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Gov Bello’s Visit To Fashola, Panacea To End Infrastructural Challenge In Kogi

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BY Abah Benjamin Eneojoh.

Engineers from the Department of Highway Bridge and Design (Road Design North) of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Abuja in partnership with the Kogi State Ministry of Works and Housing and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have begun visit to deplorable roads in Kogi State.

This was revealed today in Lokoja by Engr Omotayo O. Awosanya Head of the Department of Highway Bridge and Design Federal Ministry of Works and Housing during a stakeholders interactive session on the possible ways to profer lasting solution to the incessant road accident in Kogi State.

Recall that after the visit of His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State to the office of the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in Mabuchi, Abuja on the need to give urgent attention to deplorable Federal Roads in the State.

Subsequently,
the Kogi State Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr Abubakar S. Ohere called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to quickly intervene on the the deplorable condition of Federal roads in the State in order to avoid accident in this “Mber” months.

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Engr Ohere noted that the State Government can’t fold its hands without making efforts to make roads passable considering the socio economic importance of the roads to the State and the nation at large.
” We are appealing to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to graciously approve the reenforcement of the compliance of the contract awarded for the construction of Ganaja road and others roads in Kogi State” he requested.

Engr Omotayo in his opening speech said that his Team is here on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing Hon. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to conduct a site visit to Felele area of Lokoja and other deplorable points in the State in order to create a remedy for the incessant accident in Nigeria.

He further revealed that the two major flash points for road accident in Nigeria are the Felele area of Lokoja Kogi State and the Otedola Bridge in Lagos , stressing that the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing is quite worried on the frequent reoccurrence of ghastly motor accident at these two points therefore demanding stakeholders to brainstorm on the possible ways to end this devastating occurrences within the shortest time.

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Suggesting the remedy that could mitigate this nasty occurrence, the Acting Director Civil Engineering Department, Kogi State Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr Simon Oguche maintained that the only ways to avert this menace is to construct an interchange, create a service lane, develop a shoulder and build speed breakers at the necessary points, with this he said problem of incessant accident on Felele area of Lokoja will be laid to rest.

In the same development, Mr Idris Fika, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) attributed the cause of he frequent motor accident in the Felele area of Lokoja to Human Activities adding that if the Lokoja International Market is relocated or people are restricted to trade within the market without hanging outside the fence of the market for trading activities, the frequent horrible experience on that road will be drastically reduced.

He further noted that if proper action is not taken now with the presence of Lokoja International Market, Kogi State Polytechnic, Federal University Lokoja, International Terminal, and the proposed Federal Medical Centre on that road, it could be more devastating in the future than what we are currently passing through now.

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During inspection to the failed section on Ganaja road, Engr Omotayo appealed to the representative of Federal Road Mentainance Agency (FERMA) Engr Bankole to commence a palliative work on Ganaja road immediately to ease commuters in this “Ember” season.

On reaching Felele site, Omotayo also reiterated that due recommendation by his Team to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing would bring a lasting solution to the incessant road accident in Felele area of Lokoja.

In his recommendation, there shall be a Double Service Lane on the both sides of the road, there shall be an Interchange or Grace Separation and speed breakers on Dual carriage as such will help to decongest the road.

He further added that, a shoulder (Parking Lane) shall be constructed to avoid vehicles parking any how.

This he said will be done in appropriate places on the Felele Road.

Engr Omotayo appealed to the State Government to secure the right of way as such would ease the work of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, he said.

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Hon. Shafa Distributes Food Items to Constituent

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Hon. Shafa Distributes Food Items to Constituent

… charges Muslims to Pray for an End to Insecurity
By: Musa Jameel Toto

Ahead of the 2021 2021 Sallah celebration, the Member representing Toto/ Gadabuke at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa has distributed food items especially to youths, women and the elderly in his Constituent.

Hon. Shafa said the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the hardship people may be going through especially during the Ramadan period.

The Lawmaker who was represented by Alh. Musa Dasoko, admonished Muslims across State to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray for an end to the incessant killings and kidnapping facing the State and the Country at large.

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“It is mandated of all Muslims to help those in need during this holy month and this year’s Ramadan came at a time when the world is grappling with the Corona Virus pandemic, kidnapping and other menace which has crippled businesses and means of livelihood of citizens

“It is only right for well-to-do individuals to support those in need, that is why Hon. Shafa is making this donation

“Members of the All Progressives Congress APC especially, Youths, Women and Elders played an important role in getting us elected into offices

“It is only natural that we reciprocate this gesture in this critical time

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“We hope the food items will be distributed judiciously so that those in need will all benefit”

Hon Usman Labaran Shafa reiterate his commitment in delivering more needed dividends of democracy to better the lives of his people and urged the people of the State to continue to support the administration of the State Governor, Engr. A.A Sule to enable him succeed.

Othman Nuhu Pandagi who received the items on behalf of the Coordinators, described Hon. Shafa as a pace setter who has the interest of his people at heart.

“The other time he was the first person among our party leaders that brought food items and this time around he is again the first person to bring food items because of the Ramadan. We are saying a very big thank you to Hon. Shafa”

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Othman Pandagi assured that they will share the items accordingly and ensure everybody benefit from it.

 

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SSA to Gov. Bello Calls for Continuous Support to the Present Administration

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SSA to Gov. Bello Calls for Continuous Support to the Present Administration

 

By: Samuel Atuluku

The new Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Information and Political Strategy, Mr. Samuel Abah has called for collective support to the present administration in the State.

Mr Abah made the call in Lokoja shortly after receiving his appointment letter.

He explained that the task of developing the State should not be left to the Government alone, saying everyone has a role to play in governance.

The Senior Special Assistant maintained that it was necessary for the people to put aside their differences in order to build a Kogi State of the dream of the founding fathers.

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Mr. Abah pledged to use his wealth of experience to contribute positively to the advancement of the State, stressing that his appointment was a call to service.

The SSA also urged Nigerians to support Governor Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition in view of his achievements, adding that he has all it takes to tackle the security and other challenges confronting the nation.

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Nigerians Want Bello For President To Replicate Achievements In Kogi. — Solid Minerals Commissioner.

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Nigerians Want Bello For President To Replicate Achievements In Kogi. — Solid Minerals Commissioner.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state Commissioner of solid minerals and natural resources, Hon. Bashir Muhammed Gegu, said that Nigerians from all works of life are clamouring for the Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to contest the 2023 presidential election, because of his numerous achievements recorded in just six years in office.

Kogi state Commissioner of solid minerals and natural resources, Hon. Bashir Muhammed Gegu

Kogi state Commissioner of solid minerals and natural resources, Hon. Bashir Muhammed Gegu

The Commissioner made the statement on Friday in Lokoja, after receiving an award and certificate of commendation from a group “Movement for Peaceful and Equitable Governance in Nigeria (MOPEGON).

He said the award symbolizes the confidence people have in the leadership of Alhaji Yahaya Bello and members of his cabinet, who have been toeing his steps to ensure a sustainable democratic and just administration.

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Hon. Bashir Gegu explained that the first and most critical area Governor Bello, launched his political debut was security of the entire state as he inherited a virtually porous state where residents could not sleep as robbery, kidnapping and banditry became fashionable among criminals in the state.

Without waste of time, the new direction administration unified the already fragmented state, where ethnicity, sectionalism and religious segregation became the code of relationship and officialdom. Lopsided both in civil service and political appointments were redressed.

“Equitable distribution of socio economic amenities was introduced to give sense of belonging to all citizens, giving space to the less privileged to compete favourable with children of the well to do”, Bashir stated.

The Commissioner said the state government has embarked on healthcare infrastructural development, like the Okene ultra modern tertiary hospital and the 100 bed capacity hospitals at Gegu, Ajaokuta, Idah and Isanlu.

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The rejection of Covid 19 pandemic in the state and the its implications on the economy of the state.

Other notable areas of achievements include education at all levels where the government has provided infrastructure in the schools,The Confluence university will soon commence full academic activities while other tertiary institutions in the state are stable without any disruption by strikes as seen in other institutions across the country.

Engineer Bashir Gegu and delegation of Movement for Peaceful and Equitable Governance in Nigeria (MOPEGON).

Engineer Bashir Gegu and delegation of Movement for Peaceful and Equitable Governance in Nigeria (MOPEGON).

The Commissioner therefore thanked the group for selecting him as worthy for the award, wishing them God’s guidance in all their endeavors.

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Earlier while presenting the award to the Commissioner, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the movement for peaceful and equitable governance in Nigeria, Comrade Counsel Bello Omeiza, said the presentation is a marked recognition of his unique leadership qualities.

Kogi Solid Mineral, Natural Resources Commissioner, Engr. Bashir Gegu tasks Edimose Youths On Peace.

The group also noted that Hon. Bashir is a bridge builder who has been deeply concerned with consolidating peace across the country, describing him as an advocate of government working for the benefit of the governed.

The group therefore urged the recipient to see the award as a spring board to higher responsibilities.

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