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

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

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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Osinbajo says he is heart broken over demise of Pst Dare, pays condolence visit

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed grief over the passing on to glory of Pastor Dare Adepoye, first son of the the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye.

Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a tweet said his principal visited to commiserate with the General Overseer whose son died while asleep earlier on Thursday.

The late son of Daddy G.O as he is fondly called would have celebrated his 43 years birthday on 9th June before he passed away.
Akande said the VP is deeply saddened by the development, hence his visit to Daddy G.O and Mummy G.O. to commiserate with the bereaved family.

He was accompanied by Gov. Abiodun and Minister, Keyamo.
“May Pst Dare’s memory be blessed and the LORD grants fortitude to Daddy G.O, Mummy, the family and all.”
Pastor Dare Adeboye who was the regional Youth Coordinator on the Redeemed Christian Church of God died on Thursday.

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

By Friday Idachaba

Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) Mr Idris Miliki has called on all media owners and stakeholders to safeguard freedom of press and free flow of information.

Miliki who made the call in a statement to mark the “2021 World Press Freedom Day” in Lokoja described Journalism as a noble profession and urged that media professionals must be protected and encouraged.

“As we celebrate the world press freedom day, it is important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information”, the Human Rights activist said.

Miliki decried a situation where Media professionals were being attacked in line of duty as witnessed recently Nigeria and other instances across the world saying the trend was unacceptable and condemnable.

“Journalism is a noble profession and journalists should be able to practice their profession without any hindrances.

The owners of Media organisations, (public and private) should take the welfare of journalists seriously and ensure they are provided with necessary tools, timely and adequate remunerations and conducive environment for practice”, he added.

Miliki however, called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated but strive to uphold the principle and ethics of the profession and ensure objectivity and balancing at all times. (NAN)

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The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Comrade Idris Miliki has called on stakeholders to work towards protecting and safeguarding press freedom.
The Activists in a statement to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day said it is
important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information.

He decried attacks on Media practitioners while on line of duty as withnessed recently in Kogi State, in other part of the country and the world at large as unfortunate and unacceptable.

He condemned the harassment of Journalists, describing Journalism as one of the mist noble profession.
He said journalists should be allowed to practice their profession with out let or hindrances.
Comr Miliki called on the owners of Media institutions to also take the welfare of journalists seriously adding that the onus rests on them to lead by example.
The Executive Director called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated in any way but strive to uphold the ethics of the profession at all times as he wished Journalists a happy press freedom day.

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