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FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME: The Unqualified DR. SALISU OGBO USMAN -Promise Emmanuel

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Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, the Acting Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja; born into a polygamous family on 26th October, 1972 at Angwa-Ogebe, in Ankpa Township, Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Still, Dr. Usman Ogbo is unqualified. Made unqualified by a circuit of societally-progressive-dwarfs that interpret reality from the incompetence of their own humanity.

There is a saying that: “even if you are dancing on water, you enemies will accuse you of raising dust”

The man Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, may be many things to many people and that is a function of their perceptions of him from their vantage positions. His recent appointment as Ag. Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, is not surprising because he has sterling qualities that are deserving. For the records, Dr. S. O. Usman is well educated and eminently qualified to provide leadership in the institution. He began his humble educational pursuit
at the Roman Catholic Mission (RCM) Primary School, Ankpa. He later transferred to the LGEA Primary School in Ankpa, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1988.

He proceeded to St Charles College, Ankpa for his secondary education in 1989, but later switched over to the Young Muslim Congress Secondary School (YMCSS) Ankpa, where he obtained his West Africa Senior School Certificate in 1995.

His quest for tertiary education began at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Osara Campus where he obtained his Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE), Advanced Level Result in 1996. Ogbo was a member of the pioneer set of the programme.

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With the Advanced Level result from Osara, he enrolled for his Bachelor Degree at the Bayero University, Kano, in 1997, and obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Political Science in 2001.

Three years after obtaining his Bachelor degree (2004 to be precise), Ogbo proceeded to the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, where he obtained his Master of Science (M.Sc) in Political Science in 2006.

In 2010, he proceeded to the Nassarawa State University, Keffi, where he was conferred with a Ph.D Degree in Political Economy and Development Studies in 2015.

Usman Ogbo’s commitment to administration, teaching, research, activism and advocacy, mentorship and community service has endeared him to many over the years. From his career days in the Administrative cadre at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, to his Academic sojourn at the Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria, where he has steadily risen through the ranks, and now a Senior Lecturer in the Department Political of Science, he has demonstrated sterling qualities in carrying out his responsibilities.

At Kogi State University, he has taught several courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He has also successfully supervised Master degree students and currently supervising six others who are already at the advanced stage of their programme.

He has held several administrative positions at the Kogi State University, Anyigba.

At the Departmental level, he has served as Level Adviser across levels, Secretary, Departmental Board Meetings, Departmental Project Coordinator, Assistant Examination Officer, Examination Officer, PG Coordinator and has been the Head of Department since 2016.

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At the Faculty level, he has served and still serving meritoriously as; Secretary, Faculty Examination Misconduct Committee, Chairman, Faculty Examination Misconduct Committee (2017 – Date), Member, Faculty Electoral Committee for the election of Dean (2013), Chairman, Faculty Electoral Committee for election of Dean (2016 and 2018) and Member, Faculty of Social Sciences Management Committee (2016 – Date).

At the larger university level, he has served as Secretary E-examination Committee, Chairman, E – Examination Committee, Deputy Coordinator, General Studies Unit, Coordinator, General Studies Unit and Dean, Student Affairs. He is currently the Director of Consultancy Services and a Member (Congregation Representative) Governing Council of the University.

In addition, this workaholic and meticulous researcher and administrative wizard has served and still serving as Member, Secretary and Chairman of not less than 30 other ad-hoc and statutory committees since he joined the services of the Kogi State University in 2009.

Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman as a researcher of no mean repute has published over 25 articles in reputable local and international journals and has several chapters in edited books to his credit. In addition, he has attended and presented papers at conferences both at the disciplinary and interdisciplinary levels across the country. He has also delivered lectures and engaged in constructive interactions at several conferences, fora, workshops and symposia.
Community Service.

In terms of Community Service, between 2010 to 2012, Dr. Usman Ogbo served as Investment Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kogi State University, Anyigba Chapter, Secretary, ASUU Electoral Committee, Kogi University Chapter (2016) and Member, Ethics Committee of the Union before it was proscribed.

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In addition, he has also served as staff adviser and patron to more than 15 registered and recognised clubs and associations both at the University of Ilorin and Kogi State University, Anyigba.

It is quite clear that Dr Usman Ogbo, is a man with a humble beginning who is no doubt striving and emerging as an academic giant, administrative wizard and social justice and equal opportunities crusader.

Though very controversial and misunderstood as a consequence, he is unarguably, a realist by ideological orientation. He believes in equal opportunities for all, irrespective of tribal, religious, class and family barriers.

Dr Usman Ogbo is a member of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), member Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA) and Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration (FCIA).

He is the first alumni of Kogi State polytechnic, lokoja to be so appointed as Ag. Rector.
The youngest in the history of appointment of Rectorship of the polytechnic since inception.
A man of different perspectives
A Nexus between the Town and Gown
A new generation of leadership in the ivory tower of Kogi State.
A sagacious and indispensable upcoming political iroko with the touch of intellectualism.

You may not like Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, but he is a blessed man.

He lives. He lives as a father, husband, academic giant, social mobilizer, students commander and political fire.

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Buhari Will Surely Pay For His Act Of Betrayal To The Progressive Family – Ahmed Yak

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The party lost the governorship election in Edo state Because of many factors which includes amongst Others the mule in the party, The cabal that comrade steps on their toes in his determination to bring orderliness to the party and the president policy makers who are aware that the party have two election in Edo and Ondo states with others vacant seats in both houses to be contested.

The policy makers refused to feel and tell the president the pulse of the nation with the increase in fuel pump price and electricity . Increase in all agriculture products Rice, bread, sugar and all consumable items.

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The policy makers are not sincere with the president or would it be the president having achieved is most cherish ambition of becoming the President and commander in chief care less of the abused we silent majority that supported him and APC go through daily.

The trauma we go through everyday by those who knows us as the supporters of this administration. The president abandoned all the people that worked for him because he has gotten what he wanted?

We expect him to emulate the USA Presidents past and present who use their Leadership postion to canvas for votes from voters for their party candidates in all house and other elections after-all we practice same model as that of USA.

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Even our past president did same in Nigeria. We are not encouraging rigging but the president body language has to show this is my party my choice.

Even when Obaseki refused to sworn in elected representative, and house of reps and Senate were deciding options on the table the president did not say a word to let the whole world knows that we in Nigeria do not practice democracy.
without separation of powers This are national issues the president has to let his position to be known.

Comrade Oshomole was all over the place during the presidential election.
He step on many cabal toes in bid to re arrange the party for dicipline and accountability.

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Asiwaju make sure he delivered his own States this made him enemy of the South East and South South who wants his support as he did for former president Jonathan to continue but Asiwaju make sure the president is elected and re elected now both Asiwaju and comrade were left by the president to carry their cross.

In all, we remain focused as Progressives and we will continue to support the Progressive family. Every one of us will be remember by our actions,deed and legacy.

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Maiwada Lauds President Buhari For Giving Edo State A Free And Fair Election

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Gov Obaseki and President Buhari

 

PDP is in a dilemma. Haven accused APC/Buhari of sending 30,000 policemen to rig the Edo elections and, with Governor Obaseki leading with a comfortable margin so far, will PDP eat its vomit and commend President Buhari’s sportsmanship or will it just pretend it didn’t misled Nigerians by painting as evil President Buhari’s patriotic gesture to provide a conducive atmosphere for Edo citizens to exercise their rights to vote for leaders in as free and fair manner as humanly possible?

Given the tension generated by the Edo election, most citizens fairly believed its going to be bloody with possibly dead bodies matching votes casted. This was averted by President Buhari’s proactive response to the situation. He didn’t allow the desperation and “do or die” tendencies of local APC chieftains to override public peace and safety. He pledged, ensured and enforced fairness so much so that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a leading figure in the PDP team, extolled his integrity and commended his insistence and success to conduct perhaps, the freest election in the history of Edo Stats.

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This, in case PDP will still miss it, is the CHANGE President Buhari promised Nigerians. Change from the old ways of doing things on which PDP flourished — something it’s still struggling to comprehend much less, accept. Claims of once being the biggest political party in Africa and all, PDP is yet to understand the concept of one-man-one-vote much less, make sense of a ruling party allowing the opposition to win a critical state. The yet to be concluded Edo election will never happened the way it did under PDP.

Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

PDP is so used to using security agencies to harass and intimidate Nigerians just to rig elections hence, the cries of wolf where there’s none when Buhari flooded Edo with security agents from different agencies to give Edolites a free and fair election. If APC is unable to pull a rabbit out its hat and Governor Obaseki sail home to victory, I hope PDP will be humble to apologize to President Buhari for giving them what they denied Nigerians for almost two decades.

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Regardless of where it swings, Edo elections is a win-win for President Buhari. Either for winning the election or for, once again, writing his name in gold for being a President who is not shy to implement his character regardless of whose ox is gored!

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The Uncongratulatory Message Of Engr. Musa Wada

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The PDP candidate in the 2019 Kogi State governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada has “congratulated” Governor Yahaya Bello on his Supreme Court victory. The purported congratulatory message is not only mischievous but made in a bad faith and “uncongratulatory” in every sense of it. It is wantonly unsavory.

The keenly contested election and painstakingly conducted electoral trial established that Mr. Wada is no match for Governor Bello; as the former loss convincingly on both sides. It is however amusing that Mr. Wada suddenly found his tongue to purportedly “congratulate” the Governor after 10 days of losing at the Supreme Court and after about 268 days of his defeat at the poll.

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One would have ignored such a mischievous laden “congratulatory message” but to forestall the idea that “Qui tacet consentit”; that is, silence gives consent. It is a disservice to the generation to come if we are silence on the needless issues he raised in that message; for they might take it as giving a consent or agreement to it.

You will also not miss Mr. Wada’s attempt to incite ethnic divisions, public disaffections, misinformation and disdain, all against the person of Governor Bello and sensitivity of the good people of Kogi State. One of such nefarious allegations is how people are dying in Kogi State and how the Government of the day has become a catastrophe. This is all in an attempt to sound like a Hobbesian and to let us know that he has started reading the work of Thomas Hobbes on the state of nature. No matter hard the winning of Governor Bello hit him, he should be reminded that political campaign is gone and there is nothing to contest again.

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The ultimate focus of the government right now, which should be the concern of every progressive minded individual is to see the State progresses and the good people of Kogi State harvest the abundance of the dividend of democracy. This is now about governance, not politics. This is about peaceful coexistence, not divisiveness. This is about dealing with the reality on ground, not chasing shadows. This is about giving a laser like focus to governance, not pedestal distraction. This is about having the Kogi Sate of our dream and this is what Governor Yahaya Bello has set out to accomplish.

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