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Bello suspends Kogi State Hajj Commission chairman for alleged graft

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Bello suspends Kogi State Hajj Commission chairman for alleged graft

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has suspended the chairman of Kogi State Hajj commission Sadiq Muhammed Rabiu for alleged mismanagement of pilgrims welfare provisions at the Holy Land during the immediate hajj exercise.
The Governor who made the disclosure through his director general on media and publicity Kingsley Fanwo at Ayegunle Gbedde in Ijumu Local Government Area yesterday said Kogi pilgrims were subjected to dehumanizing conditions despite the perfect arrangements made by the State Government for pilgrims to be comfortable.
His words: “I am aware many people from Ayegunle Gbedde were part of this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca. Government was aware of all you went through. As a responsible leader, the Governor immediately swung into action by setting up a probe panel to unravel why Kogi pilgrims were subjected to such dehumanizing conditions despite the perfect arrangements made.
“The probe reports indicted the Chairman of the Pilgrims Commission and to underscore his zero-tolerance for corruption and maladministration, the Governor has directed the Secretary to the Kogi State Government to immediately suspend the Chairman of the Commission.”
“The Chairman has been handed over to the operatives of the Directorate of State Security Service for further investigations and possible prosecution if enough grounds are found for that.”
Continuing Fanwo said,
“The Governor is the servant of the people of Kogi State and he expects every appointee of government to remain incorrigible and committed to service delivery”.
He reiterated the determination of Governor Bello to developing mechanisms against corrupt practices in the State is sacrosanct 
The director general said the Governor will not spare any public official who is found culpable of graft.
According to him, “The policy thrust of the present administration is to improve on the welfare of the people through infrastructural development and human capacity development.
“In line with his determination to drastically reduce the cost of governance the Governor has directed that foreign trips by government officials should be scaled down.”
in another development Fanwo said the Government is poised to ensuring even development across Kogi State, Having to defeated the ghost of ethnic division and acrimony.
“For the first time, we now have a Governor who is detribalized. For a long time, the political class used ethnicity to set us against one another to achieve parochial political goals. The determination of the Governor to fixing some roads and the power challenge in Abejukolo before the end of the year is an eye opener that the politics of ethnicity is a mere creation of some political class to swindle the populace.
“Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of the State produced a Governor who governed the State for nine years in an era of boom. Yet, he didn’t consider it necessary to fix their bad roads. He didn’t consider it good to give them power supply. Today, Abejukolo has gone nine straight years without power supply.
“The good thing here is the prompt action by Governor Yahaya Bello to direct the Commissioner of Works to ensure the roads are fixed before the end of the year. He also pledged to return power to the community as soon as possible. What their son couldn’t do in nine years, the Governor is set to achieve it within a year into his administration.
On the screening exercise the director general assured the people that the Screening Exercise is fast winding down, even as he urged the people to remain steadfast in their support for the present administration.
He also urged communities in the State to cooperate with investors and contractors who in his words, “are in the State to help the trend of development in line with the New Direction Agenda of the present administration”.
 

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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