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Ramadan: Doyin & Suzan Foundation distributes foodstuffs to 210 persons in Kogi

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Ramadan: Doyin & Suzan Foundation distributes foodstuffs to 210 persons in Kogi

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By Stephen Adeleye
Lokoja, May 20, 2018 An NGO, Doyin & Suzan Foundation, has distributed food stuffs to 210 people in Kotonkarfe and Lokoja Local Government Areas of Kogi to fecilitate with Muslim faithful in the month of Ramadan.

The Chairperson, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the foundation, Mrs Adedoyin Ibikunle, told journalists while distributing the items on Sunday in Lokoja, that the gesture was to reach out to the less privileged during Ramadan.

“We gave out foodstuffs to 110 women and men in Kotonkarfe on Friday across the 11 wards in the council, and today we are in Lokoja distributing foodstuffs to additional 100 people across 10 wards.

“We have also on Feb. 4, donated relief items and foodstuffs to 300 widows in Ijumu and Kabba/Bunu Local Government Areas of the state”, she said.

Ibikunle, who is a senatorial aspirant in Kogi West under APC, added that she had on Dec 23, 2017, distributed relief items including food stuff worth N12 million to about 2,000 widows in Yagba Federal Constituency.

The senatorial aspirant said that the gesture had cut across the seven local government areas in Kogi West.

Ibikunle added that the foundation had also in April embarked on free medical treatment for the vulnerable people in collaboration with its US partners.

“It is my humble belief that this gesture will mark a turning point in the life of our widows and bring succor to them through empowerment and various skills acquisition programmes,” she said.

She, however urged the people to give her the necessary support to ensure that she get the senatorial ticket for Kogi West during the APC primary election.

“Let us use our power to choose a woman to represent us in the Senate in 2019, the women have been marginalized at the national level. I promised not to disappoint you”, she said.

She promised to give grant to people who are interested in farming and to start small and medium businesses to make them self-reliant, saying they should register their names for accessibility.

Mohammed Nda, APC Publicity Secretary in Lokoja, commended Ibikunle for the gesture and assured her of their total support both at the primary and general elections

Mrs Adisa Abubakar, Lokoja Ward A Women Leader, also appreciated the foundation for the gesture and promised their total support of women for her political ambition.

“We are very happy seeing a woman like us coming out for the first time in the state to contest for national elective position, we are proud of you and are solidly behind you”, Abubakar said.

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says thought it is in solidarity with with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality, the union had not directed any shutdown of fuel stations or other oil installations in the country. 

It’s Chairman,  Lagos Operation of NUPENG,  Comrade Tayo Aboyeji confirmed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday and made available to newsmen.

According  to him, “We wish to state that the leadership of NUPENG stands with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality and bad governance however no organ of the Union has ordered the shutting down of fuel stations.
“We sincerely empathised with all victims of police brutality in the country.
Aboyeji expressed NUPENG’s  support for the Nigerian youths in their call for police reforms.

He said “NUPENG stands with Nigerian youths against police brutality and calls for immediate and far reaching police reforms as our members are as well victims of police brutality and abuses through extortion, detention, harassment and intimidation nationwide.

“Meanwhile, no organ of our union has ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

“We sincerely empathise with all victims of police brutality, including our members across the country and we peacefully join all well-meaning Nigerians to say police brutality must stop!”

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Youths in Niger Protest Bad Roads, Poor Electricity Supply, Banditry

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Youths in Niger Protest Bad Roads, Poor Electricity Supply, Banditry

Hundreds of Youths on Saturday morning took to the major roads in Minna, Niger State capital to protested the poor supply of electricity by the Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC), and bad federal roads across the state.

The Youths also demanded for the reform of the Nigeria Police and putting an end to the lawlessness of men of the now dissolved Special anti robbery squad (SARS).

They equally challenged the governments to take tangible actions to stop banditry and kidnapping across the state.

They matched through the major roads in Minna the state capital carrying placards with different captions, chanting war songs and dancing.

Most of the barners have inscriptions such as #Save Niger State” with riders such as “End banditry”, “End, bad roads” “End “AEDC”.,” End Insecurity Now” “End rape” “End Bokoharam”.

The protest which was organised by “Coalition of Northern Youth Groups” Niger State chapter was later joined by some artists.

The convener of the protest one Mohammed Mohammed said their action was not in connection with the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest, but to “seek government’s attention in tackling the peculiar challenges that Niger State is confronted with.

“It is unfortunate that despite the contributions being made by Niger State to the federal government, particularly the four hydro power dams situated in the state, the presence of the federal government has not been felt in our state.

“Power supply has been erratic, thereby slowing down economic growth in Niger State as youths who are into entrepreneurship cannot sustain their businesses” Mohammed said while addressing the protesters.

He warned that if action is not taken Youths in the state will shut the three dams and block articulated vehicles from all federal roads in the state.

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Poor State Of Federal Roads: Buhari Has Failed Us In Niger – APC Chieftain Cries Out

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Poor State Of Federal Roads; Buhari Has Failed Us In Niger – APC Chieftain Cries Out

A Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Special Adviser to Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on political affairs, Mallam Nma Kolo has expressed concern over the deplorable condition of Federal Roads in the state.

He concluded that despite the overwhelming support the state gave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which saw the enthronement of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019, the state has not felt any federal presence, especially in the area of road.
“There is no better ward to put than to say that the President has failed the people of Niger state despite the overwhelming support he had enjoyed from state in 2015 and 2019 elections”.
Nma Kolo believed that after securing the votes of the people of the state in the two elections, the President decided to turn his back and has failed to fulfill any of his campaign promises to the people of the state.
Most worrisome, the Special Adviser pointed out is the condition of the federal roads that traverse the state which he said are in the worst state of disrepair, making lives miserable to motorists and commuters.
Nma Kolo who spoke to newsmen in Minna following the continued trailer and Tanker Gridlock on the Suleja-Minna and Minna-Bida highway, making lives miserable for both motorists and commuters, described Niger state as a “Key state” with 75,353 kilometers of federal roads, cutting across about 15 local government areas of the state.
He pointed out that “the deplorable conditions of the roads have continued to cause untold hardships on the people including commuters”.
According to him, “It is regrettable that despite the importance of its location, Niger State cannot boast of good road networks. Federal Roads or better still, Trunk A roads in the state have become death traps”.
Kolo described as unacceptable, the blind eyes Buhari has turned to the condition of federal roads, saying that the only federal roads passable in the state at the moment are those constructed by the Premier of the then Northern region.
“These scenario should not be happening in Niger state given its much importance and contributions to the development of the country.
“It is important for us to note that the federal presence for roads in Niger state is nothing to write home about” Kolo further declared.
Kolo observed also that many investors local and foreign that would have wanted to invest in the state as a result of the favourable climate created by the governor Abubakar Sani Bello government have continued to drag their feet because of the bad roads.
“We seek that Niger state should not be left alone to be taken over by flooding and bad roads which are endangering the lives of our people daily, the state has lost a lot due to this, investors will have more confidence with better road networks, there will be more connection for the country if Niger state works and this is our appeal to the government”
It could be recalled that Niger state government recently closed all its roads against articulated vehicles when these vehicles became serious obstruction to the construction of the Minna-Bida road but was later reopened to the intervention by the presidency.
The contractor handling the road project has already presented a bill of over N15m to the government as compensation for the damage done to the aspect of the roads it has already constructed and damaged by these articulated vehicles even when the federal government has not shown signs that it will honour the agreement reached with governor Abubakar Sani Bello before the roads were reopened
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