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Kogi Deputy Gov. Visits Minister Of State For Power, Solicits Synergy And Support For Electrification Of Kogi East.

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 Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief David Edward Onoja, on Saturday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy Agba to synergize on the “Project Light Up Kogi East” (PLUKE) an electrification project embarked upon by the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The Deputy Governor told the Minister that Kogi state government has concluded all plans to light up communities in Kogi East presently in perpetual darkness, which is the largest Senatorial district in the state and also the darkest as over 90% of the entire rural areas in the district is without electricity

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Chief Onoja disclosed that a target has been set to light up over 100 communities yearly out of darkness by the current administration.

He also highlighted the rate of underdevelopment bedeviling the region due to absence of electricity which he said is a vital engine of industrialization and socio economic development in all societies.

He condemned the negligence of the area by the past administrations until the coming of Governor Bello who now plans to link the neglected area to civilization and remove poverty and substandard living condition of the Senatorial district.

He explained that the district boasts of the highest number of local Government areas in Kogi state, explaining that renewable power models would also be applied in some selected communities.

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He also assured the readiness of the New Direction Government to actualize the project, phase by phase, as the 2020 budget captured the PLUKE project.

He also used the occasion to declare the the commitment of Governor Bello to the senatorial district, citing the PLUKE project as a legacy project amongst other infrastructure such as roads, water and human resources and empowerment.

The Minister who welcomed the Synergy proposal, assured the Kogi state Government of readiness of the Federal Government to actualize the project.

He thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit which he said goes to show the readiness of Kogi state Government to actualize the project.

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The PLUKE project already is in progress as with feasibility and stock taking studies are in advanced stages to ensure its implementation on schedule.

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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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