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Art of Stewardship and the Clash of Personalities in Kogi State

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Art of Stewardship and the Clash of Personalities in Kogi State

In recent years, personality psychologists have refined our understanding of personality and have reached a working consensus that personality traits can be comprehensively conceptualized and reliably measured by observing the dealings of people in their public and private lives, but specifically for the focus of this piece, their political lives.

We must understand that democracy is a contact sport. It’s a battle that throws you against one another. Everyone gets bruises: the losers and even the winners. So it is disappointing the kind of bickering we see today across our polity during elections. It is not only unproductive but juvenile and cowardly.

Even though political issues and personalities are the major domains in politics, we must understand that if you don’t have the will and patriotism to focus on the main issues and ideas relevant to infrastructural and socioeconomic development as opposed to tearing down individuals for puerile and selfish reasons, you do not deserve to be considered let alone be on the field. Pulling down the personality of Governor Yahaya Bello on the basis on ethnicity, hammering on where he comes from and his people, and not on the basis of the performance and failures of his administration in the quest to move Kogi state forward socioeconomically is just unnecessary vituperation that does not serve the interests of the good people of Kogi state.

We want leaders who are brave enough to focus on ideas and not ad hominem shenanigans. We want leaders who are willing to say, “Governor Yahaya Bello has not done well here. He ought to do better. We deserve better governance. I do not like what Bello stands for in this particular area, but I do not hate him on a personal basis and neither should you.” We need more Kogites who engage in these kind of circumspect arguments/debates for the sake of our democracy. Just ideas against ideas, let us all fight it out, and if we lose, we returned to the table with better ideas.

A rumble can be quenched by a fair fight. We have the will to egage in fair and productive debates with the aim of improving our polity and strengthening our democracy. The question is: are we ready to start fighting fair for the sake of our democracy? For the collective interest of the people? Are we ready to engage with the intentions of proffering solutions to our common socioeconomic problems?

Unpaid salaries/percentage salaries has been the major controversy in Kogi state. The cries of suffering workers, pensioners (and their families) whose entitlements have been delayed/unpaid is loud enough to hear from wherever you are in the world. And on the side the state government, the overzealous aids gloats when salaries are paid. To be candid, payment of salaries is not counted as an achievement of any responsible administration, as this is a mere fulfilment of one of its primary responsibilities. It cannot be passed off as an achievement on the scale of performance.

It is expedient at this point, as we approach the November 2019 Gubernatorial Election, that Governor Yahaya Bello do the needful by making public the funds received from FEC allocations, bailouts, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) so far and explicitly explain how they were expended; and also continue a monthly disclosure of how funds that comes in are expanded for the sake of transparency. Kogit state citizens need access to accurate information in order to informally appraise the performance of the government in relation to available resources. They need to know exactly what the government has done and is doing to improve security, healthcare, infrastructure, education, etc.

Youths and leaders of our today and tomorrow are being brainwashed, offered peanuts and recruited as political mercenaries to engage in violence; killing and visiting mayhem on their own kinsmen and fellow citizens at the behest of selfish politicians. These are youths that are supposed to employ their youthful energy into contributing positively to the development of Kogi State, if not now, in the near future.

When a government has failed in generating the ideas and innovations needed to solve problems; to create employment for its grossly unemployed population and improve the overall economy of the state, and then win the heart of the people for another election, it resorts to despicable tactics of employing thuggery, vote buying and intimidation of the opposition and the electorates. This leads to diversion of funds meant to develop the state and improve the lives of the citizens to procuring elections, leaving the people unavoidably impoverished and the political thugs to wreck violence that usually leads to loss of innocent lives and properties.

President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of honor and father of every citizen of Nigeria should empathize with the citizens of Kogi state and use his power and goodwill to lean on the powers that be in Kogi to avert the looming danger, and improve governance and invariably the lives of the common Kogi citizen.

Gideon Ojata, an International Security and Psychological Consultant and Entrepreneur writes from San Diego, California, USA.

Email: gojata@outlook.com; Telehone: +1 858-231-7962.

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, has tendered unreserved apology to residents of the Council over the highhandedness of its Taskforce charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with safe road usage by motorists.
Candido tendered the apology yesterday to residents at a stakeholders Town Hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce/Marshall: Security Implications and Challenges. 
The town hall meeting was convened to brainstorm on the concerns by members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.
AMAC authorities had severally alleged that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.
Continuing AMAC chairman pointed out that truely, AMAC task force has over reached its bound with the way it went about its task of ensuring safe road usage by motorists.”Government comes Government goes, what is most important is the policy. Definitely some policies may be harsh not because of the law but because of the actors and implementors.”He said he was a victim of such embarrassment by officials of the task force even as Chairman of the Council, therefore he could connect with the concerns of the residents, stakeholders in the Municipal.He told the gathering that the complaints are not strange to him because he was accosted by the marshal while on the road and embarrassed for no just cause but endured it before revealing his identity to the officials.”I have encountered it myself, I have received series of complaints, I have had reasons to drive to places from where I received complaints to intervene.”The task force has gone to the extreme. The task force did what it was not supposed to do. Sincerely on this note, we are not military dictators, we are civilians , I wish to on behalf of the management of the Abuja Municipal Area Council apologise for the hardhship we have imposed on the people.”Chairman of AMAC said.
He announced that the management of AMAC has disbanded the taskforce and replaced them with the AMAC Marshall who will undergo one month training to provide them with the requisite skills to engage motorists with respect while discharging their duty.According to him: “We are very sorry and sincerely sorry.  Sorry is not enough, we took serious step and measure to ensure the sorry takes effect.”Sometime we see many of these people wearing some form of identity. Some are fake, not all are fake, just like the ENDSARS.”These bad ones we are expunging and disbanding them.”You will never again be confronted with any fake AMAC task force. You will be engaging only with our Marshalls,” Candido stated.

He told Abuja residents to arrest any fake AMAC marshal or task force not on uniform who conducts himself outside civil means to effect compliance to safe road usage.
Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche had in his remark said the Council as partner in the development of the FCT had to bring to the front burner nagging issues among the residents for an improved FCT.Ogbeche said the move by the Council is in accordance with the agenda setting of the fourth estate of the realm, thus the town hall meeting was meant to bring the political leadership and the citizens together to discuss and find a solution to the challenge for a harmonious AMAC and the federal capital city.He maintained that the town hall meeting was not to witchunt but a meeting for social re-engineering of the measures put in place for compliance by motorists to extant rules governing safe parking, and other guide to safe roads usage by motorists.
Olakunle Awoniyi who narrates his experience on two separate ocassions on the Lugbe Axis, told the Chairman, that he heard a strange sound while driving, and as it is usual gor fear of possible fault on his car, he pulled over to check.He said he was still in his car when men of the AMAC task force pounced on him and arrested him for parking by the road side.

He said they were not ready to listen to him to know the reason he had to stop as it took the intervention of the NUJ before his vehicke was released to him.

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

Dean of School of Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Engr. Mohammad Maali(MNSE) is appealling to Nigerians to assist Dr. (Engr)Ahmed Saba (MNSE) with funds to enable him get a kidney transplant surgery worth fourteen million naira(N14).

A Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Saba, hails from Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He has been battling for his life following a diagnosis of advanced kidney disease.

According to the School of Engineering Dean, the Lecturer has “on his own spent over four million naira(N4M) and another fourteen million naira(N14M) is requested for his kidney transplant”.

The following details were provided for any assistance for him from government, organizations and Nigerians.

“Engr. Mrs Alfa Amina Yawo (Ecobank 2111308795).
For more information Contact: 08036928124

Surely, every selfless donation in the cause of saving life shall enjoy the blessings of Almighty God.

Engr. Dodo Almustapha
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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Omo-Agege asks Nigerians to accept police reforms with equanimity

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Omo-Agege asks Nigerians to accept police reforms with equanimity

The deputy president of the senate has admonished Nigerians to see the Federal Government sincerity in President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a holistic police reform as genuine.
He therefore implored all and sundry to embrace the reforms with calmness in the midst of many challenges.
This was contained in a press Statement he personally issued on Wednesday.
He said, “The Federal Government led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governments of States impacted by these protests have been engaging constructively with our fellow citizens.
“Lately, many Nigerians, especially our youths, have been protesting unjustifiable brutality and other condemnable human rights violations by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force.

“It is overwhelmingly agreed that our citizens are right to make their voices heard on questions of inhuman and degrading treatments through these peaceful protests.” He said the scene of peaceful Nigerian youths gathering publicly in Abuja today to seek God’s intervention against police brutality in the nation should no doubt touch the conscience of all.

“Ours is a constitutional democracy that guarantees freedom of expression and peaceful assemblies.
“This is the proper approach in a democracy. It is quite reassuring and should always be part of our democratic culture.
He said being an elected representative of a constituency that is impacted by the identified challenges highlighted by the #EndSARS protests, he identifies wholly with citizens who protest peacefully.
According to him, he has spoken in the past and recently against criminal, unethical and violent actions against fellow citizens during errant policing operations.
“It is my hope and prayer that these actions will now stop for good.”

He declared his support all constructive, respectful and responsible engagements to stop human rights violations, as he assure he will always do so.
Oma-Agefe also expressed the believe that comprehensive Police reforms is the only sustainable path for the Police to genuinely earn the trust of Nigerian citizens to execute its constitutional mandate without self-inflicted negative prejudices and suspicions.
“It is commendable that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has, as a necessary initial step, responded to overwhelming demands by disbanding the SARS unit of the Police.
“As generally expected, he has also announced measures to reform the Police – #PoliceReforms – with critical and objective inputs from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and leading human rights activists.
“It is important to encourage this process for the greater good of our nation. I am confident that all Distinguished Senators of the 9th Senate under the leadership of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Ahmad Lawan, will individually and collectively support and monitor this important process.

“No doubt, the failings of a few have impugned the public image and standing of the Police, and justice must be adequately served in this regard.”
He indicated however that it is generally acknowledged truth that majority of the men/women and officers of the force are patriots.
“For the unsung heroes in the Police who risk so much, including the comfort of their families and even their lives, to protect life and property, they should be rest assured that our citizens sincerely appreciate their sacrifices.
“Be encouraged to serve even better because your fine character, patriotic service and the power of your positive examples are needed to redefine and reposition the Police going forward.”

According to him, democracy demands extraordinary vigilance adding that through peaceful protests, Nigerian citizens have commendably shown their preference for a nation where Police brutality is not an accepted norm.
“This good point having been properly made and courageously accepted by the Government, let us now work together as comrades-in-arms to ensure that we make sustainable gains from the proposed reforms.
“It is time to bring the public protests to an end and shift all positive energies and focus to the important task of collectively reforming our Police.
“That way, we would be able to ensure that the reforms meet public expectations and global best practices.”

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