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Tribalism has been defeated in Kogi State, says Gov Bello

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Tribalism has been defeated in Kogi State, says Gov Bello


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has indicated that his administration deliberately pulled down ethnic barriers and divisive tendencies that had dogged the state in the past as people now see themselves first as citizens without any division.

He gave the indication on Saturday at the Maigari of Lokoja’s palace in the state capital where he graced the turbaning ceremony of member representing Lokoja/Kotokarfe Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Shaba Ibrahim, who was conferred with the traditional title of ‘Sodangi of Lokoja’.
Continuing Bello said,
“That is why my administration in the last four years has enjoyed unprecedented unity amongst people of various tribes, religions and political affiliations which has never been witnessed in the confluence state in time past.”

Bello lauded the Maigari for conferring such “worthy and deserving” traditional title on the son of the soil (Hon. Shaba Ibrahim) who he said has contributed greatly to the growth and development of his constituency within the short period in office.

He congratulated the celebrant, noting that he has confident in his capacity to make good use of the new position while urging him to continue in “the positive trajectory”.

While speaking on the issue of COVID-19, the governor urged citizens not to panic assuring that the state would continue to proffer solutions peculiar to its territory.

He affirmed that citizens of the state had cooperated with the government during the outbreak of Yellow and Lassa Fever which were properly controlled, noting that their continued cooperation would help the government to guarantee their safety.

Governor Bello urged the citizens to continue to practice the necessary protocols while they also lived a healthy and hygienic lifestyle

He affirmed that he has and would continue to be vindicated over his opinion on the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that his government would continue to do its best to uplift the citizens at this trying time.

The governor admonished youths in the state to make the most of various empowerment and economic programmes by the federal and state governments, stating that utilizing such opportunities would place them on the path of financial self sufficiency.

He also urged the citizens to be vigilant while they continue to give the needed information to security agencies to enable them smoke out criminal elements and their cohorts from the state.

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

By AFP

US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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