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By John Akubo

The new drive by the Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration towards keeping the environment clean and reducing degradation on the ecosystem by human activities has attracted double accolades for his commissioner of Environment and natural resources Dr. Rosemary Ojochenemi Osikoya
The awards from the West African Students Union Parliament (WASUP) and the Conference of All Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) over the weekend were in recognition of her drive to develop society and for excellence.
The two awards were comming just as the ministry recently embarked on a State wide sensitization campaign against human activities that can lead to degradation of the soil and climate change.
The award by WASUP named Kwame Nkrumah Servant Leadership Award was tagged ‘Amazon of Societal Development in Nigeria’

The Chairman of association, Mr Daniel Nwachukwu who is also the Nigeria Chief Operating Officer of WASUP, indicated that the honour was in recognition of the commissioner’s personal leadership traits and her immense contributions towards nation building and human capital development.
The award reads, “You have been found worthy to receive the WASUP/Kwame Nkrumah Exemplary Leadership Honour of Credence as ” Amazon of Societal Development in Nigeria” in recognition of your outstanding strides in championing the courses for effective service delivery, immense contribution to nation building, administrative prudence and societal transformation.
Others are, “For charity to the less privileged, students/youth emancipation, staff workers welfarism, remarkable patriotism and selfless and dedicated service to God Almighty and humanity in Nigeria and west Africa at large.”
He said the award cannot contain her laudable achievements, but meant to be a symbol if gratitude to spur her to do more for the people of Kogi, Nigeria and West African at large.

“It is to also inspire the commissioner and of course the State’s Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who have been doing all within his capacity to move the state from the lowest ebb of environmental degradation to a better level of environmental afforestation,” Nwachukwu said.

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) Kogi State Chapter, on its part also conferred on the commissioner an Award of Excellence.

According to them, their association beamed its searchlight on all the government’s appointees since the last one year and was convinced that the commissioner had recorded achievements in many areas.

“Areas such as environmental health education and public enlightenment in State and Local Government Areas especially awareness campaign in the nine LGAs that are prone to erosion.

“Maintenance of dustbin site at Felele, providing and promoting the use of dustbins for healthy environment, beautification and landscaping of the state capital, recruitment of 100 forest guards and construction of drainages among others.

“Hon Commissioner, your achievements within one year is too numerous to mention, you have engraved your name in the new direction policy of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Governor of Kogi State.
“This Award of Excellence cannot contain your laudable achievement in this ministry and the only way to say thank you and to spur you to do more is to present this Award of Excellence to you after our careful research and assessment in the forum.
“In view of the above, your contributions to building a viral political environment in an all inclusive government shall be appreciated,” Ibrahim said.
The commissioner who said was humbled with the awards bestowed on her, dedicated them to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who she attributed her achievements to as a result of his immense support and commitment.
“I give thanks to God and again the gratitude goes directly to Gov. Yahaya Bello, for his commitment to the new direction agenda that we all tapped into; which is the main ingredient that make the differece.

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons including five children, two policemen and their driver lost their lives in seperate autocrashes Thursday on Itobe-Anyigba road in Kogi State.

First was that involving a mercedez-Benz truck and an ambulance conveying an empty casket with two police inspectors and a civilian driver travelling to Anyigba to take the body of a dead police sergeant.

The trio died when their ambulance van had a headon collision with a Mercedes-Benz truck coming from the opposite direction.

On the same day 14 persons also perished in a multiple accident involving three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus along the same route.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, indicated that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane enroute Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the Bus skidded and hit the truck in its front.
Aghure said that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, adding that nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
Aghure said that three men, one woman and five children (two males and three females) survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure,who attributed the accident to possible break failure,said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.

 

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Presidency tells Muslim group to exercise restrain even though Kukah actually injured Islamic faith

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The Presidency has indicated that, though it agrees with Muslim Solidarity Forum that Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto actually injured the Muslims in his Christmas day homily it’s unconstitutional for them to issue him quit notice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke in reaction to the threats for the Bishop to quietly pack and leave Sokoto should he fail to apologise over the controversial sermon.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum had issued what seem like a subtle threat to Bishop Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved appology or quietly leave the seat of Caliphate.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said, Kukah has truly injured the Muslims, but he should be guided in his utterances and take into cognisance, Sokoto’s heartbeat of Islam in Nigeria.
Shehu said, it’s unconstitutional for an individual or group to issue quit notice to a citizen under whatever circumstances, saying, father Mathew Hassan Kukah must be allowed to practice his religion.
Nationalupdate reports on Tuesday indicated that the Sokoto based Islamic group, “Muslim Solidarity Forum”, at a press briefing said the Bishop is known for his perchance to speak in parables and innuendos against Islam in a provocative manner.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said,
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution.
“The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”

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Group tackles Bishop Kukah, demands immediate arrest

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s recent controversial statement as unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Monday, the group
condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”

The AYCF demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bishop Kukah for what it described as treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.

In the alternative, the group called on Federal Government to place Kukah on special watchlist for this open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”

Shettima, in the statement, took exception to what his group described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.”

The statement noted that “such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.

“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest President in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” the statement said.

It reminded Kukah of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima said in the statement.

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