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The King of kings has empowered me with wisdom to lead – Olu of Akpata

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The King of kings has empowered me with wisdom to lead – Olu of Akpata

Oba Fredrick Durojaiye Balogun, “Olu-Lagedu VI, the Olu Akpata of Akpata, Oworo, in Lokoja Local Government area of Kogi State recently celebrated his 6 years on the throne with a thanksgiving, in this interview with the NationalUpdate, he said God is the king that ordains kings adding that the king of Kings has empowered him with everything he needs to lead the people with fairness and justice.



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What is the significance of your 6 years on the throne and the thanksgiving?

I want to appreciate God who has chosen me with numerous people to lead. He is the king who ordains kings and I always say this to people, the king who has ordained a king has the capacity to empower him with everything he requires to lead the people. Since I ascended the throne I had no reason for regrets because I am not here to betray the people or to cheat on them. I am not here to Lord it over them or to deny them of their rights. I am here to help them achieve their purposes and of course to work together with them for the development if the kingdom and to attract investments and development and to the glory of God we are gradually getting there.


I want to give glory and adoration to God who made heaven and the earth, he also made me. Of course nothing can be achieved without him, the journey so far, 6 years is not a child’s play because many have died, so for him to have kept me alive, he is worthy of my praise and that of the entire kingdom for his benevolence, kindness, his grace and mercy all these six years. That is why we felt that on an annual basis we give him thanks. So it was a thanksgiving service to show our appreciation for his loving kindness, his peace, protection and the various doors of favour he has opened for this community. 

What are those things you think God has helped you to achieved for this kingdom?

To him alone like I said be glory, honour and adoration. The number one thing one has to be thankful for is the life he has given to the individuals in the community, the continuous peace we have enjoyed in the kingdom is worthy of note, that is most paramount because for development to come into an area there must be peace. So we have to be thankful for these. Though there are too many things to be greatful for but I will itemise a few.
To the glory of God when I ascended the throne the Kingdom was not like this. I felt the first thing is for us to attract the attention of Government to the community. Before my enthronement there was no any Government intervention, there was no physical infrastructure from the Government to my kingdom so the first thing was for me to move to bring in the various security agencies. I built a police post and met with the then police commissioner, Emmanuel Ojukwu, he came himself on 31st December, 2015 to commission the police post and since then we have a police post and you know the presence of the police signify the presence of Government in the community. The police will help to curb and mitigate the excesses of people in every act of criminality, of course criminality in the community was wiped out, which further increased the peace we have been enjoying. Not only that I equally met with the commandant if the Nigeria Civil Defence and a post was brought here and today we have the presence of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The presence of Government is further enhanced and we are all aware of the insecurity ravaging the country.
In the area of infrastructure we went all out for a proper general layout of the community. We did the proper layout that has to do with planning the land for future development for inhabitants or would be settlers to be able to access their residences by rooting and creating access roads in the community for future considering those that would want to come into the community for development to have easy access. This will attract people to come and explore. We are aware that Akpata is located between the Obajana Cement PLC and Lokoja the State capital, so Akpata is more or less a city that is still in a village form because of the treasures and the potentials that abound here and for these reasons it is very important for us to start with the planning of the community. So when I came in we have to properly plan the community as to where social amenities are supposed to be and residential places and the industrial places. The lay out has been done for investors to come in. Hence for the fact that the environment is so peaceful and accommodating it us encouraging. The character of the people, our culture and tradition are things that are worthy of note. 
We met with the Government and made the plight of the people and deprivations known to them. Number one, things like ordinary clinic was not in existence, of course there was nothing like pharmacy, not even a chemist when I came. To the glory of God I met with the Government and courtesy of Governor Yahaya Bello a primary health center has been built and it is at 95% completion. Everything is fixed, all the equipments needed for the takeoff have been made available, including furniture, so we are only waiting for the contractor to do the finishing touches like the painting. 
You are aware of the pollution we are exposed to because of industrialization so if the clinic is not here you can only but imagine the diseases that the people would be exposed to, in terms of water and air pollution. So the presence of the clinic in Akpata will help the neighboring communities.
In the area of education, well I want to appreciate God for the grace he has given to me even before I ascended the throne. I have come to understand that education is the bedrock of development of any community. The Government primary school that I met, the structure was not good and for pupils to learn well they need conducive environment, so my community built one block of four classrooms. It was only roofed, no ceiling, no desk. When I approach the government, I placed the issue before them, they came removed the old roof, and renovated it and it is now looking new. That is the intervention of the State Government. Only the primary school I felt was not enough when I ascended the throne so for the fact that we do not want to expose our children to the hazards on the roads, because some of them travel to Kabba junction, some to Obajana, to continue their education in JSS 3 so I approached the Government through the SUBEB and a junior secondary school was approved here. Already we had a block of two classrooms donated by a Philippine who only came for some construction work. Through  his intervention we spoke with the Government and it was approved. Not only that again I went back to meet with the Government, and a block of two classrooms was built in addition to what we have and by the grace of God we are going to have students that will graduate to senior secondary school. I want to appreciate the Government here. 
We have graduated two sets and we want them to continue, we had approached the local Government, so also the state ministry of education to upgrade the school to Senior Secondary School, Akpata.
It does not stop there, recently a Chief Magistrate Court 2 was brought to Akpata and it would be commissioned soon. As a leader I am here to serve my people, not to lord over them. Every responsible leader is a servant to the people as he never made himself, God ordained and the people perfected it. So my purpose here is for me to sacrifice everything I have for the welfare of the people and the development of the Kingdom.

The palace we just built I am releasing it for the take off of the court until the government comes in to build the court. I always said it, if the Local Government headquarters is sited in Akpata today, I will release my personal house, I will give it up for the takeoff of the local Government, this is how much I am ready to serve and sacrifice everything God has given to me for humanity. I am not stopping there, human development is very important. The ones I mentioned are infrastructural developments. By the grace of God and the presence of Dangote Cement PLC in our domain, we have been able to foster a better relationship with them. I was a staff there, I stop working with Dangote cement in 2006 and to the glory of God before I left I was heading a training section. I thank God I had no bad record. With my humility and dedication and ardent sincerity and hardwork, these qualities further cemented our relationship and with the help of God the management has been absorbing the youths of my kingdom into Dangote Cement PlC. My relationship with friends and family has equally been of help in these six years on the throne in fixing some of our children in Federal Government jobs. We have been able to get jobs for them in some parastatals and paramilitary organisations like in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the Prisons. We are hoping that more of our children would be enrolled into the Airforce, Customs and the rest of them. We are negotiating not just that but we are trying to fix our children at Government levels to be able to have people working in Government agencies that will be of help in the nearest future to bring about more developments in the community.
Aside this I have always enjoyed ardent support and cooperation of my people. The council members, the women, the men and the youths. One doesn’t need to be told, if you have the time take a walk around, there are numerous things to mention.

Are there things you still want the Dangote Group to do for the community as your Kingdom has grown in leaps and bounds?

We all know that human wants are insatiable, but we want to appreciate Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his generosity, his kind gesture, his love. I always told people, though I will not call him Messiah but he is equally one of the angels in human form God sent to deliver the people. The presence of the Cement company has done a lot in the lives of the people. We have been enjoying electricity for over ten years, it was his sole effort. We never had electricity poles. In some communities you see high tension wires running through their communities, there was none here. He went far as 20km away to bring it to our community. He brought transformers and electrified our community what else do we want from him?
You mentioned water, of course we have abundant potable water. Recently he built two 20, 000 litres of water reservoir from a motorised borehole. Aside the hand pump borehole and the motorised solar borehole he built about eight years ago. Of course on daily basis he supplies us water with tankers so that when people are not able to go to the borehole the truck comes everyday to distribute water. Recently, having seen that he alone cannot absorb every applicant, he came in and said there was need for him to support the community cooperate, he gave us some monetary support for the people that may have business plans. Those that are ready to learn handwork, the artisans without tools. The cooperative will loan them money. The cooperative is fully under the control of the community headed by the president and the monarch of the kingdom is the grand patron who oversees the affairs of the cooperative. The money would be given to serious minded individuals to boost their businesses, it will help them to purchase equipments like those for barbing saloon, for welding that the welder needs welding machine, a baber who needs clipper or generator to run his business and so on. All of these he has done. Aside this there is no year he does not come in to help the people. His presence has done a lot to uplift the people of the community. We were once forgotten but with his presence we are remembered. We are greatful to God for the presence of Aliko Dangote, for his love and generosity and the grace God has given to him to always give, may that grace never grow cold and may God spare his life.



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Wada heads PDP screening committee for Anambra 2021

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has appointed immediate past Governor of Kogi State Idris Wada as Chairman of the Screening Committee for its aspirants in upcoming Anambra governorship election.

The party made the disclosure in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, retired Col. Austin Akobundu, in Abuja on Saturday.
Akobundu indicated that the party also approved the nomination of South East Zonal Secretary of the party, Chief James Ugwu, as Secretary of the screening committee.
Other members of the committee according to Akobundu include: Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Mrs Martha Bodunrin and Mr Jones Onyereri.

He said that the screening exercise is scheduled for Monday April 12, and Tuesday April 13, at the National Working Committee Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, at 9:00 a.m.

“It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our party,” he said.

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Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson

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Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson 

The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of AIG Hafiz Inuwa as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. 

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the force Public relations officer Frank Mba and issued in Abuja on FridayThe statement indicated that IGP also approved the re-appointment of CP Frank Mba and Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. The new Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters, Abuja. AIG Hafiz Inuwa holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). 
Prior to his appointment as the Force Secretary, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State, covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands. 
He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, amongst other strategic positions. He is a member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos. CP Frank Mba, a lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), is also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, Scotland – United Kingdom, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Law. An IVLP scholar, he holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management from the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia, USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA. A veteran Public Relations (PR) practitioner, he is being re-appointed as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and the Image-maker for the Nigeria Police Force for the third time. Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa, the newly re-appointed Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police (PSO-IGP), holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. A Chevening Scholar, Ag. CP Owohunwa also holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management at the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the globally recognized FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, USA.  Ag. CP Owohunwa was the PSO-IGP between 2015 and 2016, and to the immediate past Inspector General of Police. This re-appointment marks the third time he is holding the position as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police. In a similar vein, the IGP has ordered the posting of the following officers; CSP Idris Abdullahi Abubakar as the PSO II to the IGP, SP Isah Abdulhamid as PA-IGP, SP Nura Kabir Hanga as Secretary – IGP, amongst other personal aides.   The statement said the Senior Police Officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his Management Team in developing/implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilizing internal security, modernizing police operations and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens. The appointments/postings of the Senior Officers and personal aides take immediate effect.

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Acting IGP promises to provide professional, responsive policing

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*** to restore the primacy of Police in internal security

The acting inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has promised to use his tenure to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsive policing system

This he said will enable the police to give Nigerians safety, treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

Speaking in his remarks during the handing over ceremony at the Force headquarters Abuja, he challenged the citizens to change their mind sets and be prepared to work with the police in the interest of community safety and national security.
“I am mindful of the yearnings of Nigerians for a policing system that will not only assure them of their safety, but treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

“I am fully conscious of the task ahead and His Excellency’s expectations. By the Grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), I shall not let the nation down.
“To the Police officers, I call on you to continue to support me with prayers so that this journey we are commencing together today shall lead us to the desired destination.
“Being appointed to head the largest Police Force in Africa both in terms of personnel profile and operational jurisdiction is to me, more than a fulfilment of destiny.
“It is a call to national duty, particularly, at this critical time that our nation is experiencing increasingly complex and pervasive security threats occasioned by terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, secessionist agitation and sundry highly organized crimes.”
He said though the challenge of leading the Force to address the threats in the shortest possible time frame, restore security order, and return the nation to the path of national unity appear daunting it is achievable.
According to him, inspired by the extensive years of service, I can confidently say that the Nigeria Police is endowed with some of the finest, courageous and patriotic officers who, undoubtedly, shall support me to advance the internal security vision of the President.”

Baba said, he is encouraged  by the fact that the outgoing Inspector General of Police has laid a solid foundation and entrenched a culture of professional efficiency in the Force.

“These will stimulate me in my capacity as the new Acting Inspector General of Police, to strengthen our strategies and provide the requisite leadership that will change the narratives in relation to our operational approach to the current security threats.

“The task of restoring the primacy of the Nigeria Police in the internal security architecture of the country is the main challenge ahead of us.

“It is, however, a task that I am convinced we can surmount if we resolve as a people to partner and present a common front against the subversive and criminal elements who are the common enemies of our nation.”
“As IGP Adamu exits the Force, I call on you all to join me in celebrating one of the greatest policing icons of our time and to put on record our immense appreciation of his laudable contributions to the Nigeria Police Force.”

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