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Kogi Govt, Security Agencies Set To Flush Out Criminals During Yuletide

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Following the resurgence of criminals and their nefarious activities, Kogi State Government has assured residents and commuters of their safety in the state during the Yuletide.

In a statement in Lokoja , on Saturday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said the State Government will not relent in its determination to ensure security of lives and property.

“We urge our people to be rest assured that adequate measures are in place to protect them wherever they are. Commuters have nothing to fear, traversing the State as our “Operation Total Freedom” is capable of maintaining our momentum against criminal elements.

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“The few flashes of attacks witnessed some weeks ago were traced to criminals who enter the state to foment trouble. We have tightened the noose on them and it will be difficult for them to disturb the peace of the State anymore.

“The Government Of Kogi State will continue to put security on the front burners in order to retain the confidence of investors to see Kogi State as investment destination”.
Fanwo stated.

According to Special Adviser, the State has remained “on top of the security game due to the periodic review of its performances in order to permanently close the door against criminality in the state”, assuring the people that the development witnessed in the State was largely as a result of the “uncompromising position of the Bello Administration on security matters”.

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“The Governor, the State Security Adviser, the security agents and the people of the state are on top of the security game in the State. We are all on the same page as far as fighting crimes is concerned. It is unimaginable the level of technology the State Government has put in place to power its Techno-Crime Combat Initiative. The model adopted in Kogi State has been effective and assuring.

“As far as the Kogi State Government is concerned, Security is pivotal to development and economic prosperity, hence, the need to ratchet vigilance on criminal elements who have found our security policies and commitment tough to deal with “, the statement reads.

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It would be recalled that Kogi State was notorious for violent crimes before 2016, a situation that has been largely put under control by the present administration .

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Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.

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Yahaya Idris, Jos.

Governor Simon Lalang of Plateau State.

Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.

He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.

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He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .

Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.

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The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.

The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

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Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja

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Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.

According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.

All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.

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The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.

The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.

It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.

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BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

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The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.

According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

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The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

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