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Don’t breed another version of Bokoharam in Kogi, Faleke warns Bello

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Don’t breed another version of Bokoharam in Kogi, Faleke warns Bello

By John Akubo

The deputy Governorship candidate in the November 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State James Faleke has raised alarm over the recruitment of a new version of Bokoharam under the guise of vigilante group by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello in the State.
Faleke who spoke to the Guardian via telephone interview in Lokoja yesterday said it is worrisome to see the Governor who has been fighting security to also be creating future security issues in the training for the vigilante group.
“I want to appeal to the Governor in the area of security as much as he is dealing with security issues he should stop breeding future problem for the State; the issue of vigilante that he is training.
“I learnt he is using the army to train 1500 youths which he calls vigilante and he gives them guns, I don’t know whether he would be able to retrieve the guns from these people.”
“I learnt he is using the army to train 1500 youths which he calls vigilante and front page continued gives them guns, I don’t know whether he would be able to retrieve the guns from these people. He should be more careful and more purposeful”
He said it is dangerous to train hooligans in the.name of vigilante adding that that was how Bokoharam started in Borno State when politicians armed civilians, thugs with dangerous weapons which they could not retrieve.
He charge the Bello administration to look at the plight of Kogites who are mostly civil servants adding that even the market men and women are not fairing better since the civil servants claim their salaries and emoluments have not been paid.
“I want to appeal to the Governor to look at the plights of pensioners.”
He commended Kogi citizens for standing strong in the face of poverty in the face of intimidation and reckless administration.
“I commend Kogites for not going to the streets, I commend the civil servants for believing that there is tomorrow. I commend the populace generally for believing that tomorrow will be better than today.”
On the 26th anniversary of the State he said there was nothing to celebrate in the face of all the odds against the people.
However the Governor in his 26th anniversary message which was signed by his chief press secretary Petra Akinti Onyegbule and made available to newsmen in Lokoja said he faced the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminalities headlong which has made the state investors destination.

The Governor called on all Kogites to draw inspiration from the success recorded together in tackling insecurity under his leadership as work in progress.
He said he would also defeat poverty and ensure economic prosperity.
He asked all sons and daughters of the State to put the state first in all their doings as it is the only way it can move in the New Direction.

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

By Aminci Audu

The House committee on custom and excise duty on Thursday mourned the demise of her Chairman Honorable Yuguda Hassan Kila, APC -Jigawa who died in the National Hospital, Abuja today.

The deputy chairman honnorable Abejide Joseph Leke, (ADC -Kogi) communicated the report of his death during the budget defence of the Nigerian Customs Service before the committee.

Honorable Leke in his opening prayer had asked the house to pray for Kila’s quick recovery.

Leke further prayed for the peaceful repose of his colleague and expressed his deep sympathy for Kila’s family.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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