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Senator Melaye’s recall attempt, our stand by Okun Development Initiatives (ODI)

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Senator Melaye’s recall attempt, our stand by Okun Development Initiatives (ODI)

It has become imperative to come out with a position on the ongoing recall process after INEC acknowledged receiving the signatures of purportedly more than the required number for the exercise because the dilemma of Okun nation has once again being brought to the fore.
The prerogative of any constituent to exercise his/her constitutionally guaranteed right to recall is inalienable but it is obvious the initiators and instigators of the current attempt on Sen. Dino Melaye’s are not from Kogi West but lackeys and cronies of constituted authority; an apparent outcome of misguided advise to those insistent on dividing and decimating Okunland politically for egoistic purposes. The fissures clannish inclinations have created among us in Okunland is not only becoming gullies but an odious machination is being played out to satisfy the self-centeredness of a few individuals. Selfish political aspirations are being satiated to the detriment of the collective good of Okun people with Okunland primed for another political experiment and some of our sons and daughters have become willing lab rats.
The precarious situation of Okun persons in the vanguard of the recall saga is not only pitiable but pathetic but our elders admonish that when sent a slavish message, the virtuous will deliver same like a freeborn. The gauge of loyalty is now synonymous with treachery and understandably so for those who cannot fathom life outside political office or patronage from government; their inability or refusal to see beyond the present is really unfortunate and rather than vilify them, they should be sympathized with.
The modalities that procured the purported signatures from investigations are fraught with lots of irregularities and illegalities. Consequently, we wish to state unequivocally that any calculated attempt to cause chaos and avoidable confusion in Okunland will be resisted legally with all the resources at our disposal.
Gladly, Sen. Dino Melaye’s persistent agitation for humane governance appears to have ginger government to action and it is hoped that the truce reached with JAC on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state will be enduring. Of equal importance is the issue of salaries and pensions that is lingering despite government proclamation to the contrary which is inversely related to the reality in the state. Government should begin to focus more on issues concerning the wellbeing of Kogites and stop the shadow-chasing and spurious attempt to divert and distract the attention of Kogites from its inadequacies and peccadilloes.
A recall process premised on the disenchantment of majority of West Kogites with their elected senator is acceptable but what will not be condoned is every delusive attempt by those bent on exerting political leverage to dictate to majority of Okun people how they should feel about their senator, why and when they should express their displeasure. . Okun people and Kogiwest in general should be allowed to decide the fate of their senator without any unnecessary interference. Agents of recall should be advised, that if Kogi West wants Dino recalled, it must emanate from the same Kogi West.
We are concerned and certainly not prepared to accept or allow anyone or group of persons to transform Okunland to a battlefield in any guise.
The logic behind the scorch-earth policy being foisted on Okunland is nothing but an aggregate of calculations, speculation and permutations towards 2019. We now see unholy alliances, congregation of strange bedfellows, treachery with greed motivated by inordinate ambition directing the conduct of some people in search of, or desperate to keep positions that are ephemeral. Conceitedly, they willingly feign the fugaciousness of their present position by refusing to ask themselves what became of men of power and authority of the past.
The political atmosphere Kogi State is becoming tense and may have direct negative impact on the output of the public service sector.
Politicians in Kogi State, particularly those from the west senatorial district should face issues of governance rather than witch-hunting one another.
For the avoidance of doubt, all processes involved in the recall shall be meticulously monitored to ensure its outcome is a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of west kogites.
Okuns have the wherewithal to reprimand their own if and when necessary without the meddlesomeness from outsiders and no matter how low the waist of our child is, abandoning the child to adorn the child of another with decorated beads is certainly not an option. Soon the breeze will blow and the rotten rump of the chicken tagged recall will be indecently exposed.
A word, our elders say, is enough for the wise and prudent.
– Deacon Olusuyi Otitoju
Okun Development Initiatives.

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ICDA disagrees with IPOB, says Igalas can never be part of Biafra

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The Chairman of the incorporated trustees of Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) working committee, Comrade Enemona Emmanuel Omattah has distanced the Igala race from the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He demanded that the group should immediately re-draft their map.

Speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Monday, Omattah said it was an error to include Igala nation in the Biafran map

The former State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stated that the age-long trade relations and intermarriage between Igbos and Igalas is not enough reason to deny his people their true ethnic identity.

“We are not part of their agitation. IPOB and Biafra cannot annex Igala nation.

“We are calling on Igbo people to stop including Igala land in their map.

“During the Nigerian Civil War, Emeka Ojukwu-led team bombed Igala land. Our land was actually attacked. The people that attacked us years ago cannot come around now and claim we are part of them.

“We are not part of Biafra. We will never be part of Biafra. Though we do business with them and even intermarry, that does not mean we are part of them.

“We believe in the Nigeria Project. We believe in the leadership of Nigeria nation. We have our issues with the Nigeria nation but we are not antagonistic.
“We will address our issues at the appropriate time, not by carrying guns and fighting. We believe in the corporate existence of Nigeria.This is the position of Igala nation,” he said.

Speaking on the alleged leadership crisis in ICDA, Omattah said the sociocultural group is being repositioned to fulfil its mandate.

“The incorporated trustees of ICDA constituted a working committee and made me the leader of the group. The working committee was mandated to reposition ICDA, interface, consult and dialogue with other stakeholders of Igala nation, review the constitution and work modalities for election.

“We are working to get the 21 old Igala native districts involved in Igala business. ICDA is an umbrella covering all 21 Igala native districts he said the nine local government areas as well the Development associations of the district should be involved in ICDA activities.

“Former president, Sadiq Amodu Abubakar and his exco abandoned the aims and objectives of ICDA. Sadiq and his team failed to unite Igala people because of inexperience, greed and failure to accord recognition to the 21 native districts of Igala land. He abandoned his mandate.”

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Over 20 persons living with disabilities register for JAMB in Nasarawa

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

No less than 20 persons living with disabilities as well as vulnerable persons have been registered for the forthcoming Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Obi local government area of Nasarawa state.

This was disclosed by a Group under the ages of the Organizer Foundation in Nasarawa State during the unveiling of billboard in Lafia, the state capital on Sunday.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the NationalUpdate shortly after the unveiling of the billnoard, the chairman of the group, Mallam Mohammed Ja’afar-Adi, said the gesture was as the result of COVID-19 effect and also to assist the needy for what he described as adding value to the less privilege in the society who have been neglected.
He said: “20 Physically challenged as well as vulnerable persons have been registered for the forthcoming Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and some applicants were also given money to register WAEC who could not afford to pay their fees.”

The group, however, called on Dr. Musa Adamu, who holds a traditional tittle as Sarkin Matasan Obi to run for the seat of the House of Representatives Lafia/Obi federal constituency come 2023.

According to the leader of the group the community has been lacking potable water to drink, saying that it was Dr. Adamu who sank eight boreholes across Obi and Lafia local government areas of the state.
He explained further that Dr. Aadmu distributed bags of rice, cartons of supergeheti, sugar and some cash as a palliative to cushion the effect COVID-19 pandemic, saying that school fees were also given to some students who could not afford it.

The foundation which cut across all the 23 wards of Lafia /Obi federal constituency promised to support him for the 2023 elections by coming out en masse to ensure his success at the polls for effective representation and accountability.

He, however, disclosed that scholarships have already been disbursed to undergraduate students.

He assured the House of Representatives aspirant that the organization will do everything within their power to ensure that victory is assured.

Earlier, Barr. Mohammed UmarZanwa who is the chairman of the central working committee on behalf of Dr. Musa Adamu, thanked the organizer foundation for the love and support adding that he has accepted to contest for the house of representative to represent the good people of Lafia/Obi federal constituency.

He thanked the Organizer foundation for the honour bestowed on him as he assured them of quality representation, just as he promised to carry everyone along if given the mandate come 2023.

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Disability commission boss decries high rate of out of school children living with disabilities

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The Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) Mr James David Lalu has expressed concern over the high level of out if school Children living with Disabilities.

The Head Media and Publicity of the commission Mbanefo John Michaels in a statement issued in Abuja quoted the Executive Secretary to have indicated that the commission is leveraging on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) support for the Commission to take the children back to school.
Lalu spoke recently in his office during a meeting with representatives of the UNESCO Abuja Regional Office.
He said that the Commission is quite interested in collaborating with as many pertinent organisations as possible to ensure the achievements of its statutory mandate.
The Executive secretary explained further that the Commission’s zonal Rehabilitation Centres will be established in each State to enhance easy access and connection to various localities.
He however, indicated that some States like Kaduna, Gombe, Kwara and Kogi have been visited by the Commission adding that they were prevailed upon to kick-start the process at that level.
Lalu reiterated the commission’s commitment to carrying out its mandate of collation and proper follow up of bills to ensure creation of State offices is achieved

While commending the ES for his efforts towards putting the Commission on the cause of progress, the Officer-In-Charge of Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja, Mrs Nneka Okafor pointed out that UNESCO is in support of the creation of State offices which will improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities.

She prayed that the commission will attain greater heights to positively advance the wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.

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