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To curb flood disaster in Kogi NYCN mobilizes over 1000 youths

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To curb flood disaster in kogi NYCN mobilizes over 1000 youths

By John Akubo

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State chapter in a proactive step to prevent the 2012 flooding disaster in Kogi State is mobilising 1000 volunteers through the Local Government chapters of the council in collaboration with NEMA and the state Ministry of Environment for grassroots sensitization and environmental sanitation.
This was contained in a statement which was signed by the chairman Oladele John Nihi and was made available to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday.
The rescue operation was coming on the heels of the recent experience in the State capital when several commuters and motorists plying the Abuja-Lokoja road were held hostage by heavy traffic holdup for several hours on account of the flooding from waterfalls from mount Patti and Oworo hills that took over parts of the high way.

Some buildings collapsed around Felele because of the force of the run off water of over 3000billon cubic meters that comes from the mountains and hills.

Many residential buildings and shops around the river bank were submerged in the raging flood that lasted for about eighth hours.
The intervention by the council according to the statement includes clearing of blocked drainages to allow free flow of water, creating alternative routes for water to flow easily, clearing of bushes and other tasks that may be deemed necessary by the Ministry.
The statement reads, “Disturbed by the recent flash flooding witnessed in Lokoja and some other parts of the state, coupled with the distress call received by NEMA of imminent flood in Sarkin Noma, Ganaja, Lokoja Local Government Area and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State, the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kogi State chapter has resolved to scale up her advocacy activities.
” We mobilizing one thousand (1000) youths across the nine (9) Local Government Areas that are prone to flooding namely, Koto Karfe, Lokoja, Omala, Igalamela-Odolu, Kabba/Bunu, Ajaokuta, Ibaji, Bassa and If LGA.”
It indicated that the council has been partnernering with the State Ministry of Environment in carrying out advocacy on the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
“This is because as a council, we believe in the saying that ‘Health is Wealth’, and a healthy life can only be guaranteed through a clean and safe environment.”
“It is our believe that this set of youths that we are going to put together will complement the effort of NEMA and the State Ministry of Environment by taking the advocacy to the grassroot and also helping the communities to do the needful.
“We are enthusiastic that this little effort of the Youth Council, will help avert the imminent flooding or worst still, mitigate the suffering of our people as we endure this trying times.
“We also want to use this medium to call on all youths, no matter your location to join in this advocacy and render assistance when you can. Kogi State is our state, collectively we will work to make it greater. ”
The statement sympathized with the people of the state, most especially those affected by the recent flash flooding.
“We also wish to commend NEMA, SEMA and the state Ministry of Environment for their tireless efforts in contending with this giant monster that we face at this time.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8,Lokoja, Kogi state, Mr Yunana Yukubu Babas has passed on to the great beynd barely 14 days to his retirement.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the zone, Inspector Ruth Awi, made the disclosure to newsmwn in Lokoja on Friday.

She indicated that Babas was hail and hearty on Wednesday when he reported in Office and was preparing for his retirement which would have come up in two weeks.
Awi explained further that on getting home, he took ill, adding that when the ailment did not abate, Babas was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC), Lokoja for proper medical attention where he gave up the ghost at about 10.30 a.m on Thursday.
It would be recalled that two other police officers attach to the police command in the state, who were on a mission to convey the body of their late colleague from the state to Adamawa state lost their lives in an auto crash.

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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