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NBS rating: Activist urges Kogi to step up fight against corruption

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NBS rating: Activist urges Kogi to step up fight against corruption

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By Friday Idachaba
Lokoja, Jan. 14, 2020 (NAN) Kogi Government has been asked to step up its fight against corruption to counter the rating of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of the state as the most corrupt in the country.

Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) made the call at the 6th Quarterly Review Meeting for Media and CSOs on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was organised by CHRCR in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation with support from MacArthur Foundation.

The Human Rights activist urged the government not to read different meanings into the rating of the Bureau but should delve into investigation of the indices on which the findings were based and the circumstances.

“For us as citizens of Kogi, it is demoralising to hear that the state is tagged the most corrupt state in the country. The onus now lies on the government to exonerate itself and prove the statistics wrong.

Miliki said all organs and institutions of government ought to imbibe the culture of transparency and accountability and seek the promotion of the advancement, development and general welfare of the people.

According to him, a situation where 48 per cent of the state’s 2020 budget is appropriated for Government House Administration alone does not augur well for the state.

He also queried the whereabouts of the over N25 billion Local Government Councils allocations from the Federation account in 2019 in spite of non-conduct of elections inro the third tier of government.

Also on the Local Governments, the Human Rights activist said the creation of the Ministry of Local Government Affairs was an abberation and fraudulent move to swindle the state.

He said that the creation was illegal and unconstitutional as there was a legally constituted Local Government Service Commission with the responsibility to collaborate with the state House of Assembly to oversee appointments into the councils.

Miliki also regretted the reduction of the Ministry of Information to a mere bureau when it should have the status of a full-fledged Ministry.

He said that it was revealed during the 2020 Budget Defence by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the state House of Assembly that 75 per cent of the Ministries lacked operational vehicles.

Miliki therefore urged the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Media to engage government institutions and functionaries in comparative analysis of government actions and utilisation of resources and monies accruing to the state. (NAN)

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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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World Press Freedom Day: Activist wants stakeholders to Safeguard Press Freedom

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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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