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‘Gov Bello’s broad mindedness neutralised political mistrust, ethnic bigotry’

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‘Gov Bello’s broad mindedness neutralised political mistrust, ethnic bigotry’

The level of political mistrust among the indegenes of Kogi State was so deep and intense prior to the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello who came to neutralise it, the Director General Kogi State Bureau for Information and Grassroots Mobilization, Abdulkarim Abdulmalik has said.

Speaking with NationalUpdate in Lokoja today he said even the majority ethnic group that was holding tenaciously to the leadership of the State was also beginning to have the fear that any day it moves to the next ethnic group there would be a widespread of Government of vendetta.
However, he indicated that following the emergence of Yahaya Bello as the fourth executive Governor of the State the tide began to change with the broad mindedness that he brought to bare immediately he was sworn in.

He said Bello came and said, the people should put all that behind them, after which he developed a blueprint for a new Kogi State.
Abdulmalik indicated that under Bello the part of the State where any citizen came from, the ethnic background, or class differential would not make any meaning except what he can contribute to the State.
He challenged citizens of the State to always look back at the years the swarming locust have eaten before criticizing Governor Bello.
He added that Insecurity was a major issue as well as ethnic and religious bigotory before the advent of the present Government led by Governor Bello.
He said the State had been an unfortunate State, adding that even though the creation was a product of mutual understanding and mutual love among the various ethnic groups, the moment the State was created the early political leaders brought to bare their parochial ethnic interests which snowballed into serious and deep ethnic acrimony among the various ethnic groups in the State.
“Some former part of the old Kwara and Benue were brought together to form Kogi So the quest for the reunion of the various ethnic groups particularly the Igalas and the Ebiras was championed by an elder statesman senator Ahmadu Alih.
“Unfortunately, the people had to battle with the monster of ethnicity for over 20 years and any society where governance is seen through the prism of ethnic and religious discrimination or sentiments can hardly record any meaningful progress.
“So if anybody want to discuss the success of the Governor, I think that is the first point.”
Abdul Malik said Bello came and was able to bring about equity, fairness and justice to bare in the areas of appointment, distribution of amenities and distribution of projects across the State. “Political pundits would give to him that he has brought a midas touch to Governance in the state because you are talking of Good governance. It must be premised on equity, fairness and justice and the rudiments of these rest in the distribution of amenities,  appointments in the State.”
In the area of insecurity he said the youthful Governor decided to face it head on, as he descended heavily on it, marching to the street by himself and began to clamp down on criminals and criminality in the State.
“If you want to measure the success of this Government you can not throw these away. Unfortunately human beings and what they are especially in this part of the world when a problem has been solved for them, they no longer consider that as an issue.
“The remaining problems that are yet to be solved are the ones they are now using as the indices to judge the Government.”
He challenged the media to live up to their bidding by enlightening the public on where the Governor came up and at the time he came up what he met on ground and what he has been able to do. “When the media amplify these to the understanding of the people, the day the Government to does anything wrong and you are telling the public the Government would appreciate it as constructive criticism.
“However, the case of throwing away the baby and the bath water is not right and the media has to come up and make sure that adequate enlightenment is put in place.”

According to him, ordinarily the widespread criticism of the Government in the social media and even in the conventional media would not have given the Government any chance of winning any election. “Imagine how this magic came to pass that for the first time in the history of the State a political party won all the availlable State Assembly seats of 25 across the three senatorial district.
“There would be no situation of minority leader, deputy minority leader.”
He said the Government t has been transparent as it publishes monthly allocation that accrues to it and how monies are spent, saying in the history of the State it is the only Government that has done that.

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

By Doris Ferdinand

The Minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to mothers to call their children off the streets as she urged the youths to sheath their swords and give government a chance to address their demands.

This was contained in a press statement she personally signed.
In the statement, she expressed concern over the hijack of #Endsars protest by hoodlums with different intents.

She said: “As a mother, I am heart broken and I weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to their early graves.

“I want to appeal to our teeming youths, men and women, to please sheath their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.”

She also appealed for calmness as she called for prayers for the nation.

“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria.

“As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears  of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.”

Tallen thanked the youths, for their statements and noted that it is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the them at the front burner of affairs.
She however appealed for restraint to enable the government take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.

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IPAC cautions on deployment of Military against peaceful protesters

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IPAC cautions on deployment of Military against peaceful protesters

**condemns infiltration by criminal elements

The Acting President of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu,
has urged Federal Government to reverse its decision to deploy the military during the pendency of the peaceful protest being carried out by Nigerians across the federation.
This was contained in a press statement that he personally signed and was made availlable to the Guardian.
He said, “We want to state categorically that the Nigerian Police and not  the military, remains the rightful agency saddled with the responsibility of attending to Nigerians during such legal protests.
“The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria is deeply concerned over the activities of hoodlums who continue  to infiltrate the peaceful protests with the aim of undermining its very essence and causing harm to the Nigerian society.”
He called on the Inspector General of Police to remain vigilant and focused on the roles of officers and men deployed to provide protection for Nigerians,  as they exercise their rights during the protests.

“More than ever before, the services of the Nigerian military are needed now in the north eastern part of the Country and should be so deployed to tackle the menace of Boko haram and ISWAP terrorists ravaging the northern Nigeria.

“We maintain that Nigerians have a constitutionally guaranteed right to freely assemble and express themselves and such inalienable rights must be protected by law enforcement agencies.

“We expect Nigerian governments at all levels to, as a matter of urgency, look into the demands of Nigerians,  which remain the subject matter of the lawful protests, and provide immediate solutions thereto.”
He said, the political parties are agencies of the Nigerian society and elected persons remain agents and servants of the people hence all political players must respect the collective will of  the people.

“Nigeria remains the very light on the African continent and must be seen as such through the entrenchment of best democratic practices.”

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja


The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, yesterday conducted medical check-up and presented palliatives to older Persons to conclude the weeklong commemoration of the international day for older persons.
According to the Minister, The minister Sadiya Umar Farouk said the International Day for Older Persons, is a day to stand against ageism and to promote the development of a society that is hospitable to people of all ages.
This she said is expedient  especially considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of theCOVID-19 pandemics
She said they are gathered in unison with the global community to demonstrate theie unwavering solidarity with senior citizens to mark the event which expected to hold on every 1st of October, each year.
The theme for this year: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing’.
“The Ministry realizing this has initiated various programmes and activities towards healthy aging and promoting deliberate policy intervention in partnership with International, Religion and Sub-regional bodies to develop and implement programmes and projects that will ensure the overall well-being of the older persons”.
Furthermore, she said it is worthy to note that the National Policy on Ageing has been finalized, awaiting Federal Executive Council Approval, and also the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is another expression of the Government ensuring the protection of life and wellbeing of the Older Persons in line with the Ministry’s mandate.
The Minister made a truck load donation of relief materials to the Older Persons. They include: 200 bags of 5kg rice, 200 pieces of wrappers, 400 pieces of bathing soap.
The event was marked with a match past by Older Persons and choreographic display by the Youths.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali who represented the Honourable Minister, in his address said the Grand Finale was part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2020 International Day of the Older Persons and to mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and 30th Anniversary of international Day of Older Persons.
He said ‘we stand to limit our chances of achieving sustainable human development if we do not make conscious and sustainable efforts to recognize and appreciate the contributions of our Senior Citizens in the socio-economic development of the country.
 In a goodwill message delivered by Hauwa Umar Jubril, she said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has achieved so much in a short period by providing drugs, ambulance and building affordable houses for them is no doubt that life will be made easier for older Persons in the country.
The Director of Social Development, Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, while giving the vote of thanks, thanked the Minister and the stakeholders- NEMA, NAPTIP, NCFRM, NEDC, NSIP, SDGs, for making the day a success.
Others present were: Mr. Grema Ali Alhaji. Director Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry, Hawa Umar Jubril Founder of Poseman Old People’s Home, Representative of the Ministry of Health Seidu Ahmed Danbuwal.   
 
  

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