Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reiterated his Administration’s commitment to continue to support the Armed forces, law enforcement agencies and the families of fallen heroes in the state.
The governor, who made the declaration on Wednesday at the commemoration and celebration of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the historical Military in Lokoja, charged the living heroes to continue to defend the nation’s sovereignty.
He equally urged the citizens to support the government in catering for the well being of the loved ones left behind by the nation’s fallen heroes.
Governor Bello implored the citizens to maintain law and order as security was a collaborative effort of different sectors of the society.
While encouraging people to see security as everybody’s business, Bello appealed to the media to be patriotic in reporting security issues and avoid falsehood.
The celebration was attended by heads of security agencies , representatives of retired Service Men and the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, who also laid wreaths in honour and remembrance of the nation’s fallen heroes.
The governor had earlier inspected the Guard of Honour, signed the register, and released the white pigeons which symbolises existing national peace.
Adogi Community In Lafia Celebrates Gov Sule
In a bid to demonstrate their support for his administration, Adogi community in Lafia East Development Area, set aside Friday, September 25, as a special day to celebrate the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engineer Abdullahi Sule.
As part of activities lined up for the day, the Adogi Community, led by Hon. Mohammed Alkali, member representing Lafia North at the state assembly, paid a courtesy call on the Governor, at the Government House.
In his introductory remarks, Hon. Alkali said Adogi town, with its rich and ancient history, which is also politically critical in the state, never had it so well like under the present administration of Engineer Sule.
He particularly commended the Governor for restoring peace to the area, especially with Adogi being mostly agrarian, with farmers now able to carry out their agricultural activities devoid of the previous dominating atmosphere of fear, occasioned by the prevailing insecurity.
The lawmaker expressed gratitude that in the history of the ancient town, it was only during the present administration that a son of Adogi was elevated to the position of a director in the state civil service, for which the entire community are rolling out the drums to celebrate the Governor.
“The people of Adogi decided to set aside today, being Friday, as a special day to celebrate the Engineer Sule Day.
“After this courtesy call, immediately after the Jumaat prayer, they will host a special rally to celebrate your day,” he told Engineer Sule.
Also, speaking on behalf of the community, Alhaji Danladi Mohammed, the Marafan Adogi, said since the elevation of the Adoki traditional stool to a third class status, the people of the community decided to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a mark of appreciation.
Mohammed added that the Adogi community is exceptionally grateful to the present administration under Engineer Sule, for elevating their son to the position of a substantive director in the state civil service.
While highlighting on some of the development strides of the Governor, the Marafan Adogi described Engineer Sule as the “emancipator, redeemer, messiah, indefatigable Governor with listening ears, the man with a vision and mission, the man with a good political acumen, with the fear of God. The man that operate within the policy of objectivism and not that of subjectivism.”
The community equally appreciated the Governor for finding time to recently console with them on the passing away of their illustrious son, the late Alhaji Bala Zakari Adamu.
“Adogi community is proud of the developmental strides of your administration, evidently clear in just few months of your assumption of office,” the Marafan Adogi said.
He explained that the ongoing transformation in the state can only be achieved by a leader that understands the problems of the people and who is concerned about the welfare of the people.
Mohammed used the opportunity of the visit to appeal to the Governor to upgrade the Adogi traditional stool to a second class status, extend the dualization of the Shendam road to Adogi, as well as address the prevailing environmental degradation in Adogi town caused by erosion.
The community equally appealed to the Governor to rehabilitate the only secondary school in the area established since 1982.
The Adogi community capped the visit by conferring an award of excellence on the Governor.
Responding, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, thanked members of the Adogi community for the support the APC continue to receive, as well as the support for his administration.
Engineer Sule used the moment to once more condole with the community on the passing on of the late Alhaji Bala Zakari, stressing that the Santalin Lafia remains one of the illustrious son of Nasarawa State before his death.
On the pleas by the community, the Governor said there is no problem that is too big for the administration to solve for the Adogi community.
He advised them to submit their request for the upgrade of the traditional stool and that at the appropriate time, government will look into their request.
On the ecological challenge confronting the community, Engineer Sule promised that by next week, the Commissioner for Environment will visit Adogi to assess the situation.
Commenting on rehabilitating the school, the Governor disclosed that government have just concluded compiling lists of schools to be upgraded, expressing hope that the school in Adogi has been captured.
He promised that even if the school is not captured, his administration will find other means to renovate the school.
Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.
Yahaya Idris, Jos.
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.
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.
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.
Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja
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.
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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