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Cattle Colony: Faleke berates Bello for embracing policy without consultation

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Cattle Colony: Faleke berates Bello for embracing policy without consultation

As Wada, Awoniyi proffer solutions

The running mate to the late candidate of the APC in the 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State James Faleke has asked Governor Yahaya Bello stop running the State like a personal estate as he urged him to call a stakeholders meeting on the issue of herdsmen/farmers clashes.
He spoke to the nationalupdate in Lokoja against the background that the Governor rushed to Abuja to subscribe to the cattle colony muted by the federal Government
He said the State has been cohabiting with the herdsmen without crises except in some parts of Kogi East where we had some skirmishes. “So taking a unilateral decision about colonies he should know that land belong to families and ancestral leanages. You cannot take over land by fiat without people’s willingness to work with the Fulani herdsmen that want to reside in the particular area they will continue to have crises
“That would have cemented better community relation. Because if you want to cede a particular land just for peace to reign I think he should have done it in a way that everybody would be carried along. A situation whereby the greater percentage of the people in the State are farmers taking away their land will pose danger to their survival.”
He said in the east where there was crises he has never resolved that one till today even when people lost their lives and means of livelihood and even the Fulanis lost their cattle.

“So I think there must a stakeholders meeting where agreement would be reached and they would know the implication of the cattle colony as well as the dos and donts what the advantages are? all these need to be put to paper for people to agree before such new policy is adopted.
Other stakeholders in the State have kicked against the move by Bello to embrace the new policy of cattle colony, the modus operandi of which is yet to be even understood or spelt out by the federal Government who muted it.
This was coming on the heels of the Governors pronouncement recently when he invited herdsmen from every part of the country to the State to come and do business with out providing for an expanded grazing lands.
In the face of recent developments of the killings in Benue by the herdsmen that has generated criticisms for the Federal Government and its aloofness, the immediate past deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi cautioned that the major actors should avoid playing politics is with this issue.
“There should be a wide consultation because what is being suggested will
impact directly on some communities, therefore it behoves on the Government
to ensure that it consulted extensively and most importantly this matter
should be discussed exhaustively in the House of Assembly.
“Matters of this nature should not just be done by executive fiat. There
should be wide consultation with a wide spectrum of stakeholders.”
He pointed out that why it is necessary that for Nigerians to be their brothers keepers by making others to feel at home in other lands it should be handled carefully in the light of the development we are seeing in Benue.
“There have to be clear protocols as to how these things are supposed to be done.
The former Governor Idris Wada however proffered a solution using the experiment which he carried out in Kogi which worked.
He said some missionaries in Ajaokuta Local Government established a school where his Government provided electricity and borehole and a plot of land
that was divided into five segments.
“That large plot was a grazing area, the cows while they were grazing on one section the other section would be wetted for the grass to grow and after a month or two they move them to the next section and start wetting
the portion they have just grazed and left.
“Believe me the Fulani girls and boys were transformed in to modernised educated, intelligent children, Dr. Sortor was in charged, my Government
spearheaded the project with these missionaries and it transformed the lives of the Fulani settlers in Emiworo.
He expressed the believe that it is a solution that can be replicated across the country where the Fulanis can be settled and be part of the society and then carry out their occupation of animal rearing without
destroying anybody’s farm land.
“During our time we fully supported them and it helped us to control the issue of headsman/farmers clashes and the attendant destruction of peoples farm produce in that local government.
The executive director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Miliki Abdul asked the Governor to exercise caution over the way he goes about many things.
“There is a policy that has just been pronounced and he is saying they should come and implement it in Kogi State. Does it have a legal backing.
He should know we are operating federalism and in a federal system there is some level of autonomy the State exercise vis a vis the federal Government.”
He observed that the issue of integrating Fulani would be rejected by all.
“The Governor can not just sit at the comfort of his room and give
directive, that is why I said we have federalism, there are
responsibilities that are the exclusive of the Local Government, on the
State and that for the federal.
“Just like the Federal Government can not just issue order on the State, the State cannot do that on the Local Government level up to State levels.

Barrister Joel Usman said the decision to invite the rejected Fulani headsmen from other States is not in the overall interest of the State.
He said in a situation where the traditional rulers have been mandated to involve the Fulani in the traditional council and in the local Government council even when there is no legitimate council in place, and even for them to be represented at the State level is not in the Interest of Kogites.
“This is because from their antecedents, from the reports about the Fulanis wherever you find them a lot of the kidnapping activities and deadly armed robbery attacks are carried out by Fulani headsmen and these have not been refuted.
“We have had these issues in Kogi State. Inviting them would mean a complete state of insecurity in the State. Our high ways that are free today would no longer be free to pass through.
However the director general bureau of information Abdulmalik Abdulkareem said the Governor was quoted out off context adding that the Governors position was in consonance with the constitution.
He said when herders are incorporated into the traditional council, Local Government and State council it will provide a template where the criminal elements can be apprehended with the help of the Fulani leaders.

Governor Bello had threatened to dethrone any traditional ruler as well as remove any council chairman where there is any reported case of Fulani herdsmen/farmers clash in their domain.

The Governor ordered that anywhere there is crises the leaders would be dethroned as he would not tolerate criminals in the guise of traditional rulers.
He ordered the security agencies to reopen all cases involving Fulani/farmers for justice to be seen to be done.
The Governor also ordered for the census and location of Fulani’s in the State to be easily identifiable for security reasons.
Bello who vehemently rejected the advice of some traditional rulers on anti grazing law in the State to reduce the incessant clashes between the farmers and herdsmen, said his administration welcomes all sorts of Fulani herdsmen to the state provided they will live harmoniously with the people.

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Nigerians will wait for 41 years to get stable power -senate

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Nigerians will wait for 41 years to get stable power -senate
…Minister confirms none take off of $5.8billion Mambilla Power Project

The Senate on Monday raised the alarm that Nigerians may continue in the waiting game for the next 4 decades to experience the much expected stable power supply.
This it said is on account of gross underfunding of the power sector and apparent unseriousness being displayed by the Federal government in getting the sector fixed.


The senate Committee on Power was jolted by the submission of the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engineer Mamman Saleh who disclosed that out of N165billion required for capital project in 2020, N4billlion envelope was approved while only N3billion was cash backed for the agency.
The committee therefore tackled the minister of power Mamman Kwagyang Saleh for giving hope on early provision of constant electricity in the power sector while Engineer Abdulaziz painted a gloomy picture at the budget defense of the ministry.
Senator Danjuma Goje a member of the senate committee expressed the concern that based on the presentation by the MD of TCN, N165B was proposed but the ministry handed them N4b envelope, hence he said it will take 41 years for TCN to deliver constant electricity when N165b is divided by N4b.
He said without ongoing projects being completed there is still no hope for stable transmission of power
“If you go by the ministers presentation that transmission gas increased from 5000 to 8000 megawatts, that is not enough, these are figures that you always dish out, that capacity has increased, transmission has increased, distribution has increased, Nigerians wants to see stable light in their homes and the manufacturers and industrialists want to have steady light.
“All these figures do not translate to electricity, what the MD TCN said is what you are supposed to tackle. You as minister should look at it. They need N165b to complete projects and you gave N4b envelope.
“We are not involved in this envelope thing, it is your duty as minister. The best we can do is within this ministry we take money from one parastal to another.
“We can not take money from outside. You as minister you are to go and defend TCN that N4b will take them 41 years when you divide N165b by N4b.
“By your speech minister, it gives us Hope but going by the speech of TCN the hope is very much slim.
This was just as the Minister of Power, admitted that the much acclaimed $5.8billion Mambilla Power Project is yet to take off .
Taking on the Minister over the Mambilla Power Project, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue North East), and other members like Senators Shaibu Lau ( PDP Taraba North), Danjuma Goje ( APC Gombe Central )  James Manager ( PDP Delta South) etc, wondered why no dime was allocated for the project in the 2021 budget .
Specifically, Senator Lau told the Committee members that despite promises upon promises made on the project by the Federal government on yearly basis , no access road to the project site, no any indication of site clearance talkless of possible grand breaking .
“Nothing in the proposed 2021 budget that concerns Mambilla, showing that there is no commitment from government.
“The truth about the project going by glaring realities on ground over the last ten years, is that Mambilla will not see the light of the day”. he said .
The Minister in his response, admitted that the project is yet to take off but that he was still trying to convince Mr President on it .
Accordimg to him, special fund of $200million targeted for the project is still in the office of the Chief of Staff while the N850million expected from Nigeria as 15% of the contract sum is yet to be paid.
The 85% balance of the contract sum, he added, is to be financed by the Chinese NEXIM Bank .
The yet to commence project he explained further is a 3,050 megawatts Hydroelectric power project which after completion will be the largest power generating installation in the country.
Apparently piqued by his submission, the Chairman of the Committee and other members said solution must be found to the Mambilla issue as part of solutions to epileptic power supply in the country.
Senator James Manager in particular said, going by the submission of the Minister, no seriousness from government on the project which accordimg to him, is getting Nigerians frustrated.
However the TCN MD in his submissions before the Committee said the transmission capacity of the country, has increased from 5, 000megawatts to 8,000megawatts .
“Inadequate funding by  government on yearly basis,remains the major problem of the TCN and by extension, the power sector .

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

As Kogi palliative warehouse was discovered at Kpata opposite Old Market in Lokoja Sinday the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate in the State Governorship election, November last year, Natasha Akpoti has asked God to send his wrath on all evil leaders.

This was according to the comment she posted on her verified facebook wall.

She said it’s wickedness of the highest order for government to hoard food items from the poor in the depth of poverty and starvation. 

“May the wrath of God and the masses visit all ‘leaders’ whose evil tactics have been exposed in these #EndSARS times. 

“I know say my Kogi people no go disappoint … abeg pack and no forget to give some to your neighbours.” 

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained to former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.

In a virtual meeting with the former leaders, Buhari said he could not have folded his arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.
These were contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja Friday by his special adviser
(Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina
In the statement Buhari reeled out the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including:

”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President declared: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives were lost, while a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.
The President reaffirmed that,

”We will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

”We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

He thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and advice, adding that ”Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”

Each of the former leaders commended President Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country and also applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the country.

”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you,” former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said.

The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, including for peaceful protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

The former Heads of State also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

Equally, the former Leaders commended the actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the ENDSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.
At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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