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Felele Accident: Bashorun MD Eseyin Visit, Empathize With Victims


The senatorial candidate of Accord (A) Party for Kogi West in the forthcoming 2023 general election, Bashorun MD Eseyin has decried the recurring fatal accidents along Felele road in Lokoja.

Speaking during a visit to the scene of the accident on Thursday, Eseyin expressed sadness over the loss of lives and properties in the accident involving multiple vehicles around the Lokoja Mega Park earlier in the day.

The senatorial candidate, who had to put his campaign movement along the area on hold, empathized with victims and of the inferno that erupted as a result of the accident

He, however, said the recurring vehicular accidents on the Felele road are avoidable.

“This is clearly an avoidable circumstance if the drivers plying this road can stick strictly to driving rules,” he said.

While sympathizing with those who lost properties, Eseyin charged truck drivers to always avoid distractions while driving, be conscious of speed limit and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol.

The cause of the accident and fatality rate could not be confirmed as at the time of filing the report.

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Alleged N4m Fraud: Court Remands Federal University Lokoja Staff


A Staff of the Federal University Lokoja, Kennedy Wilfred, has been remanded in Kabba Custodian Centre till the February 6th, 2022.

A Chief Magistrate Court 3 sitting in Lokoja, presided over by Mohammed Yakubu, gave the orders on Thursday.

The Accused was arraigned by the Department of State Security Service.

The accused, a 46year old is a staff of the ICT Unit of the Federal University Lokoja, allegedly scammed students of money amounting to the sum of N4m as school fees.

The money belonging to 34 students was obtained from them by the accused person on the pretext of helping them to generate Remita.

The accused was charged on four count charge of criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, forging documents.

The money belonging to 34 students was obtained from them by the accused person on the pretext of helping them to generate Remita.

The accused was charged on four count charge of criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, forging documents.

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HYPPADEC Seeks Mutual Collaboration With Kogi Poly, Lauds Management Over Achievements

Kogi Poly Rector Salisu Ogbo Usman and HYPPADEC Team Joan Oguche
Kogi Poly Rector Salisu Ogbo Usman and HYPPADEC Team Joan Oguche

Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), an establishment aimed at improving access to social services, enhancing sustainable agricultural productivity, accelerating economic growth and social values has lauded Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja management over achievements while seeking mutual collaborations and support.

The State Coordinator, Engineer (Mrs) Joan Ojonugwa Oguche, made the disclosure while X-raying the activities of the Commission vis-a-vis the intervention on Tuesday at the Council Hall, Main Campus, Lokoja.

Engr. Oguche congratulated and appreciated the Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman on the attainment of golden jubilee and by extension, on his recording unprecedented imprints in the annals of the institution with reforms and beautiful edifice to mark academic excellence.

She reiterated the Commission’s objectives towards harnessing both human and material resources of her catchment areas and would be willing to collaborate with the Institution in the areas of skills acquisition as part of the Commission’s goals.

Engr. Oguche reeled out the Commission’s provisions with the Institution which included solar power light, drilling of borehole and school support programmes which the Institution has benefited from.

According to the State Coordinator, HYPPADEC is domiciled in six states, 163 communities and the ten local government areas of Kogi State which include Lokoja, Kogi/Koto, Ajaokuta, Bassa, Ibaji, Idah, Igalamela/Odolu, Ofu, Omala, and Adavi Local government areas of the state.

Reacting, the Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman expressed appreciation to the State Coordinator and her delegation for identifying with the Polytechnic.

He also extended unreserved appreciation to the Federal Government, the National Assembly, Agencies and State government in the areas of passing the Bill, assenting to the Bill and supporting the funding of the Commission, adding that the birth of HYPPADEC strengthened equity and even development of the societies.

He, however, commended Alhaji Isah Ozi Salami, HYPPADEC – North Central Commissioner for his unrelenting dedication and commitments to ensuring that Kogi State is mapped out.

Dr. Usman thanked the Commission for providing for the Institution solar power light, borehole and school support programme which had in no small way helped in addressing the issue of the porous security and social services overtime.

“Education is an investment and any support to the sector is well appreciated. It is a thing of joy to all of us in the state and particularly, in Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja for being considered as beneficiaries. The current Management is very much frank In ensuring quality assurance at all levels of the Polytechnic,” he added.

The Rector used the occasion to solicit support and intervention in the area of internal road network and provision of sport facilities which he described as both crucial and capital expensive.

The Area officer, Mr. Michael Omeiza Ajayi in his remarks appreciated the Polytechnic management for its tireless efforts at setting standard. He also reiterated that the commission stood in collaborating with the Institution through youth transformation programmes while also considering her request, describing the support programme as a far-reaching compensation to the learning community because HYPPADEC in its entirety is all encompassing.

The Registrar, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Mr. Sunday Aiyeetan in his closing remarks, appreciated the State Coordinator for identifying with the Polytechnic and prayed for continuous collaborations and interventions.

The meeting had in attendance the principal officers of the Polytechnic, members and staff of the Hydro- Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) Kogi State amongst others.

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Course Mates Visit, Condole Dr. Busayo Agbana’s Widow


The 2007 set of Mass Communication Department of Kogi State University Anyigba, now Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU) has condoled with Dr Mrs Olubunmi Agbana over the death of her loving husband.

Her former undergraduate course mates urged her to remain strong with unwavering confidence in God.

Her former course mates made this known when they paid her a condolence visit over the death of Dr Agbana Busayo Emmanuel in Lokoja on Thursday.

Mr Atabo Sylvester, the leader of the group, charged the widow to live her life, adding that the group was “not here to cry with her but to tell her to take heart.”

“We are here on behalf of the 2007 set of Mass Communication students of Kogi State University Anyigba (KSU), now Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba (PAAU), to pay you a condolence visit before the burial process.

“What happened has already happened and there is no need to tell you sorry but cheer-up in order to justify the strong woman you have been from the beginning,” he said.

Dr Mrs Olubunmi Agbana, while responding, appreciated her undergraduate course mates for the show of love in a hard time like this.

She further promised to cheer-up in order to withstand the enormous task ahead, stressing that, it is only God that could fill the vacuum left.

In a closing prayer, Mrs Racheal Ojochenemi Ocheni prayed that such a painful experience will not reoccur in the family and asked God to grant the departed soul eternal rest.

Among those who were sent to represent the group were Mr Atabo Sylvester, Mrs Veronica Okolo, Mr Kingsley Odiniya, Mrs Ibibkunle Funmilayo, Mrs Ruth Joseph Ohinoyi, Mrs Rachel Ojochenemi Ocheni and Mr Abah Benjamin Eneojoh Treasure.

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Group Calls On Change In Leadership Of Ajaokuta Steel Complex

Ajaoukta Steel Company Complex
Ajaoukta Steel Company Complex

A non-governmental organization, Muhammadu Buhari Legacies Implementation Initiative, has called for an expeditious change of leadership at the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

In a press statement issued in Kano, the Secretary-General of the group, Malam Abubakar Assadeeq, said there was nothing that could turn the fortune of the company around other than the appointment of a professional in the business of steel management to head the company located in Kogi state.

Asaadeeq said the call became necessary at the time the nation’s economy is in dire need of technological innovation to forge ahead.

According to him, the famous Ajaokuta steel rolling mill had over the years suffered serious neglect in the hands of successive administrations at the expense of national interest, pointing out that running the affairs of such a gigantic outfit is not the business of greenhorns.

He said lack of substantive leadership had been the bane of the complex for inexplicable economic reasons; and that, giving the company to a professional with considerable expertise would be the best way to prove the efficacy of the organisation for greater result.

Citing the example of the recent fire disaster that rocked the complex to buttress his point over the issue of gross incompetence in the complex, the secretary general, however, stated that the damage inflicted by the disaster could have been ratified if concerted efforts were made at the top of the complex leadership.

He also reminded the federal government that reviving the economy of the country required a concerted effort by way of giving chance and free hand to a leader that could act and employ his vast network of experience and expertise in making the complex a profit-oriented one.

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Describe Kogi Lawmaker A Charismatic Leader

Ambassador Kilani Olusola Olumo, Member Ijumu Constituency, Kogi State House of Assembly
Ambassador Kilani Olusola Olumo, Member Ijumu Constituency, Kogi State House of Assembly

The candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in the 2023 general election, Architect Salman Idris has congratulated the member representation Ijumu constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kilani Oluomo Olusola on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Arc Salman described Honourable Kilani as a charismatic leader who have carved a niche for himself in the political circle and the business community.

“Honourable Kilani is a great leader who is dedicated to the service of his people. He is a leader with a clear mind and vision. A great leader and an exceptional role model for young guns seeking career life in politics and a worthy son of Ijumu,” Architect Salman said in a statement.

The ADC candidate prayed to God to grant Honourable Kilani long life in good health.

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A Selfless Visionary – Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan Campaign Organization Celebrates Alema Of Warri On Birthday

Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan
Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan

The Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan Campaign Organization (NAUCO) has congratulated the Alema of Warri, his royal majesty, Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, on his birthday.

In a statement signed by NAUCO’s head of media, David Itopa, the campaign organization described Alema of Warri Kingdom and husband of Barr. Natasha H Akpoti-Uduaghan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Kogi Central, as a charismatic, selfless visionary whose life is centered and anchored on humanity.

“The Alema of Warri Kingdom exudes love, greatness, and simplicity—a rare combination of qualities that have endeared him to the hearts of many.

“On this auspicious day, we join our principal and other well-wishers to felicitate with the Alema of Warri Kingdom and thank him for all his support thus far and pray for more grace in his life,” the statement read.

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Kogi Announces Resumption Date For Newly-Recruited Teachers

Wemi Ojo Jones
Wemi Ojo Jones

The Kogi State government has announced that its newly-recruited secondary school teachers will resume work in February.

Commissioner for Education Science and Technology Wemi Jones, made the announcement Monday, specifying that the new staff will assume duty February 1 2023.

Jones stated this on the sidelines of the stakeholders’ meeting, ahead of the commencement of Annual School Census (ASC) across the state.

According to the Commissioner, the newly-employed teachers will get their employment letters this week.

The Kogi State government has announced that its newly-recruited secondary school teachers will resume work in February.

Commissioner for Education Science and Technology Wemi Jones, made the announcement Monday, specifying that the new staff will assume duty February 1 2023.

Jones stated this on the sidelines of the stakeholders’ meeting, ahead of the commencement of Annual School Census (ASC) across the state.

According to the Commissioner, the newly-employed teachers will get their employment letters this week.

”We are concluding the teachers’ recruitment by the grace of God next week.

”From this programme, I am going to a meeting at the Secretary to the State Government’s office, perhaps the last meeting on the recruitment exercise.

”The list will soon be released and people who are successful will be contacted before the end of this week.

”I believe that by the grace of God, they will start work by February 1,” he said.

The Commissioner also announced that the state government had commenced the customisation of its First School Leaving (Basic Six) certificate.

“We have observed some sharp practices as regards the first school leaving certificate. We made our findings and noticed so many anomalies in the process.

”We discovered that people don’t even need to attend or complete primary school to have certificates and we felt that such level of criminality cannot be allowed to continue in our state,” he said.

The Commissioner said that government deployed information communication technology to standardise the first school leaving certificate.

“Therefore, only people who passed through the school system and wrote the Basic Six examinations conducted by the ministry will be awarded the certificate,” he said.

According to him, private schools are part of the certificate customisation process as long as they partake in the Basic Six examination conducted by the ministry.

The Commissioner stressed that the customized certificate had security features that could not be imitated or copied.

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2023 Polls: Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu APC Inaugurates Campaign Council, Says No Room For Oppositions


Ahead of the next month general elections in the country, the ruling All Progressive Congress’s stakeholders in Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency have resolved to work for the overall victory of the party in the area.

The meeting which was held yesterday in Kabba and well attended by various stakeholders across the thirty wards of the Federal Constituency except for some top government functionaries who were not able to attend due to their official engagements at various locations in the country but sent their apologies.

Speaking at the stakeholder’s Parley, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly who is also the candidate of the party in the Constituency, commended the stakeholders for their commitment and dedication towards the success of the party in the forthcoming elections, stressing the need for all members of the party to work together irrespective of the differences.

He appealed to those who may have grievances against one another, maybe as a result of the outcome of the party primaries, especially aspirants who contested and could not make it to work with other party members stressing that it is only when the party wins at the general elections that such individuals can be carried along.

He said APC as a party remains a formidable platform in the constituency that needs to work in unity to take the mantle of leadership of the Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, pointing out that the reign of the opposition party in the area is over.

He said the party has what it takes to deliver all it’s candidates from top to bottom in the area, hence all stakeholders need to agree to work together for the overall interest of the party, urging them to take clue from the statement of Governor Yahaya Bello who says the area tends to benefit more if stakeholders mobilize overwhelming votes for the party in the elections.

He said no one should hide behind any finger, pointing out that even if anyone works for the opposition parties, such persons cannot get any benefits as they would if it is their party that wins.

The Speaker promised to provide qualitative representation when elected, stressing that he is an experienced legislator that will attract great dividends of democracy to the constituency like never before.

The Director General of the Campaign Council, Hon. Adesayo Ismail charged all stakeholders and party faithfuls to see the elections as critical to their political survival, hence the need for all and sundry within the party to put in their best for APC to win all the elections from top to bottom.

He noted that there is no where Ijumu agreed to have an agenda hence people should not listen to those using Ijumu name to curry favor from unsuspected members of the public, pointing out that someone who failed in his party primary and ported to another party cannot play on the intelligence of the innocent people.

Hon Adesayo said Ijumu have more stake in the APC considering the monumental roles being played by one of their sons, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke who is the Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council aside his personal relationship with the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, hence the Federal Constituency cannot afford to disappoint him, urging party members to disregard such insinuations from any quarters.

He said people are already talking to Hon Segun Olobatoke who went to court to close rank with the party since the case has been concluded at the Supreme Court, pointing out that whatever is the situation he is still a member of the party like other contestants such as Barrister David Aiyedogbon who is the DG, APC Kogi West Campaign Council and Commander Jerry Omodara, the State Security Adviser.

He reiterated that APC as a party is more united than the opposition.

He said there is no more time, hence campaign activities will be scheduled in the next few days, hence all stakeholders are urged to get set to take the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the area via village to village campaigns.

In their separate remarks, Candidates of the Kogi State House of Assembly for Kabba/Bunu and Ijumu Constituencies, Hon. Seyi Bello and Hon. (Mrs) Tayo Ishaya assured the party stakeholders and indeed the electorate of their various constituency qualitative representations when elected.

They appealed to members of the party to have a unity of purpose in prosecuting the elections, stressing that with the caliber of men and women present at the meeting, APC will be victorious in the federal Constituency.

The two Vice Chairpersons of the both local governments, Mrs Bimpe Alfred and Mrs Rachel Otitolaiye represented their boss who were on critical assignments in Lokoja respectively.

In their addresses, they stated their preparedness to give their best for the success of the party in the area in all the elections, pointing out that people should maintain peace, law and order before, during and after the elections as admonished by Governor Yahaya Bello as anyone caught causing trouble will not be spared no matter how highly placed as the law will catch up with him/her.

Other speakers at the meeting said similar meetings should be regular to discuss the way forward for the party. The party was advised to adopt a reward mechanism that will encourage members who have worked hard for the success of the party at various times.

They also noted that after the party might have won all its elections, appointments to be given should be based on the wards, not a situation where some wards will have more than five appointments while some will not have one.

It was unanimously agreed that there will be no room for the oppositions in the Federal Constituency hence party members must be more prepared to win the elections considering the achievements of the APC-led government in the area, like the Kabba – Obajana road, the Kabba township, the ongoing construction of Aiyetoro – Kiri – Abugi road, Okebukun – Aiyegunle – Odo Ape electrification projects, water projects across the area, solar street lights and other numerous projects.

Present at the meeting includes the Deputy Director General, Kabba/Bunu and Ijumu Hon. Folusho Braimo, Hon Cornelius Olowo, Secretary of the campaign council, Barrister Boluromi Emmanuel, Honourable Councilors from the thirty wards, APC state Treasurer, APC Chairmen for the two local governments, Comrade Solomon Jemibawondo, and Hon Afobaje, Chief Julius Arokoyo, Barrister Femi Oloruntoba, Hon. Dayo Akanmode, Governorship hopeful, Hon. Richard Osaseyi, Hon. Raphael Okomoda, other State and local government appointees, APC local government working committee, Ward Chairmen of the thirty wards, chairmen and secretaries of the directorates of the campaign council, etc

The high point of the meeting was the inauguration of the Campaign Council.

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Dangote Speaks On President Buhari’s Visit To Lagos, Refinery Commissioning


Dangote Industries Limited has debunked reports making rounds that its refinery was part of projects commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent working visit to Lagos state.

In a statement signed by the Group Chief, Branding and Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, Dangote Industries Limited said its 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery project was never part of the President’s programme on projects to be commissioned.

“Our attention has been drawn to some misleading reports regarding the commissioning of our Dangote Refinery during the present working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Lagos State.

“For the record, the projects slated for commissioning in Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR include: Lekki Deep Sea Port; 32-Metric Tonnes Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction Express road; John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Onikan, Blue Line Rail (Phase 1) commissioning (Marina to Mile 2); Groundbreaking for the Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko), and MRS Lubricant, a private project in Apapa,” he said.

However, Chiejina said Dangote Refinery will be commissioned before President Buhari formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.

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