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Governor Bello’s Giant strides in lighting up Kogi East

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Governor Bello’s Giant strides in lighting up Kogi East

By Onogwu Muhammed

For the benefit of those who may not know, Kogi East (Igalaland) is made up of nine Local Government Areas namely, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Ibaji, Olamaboro, Ofu and Omala. About 80% of the entire Kogi East has over the years continued to grope
in perpetual darkness.

In Bassa Local Government Area alone, for example, over 98% of the area is in
darkness; the story is almost the same for Ibaji local government area where almost 70% of inhabitants have never seen electric poles and high tension wires.

Because of absence of power, Kogi East remains a hub of egregious underdevelopment. It’s backward trajectory today in spite of being rich in agricultural produce and abundant deposit of solid minerals is also traceable to this very critical social amenity.

The sterile conflicts of politicians who sacrificed the state and their fellow citizens on the altar of selfishness and lack of political will have been identified as being responsible for the dearth of
infrastructure in the state and the region in particular.

For the elites and politicians from the area, nothing counts for them but power and what the exercise of power brings to them.But they forget to realize that power that does not impact positively on the wellbeing of the greater majority of the populace is futile.

With the exception of a few of them, a good o number of them tend to view political power as avenue to fill their own pockets and exploit the people in attaining power based on their numerical strength.

Away with the self-centered politicians from the senatorial district, there is no way organic development can take place in a community that is yoked to perpetual darkness owning to lack of electricity. The merits in constant supply of power are as big as they come.

In any case, rural electrification system remains critical in the improvement of the quality of individual life, facilitation of community services such as
health and education (consumption use) and enables business venturesto thrive. There is no gainsaying that for any society to make any tremendous growth and development, availability of energy and its constant supply remains a principal catalyst. Simply put, rural electrification is central to the socio-economic development of non-urban areas in developing and even emerging countries.

Availability of power in rural areas can actually help students excel in their academic pursuits as they are able to study during night time; health facilities can operate non-stop so long there is power supply . This will invariably increase the quality of life of the inhabitants in the communities where such exists.

Aside that, it also ensures increased basic comfort for rural people, powering and recharging of communication devices such as phones and computers lead to improved connectivity and communication. You can be in a rural community and link up with someone in faraway United States of America. This will ordinarily be impossible if there is no power.

Availability of electricity in rural communities can also facilitate distant learning, mobile banking and boost commerce and agricultural commodity trade.
Street lights, road signs, electric fences, etc all help in improving security in rural areas.

No doubt, absence of electricity to power water pumps in rural communities is also responsible for lack of clean drinking water and prevalence of diseases such as dysentery and diarrhea which worsen health conditions of the rural dwellers.

From the aforesaid advantages of power supply in rural areas, it is obvious to the discerning that the absence of electricity in most parts of Kogi East accounts for the all-round backwardness seen in most of the rural communities in the district. This is more saddening considering the fact that the region had continuously produced the governor of Kogi State from 1999-2015

Well, the narrative of perennial darkness in Kogi East is now changing for good as there is now a silver lining in the cloud through the instrumentality of Governor Yahaya Bello.

In the first term of his administration, Governor Yahaya Bello, through
statistics presented to him and based on his observation while sojourning through the Igala Kingdom before he became the helmsman of the Confluence State, affirmed that over 90 percent of Kogi East was in gross darkness.

He revealed that Kogi East, which has produced governors for the greater part of the existence of the state, was grossly under-developed because of lack of power supply which past leaders complained about was a tedious venture.

Propelled by the urgent need to unleash the huge economic potentials of the region through rural electrification, Governor Bello took the challenge head-on. This he did by showing his commitment towards actualizing the ‘Light up Kogi East’when he inaugurated a 15-man committee on the 6th of July, 2019 chaired by the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja.

Upon the committee’s inauguration, Bello saddled them with the responsibility of fact finding to understudy the situation at hand and proffer probable solution that would lead to lighting up Kogi East. The inauguration of the committee interestingly and coincidentally happened the same day the Governor commissioned the Igala Unity House in Anyingba.

The committee swung into action immediately on the 18th of July,
barely two weeks after its inauguration when it embarked on its first
fact finding and assessment inspection

I digress. For record purposes, the Governor contributed immensely to the building of the Igala Unity House because of his belief in ethnic unity, friendliness and tribal cooperation.

To the crux of this piece: the sum of 2 billion naira was actually captured in Kogi Budget 2019 to fund the rural electrification project. This is necessary in order to disabuse the minds of the naysayers who probably felt it was a political gimmick just to hoodwink voters to vote the APC in the last general elections.

The N2b Operation Light Up Kogi East project encompasses the upgrading of Itobe Bridge Cable by crossing 150mm x 1 Core Cable to 300mm x Core cable
from Ajaokuta across the River Niger to the region. The 300mm cable has the capacity for 45 MW load at maximum while the entire load of Kogi East currently stands at 25MW. Another area of interest is that the existing cable has loading capacity of 14.5 MW. This is the obvious reason responsible for the
load shedding in Idah and Anyigba axis.

The current upgrade will forestall load shedding in the area as it relates to cable capacity limitation and upgrading the bridge cable would enable all the nine Local Government Areas of Kogi East to
receive supply at the same time without overloading.

The Project Light Up Kogi East is an all encompassing solution to the
dearth of power supply in the region as it also includes the rehabilitation of weak existing power supply infrastructure in the nine local government areas of Kogi East, rehabilitation of existing main lines from TCN Ajaokuta, rehabilitation of weak existing distribution substations, and weak existing High Tension and Low
Tension overhead lines.

Moreover, the project will include the reinforcement of the electricity infrastructure in the area, which will include installation of distribution of substations in 24 towns and the villages; construction of High Tension and Low Tension Lines.

In totalizing this piece, the good news is here and I think it should gladden the hearts of all progressive Igala sons and
daughters: the Light Up Kogi East project aggressively embarked upon by the Bello-led administration is 60 percent complete with September as the targeted month of completion.

Onogwu Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State.

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

To ensure transparency in the conduct of Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) the Ministry of Interior has said it will sustain the partnership with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
The ministry indicated that the collaboration is aimed at providing all eligible and qualified Nigerians who applied for various positions in the Services under the Ministry’s purview equal opportunity to be employed into the Services.
This was contained in a statement issued Tuesday by Director (Press & Public Relations)
Mohammed Manga.
The state explained that the partnership
is also in line with the present administration’s policy thrust of ensuring transparency in the conduct of government business.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Interior and Chairman,  Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently assured Nigerians that the Ministry will ensure transparency in the recruitment processes in to the services.
To this end, the Ministry has concluded arrangements with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to conduct the aptitude test for eligible candidates into the Nigeria Immigration Service on the 7th of December 2020 while that of the NSCDC is expected to hold 8th December, 2020 in the 36 States of the  Federation  and the federal capital territory.
“The Ministry has also worked out modalities to enable qualified candidates access the notification for the aptitude tests for CBAT from 6pm on 1st December, 2020 through their e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
“Accordingly, all candidates who applied for NIS  are expected to visit the Website of the Service at https://immigrationrecruitment.org.ng while those who applied for NSCDC and subsequently updated their educational records are to visit https://cdfipb.careers to print individual letters of invitation.

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday made a symbolic presentation of gifts to the vulnerable at the FCDA Central Mosque Abuja to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouk, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs Department, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman said” the presentation is on behalf of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.

The Imam of the FCDA Central Mosque, Mallam Abdallah Ahmad Karshi, appreciated the gesture of the Ministry as he lauded the ministry for the good reports on its activities.

He said, “when somebody meets the needs of others, God will also meet theirs.

He promised to ensure the distribution of the items is done transparently to reach the targeted persons within the Mosque as he prayed for the Progress of the Ministry.

The items include 5 bags of Rice,5 Cartons of milk, 20 wrappers, bail of clothes and cash donation.

The Jumat Prayers will be followed by a Church Service on Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Matthews Anglican Church Gwarinpa and other activities lined up for the commemoration.

The annual global commemoration of the International Day for PWDS is aimed at promoting the rights and well being of the Persons With Disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

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APC lacks authentic membership register says Buni

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has said it lacked authentic membership registration of its members nationwide.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus wednesday the party’s caretaker committee chairman Maimala Buni said since the membership registration exercise of 2013, the party has no authentic register in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Buni said some members who left the party in 2018 and joined the opposition party still have their names on the party’s register. 

He added that many others who joined the party from 2014 to date do not have their names in the register.

Buni said the revalidation of the party’s membership register has become imperative to expunge names of those who had left the party and include those who have joined the party from 2014 to date in compliance with Article 9:4 of the Party Constitution. 

He also disclosed that the caretaker committee has set up a high powered committee made up of eminent party leaders, legal practitioners and experts to study the reviewed Constitution and to make recommendations to the effect of the necessary amendments.

Tthe Chairman, APC caretaker committee, Governor Maimala Buni said the party’s reconciliation effort to settle aggrieved persons and factions has paid off, noting that the conflicts in most of the state chapters of the party have been settled.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus, Buni said the party now proudly paraded political heavy weights in various states who have either returned back to the party or freshly joined the party. 

He said the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several legislators of the state assembly was great milestones in the party’s restoration process.

“Many others have indicated interests to either return or join the party. In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party,” he added. 

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