From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has urged northern leaders to emulate the virtues of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sarduana of Sokoto in order to take the region to the next level of development.
The Governor made the call in Lokoja when the delegation of Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation led by former Governor of Kano , Senator Ibrahim Shekarau paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The Governor who lamented that the region had produced numerous leaders and billionaires , but yet remained backward in terms of development , called on the current northern leaders to imbibe the virtues of honesty , transparency and sincerity the late Sir Ahmadu Bello was known for, while he held sway as the leader of the northern Nigeria.
He pointed out that his administration has exemplified those virtues of Sarduana in its activities , noting that in Kogi state “there is no segregation among the ethnic groups in the state”
“The late Ahmadu Bello practiced equity, fairness , all inclusive and transparency in governance. That was why he recorded tremendous achievements for the northern people during his time as leader of the north.
“Ironically, today lack of sincerity among leaders in the region has become a major problem that hindered the development of the region and the only way to tackle this challenge is when we decided to continually emulate the virtues of the late Sarduana of Sokoto who rejected religion and tribal sentiment” he said Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau expressed displeasure over the rising cases of rape and other gender based violence across the country.
He then appealedappealing to state governments to have strong legislations with stiffer punishment for perpetrators of the heinous acts.
“Equally important in the fight against rape are sustained advocacy and enlightenment campaigns, religious and moral teachings , social inclusion of women among others. We are hopeful therefore that the government and the good people of Kogi state will join us in the campaign against this anti-social behaviour” he said.
He promised that the foundation would continue to play the role of a catalyst for Northern unity , peace and development of the region .
FMC Lokoja health workers embark on indefinite strike
From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Irked by the Wednesday’s attack on the facility of the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja by hoodlums, health workers of the institute have embarked on an indefinite strike to showcase their anger over the sad incident.
A statement issued by the Joint Action Congress JAC said that the congress took to strike option to register their greivieances following the hoodlums attacks
Hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed the premises of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja in the early hours of Wednesday destroying the administrative block and carted away files and computers relating to Covid-19 patients.
The statement signed by Dr Adeyemi William, Chairman Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Dr Nana Agwu, President Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Comrade Obajemu Samuel,JOHESU Chairman and Secretary,John Omoche stated that it has resolved to totally withdraw it’s services across board till further notice.
The body noted that “the decision was premised on the attack to our lives and properties by unknown hoodlums when some equipment like infrared thermometers, laptops, ATM cards, car and motorcycles which are vital in providing care worker were carted away including vandalisation of our administrative block .”
According to them,”not that until there is guarantee of the security of lives and properties, adequate provision of personal protective equipment PPE,and the identification of covid-19 status of A&E staff that went on self-isolation, expansion and provision of testing facilities, PCR machine while the number of patients to be attended to by clinic should be maximum of 20 while patients on appointments should be stratified into two sections to reduce crowd and canopies provided we may not resume duties.”
Meanwhile the Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA) Kogi chapter, has condemned in absolute terms the incident of hoodlums attack on Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja on Wednesday.
A statement jointly signed by the State’s Chairman and Secretary of NMA, Dr Zubair Kabiru and Dr Okungbowa Osaretin, respectively, described the attack on FMC Lokoja’s premises, as ‘’uncivilized and uncalled for’’.
According to the statement, report has reached NMA Kogi chapter, about the ugly incidence that took place on Wednesday at the premises of the FMC Lokoja, where some suspected hoodlums stormed the hospital’s premises, vandalised offices and carted away some personal and hospital’s valuables.
‘’The hospital is where lives are saved; it is uncivilized for it to be attacked for whatsoever reason.
‘’The staff of the hospital had planned to have a peaceful protest over their safety in the hospital as a result of the ongoing global pandemic of Covid-19 in the state.
‘’However, before the protest could start, some unknown hoodlums stormed the hospital premises and disrupted the planned peaceful protest.
‘’This action has led to the total shutdown of the only functional tertiary healthcare facility in the state.
‘’NMA Kogi state, believes that the action of these hoodlums is totally uncalled for and condemns it in absolute terms,’’ the statement said.
The association, therefore, called on the State and Federal Governments to bring the perpetrators to book, while ensuring adequate security for the healthcare workers in the state.
Insecurity: Dangote donates five Toyota Hilux vehicles to Kogi
From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Dangote Group of Company over the weekend, donated five Toyota Hilux vehicles to Kogi state government as part of its effort to complement government’s fight against alarming cases of robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes ravaging the state.
The gesture according to a delegation from Dangote Group of Company that presented the vehicles to Kogi government was part of the organization’s social responsibility services initiatives to combat crimes in the host community.
The Chief of Staff to Kogi Governor, Jamiu Abdulkareem who received the donation at the Government House on behalf of the State Government, commended the company for its assistance to the state.
He noted that the donation was part of the organisation’ s support to boost the Governor’s fight against all forms of insecurity and criminality in the state
The COS stated that Dangote group have one of the largest cement plant, located at Obajana in Kogi state.
Abdul Kareem pointed out that for them to be able to function effectively, they need a well secured environment which the Governor have been striving to provide
Abdulkareem acknowledged the fact that the donation was a show of appreciation by Dangote Company and a recognition of the effort of the Governor pleading for more of such gesture.
Kogi begins implementation of livestock project
From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Kogi state government has joined other states of the federation in implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan(NLTP).
This followed the inauguration of the state steering committees by Governor Yahaya Bello in Lokoja, to commence the implementation of the project.
The state commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo who disclosed this while speaking with Journalists in Lokoja at the weekend, said that the NLTP is a framework designed by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to transform the livestock sector as well as helping to eliminate conflict between crop and livestock farmers in the country.
The commissioner also said that the project is expected to help evolve and strengthen intensive livestock production system with the aim of making the sector more productive and sustainable.
While inaugurating the 10 members steering and 11 members project committees, Governor Bello hinted that the project would also build the potentials of farmers for improved yields, enhance peaceful coexistence and promote the production of leguminous crops such as soya bean which is an important ingredient in the manufacturing of poultry, fishery and livestock feeds.
According to the Governor, the steering committee would serve as governing board and policy trust formulators based on the national livestock transformation guidelines while the project management committee office would carry out the implementation guidelines and manage day to day activities of the project in the state.
Governor Bello charged members of the state steering and project committees to work for the success of the project in the state, revealing that the overriding objective of the project is towards achieving food security through improved diary production.
The project which was launched recently in Adamawa by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would be implemented as a collaboration project between the federal and state governments, farmers, pastoralists as well as the private investors.
Expected to run up till the year 2028, is a plan that hopes to birth tailored made ranches where cattles are bred, and meat as well as diary products are produced using modern livestock breeding and diary methods.
In their separate remarks, state commissioner for finance, budget and economic development, Alhaji Asiwaju Idris and auditor general, Alhaji Yakubu Okala assured that the project would boost livestock production and other multiplier effects.
They expressed confidence in the ability of the state coordination office led by a renowned agricultural economist, Dr. Olufemi Bolarin to turn the vision of the project into a resounding success in the state.
The state project coordinator, Dr. Bolarin, a former commissioner of agriculture in the state and a senior lecturer of agricultural extension and rural development, had prior to his appointment worked extensively in Africa livestock in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
He also has a robust knowledge of agriculture in Namibia and served as manager, Climate Change Adaptation Centre, Queensland, Australia.