Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Sunday renewed his policy of zero tolerance on insecurity when he led his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja and other senior government officials on a symbolic security inspection of the forests and hills around Geheku village, a suspected terrorists hide out on the Abuja-Lokoja federal highway.
Concerned about the reported attempts by suspected kidnappers who were believed to have been dislodged from the state and said to re-establish foothold, the Governor decided to stop over and see the area for himself.
It would be recalled that recently, some suspected kidnappers and armed robbers had shot at road users in Adabo near Gegu Beki , wounding and abducting several people.
Governor Bello who left Lokoja on Monday for engagements in Abuja was returning when in company of his Deputy, Chief Onoja, decided to inspect the suspected den of the criminals.
The two gallant leaders surveyed the forests and hills around Geheku with sophisticated security gadgets such as binoculars and aerial surveillance drone to identify trouble spots and to get first hand knowledge of the criminals hide out and the terrain in which they operate.
According to the Chief Press Secretsry to the Deputy Governor, Promise Emmanuel, the duo commended themselves for the feat to the admiration of their aides and passers-by who stopped to hail them, indicating a sign of sense of unity and direction, contrary to insinuations that there exists a frosty relations as claimed by a sections of the media .
The Chief Press Secretsry to the Deputy Governor said Bello has repeatedly dismissed the rumoured rift openly, stating that in many occasions his Deputy remains his best and most trusted hand, vowing that politics can never separate them.
Aside the concerted efforts on security, Kogi State has been in forefront of paying salaries and pensions on or before months’ end for about 7 months now. While noting that the hullabaloo around non-payment of workers’ remuneration has died a natural death by their performanc.
The Governor assured that there is no going back on citizens welfare while the roll-out of legacy infrastructure projects in his second term will also silence detractors.
The Deputy Governor on his part said it was not so much an act of gallantry but of duty for his boss to take the risk of exposing himself at such a notorious hot-spot.
He insisted rather that they owed the people of Kogi State the duty of stepping into their shoes in order to fashion actionable solutions for their challenges.
He further explained that the Governor’s action was to encourage the security agencies in the state to go the extra mile in taking the battle to the highway blooms in order to smoke them out.
It will be recalled that Governor Yahaya Bello who inherited a state riddled by insecurity ended his first tenure January this year with Kogi State rated the second most peaceful state in the federation.
The state is rated as most peaceful in the north by the National Peace Index as well as the state with the second lowest crime rate in the entire country by the National Bureau of Statistics.
He described the recent incidents of kidnapping as embarrassing and unacceptable considering the Governor’s record and promised that his boss will surely stamp the criminals out again.
Until October last year when he relinquished the office to become Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja was Governor Bello’s Chief of Staff and reputed to be the most effective and efficient in the country. He urged those seeing his total focus on his duties as Deputy Governor as anything other than serving his boss and the people of Kogi as required by the Constitution to purge themselves of every spirit of competitive jealousy and petty gossip.
He assured that he effected a total step back from the duties of Chief of Staff because that was the proper thing to do and also to allow the new man on the job to function fully.
He pointed out that today’s fact-finding expedition was an example of everyone playing their roles while allowing for the synergies responsible for the Bello administration’s first term successes and will remain the reason that his second term will be an even more massive success.
Making reference to some failed politicians who would plant stories of non-existent divisions in the media then praying to make them materialise between himself and his boss, he urges such mischief makers to get ready for serious hospitalisation because they are in for a turbulent ride this second term as they will suffer many a disappointment going forward.
FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the territory.
A presss statement signed by SA, Media Austine Elemue said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the signing of the MoU called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, just as she revealed that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The Minister commended the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in person, also called for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights. She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society. And today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to go out of her ways to look for more decent accommodation for our vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under this period of two years, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties. And as the custodial of state charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come”, the minister affirmed.
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youth, while praying that the facility would provides the needed shelter to all those in need.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in person and other related offences.
She, however, assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, stressing that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
According to her; “You have been very supportive to our agency. I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU. Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility”.
Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.
By Yahaya Idris, Idah.
The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.
The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni
Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.
Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.
But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.
Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour
Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.
The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.
“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.
“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.
“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.
According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.
He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.
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