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Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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Beautiful! See How The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road Glitters At Night As Lagosians Hails Ambode!!

Lagosians have hailed the outgoing Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for giving the Lagos airport road a new face.

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road now has ten beautiful lanes with glittering lights.

Dele Momodu shared video showing the beautiful 10 lanes of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road and the glittering light. Dele Momodu hailed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos for this!


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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Justice Walter Onnoghen’s name has been removed from the National Judicial Council’s members’ list, preparing the ground for a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, to emerge as the council’s deputy chairman, The PUNCH reports.

The altered membership list of the NJC was observed on the council’s website at about 7.15pm on Sunday.

The list, displaying 23 members instead of the full membership of 24, shows that the council has yet to have a deputy chairman as constitutionally provided.

It was gathered that following Onnoghen’s exit, Justice Rhodes-Vivour as the second most senior Justice of the Supreme Court would be announced as the deputy chairman at the next meeting of the council.

“The date of the next meeting of the NJC is not known yet; but because the acting CJN has just taken over as the acting chairman of the council, it is expected that the deputy chairman will be announced at the next meeting,” a top judiciary source told our correspondent on Sunday.

Paragraph 20 (a) of Part I of the Third Schedule to the Constitution makes “the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court” a member of the council and provides that the person “shall be the Deputy Chairman.”

Our correspondent also observed on the website of the council on Sunday that the membership list of the NJC had been altered to reflect the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, as the acting chairman.

Onnoghen now occupies the 16th position on the list of former Chief Justices of Nigeria as observed on the website by our correspondent on Sunday.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had last Thursday convicted Onnoghen on charges of breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers and ordered his removal as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the chairman of both the NJC and the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

But multiple judiciary sources told our correspondent on Sunday that the NJC’s membership list was altered shortly after Justice Onnoghen tendered his resignation letter on April 4.

Constitutionally, the CJN is automatically the chairman of both the NJC and the Federal Judicial Service Commission, but Muhammad only took over the headship of the council on April 4, over two months after he began to act as the CJN.

This was a day after the NJC cleared him of wrongdoing in allowing himself to be sworn in as the acting CJN without NJC’s recommendation.

The council, which also investigated Onnoghen for various acts of misconduct, was said to have recommended him for retirement.

Onnoghen reportedly resigned on April 4, barely 24 hours after the NJC sent its recommendations to President Buhari.

Muhammad took over as the acting CJN after he was cleared by the NJC and Onnoghen resigned.

The current members of the NJC as observed on the council’s website on Sunday included Justice Muhammad; President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa; a former Justice of the Supreme Court and a former chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola; a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sunday Akintan; and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi.

They also included a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice, V.O.A Omage;

Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati; President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice Babatunde Adejumo; Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello; and Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abiola.

The Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice Kashim Zannah; Chief Judge of Imo State, Pascal Nnadi; Chief Judge of Delta State, Marshal Umukoro; Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kwara State Grand Kadi Mohammed Abdulkadir; and President, Customary Court of Appeal, Plateau State, Justice Julia Kyentu are also members.

They also included the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN); a former NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN); and three NBA members, namely Dr Muiz Banire (SAN); Damien Dodo (SAN), and Efe Etomi.

The rest are a retired public servant, Mrs Rakiya Ibrahim; a former Permanent Secretary, Mrs R. Inga and Secretary to the Council, Ahmed Saleh.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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The Peoples Democratic Party’ s candidate in the February 23 presidential election , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , has denied the All Progressives Congress’ allegation that he is not eligible to contest because he was not born in Nigeria .
Atiku stated this in a response to the APC ’ s reply to the petition he and his party jointly filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal .

He said he was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, therefore he was a Nigerian.
The APC had alleged in its response that as of November 25, 1946, when Atiku was born , Jada, was part of Northern Cameroon .

But Atiku insisted that he was a Nigerian citizen, adding that his parents were also Nigerians by birth.
He said while his father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir , hailed from Wumo in the present -day Sokoto State, his mother , Aisha Kande , hailed from Dutse, now Jigawa State.
Atiku and the PDP said, “Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraphs 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 and 6 of the 3 rd respondent ’ s ( APC ’ s) reply, the petitioners state that the 1 st petitioner ( Atiku ) is a citizen of Nigeria by birth and thus qualified to vote and be voted for and returned in the election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , held on Saturday February 23, 2019 going by the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution ( as amended) .

“The 1 st petitioner was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, by Nigerian parents and he is , therefore , a citizen of Nigeria by birth.

“The 1 st petitioner ’ s father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir , was a Nigerian by birth who hailed from Wumo in the present -day Sokoto State, while the mother , Aisha Kande , was also a Nigerian who hailed from Dutse in the present -day Jigawa State.

“The parents of the 1 st Petitioner are both Fulani , a community / tribe indigenous to Nigeria .
“The birth of the 1 st petitioner in Jada, in the present -day Adamawa State of Nigeria , was occasioned by the movement of his paternal grandfather called Atiku , who was an itinerant trader, from Wumo in the present -day Sokoto State to Jada in company with his friend , Ardo Usman.

“That in Jada, Atiku , the grandfather of the 1 st petitioner , gave birth to Garba who in tum gave birth to the 1 st petitioner and named him after his father, Atiku .

“The 1 st petitioner ’ s mother , Aisha Kande , was the grand -daughter of Inuwa Dutse who came to Jada as an itinerant trader too from Dutse in the present -day Jigawa State.
All averments concerning Germany , British Cameroons , League of Nations and Plebiscite are false and misleading in relation to the 1 st petitioner and therefore completely irrelevant more so that the 1 st petitioner is a Nigerian by birth within the contemplation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999 ( as amended) .
“The averments in the aforesaid paragraphs are indeed fabricated , contrived, made in bad faith and designed to embarrass the 1 st petitioner . ”

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on February 27, 2019, declared that the All Progressives Congress alongside its candidate , President Muhammadu Buhari , won the February 23 election with 15, 191 , 847 votes to defeat his closest rival , Atiku , whom it said polled 11, 262 , 978 votes .

But the petitioners stated that “from the data in the 1 st respondent ’ s ( INEC ’ s) server … the true , actual and correct results ” from “state-to -state computation” showed that Atiku polled a total of 18, 356 , 732 votes defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16, 741 , 430 votes .
INEC had in its response to the petition distanced itself from the “server results . ”

The commission, through its lead counsel , Yunus Usman ( SAN ) , had said the results of the poll were never transmitted or collated electronically .
It added that it kept no such server where such electronically transmitted results could have been obtained .

In their reply to the APC ’ s reply, Atiku and the PDP insisted that they truly got authentic results of the February 23 election from the Independent National Electoral Commission ’ s server .
They said, “In reaction to paragraph 29 of the 3 rd respondent ’ s reply, the petitioners aver that the data and scores in the 1 st respondent ’ s server were as transmitted by the 1 st respondent ’ s officials and those scores are valid , and legitimate .

“The conduct of elections and declarations of results by the 1 st respondent is the subject of the present petition .
“Contrary to paragraphs 31 and 34 of the 3 rd respondent ’ s reply, the petitioners contend that the figures and scores in paragraph 22 of the petition are neither false nor contrived or concocted by the petitioners .

“Indeed , the ad hoc staff and officials of the 1 st respondent in obedience to the training / instruction by the 1 st respondent ( INEC ) transmitted the scores they got from the polling units to the 1 st respondent ’ s server . ”


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a cross-appeal at the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Gombe that partially upheld a no-case submission by former Governor Danjuma Goje.

The commission tried Goje and two others — Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty and Dokoro Gombe (alias S.M Dokoro) — on an amended N5billion fraud charge.

Making his claim through Wahab Shittu, the EFCC prosecuting counsel, the commission said Goje, between September and November 2010, allegedly forged a document titled ‘Resolution authorising His Excellency the Executive Governor of Gombe State to acquire loan of N5,000,000,000.00 only’, with Ref. No: GM/HA/RES/VOL. 1/17.

The commission said the resolution was purportedly signed by Shehu Atiku, Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly, with the intent that it be acted on as genuine by Access Bank Plc.

The N5 billion facility was obtained from Access Bank by the Goje administration for infrastructural projects.

EFCC said its investigations on the loan revealed that the purported House resolution authorising it was forged; the approval did not pass through the right processes.

Ruling on Goje’s no-case submission on March 22, Justice O. B. Quadri dismissed 19 of the 21-count charge.

Goje filed an appeal to challenge the court’s refusal to up-hold his no-case submission in its entirety.

In its cross-appeal, EFCC faulted lower court ruling on several grounds.

The commission said the lower court embarked on extensive evaluation of evidence, including the credibility of prosecution witnesses in its ruling.

“The court at the stage of no-case submission is not expected to consider credibility of witnesses or evaluate the evidence,” Shittu said.

Also cited as evidence against the ruling of the lower court was that it ignored prima facie evidential materials contained in several exhibits tendered before it.

The EFCC counsel added that the court failed to consider that the N5 billion facility did not comply with rules for capital expenditure.

He said the court also ignored the fact that the purported resolution authorising the loan was forged.

After highlighting several other errors by the lower court, Shittu urged the Court of Appeal to set aside aspects of the ruling sustaining Goje’s no-case submission, and also asked for an order directing the defendants to enter their defence in respect of the counts for which they were discharged.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a “mass failure”, saying there was nothing ministers and agency heads would turn in as their handover notes as demanded by the president.

The president, in a statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, had asked his appointees to come up with a comprehensive status reports on policies, programmes, and projects of their respective ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

Shehu also said the government officials had until Wednesday, April 24, 2019 as the deadline for submission of their reports to the Presidential Audit Committee in the Office of the Vice President.

However, speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said ministers in President Buhari’s administration performed below expectations while most of the projects undertaken by the administration were those left behind by the PDP.

The party said it was anxiously waiting to see what the ministers would submit.

Ologbondiyan said: “As far as the PDP is concerned, the Buhari administration, in totality, is a mass failure.

“So, we are wondering in our own party what he is asking his ministers to submit. Is it TraderMoni that the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, supervised?

“Or is it the rail line that the PDP government started that they inherited? Or is it the renovation of the airport or the roads that they have left comatose because they failed to repair them?

“As a party, we do not know why the president asked them to prepare a handover note, but we await the fulfilment of that instruction and see what the ministers will come up with.”

In a related development, the South-West chapter of the party has petitioned the Lagos State Commissioner of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) over the crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of the party.

Segun Adewale, popularly called Aeroland, a former chieftain of the party, had stormed the party’s secretariat last week with scores of his supporters, declaring himself as the chairman, saying the tenure of Adegbola Dominic had expired since December, 2018.

However, in a statement by Dr. Eddy Olafeso, the National Vice Chairman (South-West), the party said Dominic was the recognised chairman of the party in the state, adding that Adewale had ceased to be a member of the party since last year.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported claim to the office of the Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by one Segun Adewale (a.k.a Aeroland).

“We wish to categorically state, without fear or favour, that the said imposter, Segun Adewale, is not a member of our party.

“It might interest you to know that this individual is the gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2018 governorship election of Ekiti State, and we do not have any record of him decamping to our party, either in Lagos State or any other state chapter.

“Against the aforementioned, we wish to ask that you kindly use your good offices to maintain peace and order by restraining Segun Adewale from having access to the state headquarters of our party in Lagos State, currently at 56A Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA Ikeja, or any other PDP facility.”


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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President and Founder of Believers Loveworld aka Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilomen on Sunday, April 21 played host to Senator-elect of Abia North Senatorial district, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in his Johannesburg church as the former governor clocked 59.

Igbere TV reports that dignitaries at the special service include the Esama of Benin, Sir Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion; his wife, Lady Cherry Igbinedion; friends, family and well wishers of the celebrant including his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Orji Kalu.

Here are exclusive photos from the moment as captured by Igbere TV.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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As Kogi State prepares for Governorship election comes November 4th 2019. In a document available to Native Reporters, the incumbent APC Governor, Yahaya Bello seeking reelection has listed 110 achievement within Three Years Six Months in office.

They are:

1. Reduction of ghost workers
2. Sanitation of civil service workers in the state
3. Democratic Humanist
4. Security Engagement
5. Payment of three months salary abandoned by his immediate predecessor
6. Epitome of power shift
7. Epitome of inconclusive electoral reform
8.Detribalised governor
9. unifier governor
10.Breaker of ethnic jingoism
11.Provision of 200 utility vehicles for security operation.
12. Freedom of expression in the state
13. Destruction of intelligence gathering at the detriment of criminals
14. Best governor in security programne
15. Restore confidence to local and foreign investors
16. Farmers are now more confident than ever before.
17. Father of new direction agenda
18. Youth Ambassador in governance

19. Purchased over 500 motor cycles as security outfits to reduce crimes

20. Construction of Army forward operation at different places in the state

21. Training of forest guards

22. Recruitment of thousands of vigilante Corps to enhance security

23. Provision of free Toll Lines to enhance good information

24. Creation of dialogue and cooperation platform for peace between the herdsmen and farmers.

25. Training of security personnel

26. Establishment of health plus prpgramme

27. Renovation, remodelling and reequipping 21 primary health centres in all the 21 local government.

28. Provision of free maternal and newborn health care services

29. Saving of 168 patients with life threatening issue

30. Procurement of assorted custonerized paediatric drugs for the state

31. Adoption of Clorhexidine gel for umbilical cord care

32. Prompt payment of counterpart fund to partners

33. Addressed the menace of quackery in the health profession

34. Enhanced the state sustainable Drug supply system

35. Unparalleled response to medical emergency situation

36. Introduction of PPP (Public Private Partnership onto the health sectors.

37. Having the likes of performing and hardworking aides as Asuku Jamiu, Abubakar Ohere, Abdulmalik Abdulkarim, Professor Ahmed Adam, etc in his government.

38. Establishment of Confluence Advance Medical Diagnostic and Imaging Centre ( CAMDIC)

39. Give facelift to the College of Nursing, Obangede

40. Renovation of Zonal hospital in Kabba (Kogi West), Idah ( Kogi East) and Okene (Kogi Central).

41. Construction of cottage hospital in Kpareke

42. Massive renovation and construction of new hostel and clinics at the School of Nursing Obangede,

42. Construction of administrative block at the School of Health Technology, Idah

43. Strengthening of the State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS

44.Established modality of workplace Diagnosis to prevent workplace Deaths as a result of unknown or lately discovered health condition

45. Unprecedented agricultural revolution in the state just as in the Agricultural Renaissance Policy of the Federal Government to ensure good security and promotion of non oil sector for economic transformation.

46. Encourage Youth to key into farming through orientation, sensitisation, mechanisation input subsidiary

47. Facilitating loans for farmers to encourage mechanization and improved production of food.

48. Clearing of 1000 hectares of land across the state which were allocated to youthful farmers with farm inputs and agric machines services.

49.. Procurement of 375 Fergus Tractors with complete implements, three quantities each for Mini Harvesters, Planters, Broom Sprayers, Rice Reapers and other similar equipment to enhance agricultural activities and boost production.

50. Procurement and assemblage of 1500 Tillers which were distributed to small scale farmers in 2017.

51. Along the value chains, Agriculture has created about 20,000 jobs for Kogites, thereby depopulating the unemployed demography in the state.

52.. Contributed in no small measure to the cultivation of 3000 hectares of rice and 5000 hectares of cassava in the state.

53. In order to bridge the gap in vegetable production using the advantage of the nodal location of the state, the State Government has established a state of the art greenhouse Farm at Osara to produce tomatoes and other vegetables.

54. Keying into the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (ADS) through payment of the State’s counterpart fund. the Ministry of Agriculture has constructed 500 fish ponds as a pilot scheme and have been handed over to over 1000 youth across the state to own and operate.

55. In a related development, over 300 youth will also be empowered in Akpata Ega in Idah Local Government where 400 ponds have already been constructed. This is being replicated in all the Senatorial Districts in the state. The main scheme is targeting 10,000 youth across the state.

56. In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the State Government took delivery and distributed 76btruck-load of inorganic fertilizer to farmers at a subsidized rate to boost soil fertility.

57. As the leading producer of Cassava in Nigeria and coupled with the guaranteed security of investors, Kogi State has been able to attract the biggest ethanol company in Nigeria known as Unicane. The company uses cassava as its main raw materials, thereby sparking massive production of the crop. Kogi farmers have never been richer.

58. The Federal Government must have seen the seriousness of the State Government in promoting agriculture when it nominated the latter as the pioneer state for the National Egg Production Scheme. 135 youth are empowered with N4.2 million each to support their poultry farms.

59. The Omi Dam success story is a massive testimony of the achievement of the Yahaya Bello-led administration in agriculture. The scheme is positioning the state as the rice detination of Nigeria. The State Government has also empowered hundreds of youth to grow rice in the riverine areas of the state.

60. Thousands of farmers across the state have benefitted from the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Federal Government.

61. Ongoing construction of the Kogi State Rice Mill at Omi. Apart from the massive Mill at Omi, others with smaller capacities are being constructed at different locations across the state. Good Governance and Institutional Reforms The cog in the wheels of our progress as a state had been the wanton disregard for institutional correctness and reforms. The following are verifiable achievements in this area:

62. The Bureau for Public Procurement was rejigged by the present administration under the leadership of a new Director-General, Dr Stella Adejoh. The pragmatic woman was given the job based on competence acquired through training both nationally and internationally. Today, the Bureau has restored sanity in public procurement and has woven a water-tight net that has made corruption almost impossible. The efficiency of the Bureau has been one of the reasons the Governor has been able to combat corruption in public procurement. Due process is the order of the day in Kogi State contractual dealings today.

63. The Bureau of Public /Private partnership has been repositioned to engage the private world in businesses that were used as conduit pipes to defraud the state in the past. Today, the Bureau has been able to facilitate some blue-chip deals that have added value to the state as well as elevate our respectability in the business community. Governor Yahaya Bello has used the BP3 to improve Kogi State’s acceptability in the business world and in the international community.

64. The Tax Reforms of the Yahaya Bello Administration has impacted positively on the finances of the state. It will be right to say that without the reforms, it would have been impossible to survive the current financial depression occasioned by the reckless borrowing and stealing of the past. On the assumption of Office, the Governor granted the Board of Internal Revenue autonomy. It became the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service. The government built and delivered, a gigantic Revenue House, which has added to the aesthetic beauty of the capital city. Competent hands were employed and revenue administration became digitalized. What we have today is a product of having a youthful and digital Governor at the helms of affairs who is digitally mobile and intellectually poised to move the state forward. Today, revenue has moved from the paltry N350 million naira that we inherited from the Idris Wada Administration to nothing less than N1.3 Billion naira monthly.

65. The Civil Service Reforms was a monster that many administrations before the incumbent avoided as a result of the fear of losing elections. Powerful Kogites who have so enriched themselves at the expense of the people of the state were involved in loading the payrolls of government with thousands of fictitious names to defraud the state. Governor Yahaya Bello refused to be cowed. He dared the cabal and stopped the stealing through a rigorous and thorough verification exercise. Mind-boggling revelations were left at the wake of the exercise and today, the government didn’t only succeed in removing ghost names from the service but have also digitalized the operations of the service as well as re-engineer the work psychology of the civil servants. A massive achievement that has set the state on the path of progress.

66. The present administration in the state has been able to promote peace and unity through detribalized leadership. The Governor has succeeded in spreading appointments and projects in a way never witnessed in the history of the State. The people of the state now trust one another. There are peace and harmony. Rural Electrification Electricity is pivotal to industrial development. In order to catalyze the economy of the state, Alh. Yahaya Bello-led administration has intervened to deliver the following electrification projects:

67. Completion of the Lokoja(Banda)-Kotonkarfe electrification project. This has brought succour to the people of the area and sparked industrial development to promote production and generate jobs as well as improve the living standards of the people.

68. The Electrification Project of Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area. The people were grateful that it was a Governor from Kogi central that has decided to give them electricity despite the failure of their own son to do it despite being at the helms of the state’s affairs for 9 years.

69. Improvement of power to the electrification project of Agassa Town in Okene Local Government Area of the state.

70. Intervention to restore power to Ogori Community in Kogi Central

71. Intervention to restore power to the Isanlu Community after many years of darkness. It should also be noted that the Governor has used his personal resources to restore power to Takete Ide Amuro and Ayede Communities. Infrastructural Development

72. In order to improve on the road infrastructure of the state, the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello procured modern technology in road construction. Construction equipment were imported to raise the capacity of KOGROMA to deliver quality roads at a lower cost to the state. This has paid off as we have better roads constructed or rehabilitated by the Agency.

73. The Ongoing rehabilitation of Shintaku/Gboloko/Dekina road. This is a major road in the Eastern flank of Kogi State.

74. Construction and rehabilitation of Lokoja Township road

75. Ijowa-Jege-Ife-Olukotun road

76. Ankpa Township Road

77. Provision of solar-powered streetlights in Lokoja

78. Many other road projects too numerous to mention that are in advanced stages of completion Education Education is at the top of the Thematic Areas of the New Direction Agenda. It is the best resource of any society and the bulwark for development and transformation. The administration has embarked on the following projects in the educational sector:

79. Ongoing construction of GYB Model Primary Schools across the 239 Wards of the state.

80. Remodelling of our legacy schools across the state to meet international standards.

81.. Construction of 50-bed capacity hostel at Government Girls Secondary School, Obangede

82.. Construction of Library Extension at Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba

83. Completion of the hostel project at Government Science Secondary School, Icheke in Omala Local Government Area

84. Restructuring of the Ministry of Education and its agencies to guarantee a good education for the people of Kogi State

85. Several ongoing projects at the Kogi State University, Anyigba and the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja Employment and Empowerment

86. Apart from the employment in Forestry and Vigilante service, the government has also employed health officers, law officers and other categories of the workforce.

87. The State Government has also set up a fund through which it has been paying tuition fees for indigent students across the state

88. Thousands of youth and women were trained and empowered through the Office of the Special Advisers to the Governor on SDG and Job Creation

89. The State Government has also sponsored the management of critical health conditions both at home and abroad. The fund has helped save many lives.

90.. Renovation of the State House of Assembly Complex, Lokoja. Today, the Assembly Complex can compete favourably with others around the country.

91.. Construction of the Kogi State Ministry of Justice Office Complex, Lokoja.

92.. Construction of the Kogi Revenue House.

93. Construction of the SDG House. Government Relations with Traditional Rulers The Administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello through the State Ministry of Local Government has been able to foster a robust relationship between government and the Royal Fathers. The following have been achieved:

94. Majoriy of the disputes relating to the installation of Royal Fathers have been resolved out of court.

95. Grading of royal stools has been regular, just and fair

96. Regular meetings of the Traditional Council to deliberate on issues that affect their people.

97. Robust relationship between the Traditional Rulers and aliens in their domains such as the Fulani, Tivs and many others. This has enabled peace and unity in the communities.

98. Amicable settlement consulted of communal disputes before they degenerate into a serious crisis.

99. The Traditional Rulers are and carried along in taking important decisions or formulation of crucial policies.

100. Renovation of palaces and royal institutions across the state.

101. An awakened sense of culture among the people as the government encourages cultural renaissance.

102. Unbanning of great cultural festivals in the Igala Speaking part of the state by Governor Yahaya Bello. Sports and Youth Development

103. The repackaging and enhancement of the state’s male and female football teams.

104. Provision of new buses for the sports teams of the state

105. Adequate funding of sports in the state.

106. The state has won many laurels in football, judo and other sporting events both in Nigeria and outside the country.

107. Kogi State under the New Direction agenda is fast becoming the home of Beach Soccer in Nigeria. We are the Champions of the 2018 Edition of Kebbi Beach Sallah Tournament.

108. The Handball Teams of the state are doing very well nationally and internationally. The recently won many national laurels and will be representing the country in some international competitions around the world.

109. The State Ministry of Youth and Sports have launched sensitization programs and campaigns against Drug Abuse, Cultism, Examination Malpractices and other societal vices across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

110. The administration of Alh Yahaya Bello has transformed Lokoja from being the second dirtiest State Capital in Nigeria to become the second cleanest capital in the country with better roads and streetlights among others. A number of road projects across the state have been completed such as the Ankpa Township Roads while others are in advanced stages across the three Senatorial Districts.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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The Founder and Senior Pastor, Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the best, the brightest and the fittest to move the nation forward.

The vice presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 presidential election, made the call in a telephone interview with Daily Sun.

Bakare also said it was his hope and desire that majority of Nigerians will truly take advantage of the dividends of democracy in the second term of President Buhari, declaring that the President’s second term must be better than his first.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, preparatory to the inauguration of his second term, directed ministers to turn in their handover notes on April 24, 2019.

Asked what type of cabinet he expected the President to constitute, Bakare said: “The president knows what kind of cabinet he wants to constitute.

“It is not necessary the function of my expectation, we trust that he will choose the best, the brightest and the fittest to move Nigeria forward.”

Bakare, however, declined to comment when further pressed on the type of personalities the President should invite into his government. He hinged his position on the unlimited access he has to the President, insisting that he prefers to speak to him rather than on the pages of newspapers.
Bakare said: “It is not fair. What I don’t want others to do to me, I don’t do to them.

“So, it is a privilege to be able to say things to him; or what I say to him in secret, remains between him and I and God Almighty.

“He will do his best because he also is conscious of legacy.”

Asked if he was confident that the second term of President Buhari will be better than what the nation witnessed in his first term, Bakare said it was his hope and desire.

Bakare added: “It is my hope, my desire, and I trust God that that will happen because it is the only way our nation can truly improve and majority of our people can truly take advantage of the dividends of democracy.
On the outcome of the 2019 General Election, Bakare said the election has come and gone with all its abnormalities. He prayed that the nation learnt from whatever blunders that were committed and that the nation continues to improve on its democratic experience until the nation reaches a place where it will have free, fair and credible election that it can be proud of.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 22, 2019
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