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Kogi at 25: Olafemi wants citizens to project State higher than personal interest

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Kogi at 25: Olafemi wants citizens to project State higher than personal interest

The former acting Governor of Kogi State Clarence Olafemi has admonished the citizens of the State against selfish and personal interest so that the State can leap frog over its challenges of ethnic and social differences.
The former Governor who spoke to confluence update in Lokoja appealed to the citizens to start loving one another as well as the State
“Let us project the State over and above our own personal interests as we mark its 25 years.”
He said the creation of the State was not a coincidence as people from the old Kabba were brought together comprising of the the West, the Central and the Eastern senatorial district of the present Kogi State.
He advocated for the immortalization of all past leaders that Governed the State in the last 25 years of its existence.
He said for the State that was created on August 27th, 1991 series of leaders have governed the State adding that Each leader has contributed his or her quota to the development of the State no matter how small.
He said, “To rule a state is not an easy task, it is only those that have carried the mantle that know how difficult it is and so there is no leader that has governed the State that does not deserve commendations and recognition.
“Some are dead while others are still alive. The names of the past leaders of the State should be immortalized because they have contributed in one way or the other to the growth and development of the State.”
He said nobody can finish developing a State within a regime adding that Development of a State is a continuous exercise.
Olafemi indicated that he takes exception to one Government criticizing another Government.
“Don’t criticise your predecessors, when you are given opportunity to Govern the State, start from there do your best and leave the rest for the people to judge.
“If we do that we will reduce the acrimony in the State because at the moment the State is being polarized along different divides to the extent that today we do not recognize our past leaders.”
Continuing he said, “Whether you are a senator, house of Representatives member, house of Assembly member, councillor, chairman or any other political office you hold from this Stayed you have contributed your own quota to the development of the State.
“The aggregate of all that is what has constituted the 25 years of our existence.”

He explained that tenure as acting Governor was the shortest but then he established the College of Education Technical Kabba and
Five special science secondary schools.
He said it was that period he awarded the Shintaku-Mosu road; the longest road in the Eastern flank.
“It was that period I awarded some council roads in Lokoja which today remain motorable and I touched all the 21 local Government in the distribution of infrastructure.”
According to him if given another he will still contribute his quota. Hence he advised that anyone with the opportunity to Govern must make his marks there is still a lot to be done.
He said as acting Governor he met N3.4B and he saved N400M within two months which he added to what was on ground and handed over N3.7M.
“I think that is the highest sacrifice I can make for the State despite the fact that I did everything that I achieved in the three months and the records are there for anyone to verify.”
He said the love of the State should be paramount as no Kogite can claim any other State
“I can’t claim Ondo, Ekiti, Benue, and any other State that borders us.
I have contributed my quota to the development of the State. I am 66 and I am not tired I am still willing to contribute to the development if the State depending on the opportunity Go

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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget

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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget


**wants appointment of IG to be by merit


The Nigerian Youths Peoples Assembly has sent a ‘Save Our Souls’ message to President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of new police recruits at the Nigerian Police Academies over their poor feeding budget of N150 per day.
The convener of the assembly Ambassador Sunday Chibuzormade Okereke made the plea at a special legislative plenary held at Bayesa House in Abuja yesterday.According to him such living conditions of police officers can only produce anger, hatred, bitterness which will turn the characters of the officers into brutal elements in the society.”We put on record that Nigeria will never have a police force that is devoid of brutal characters when we do nothing about the hell situation of the police training colleges.”In addressing this shameful menace, he said the govemment must tackle the issue of privatization and commercialization of police kits, training and re-training and also invest heavily in research and development in order to build police system that Nigerians can trust.Okereke also called for re-examination of the mode of appointment of Inspector General of police that leads to compulsory retirement of scores of high ranking Police Officers that are his seniors.He demanded that the appointing authorities must ensure that long service years, experiences and manpower of the Men and Women of the Nigerian Police are not wasted through such system of appointment.”We recommend succession to the Office of the Police IG to be by seniority.”We must dethrone political considerations and enthrone merit, character, competence and professionalism in the appointment of the Police IG.”We note with deep pains, the sufferings and penury conditions of both the serving and retired rank and file members of the Nigerian Police.”We therefore call on the President and the Inspector General of Police to look into the management and administration of the Nigerian Police pension scheme.”The unfortunate situations where retired police officers have alleged that their personal contributory pension funds and gratuity are not being paid fully must be urgently investigated and culprits brought to book.”This will help to ignite the positive hopes of serving officers, boost their confidence and self-motivation.”He welcome the decision of the President to increase the salaries and wages of police officers, as he called on the President and Federal Government to match their words with action within 60 days in order to reduce huge trust deficient that are prevalent in our governance system.
“We call on the President Mohammadu Bahari and the Federal Government to immediately commence payment of compensations of cash, employment and scholarships to families of  all those who lost their lives during the protests; families of verified individuals who were extrajudicially killed by the police already captured in previous panel reports.”
He also demanded for the inclusion of families of police officers who died in the line of duty but were regrettably abandoned by the government.
“We salute the courage of some State Governments and Governors who has already started awarding scholarships to children of some slain officers. “The same opportunity should immediately be extended to the families of the young people who lost their lives in the cause ofthis struggle.”
He demanded and encouraged the commencement of immediate upscaling of the personnel of the Nigerian Police with the recruitment of at least one million fresh police officers in the next six months.This was coming just as he insisted that the recruitment process in to the Nigerian police be reformed detailed background checks of applicants for at least six months before final admittance.He also demanded for psychological tests for mental health to be carried out including general multipurpose personality index tests fro serving officers and recruits.
“We strongly believe this will reposition the Nigerian Police better to deal with issues of internal security and general policing.“The convener pleaded with young Nigerians to embrace the conversations on the #PathToPeace and stop all forms of hostilities and wanton destruction of public facilities.”No matter how much some political leaders may have labored to rob the Nigerian youth of a prosperous future, we must not give in to the temptation of destroying the very things that will propel us into the future.”He rather challenged the youths to constructively engage the system and defeat the enemies of the Nigerian nation with our togethess,superior argument and unity of purpose. 

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#ENDSARS: Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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#ENDSARS Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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