Leaked secret documents: TheCable exposes how Kogi Government borrowed billions of Naira from Banks
TheCable can report an online publication has reported that the Kogi state government obtained loans of at least N16 billion between May 2017 and January 2018, .
This is despite over N20 billion which accrued to the state from the Paris Club refund.
Paris Club refund is a partial settlement of long-standing claims by state governments relating to over-deductions from their federation account allocation committee (FAAC) disbursement for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.
In the first tranche of the refund, the state got N11.21bn, while it got N6.02bn and over N6 billion in the second and third tranches respectively.
Kogi also benefitted from the bailout which the federal government gave to states.
However, documents seen by TheCable showed that the state house of assembly approved loans of N12 billion and another 1.2 billion on December 5, 2017.
Still in December, the government borrowed a separate N1.2 billion from Fidelity Bank Plc.
The state’s ministry of finance had entered an agreement with the bank that 123,250,244 million should be deducted from from its revenue over a 12-month period.
When he met with reporters in January, Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, said his government borrowed N10 billion, a figure short of N4.4 billion that his government had collected as loan.
Documents show that Kogi got another loan of N3.5 billion on January 31, 2018.
On March 20, 2018, the state treasury quarters issued an irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO) to Zenith Bank to make monthly deductions of N236,892,000 from its Lokoja bank account over a period of 18 months, as repayment of the N3.5vbillion loan which was said to be used for budget implementation.
Critics have accused the current administration in the state of mismanaging resources, an allegation the governor and his aides have consistently denied.
Although part of the obtained loans were said to be for payment of salaries, Kogi is still owing workers till date.
On Thursday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) wrote to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to protest the alleged non-payment of over seven months salary by the state.
Kingsley Fanwo, Bello’s spokesman, was not available for comments when this report was filed as as his telephone line was switched off.
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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