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Traditional rulers commend Bello for being proactive on fulani attacks

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Traditional rulers commend Bello for being proactive on fulani attacks

A Royal Father, the Eje Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje has commended the Governor Yahaya Bello for the proactive measures to end the Fulani herdsmen killings at Ogane-Enigu
and Ojuwo-ajomaigbi in Dekina and Bassa local government areas of Kogi State.

Obaje who gave the commendation Saturday at Aloko-Ogane-Enigu on Saturday said since the creation of the state in 1991 no Governor has ever deemed it necessary to visit the village whenever there was crises between farmers and the herdsmen.
He spoke when the Governor visited the troubled villages with inaccessible roads where the herdsmen killed several natives recently.
He said the visit of governor Bello to the trouble villages has shown his level of humility toward the people of the state , noting that many people who fled from the villages to other neighboring towns for safety have started returning home as a result of the presence of heavy security provided in the areas.

According to him “In the recent past there has been crises between the farmers and the herdsmen in the area where lives and property running into millions of naira were lost.
The royal father said none of the former Governors has visted the areas for first hand information instead they delegated their subordinates to visit the villages.

“Honestly, when the news of the Governor’s planned visit the ravaged villages reached me I was elated and decided started moving to Ogane-Enigu ahead of him.
“Despite the fact that the villages in this part of the local Government have no good roads, the governor ignored the trouble to reach to visit the areas to see things for himself.
“This is a commitment expected of every leader to enable him address issues without fear or favour”

The royal father who expressed appreciation to the governor, reported the dearth of basic social amenities such as water, electricity and roads in Adumu, Aloko, Oganeinugu, Ojuole and Omayege communities.
He appealled to the governor for assistance in that direction.

Governor Bello while addressing troops of 913 Battalion of the Nigeria Army stationed at Aloko-Ogane-Enigu, Dekina Local Government in presence, said his on-the-spot assessment visit was aimed at ending the hostilities to restore peace to the affected communities.

He said that the armed herdsmen were poised to sacking the communities but were contained by security agencies that included the Army, Police and the Department of State Security Service.
He promised to institute Judicial panel of inquiry to unravel the causes of the crises.

According to him “The primary responsibility of any government is to secure lives and property. We shall not play politics with the lives of our people.

“We shall unravel everything that is behind these attacks. By the grace of God, this attack is going to be the first and the last in this place. As a government, we will, as much as possible, comfort the families affected and ensure that those injured received prompt medical attention,” he said.

The governor who lamented the dearth of basic social amenities in the area, said the previous administrations has neglected the people, assuring that government in no distance time will provide portable water, electricity and roads for the communities.

He urged the community to cooperate with the security agents by providing useful information to enable them tackle the cause of the crises.
In another development His Royal Majesty, Dr. Micheal Ameh Oboni II described Bello as a leader with great vision and dedication despite his young age.
He gave commendation when he led a large delegation of his chiefs to thank the governor for all he had done and for reviving their lost culture by lifting the ban of certain festivals.

The monarch said due to overzelousness by some people, certain Igala festivals were banned over 65 years ago.
He indicated that despite the fact that the state had been led by three former governors, who came from the Igala region of the state, none of them did anything to revive the festivals.

“Governor Yahaya Bello is one that understands the value of culture and when he came, he felt something was missing and chose to act,” Dr. Oboni said.
“Culture is everything. Our language, attitude, proverbs, way of cultivating farms are all ways of expressing culture. Some of our culture lost its potency and became adulterated.

“We are happy someone has come to wipe our tears. Our festivals were erroneously proscribed and we pray for those who did it to be forgiven. We are here to show our appreciation to the governor for lifting the ban.”

He also praised the Governor for not allowing his youthfulness to hinder him from delivering the dividends of democracy to the people, despite the many political distractions he encountered daily.
The Atta said it was clear that Governor Bello is determined to leave Kogi State much better than he met it.

“The development he (Governor Bello) has started in our area is unparalleled in the annals of the history of that area,” the monarch said. “Even if he stops here today, you have done more than any other person who has come before. We should be grateful. He is a very young man. Some of them are old enough to be his father but what did they do?”

“For bringing us out of the dungeon and into the light, forever and ever, the Igala people will never forget you.”

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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

That most State Governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of months of lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandermic inducares that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria.
This was the position of one of the daughters of President Mrs. Zahra Buhari-Indimi.
She said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across different States of the country has revealed that her father is not the problem of Nigeria afterall.
Zahra on her Instagram page said; “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” Zahra opined.

Thousands of Nigerians in different States particularly Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, FCT amongst others, plundered warehouses where tons of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were stored.

Some of the items for the palliatives that included bags of rice, maize, cartons of noodles, bags of garri and salt, vegetable oil were also found in private homes of some notable politicians.

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Rumour mill fails to grind as CAN debunks fire outbreak at its Ecumenical Center

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The rumour that Chritajn Association of Nigeria, (CAN) National Secretariat and National Ecumenical Centre had been set on fire by hoodlums who have hijacked the #EndSARS protests against police brutality could not help yesterday as it was immediately debunked by CAN.

The Christian Association of Nigeria described as fake reports that it’s the Ecumenical center was on fire.
The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, responded swiftly to clear every doubt.
He said, “Nothing happened. It’s not true, I’m just coming out of the office. The time now is 08:27pm. I’m just in my car driving back to my house. They said it came from AIT.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, Cornelius Omonokhua, also clarified that the report was “a false alarm.”

“It’s not true, it’s a false alarm. As I speak, the General Secretary of CAN is in the office; there’s nothing like that. It’s a false alarm, there’s nothing like that,” he stated.
The rumour mills have been grinding in FCT giving false indication that all is still not well after the #ENDSARS protests.

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