh therefore, advised the state to revitalise the Core Delivery Team (CDT) and strengthen the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) which was made up of government and non-government actors including the Civil Society, financial institutions, private sector investors and input providers.

The Country Director said that by reactivating and revitalising the initiatives, government stood to benefit a lot from the revenue that would accrue from their engagements and bridging of gaps.

“At a point in time in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world, Kogi State ranked the highest producer of cassava and sometime between 2015 and 2019, Kogi State also accounted for the highest production of cashew nuts in the country.

“If you understand Kogi State very well, stakeholders both state and non-state actors had been working in different directions until 2016.

“So, when Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under the AVG platform.

He urged Kogi government to return the state back to its place of recognition especially with crops of comparative advantage especially, Cassava and Cashew. (NAN)

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver 

The presidency has announced the demise of the official driver to President Muhammadu Buhari, Master Warrant Officer, Sa’idu Afaka.
The sad incidence happened on Tuesday at the State House Clinic in Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power after a prolonged illness.
A Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu confirmed his death in a statement.
The statement indicated that President Buhari has extended his condolences to the family of Afaka over his demise.
The President, in the statement also condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State.
Buhari described the late Afaka as an honest, capable and reliable person who handled his job with utmost care and responsibility.
He recalled that in 2016 the soldier, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, picked up a bag containing a large amount of foreign currencies and turned it over to the National Hajj Commission.
The action earned Afaka praises from the Saudi and Nigerian authorities.
Buhari prayed the Almighty Allah to ‘”bless the soul of the departed with an elevated place in heavens,”.
The Nigerian leader also wished the family and friends divine comfort.

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Anti Buhari protesters invade Kogi, intercepted by police

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***kogi govt applauds gallantry of Kogi youths

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police Ayuba Edeh, has confirmed the arrest of two Persons caught early hours of monday morning attempting to roll out campaign against President Mohammadu Buhari in Lokoja.

The Police Commissioner who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja said at about 2:30am in the early hours of Monday, men of the command arrested two young men who were painting buildings and carrying posters with the inscription “Buhari Must Go”

The Commissioner disclosed that while people have the right to protest, it must be done lawfully without inciting the public.

He added that the young men could not have been protesting at the wee hours of the night as is being insinuated, saying that painting walls, buildings and pasting anti Buhari posters can not be termed as peaceful protest.

He said his command is working round the clock to ensure the protection of lives and property, warning mischief makers to stay clear of the State, “my command will fish and arrest pepetrators.

The NationalUpdate checks indicated that some youths invaded lokoja with the sole aim of rolling out a campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, they were alleged to have painted buildings and pasted posters with Buhari Must Go inscription.

Our correspondent who went out round Lokoja however did not see any painted build or sight any posters, as the CP said his men had removed the posters.

Reacting to the development, the Kogi State Government however commended the gallant and ever vigilant youths of the state for rising to the occasion to crush what it described as the ungodly campaign by some imported and sponsored youths who it said came to the State to campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by Kingsley Fanwo,
Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the sponsored youths congregated at Benue State from where they moved to Kogi State and began to paint walls as well as display anti-Buhari posters that were printed in a South South State.

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