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Don’t get caught in wave of crime, lawmaker urges youths

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Don’t get caught in wave of crime, lawmaker urges youths

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By Stephen Adeleye
Kabba- A member of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Matthew Kolawole, on Friday advised the youths not to allow themselves be caught up in the wave of crime, drug abuse, cultism, and other social vices.

Kolawole, a member representing Kabba/Bunu constituency, who recently decamped from PDP to APC, gave the advice at the closing ceremony of “Kabba/Bunu Inter Secondary Schools Quiz and Prize Giving Competition 2017”, in Kabba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition was sponsored by the APC Lawmaker, as part of his commitment to improve the standard of education in his constituency.

“Please, do not get yourself caught in the wave of crime, drug abuse, cultism, and other social vices that could be inimical to your health and the society at large.

“I urge you to be of good character and assist your parents by engaging in fruitful ventures that could help ameliorate their situation of financial and economic hardships,” he said.

The majority leader of Kogi House of Assembly, however, advised parents to invest in their children’s education, stressing that education remained the best investment a parent could bestow on a child for self reliant,” Kolawole advised. .

Kolawole mentioned some of his achievements in two years to include sinking of seven new borehole in 7 wards, huge investment in education, sport promotion, and empowerment programme designed to alleviate the sufferings of his constituents.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to Kogi Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Youth Empowerment, Sports and Students Affairs, Hon Deola Eseyin, commended the lawmaker for the initiative and the developmental strides.

Eseyin noted that the gesture was equally aligned with the vision of His Excellency, the “White Lion” Alh Yahaya Bello, in terms of improving and giving quality education to school children especially the vulnerable ones across the state.

“Over the years, statistics had shown that the standard of education has depreciated due to inability of past administrations to put in place the appropriate tools, policies and structures that could engender standard education.

“It is in recognition of this fact that Gov. Yahaya Bello, approved the operations of extramural classes in all the 239 wards across the state, to rework and rebuild the state’s educational foundation to enhance academic performance of our students.

“Our educational system should not only encourage healthy intellectual challenges, but should also promote peaceful coexistence and cohesion among the students and the society at large.

“His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello, is fully committed to the revitalization of education in Kogi state and every effort in this regard should be fully supported by all

“The resuscitation of this type of engagement among schools is worthy of commendation that should not only be sustained but be expanded to fully explore its benefits to the educational system,” Eseyin said.

The Special Adviser, therefore, congratulated the winners and their teachers for their excellent performances, saying “it is hoped that this will motivate other schools to work harder in subsequent editions.

“Once again, I commend our amiable and ever digital Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for his doggedness and commitment to transforming the fortune of the state from the lower ebb to a higher and greater level.”

Also Speaking, Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Hon Sunday Tolorunleke, said the Governor had great passion for education and any investment in education cannot be a waste but rather a great plan for the future.

He added: “when we came into power, education was so bastardized. As we speak, Governor Bello is rolling out some program that will alleviate the sufferings of parents while training their children in school.”

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi


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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