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The national Publicity Secretary of PDP Kola Ologbodiyan and the Social Democratic Party senatorial (SDP) candidate for Kogi Central Natasha Akpoti have raised concern over the situation on the eve of the election when security operatives were made to block many opposition members from entering the State.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in his country home at Kabba he said, “Yesterday we were barred from entering into our own State at Banda near Lokoja. Some of the leaders of our party were made to turn back. It is unfortunate that election in Kogi is turning to a warfare.
“As I speak with you in several Local Governments particularly in the central and in the east there are cases of shooting and people losing their lives, it is rather unfortunate and when you check all these it is the aggression of the APC.
He wandered why the ruling party decided to toe the part of dishonore asking rhetorically where the PDP stopped or harassed APC in 2014 or 2015?
“The situation that we have is mindless but no matter what happens Nigerians have demonstrated their resolved to vote out the incompetence of Buhari.
“The reports reaching us across the country shows a large turn out, the readiness to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari. The fact that victory is assured for us is victory is assured for us.”
According to him, election is not warfare and no mater how the APC try to turn Nigeria into a violent State the people must resist it because violence is not part of their culture saying that the party in power is determined to turn the country into a violent state but Nigerians have demonstrated by using their PVCS to vote.
He said, “Many Democrats they have resolved that their leaders be tested in the first four years and if they fail they will be voted out.
“The plan of the APC was to compromise the security situation, for instance even people that have legitimate police officers as their escorts to be able to move from one destination to another like the situation in Kogi State their escorts were withdrawn.”
He explained the Inspector General of police position to mean the police officers are not to escort officers to polling units adding that there was no where the IG said police should not escort VIP to their respective States.
“But what happened in Banda yesterday the police escorts were not just withdrawn but taken to the State headquarters and locked up.
“It is unfortunate that people lose their freedom, their rights that are constitutional, provided by the law just because some people want to remain in power at all cost.
“Nigerians in the last 20 years resolved to live as Democrats and nobody would be allowed to thwart that resolution. You know the Nigerian spirit is permanently resilient, with that capacity.”
The candidate of the SDP Natasha Akpoti who spoke to newsmen at her Ihima country home also explained that she was also blocked from entering the State.
She said the election was peaceful after a very hectic night as she was stopped from entering the state yesterday she had to take a detour through Keffi all night driving through Benue saying she just arrived.
Explaining further she said on getting to to Okene she was stopped and her security were taken away from her against the instruction from the Inspector General of Police.
She said some worn out tires were used to block her car so she couldn’t move untill the area Commander in Okene intervened.
“So far the election has been peaceful even though we have been notified of some rigging processes going on at Ovoreke and Kuruko polling unit 022 where the polling papers are not complete as some were taken out from middle.
She said they have told their what agents to hold the INEC officials there accountable so that they can sign an undertaking and agree to the fact that the polling papers are not complete.
“Also 2015 materials are in use at the units. By and large I think we have sensitized our people enough and they know what to ask for like INEC said we should check the back of the ballot papers and you will see today’s stamp.”
In Kogi West senatorial district the process was going on smoothly even though there were some reported cases of vote buying.
In Lokoja it was gathered that the electorate refused inducement as they went ahead to vote candidates of their choice.

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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