Kogi at 26: stakeholders blame stunted development on bad leadership
Stakeholders from across the State have bemoaned the stunted level of development that has become the lot of the State since creation 26 years ago.
The State which has been unlucky politically with many of the politically motivated problems impinging on its growth has remain a potential in Agriculture and mineral resources without real concrete effort to translate those potentials in to reality.
Dr John Alabi Chairman Kogi Coalition of Business and Professional Associations. (KOCOBPA) said Kogi at 26 is old enough to be independent but is yet to find its feet because it has failed to translate its potentials to tangible products.
“Kogi state alone has deposits of a total of 29 mineral resourcesavailable in commercial quantities.
“These include coal, dolomite, feldspar, bauxite, iron ore, tar, limestone, gold etc.
Each of the 21 LGAs in the state has deposits of at least 2 minerals.”
He said for the Stae to remain at the level of potentiality for a quarter of a century is a good thing.
He called on the people of the State to go back to the drawing board and forget about development plans, the strategy and blue print that were on ground since the creation of the State that have not translated to reality.
“That is why I am calling for an economic summit where all stakeholders would come together to chat a course for the State.
The executive director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Idris Miliki Abdul said reflecting on the last 25years shows has a worrisome development.
“If you look at the state of development the leaders have not lived up to expectations. We don’t have good roads, no facilities in the State headquarters, yet Billions have been coming to to the State. This administration alone has realised over N120B and yet the Governor is still taking loans and getting approval from the State House of Assembly.
“Which road have we built, which institution have we built, there is no factory that can employ our youths. I think it is an unfortunate development for those who have been in power in the past 26 years.”
A constitutional lawyer Barrister Williams Aliwo however believed State has fared very well in its 26years of creation adding that God has helped the State to expand at all levels from infrastructure to sociopolitical economy.
“I think we have fared better than we were before the creation of the State. No matter the setback that we have had we have moved beyond where we were in 1991 and we are still making progress.”
He indicated that there is no time in the life of any sociopolitical community, all leadership setbacks are part of the process in the course of moving toward the ideal.
“They offer us opportunity to learn in areas where we have made mistakes and they give us opportunity to make amends. Forget about whatever people say of today’s leadership. One of the benefit of today’s leadership is the power shift, there had been a sustained clamor for power shift and today even without a consensus of agreement we have power shift and we are now having the benefit of power shift. So power has shifted
“No society has the monopoly’s of good or bad leadership, if the benefit of power shift that we have today gives us bad leadership, that is not to say that power shift has no good benefit. We have power shift and it is unfortunate that this is where and how power has shifted but all the same power shift in necessary where we have minority agitation.”
Another constitutional lawyer and public commentator Barrister Joel Usman called for sober reflection and prayers for God to move the State forward however he said if the State is to be graded Kogi is below standard.
“We need to pray against the incessant political crises that would not allow our our political to stabilise and lead the State aright .
“The political elites would have to come together and put the interest of the State above personal interest so that the State can move forward because most of the States created along with Kogi State have left us behind because of the political crises that has kept bedevilling the State.
Gov Bello grieves over death of Adeboye’s son, condoles with family
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye
He extended his cindolence to the Adeboye family and the entire RCCG over the loss of Pastor Dare Adeboye.
The Governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement issyef on Thursday by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Muhammed Onogwu
He noted that the death of the highly revered minister’s son was a deep pain in the heart, which cannot be explained unless by those who have had similar experience.
Bello noted that despite the heaviness of the loss he urged the General Overseer to take the son’s death as the will of God Almighty.
He said only God can console the Adeboye family and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Late Pastor Dare Adeboye was an assistant Pastor at the church’s branch in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
The 42-year-old clergy died in his sleep on Wednesday
56 days after abduction freed 27 students arrive State Police Command, Kaduna
After 56 days in the kidnappers den 27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna have regained their freedom.
The students were released in Kindanda village, Giwa local government area of the state.
The Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have facilitated theur release was on Wednesday
The students are the remainder of the 39 abducted two months ago as 10 were released earlier after payment of ransom by parents and the school management, two others had escaped from captivity.
Chairman of the parents’ forum, Mallam Abdullahi Usman, commended the roles played by Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi and other stakeholders, saying “their facilitation was very helpful in the release of the students.”
Asked if additional ransom was paid to the bandits before the release, Usman said: “I cannot confirm whether ransom was paid or not. Our main joy and happiness is that our students are back.”
Recall that Parents of the kidnapped students on Tuesday protested the prolonged abduction of their wards at the National Assembly complex.
The freed students are different from the 16 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who are yet to be released Their kidnappers are threatening to kill enmass, if ransom is not paid.
The freed students were received at the state Police Command Headquarters.
The students, who were escorted by security agents, arrived in two 18-seater Hiace buses and an ambulance. Most of the students appeared weak and could barely walk, as one of the female students was carried by a security agent on mufti.
It was observed that majority of the students appeared in tattered clothes. Some were in their night wears while others dressed half-clad. Journalists were barred from taking shots of the students as they were led into the conference hall of the police command.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a statement by Aruwan, charged the students to view their ordeal as a motivation to put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.
Inter faith group to champion campaign on maternal mortality in Nasarawa
From Abel Daniel, Lafia
A group of Muslims and christian clerics in Nasarawa state has expressed their readiness to champion the campaign on Family Planning(FP) and Child Birth Spacing(CBS) to reduce maternal mortality rate.
The group made their intentions known yesterday at a three day workshop organized by The Challenge initiative(TCI), state ministry of health to strengthen the sensitization campaign towards ensuring adequate awareness fot women in remote communities in the state.
Amongst the participants at the 3 day workshop which held at Kini country hotel Akwanga yesterday are pastors, imams, Muslims and christian scholars both men and women.
The director public Health, state ministry of Health, Dr. Hassan Ibrahim in a remark at the workshop noted that FP/CBS has accounted for 30% reduction in maternal mortality in the country.
Dr. Ibrahim however expressed optimism that with religious clerics at the forefront of FP and CBS propagation, more women and men will accept and practice FP to allow for birth spacing which would enhance the health of women.
Ibrahim assured at the end of the three day workshop participants are expected to come up with workable plans to reach out to more women in the communities.
A facilitator and coordinator of Inter Faith Forum plateau chapter, Mr. Umar Faruk, attested that religious clerics command more respect of their congregation more than any political office holder hence the need to carry them along in the campaign.
“If you want to fail in any policy implementation in Nigeria, over look the role of religious and traditional rulers. Nigerians listen to their religious leaders more than any body else. That is why FB, CBS are becoming more and more acceptable even in the most remote communities today”, Faruk stated.
PresentationS at the workshop by both the Muslims and christian clerics, all pointed out that both the Qur’an and the Bible support FM and CBS.
Both faith came to term with the decision of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Christian Association of Nigeria at the national approved FM and CBS.
The various presentations by the groups discussions also acknowledged that child spacing or family planning is not population control as some religious and traditional proponents holds but a way to help a women rest well between child birth to enable both the mother and the child maintain healthy living.
At the end of the worksop leaders of both faith pledged to enhance and widen their reach to women both in rural and urban communities with the message of encouraging both men and women to embrace and practice CBS through the use of FP methods.
The state coordinator of CTI Dr. Deborah Hassan, while responding to question on whether child spacing makes birth difficult for women due to tight vigina, she said medically as soon as a woman delivers the vigina returns to it size except where there are cuts at the point of delivery.
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