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Kogi @ 25: Stakeholders lists Bad Leadership, docile followership, corruption as reasons for under development.

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Kogi @ 25: Stakeholders lists Bad Leadership, docile followership, corruption as reasons for under development.

By Olatunde Odimayo

Bad leadership, docile followership, system that encourages corruption has been identified as some of the reasons Why kogi state has failed to develop like many other state created in 1991.

This forms part of the issues raised at a public lecture organized by the Nigeria post newspaper to mark kogi state at 25.

Declaring the lecture open, the majority leader of the kogi state house of Assembly Honourable Mathew Kolawole who doubles as the occasions chairman, raised concern on the level of sentiments which has negated the development of the state.

He called for a collective effort to move the state forward, lamenting that irrespective of religious, party idiology and tribe, there should be a common goal for a better kogi State.

The state lawmaker also acknowledged the huge potential of kogi State, called on all kogite to join hands with the present government to move the confluence state forward.

In his presentation titled , kogi state at 25, this house must not fall regardless of the challenges of state in a depressed economy,” a senior lecturer from the kogi state polytechnic Joel T.E Noted that government is a continuous continuum, hence it must be supported, encouraged and not vilified and condemned.

According to him, kogi State in 25 years has evolved into a very busy commercial centre, adding that all over the 21 local government areas businesses are thriving, only but slowly.
” The challenges facing kogi state, has its roots, in the challenges facing the Nigeria nation state. The Nigeria nation state has been “tattered”, to the international capitalist order, that is imperialistic and self serving. The under development and the development of the partners in that order are two sides of the coin. The depression of Nigeria, economy can be situated in this disproportionate or original relationship that encourages prebendalism and clienthism.

Nigeria is a pseudo capitalist nation state, in a world of globalization, and the challenges the Nigeria state, consequently what kogi state is facing is how to positively, gainfully relate with the international capitalist order that is imperialistic.

The challenges of unemployment, kidnapping, armed robbery tribalism nepotism, embezzlement of public, funds, padding of salaries, etc are all symptomatic of the focal Challenge facing kogi State.” Dr Joel stated.

On why the house must not fall, the guest lecturer also said” the way out for kogi State, is centre emphasizing that all hands must be joined together. kogi state he addd is faced with the challenges of dealing with international conspiracy, unemployment of her teeming youths, and rising crime rate, dwindling national resources.

The way out for the House not to fall is for all Kogites to unite regardless of tribal religious differences, present a common front in our quest for Development. Kogi State the lecturer said has the potential and not limited, but must rise above tribal sentiment. The world they say is a global village. This house must not fall. Kogi State must be a house for all kogites irrespective of religion and tribal affiliations.”

Meanwhile, the governor of kogi state Alhaji Yahaya Bello who was represented by his special adviser media communication and strategy Abdulkareem Abdulmalik enjoined kogite to be patient amidst the current economic hardship.

The media adviser also noted that the current administration is on course.
In a remarks at the occasion, Rt Hon Immam Umar, Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, said the Silver Jubilee, offers the people of the state another opportunity to rethink the growth and development of the state.
The Speaker called on the people to be united in the quest to build a virile state, adding that with a clear sense of purpose, the state will attain the desired potential.

In the same vein, the publisher of the Nigeria post newspaper Mike Abu while expressing optimism on the new direction of the present government, also stressed on unity for development to strive in the state.

The publisher however urged the present administration to focus more on development by bringing all the components of the state together.

It will be recall that Kogi State was created in 1991 by the general Ibrahim Babangida military administration. The state was carved out of the old kwara and Benue state. The state is sharing borders with Kwara, Benue, FCT, Ondo and Enugu state.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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