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FCT State Minister Expresses Shock, Grief Over Kugbo Market Inferno

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Worried by persistence fire outbreaks in FCT and particularly Kugbo area of Abuja Municipa (AMAC), FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has advocated for reorganization and remodeling of the burnt market.

The minister who made the call when she visited victims of the Kugbo inferno, also commended critical stakeholders for the prompt response, stressing that the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited shows that much would be achieved by doing things together.

While pledging that the FCT Administration would see how best to assist the victims, she however, tasked traders to take precautionary measures as most of the goods sold in the market are highly inflammable, revealing that the personnel of FCT Fire Service is poised to train traders on how to curtail fire outbreak.

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She also commended the traders for assisting the victims to salvage some of the damaged goods, noting that in most cases of inferno unscrupulous elements seized the opportunity to cart away other people’s belongings.

According to her, “Well, this is sad especially in this very difficult period that we are all grappling with the economic situation and how to survive with our little businesses. Nevertheles, I most also quickly sympathize with victims of this inferno that led to lost of property.

“We must also thank God that there was no lost of life, but at the same time we must say a big thank you in appreciation to our first respondents that came to curtain this ugly incident such as FCT Fire Service, FEMA, NEMA, and other stakeholders especially those who quickly come to our aid, like the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.

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“These critical stakeholders and hands of fellowship extended to FCT Administration shows that togetherness we can conquer. We must say a very big thank you to all of you because the disaster could have been worst than this if not for your prompt intervention.

“And for all those who lost their property is not because they have offended God in one way or the other. We should take it in good fate and God’s willing, FCT will do everything at its best to ensure that we put to an end to these ugly occurrences.

“We will look forward towards the reorganization of the market. Thank God there is a skeletal space for the fire trucks to move in, and we need to improve on it in terms of creating more spaces to make it more motorable. FCT Emergency Management Agency will come and take stock of the extent of damaged goods, even though we have some figures here”.

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Conducting the minister round the scene, the Acting Director FCT Fire Service, Malam Sani Sa’idu, told the minister that the fire outbreak could be linked to electrical upsurge, adding that over 80 timber shades and 300 furniture shops were affected by the inferno.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

Sa’idu also maintained that as soon as the service received the information from Kugbo residents, the service deployed personnel from Nyanya and Karu and then activated the Federal Fire Service, before the intervention of fire fighters from the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Army, Air Force and the Navy.

 

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Despite Dwindle Revenue, FCTA Disburses N2,660,740,632.40 Billion Naira To Area Councils

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Minister of the FCT, Muhammadu Musa Bello state minister of the FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu during a courtesy call by the new chief judge of the FCT
Despite Dwindle Revenue, FCTA Disburses N2,660,740,632.40 Billion Naira To Area Councils
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S.A Media To FCT Minister of State in a press statement on July 28, 2021 says the Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N2,660, 740, 632.40 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of June 2021.

The figure shows that there was a minimal drop of revenue from N2,724,546,444.33 billion disbursed in the month of May to N2,660, 740, 632.40 billion in the month of June.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 155th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting appealed to council chairmen and stakeholders to show understanding and make judicious use of the allocation.

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The minister explained that the decline in the allocation was as a result of drop in the statutory revenue allocation from the federation account.

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The figures released indicate that the sum of N773, 574, 574.28 million was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N1,887, 166, 058.12 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2,660,740,632.40  billion.

However, distribution to area councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N188,477,690.83 million, while Gwagwalada got N177,472,859.50 million and Kuje received N108, 501, 865.37 million.

Also, Bwari Area Council received N84,657,261.97 million, Abaji got N117, 435, 546.65 million and Kwali received N97, 029, 349.96 million bringing the total sum to N773,574,574.28 billion disbursed to the six area councils.

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Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders include: Primary Teachers which gulped N1, 526,230, 256.60 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226,478,989.57 million, One percent Training Fund gulped N26, 607, 406.32 million, while 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849, 405.63 million, bringing the total sum to N1,887, 166, 058.12 billion.

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The minister said a tripartite meeting comparing the officials of FCT Administration, Area Council staff and the leadership of the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS) would be called with a view to upscaling the revenue generation in the territory.

She affirmed that the administration would not continue to work at cross purposes in the face of dwindling revenue generation in the nation’s capital.

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Aliyu, who used the occasion to call on the FCT Primary Health Care Board and stakeholders to intensify campaign against the outbreak of cholera and other severe acute diarrhea diseases in the Federal Capital Territory, also described the spread as unacceptable.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

While calling for more commitment on the part of all stakeholders, the minister however commended them for showing understanding in the distribution of monthly allocation to area councils and other stakeholders.

Those present at the 155th JAAC meeting include the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Ag. Secretary Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council,  Abaji Area Council, Bwari Area Council, Kuje Area Council, Vice Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council and other critical stakeholders.

 

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NYCN Election: Ben Jerry Pledges To Run An Encompassing Leadership That Will Usher In Fresh Air In Kogi

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello and An Aspirant of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter, Comrade Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale, God First), popularly called Ben Jerry
Comr. Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale
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By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

Ahead of the Natioonal Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, a frontline aspirant, Comr. Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale popularly known as Ben jerry has assured the youths across the 21 local government area of Kogi State that his new leadership will purely center on inclusiveness.

Ben Jerry stated this while addressing prospective delegates that will participate in tomorrow’s election. He said he will carry the day because has gone round the State to seek for support of the youth and critical stakeholders.

He expressed optimistic of an overwhelming Victory, noting that with free, fair and credible poll he surely be the face of the day.

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He said such overwhelming victory can only comes when you have a sincere aspirant that has the entire youths at heart.

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He promised to run an open door policy, create an overwhelm opportunities for teeming youth to explore their talents irrespective of religion, sentiment and tribal consideration.

An Aspirant of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter, Comrade Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale, God First), popularly called Ben Jerry

An Aspirant of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter, Comrade Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale, God First), popularly called Ben Jerry

He maintained with the new direction administration christine by Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello whom the youths of this great nation referred as role model, noting his new leadership will strive to emulate the Governor numerous leadership qualities that is center on grooming future leaders devoid of ethnicity, sentiment but rather an EBIGO which is Unity of purpose.

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Ojodale, who have earlier dedicate his aspiration to Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s youth inclusiveness urged all the prospective delegates to turnout en-mass ahead tommorow’s poll in Kogi State.

The aspirant assured he will emerged in a free, fair and credible poll based on the ELCOM assurance at the poll.

According to him, the position of the Chairmanship have been zone to the eastern region of the State as to ensure a level playing ground for all that is concerned.

Global Times Nigeria report that Comr. Ben Jerry, promised if elected will work for the benefit of the NYCN, saying his blueprint would see to the Empowerment of the members in all ramification.

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Ohinoyi of Ozi Turbans Sons of the Land To Form Cabinet, Sues For Commitment To Duty

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Ohinoyi of Ozi Turbans Sons of the Land To Form Cabinet, Sues For Commitment To Duty

 

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

The Ozi Community in Kogi/Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State was a beehive of activities over the weekend as sons and daughters gathered from within and outside the Area to celebrate the turbaning of worthy and rightful sons of the Area from the ruling houses.

The people who are dressed in various local attires, rolled out drums, showcasing different dance steps while other invited musicians, including Jibril Onutu Egbura, took turns to perform to the admiration of the audience.

The ruling clans of Ozi are Ohina and Onyebu, which had four of their sons each turbanned with different traditional titles.

The Ohinoyi of Ozi, HRH, Mallam Isah Shaibu, while speaking with Newsmen, appreciated Allah for making the ceremony a success, while commending the Paramount ruler, the Ohimege Igu of Koton-Karfe, HRM,
Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Isa-Koto, for finding him worthy to serve in the land.

Mallam Shaibu said those turbanned to serve as his cabinet members were selected based on their worth and capacity to deliver the needed results – serving the people selflessly.

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The traditional ruler pointed out that he was overwhelmed with joy over the event, pointing out that those turbanned will serve as cabinet members in Ozi to ease the stress attached to the throne.

“A tree does not make a forest no matter how mighty it maybe, that’s why I have to turban worthy personalities to serve as cabinet members in this Community”

He said their turbaning came with ernomous responsibility, stressing that selfless services to the people was part of expectations from them.

Mallam Shaibu enjoined them to live up to their responsibilities towards ensuring a secured and well developed society.

On his part, a former Commissioner in the State, Hon. Abdulrahaman Wuya, described the event as historic, explaining that it was part of the statutory right of the Ohinoyi of Ozi to constitute his cabinet members after coronation.

Hon. Wuya, noted that peaceful coexistence, respect for elders, obedience to constituted authorities were haul marks that brings rapid development, calling on the newly turbanned members of the Community to ensure such traits are maintained in the area.

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The former Commissioner and Chairman of KADU, appreciated the Ohimege Igu of Koton-Karfe for creating enabling environment for other Chiefs in the Area to operate while praying Allah to help Ozi Community and the entire kingdom witness unprecedented progress in the years ahead.

On his part, the former Minority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Barrister Ndakwo Abdulrahaman Tanko, who expressed joy over the success of the program, says the honour done to the sons of the Community was a rare privilege for them to contribute to the growth of the area.

Barr. Tanko pointed out that there was need for those turbanned to work closely with the Ohinoyi of Ozi to promote the peace and unity of the Community, and as well work collectively with the Paramount ruler, the Ohimege-Igu of Koton-Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Isa-Koto (Agaba idu), whom he described as a man with foresight and blessed with words of wisdom.

Barr. Abdulrahaman Ndakwo Tanko urged them to as well draw government’s attention to the Community to enable the area witness rapid development.

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He pointed out that tradional rulers in the Kingdom have been up and doing towards peaceful coexistence of the various tongues in the Area, calling on the newly turbanned members of the Community to also do in their best at sustaining such noble course.

Barr. Tanko also charged them to contribute their quota towards wiping out any form of security threat in the Area, saying the security of lives and property of the people was important towards achieving any meaningful development.

Those turbanned with traditional titles and their salutation include;

1. Mal. Alhassan Ohinoyi Ibrahim – Shaba (Daudu) Ohina Clan
2. Mal. Yunusa Angulu Muhammad – Ondaki Ogbani (Warri) Ohina Clan
3. Mal. Yunusa Abubakar – Ohimozi Ogbani (Dangara) Onyebu Clan
4. Mal. Usman Umar Auta – Ogazuma Ogbani (Agbor) Ohina Clan
5. Mal. Muhammad Mahmud Auta – Assannya Ogbani (Agaba) Ohina Clan
6. Mal. Zakari Yunusa – Sada Ogbani (Tukura) Onyebu Clan
7. Mal. Hussaini A. Yunusa – Galadima (Daudu) Onyebu Clan
8. Mal. Hamza Yunusa Abubakar – Oseze Ogbani (Gata) Onyebu Clan.

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