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Altering Zonal Arrangement For Elective Positions In Kogi LGA Is Dangerous

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi Local Government is one of the most politically stable area in the state, due to their wisdom of the zoning arrangement adopted by the elites and the stakeholders from the area on elective positions.

The zoning arrangement was accepted by the entire people of the area Irrespective of political affiliations. They met severally in meetings where the zoning formula and arrangement aimed at easing political extremism, marginalisation and misdirected ambitions, in the interest of fair-play, equity, justice, development and peaceful coexistence.

They came up with the arrangement and a formula that the 11 electoral wards were zoned into A, B and C preparatory measures to election of the the Executive Chairman of the Local Government Council and other elective positions that covers the entire LGA.

The zoning arrangement is to have elective positions rotated among the Three (3) zones.

According to Hon. Abubakar Isa Ada Abu from zone A who wrote on behalf of concerned citizens, “It is therefore instructive to put records straight by saying that the zoning arrangement does not contemplate the none elective positions.

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“In conformity with history, we have had LGA administrations which include, Care-takers, Liaison Officers (LO 1,2,3) and any other names, and it has gone round the three (3) zones, that is, A, B and C in the LGA, it was never considered as an elective positions in the LGA.”

Now, it is apparently obvious that the LGAs of the State are headed by Administrators and their Administrative teams, none elective positions.

The concerned group has observed that some people are ignorant of the existing political arrangement.

The ignorant and over ambitious are calling for a shift of the Executive Chairman’s zone ahead of the council election has not been held in the state. It is clear to everybody the zone where the present Administrator comes from, zone B, is to produce the next Executive Chairman of Kogi local government Council.

The concerned group who cut across the 3 zones, recalled how some former council Chairmen equally benefited from the ongoing peaceful, well coordinated zoning arrangement.

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It started with Hon. Muhammed Adazigu of Zone B, who was appointed as Care-Taker and later elected as Executive Chairman in the council.

When it was the turn of Zone A, Hon. Shaba Ibrahim, was appointed as Care-Taker and later elected as Executive Chairman in the council.

In the same vein, when it came to the turn of Zone C, one Hon. Labaran Adamigomina was appointed caretaker committee Chairman and thereafter was equally voted for as Executive Chairman.

They reasoned that, as long as a zone occupies an office by way of appointment, it doesn’t contrast the zoning formula or arrangement

In contrast to the views of the other zones, some over zealous politicians from zone A are calling for the discontinuation of the formula.

Information gathered from Koton Karfe, headquarters of the local government, revealed that some few selected APC men met on the 22nd December and deliberated on how to thwart the peaceful transition process of politics in the local government to their selfish favour. While the real stakeholders in persons of Hon. Osune, Hon Akawu and many others distance themselves from such an inconsiderate meeting with aimed of causing disunity.

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The few group from Zone A vowed to force their ways or disorganise the party.

They are complaining of marginalisation by the zone B as they believe that he may not vacate his seat for them to come and to exhibit their crass greed and draw back the progressing hand of the cock.

Party Chieftains that had chat with the Middle Reporters also lamented on the sudden and strange change of Political perception of some few greedy elements whose aims are to occupy positions even when they can not perform.

Most astonishing is that only some few greedy elements from zone A are trying to “shift the goal post in the middle of the football match.”

“There are numerous positions in government yet to be assigned and some too ambitious can not wait for their turns, they want to capsize the boat “, a Koton Karfe based politician said.

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Gov Simon Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Plateau State

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Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Danladi A. Atu, said the decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

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Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

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By this notice, “we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state”.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong

For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

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“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks”.

“We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people”.

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Kogi Switch To Action, Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads

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Hon. Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere, Commissioner for a works and Housing

Amidst coronavirus pandemic, #EndSARS protest and unfavourable economic situation in the country, Kogi State Government has defied all that and has begun second phase of grading of the 500 Unit, Ganaja Federal Road to ease the sufferings of motorists passing through the dilapidated road.

State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Sadiq Ohere stated this while inspecting ongoing works on the site, said the grading became necessary after the first one carried out some weeks ago.

“We have began the second round of grading of roads within the 500 unit estate”.

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The efforts is to ease the sufferings of commuters who are unable to still pass the major roads.

“We are concerned about the sufferings, and Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed that we Open up the alternative road”.

He said other roads in the state capital and in other parts of the Stste will follow up immediately after the rain subsides.

He thanked the people of the State for their patience and understanding, saying efforts is on to fix the Ganaja Federal Highway permanently from being cutoff Everytime the flood comes.

According to him, the initial design did not take cognisance of the heavy traffic reason why it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

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He however said the road would be made motorable for commuters in the next few days.

 

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Hajiya Rakiya Bullet Congratulates Barr. Tanko Over Appointment As Chairman State Civil Service Commission

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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

L-R: Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Former Assistant Small Governor and Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission

 

A famous grassroot Woman Politician in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet has congratulated the newly appointed Chairman Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Hajiya Bullet in a statement made available to Global Times Nigeria in Lokoja, the State capital on Tuesday said the appointment is Well-deserved considering his antecedent and track records of performance.

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Barr. Tanko and Hajiya Iyami

She said the appointment is well deserved in view of his efforts in transforming the council when he served as Administrator.

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Hajiya Bullet who is also the former Assistant Small Governor representing Kogi LG, thanked the Governor Yahaya Bello for the honour done to their LG through the appointment of one of their own as Chairman State Civil Service Commission, having served earlier in his cabinet, and in his previous term.

She advised Barr. Tanko to deploy his expertise on the new portfolio, which is a call to higher service and responsibility in accordance with the mandate of the governor and provide possible way to reform civil service in the State.

According to her, Barr. Tanko had worked well in his previous office and through provision of social amenities, empowerment of youths, women and the less privilege, people’s oriented policies and other programs among others.

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Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet is optimistic of his superlative performance, while assuring of her continued prayer, support and loyalty in order for him to achieve maximally.

She assured the civil servants that Barr. Tanko will not disappoint them, call for their support and cooperation to pave the way for tremendous success as Tanko’s passion for service to humanity is unrivalled.

 

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet and some other women group had earlier paid a congratulatory visit to Barr. Tanko at his Lokoja residence.

 

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