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Kogi finance commissioner gets chieftaincy title, seeks support for Gov Bello

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Kogi State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Asiwaju Asiru Idris, was on Saturday conferred with a traditional chieftaincy title, “Gbobaniyi of Ejuku Land”, by HRH Oba Alhaji Abdulkareem Araba Ibrahim, the Elejuku of Ejuku, Yagba East Local Government Area, Kogi State.

The conferment of the chieftaincy title by the royal father and his Council of Chiefs, was part of the activities to mark the annual celebration of “Ejuku New Yam Festival”.

The monarch thanked all the dignitaries at the event particularly the political appointees of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who came out en mass to honour the day, promising that his people would reciprocate the gesture in due time.

He eulogised the commissioner for his kind-hearted and good representation that has had positive impacts on his constituents, which has attracted the attention of the council of chiefs of Ejuku land to honour him with the chieftaincy title.

He commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for given several appointments to some of their illustrious sons and daughters, and for his commitment and determination to bringing sanctity and development to the state despite some notable resistances.

He, however, appealed to the appointees to contribute meaningfully to enable the council have a befitting palace that the people of Yagba east would be proud of.

In his remarks, the finance Commissioner, Asiwaju Asiru Idris, thanked the royal father and the council of chiefs for counting him worthy of the traditional title, saying it would spur him to be more committed to selfless service to his people.

Asiwaju commended Gov. Bello, for his developmental projects in Okunland, urging the people for their continuous support and believe in the new direction government of the present administration.

He noted that the people of Yagba east had never had it so good for the past 25 years of creation of the state, unlike what they were having and enjoying at the moment under the new direction government led by Gov. Bello.

The commissioner pointed out that the governor in his magnanimity had given many political appointments to the illustrious sons and daughters of Yagba east, which included the SSG, himself as the commissioner for finance, Chief Security Afficer, SA on Science and Technology, among others.

He added that the governor had also gave employment to some of the jobless youths in their communities under the ministry of Environment (forest guards); Justice, Board of Internal Revenue and many more to be employed in the ongoing recruitment in ministry of Health.

Asiwaju further assured the people that the ongoing road rehabilitation project along Ijowa-Ejuku-Ife Olukotun-Iyamoye road, would soon be completed and commissioned by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

He, therefore, urged the royal father and his people to support programs and policies of the state government in order to keep attracting dividends of democracy to their community.

The commissioner on behalf of the state government, distributed 100 bags of rice (5kg) and a cash donation to the women and the less privileged people in the community.

Chief Oloye Baba, the Secretary of the Council of Chiefs of Ejuku land, on behalf of the council and the people of the community, made a passionate appeal to the governor to upgrade the stool of Elejuku of Ejuku to a First-Class Oba.

According to him, the traditional ruler is well overdue for a first-class status; calling on the commissioner for finance, the SSG and other appointees present at the occasion to relate their passionate appeal directly to the governor for quick consideration.

Baba expressed optimism that the listening ‘talk and do’ governor would graciously grant their request. He also reaffirmed their unalloyed support for the new direction government of Gov. Bello.

On her part, the Secretary to Kogi State Government (SSG), Mrs Ayoade Folashade Arike (Phd), called on the people of Okunland to remain united and work together in order to bring out the best out of them, saying, “in unity lies our strength”.

She promised the people that the new direction government with the new direction blueprint, led by Gov. Yahaya Bello, would not disappoint them, stressing the need for their total support and cooperation.

Other dignitaries present at the occasion were the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly
Commissioners for Agriculture; Education, State Security Adviser to the Governor, Kogi House of Assembly members from Yagba East, Idah, Ijumu, Bassa, Ankpa I & 2, Kotonkarfe, among many others.

At the end of the event, all the State political appointees converged at Ejuku Town Hall for a brief meeting, chaired by Hon Taofik Isa, the leader of Okun people under the present administration.

Isa, who is the the Administrator of Ijumu Local Government Area, admonished the appointees to be good ambassadors of Gov. Yahaya Bello led government, and work for the unity and development of Okun land, the state and the country at large.

In his vote of thanks, the Administrator of Yagba East local government area, Hon Ijagbemi Abdulrasaq, thanked everybody for their presence at the meeting in spite of their tight schedule.

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigatigation

Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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