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LOKOJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA AND SHIRU’S MAGIC WAND

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LOKOJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA AND SHIRU’S MAGIC WAND

AMONG the twenty one Local Government area in the State, Lokoja Local Government Area is emerging as the cynosure of all eyes going by the developmental strides being carried out by the Honourable Shiru Lawal administration.

On assumption of office as the Chief Administrator of Lokoja Local Government area on the 9th, of May 2016, he outlined a clear vision for the rapid development of the entire area.

Firstly, he ensured that the provision of basic amenities for the indigenes and inhabitants of the Local Government area was sacrosanct.

Apart from drilling of Boreholes and rehabilitating some, the administrator provided generating sets to various communities and organizations.
Hence it is not a surprise that the Shiru administration has started changing the lives of his people by providing water, health facilities and farming equipment for the farmers in the rural communities

He is also leveraging on the comparative advantage of the area in massive arable land to encourage the development of agriculture on a large scale.

From all indications the administration has a clear-cut blueprint on how to transform the communities in the area, and he has set the ball rolling.

Though Lokoja Local Government Area is mostly an agrarian area, however in his bid to transform it and utilise the advantage of its strategic location , Hon Shiru recently provided fertilizers and seedlings to farmers in the rural community

On the whole, the Shiru administration is focused on delivering democracy dividends and embarking on a comprehensive infrastructural development of the Local Government Area.

In addition to the infrastructural development, Hon. Shiru Lawal has continued to empower the youths and women groups and this has endeared him to the generality of the people in the Local Government Area.

Within the period under review Hon Shiru Lawal, concentrated on drilling of boreholes and grading of roads, bridges, and as an accomplished teacher/Banker he made education the fulcrum of his development efforts.
Without doubt, the policy has improved the livelihood of the people and elevated the indigenes as many of them now have access to education.

In fact, his achievements in the educational sector can be described as revolutionary as indigent students of the area have been offered the opportunity to get education at their doorsteps

From the developmental strides being witnessed under the Shiru administration, it is apparent he is repositioning Lokoja Local Government Area as a strategic hub for rapid socio-economic development.

This is unprecedented in the history of Lokoja Local Government since it creation decades ago and with his vision and commitment towards opening up the area, Lokoja has the potentials to follow other developed Local Government Areas in the country as the next in line as the centre of excellence in the area of infrastructural development.

In recognition of the important role traditional rulers can play in maintaining peace and harmonious relationship among peoples, the Shiru Lawal, administration is partnering with traditional rulers in the area,especially in the area of security and peaceful co- existence among indigenes.

Going by the giant strides in the Local Government Area, it is obvious that the Lawal administration is poised to make life more meaningful for the people of the area and the impact is already being felt as many investors are now preferring to locate their businesses in Lokoja.

What we are witnessing is a paradigm shift and at the end of the day posterity will judge Hon Shiru Lawal favourably. His future in the politics of Lokoja and Kogi State in general is assured.

Many residents of the Local Government Area have been showering encomiums on the Chief Administrator for leading the way in ensuring their needs catered for, rather than for the narrow interests of the privileged few.
From his developmental activities, he has demonstrated that good governance is possible and that the ‘Change’ his party APC promised Nigerians and Lokoja Local Government people has come to stay.

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Senator Jibril distributes 13 tractors to nine local government areas in Kogi East

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Senator Jibril distributes 13 tractors to nine local government areas in Kogi East

By Janet samuel

Senator representing Kogi east senatorial district, Alhaji Isah Jibril has distributed thirteen tractors to the nine local Government areas in the district to ease their agricultural activities.
One tractor each was given to 7 local Governments, while Ankpa and Dekina local government areas got two apiece respectfully.

Receiving the equipments, at the residence of the Senator in Anyigba, the chairman of Olamaboro local Government Area, Adejo Nicodemus who commended the senator for his recent distribution to his constituency, said Kogi East has felt the impact of the federal government through him.
“We thank God almighty for having senator jibril Echocho for his good representation in the Senate, and we thank Governor yahaya Bello for using him to help kogi East, he said”
“When you have a good leader, good things come to you. No any senator is performing like senator jibril Echocho, good things advertise itself, it is the first time we are experiencing this he added.”
The Chairman of Omala local government Area, Agbo Yakubu referred to senator jibril as a man of his word for fulfilling his promises to his people and urged him to do more for more gains of democracy.

“About three weeks ago the nine local government of Kogi East gathered here to receive some agricultural implements and today we are here to receive another, since I was born into politics, things of this nature hasve never happened to us if not when Senator Jibril assumed office. We need to thank him and encourage him to do more. he said”

“I want to charge our people to use the equipment judiciously he added”
Zonal Apc caretaker chairman in Kogi East, Ahmed Attah commeded the Senator for providing good representation to the people of Kogi East. He described him as an exceptional leader.
Also speaking, the chairman, APC forum Kogi East, Abubakar Agada who described the lawmaker as an exceptional leader, prayed God for more wisdom to higher heights.
Ealier, the lawmaker who was represented by his special Adviser on media and publicity, prosper Elijah-Salifu said it is no secret that the agricultural sector is the backbone of almost all economies in the world as it provides the basic ingredients needed by man and the raw materials necessary for industrialization.

“It is on this note that the lawmaker while fulfilling his campaign promises , donated the agricultural implements to improve farming condition, increase food production and provide jobs for the teeming youths in Kogi East.”

He noted that the distribution of the tractors was geared towards moving Igala kingdom from it’s conventional subsistence farming to mechanized farming.
Senator jibril Isah explained that the donation of the tractors is to complement the effort of the farmers in the local governments. He urged the people to maximize the usage of the equipments as he assured them of more projects that are yet to be unveiled.

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Lawmaker Extends Electrification Project to Katcha LG

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Lawmaker Extends Electrification Project to Katcha LG

Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Honorable Saidu Musa Abdul, has given marching orders to contractors for the installation of new transformer at Sheshi-Dama in Badeggi Ward, Katcha Local Government, Niger State.

This he said is in continuation of his electrication project across the Federal Constituency which is aimed at giving residents affordable power supply to strengthen their small and medium scale enterprises.
This was contained in a statement issued by his senior legislative aide Engr. Dodo Almustapha in Abuja on Friday

Sheshi Dama has been in blackout for over three years now as a result of total breakdown of the transformer serving the community.

The transformer at Sheshi-Dama also powers the bi-water plant feeding six communities of Ekpangi, Kansanagi, Doko-Bokun and Zhimale under Baddegi Ward.

Similarly, Gubagi under Sidisaba Ward is to be Connected to the National Grid. It is about three(3) Kilometer stretch from the source of power supply.

The benefiting communties through their Leaders appreciated the lawmaker who is also the Gorozon Nupe for his gestures and prayed Allah to guide and protect him at all times.

The electrification project by SMA in Katcha LG was deliberate attempt at ensuring fair and equitable spread of dividends of democracy among the three(3) LGAs that constituted his Federal Constituency.

In a related development, after several years of being in darkness, Honorable Abdullahi also commenced connection of Zanagi, Guye, Gbangba, Manmagi, Ndarubu, and adjoining communities in Gbako Local Government to the national grid.

Flagging-off the multimillion Naira project earlier at Batako Ward in Gbako LG, Honorable Abdullahi represented by his team restated his resolve to delivering projects that will add value and ensure rapid development of his constituency and raise the standard of living of his constituents.

The Community leaders expressed their appreciation to the lawmaker for always having them at heart and for giving them life-impacting projects that will improve social and economic activities in their places.

The electrification project will guarantee rural dwellers an unhindered access to social amenities resulting in the reduction of rural-urban migration.

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LG workers live below poverty level in Kogi says NULGE President

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LG workers live below poverty level in Kogi says NULGE President

The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, has indicated that their members live below poverty level in the State because of poor payment of salaries.

Comrade Tade Adeyemi, Kogi State President of NULGE made the disclosure in a position paper he presented at a meeting of Local Government Stakeholders NULGE, MHWUN and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, held in Lokoja.
He lamented that a situation where less than 50% of workers are receiving salaries at the local government and at ridiculous percentages is affecting the living standard of workers in the local government service.

Com. Tade observed that it is heartbraking to note that arrears of outstanding salaries owed workers at the local government areas ranges between 18 to 34 months.
He called on the ministry to ensure that the backlog of salaries are paid to ameliorate the plight of the workers in the local government service.

The NULGE President also advocated for a more transparent mode of payment of salaries that will make officers of the local government rise up to their family and other responsibilities.

In his prayers, Com. Tade Adeyemi called for the payment of salaries as at when due, and to ensure that full salaries are paid soon as allocation is received to uplift workers from their current sufferings.

NULGE equally appealed for the implementation of promotion exercise that took place between 2015 to 2017 so as to boost the morale of workers.

NULGE also prayed for the ministry to liaise with the Local Government Commission to ensure that promotion interview is carried out to cover from 2017 till date.

The NULGE President solicited for the compliance for the appointment of Head of Local Government Administration and Treasurer to be in line with statutory requirements and scheme of service.
On salary disparity, NULGE called on the ministry to liaise with the Union to correct issues of salary disparity, as well as make the office of Head of Service to fasttrack the review of the screening report, and return of cooperative society scheme to the local government system.

NULGE further appealed to the Ministry to look into the issues of suspended former Heads of Local Government Administration and Treasurers, saying that those found not to be guilty after investigation should be made to return back to work.

The NULGE President also appealed to the Ministry to allow for workers in the Local Government to prepare workers salaries, as this would enable them correct noticeable anomalies.

The Union equally called for the full implementation of full salary structure CONHESS for health workers, pointing out that it is shocking to note that some health workers at the local government are currently being remunerated on grade levels, which ought not to be so.

The NULGE President noted too that the issue of two grade level backward for health workers at the local government be put on hold pending the implementation of 100% CONHESS.

In conclusion, the leadership of NULGE and MHWUN called on President Mohammadu Buhari to as a matter of Urgency release the bailout funds of N30.8billion to Kogi State for the purpose of liquidating the backlogs of salaries at the local government levels.

Also speaking, Com. Onuh Edoka, Kogi state NLC Chairman and Chairman of MHWUN, lamented the poor salary payment in the local government sector and the issues of CONHESS to health workers.
The NLC Chairman called on the Ministry on the need to improve on the welfare of local government workers, noting that workers in that sector have long been neglected.

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