From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission has fixed local government elections for 12th December.
The Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission,SIEC,Maman, Nda Eri made the announcement via a proclamation at a stake holders meeting in Lokoja.
Eri said that the fixing of the date was in line with the state government’s decision under the leadership of Alhaji Yahaya Bello who had earlier in March gave the commission a marching order to conduct free, fair and credible elections to fill the political positions of the Chairmen and counsellors in all the 21 local government areas of the state.
The chairman said that the commission had put all necessary things in place that would translate to the successful conduct of the all important assignment.
“I, Honorable Maman Nda Eri, the chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission, hereby declare that the conduct of local government polls for the positions of chairmen and counsellors across the twenty one local government areas has been fixed to hold on the 12th of December,2020.
Reading out the timetable of the scheduled elections, Eri said that the programme kicked off with Wednesday’s announcement to be followed by sensitisation tour to all the 21 local government areas between 14th and 23rd September.
Between 24th September and 2nd October, political parties wound be expected to submit their forms while party primaries have been fixed for between 6th October and 13th October.
19th October has been fixed for submission of forms at the SIEC headquarters while verification and documentation is fixed for between October 27 and November 3rd.
Campaign starts 4th November while 10th day of December have been fixed as the last day of campaigns.
Assembly calls for FMC Lokoja reopening
From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Kogi State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the Federal government for urgent intervention in reopening of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in the interest of those accessing medical attention at the centre.
The House maintained that the continued closure of Federal Medical Centre Lokoja which was shutdown in July this year due to alleged invasion of thugs is not in the best interest of the people of the state.
The call followed a motion of urgent public importance by the member representing Lokoja one constituency, Tenimu Umar on the deteriorating health situation of the people of the state due to the prolonged closure of the hospital.
The lawmaker said cases that were ordinary treatable at the Centre are now being referred to Abuja thereby putting extra financial burden on the people of the state.
He appealed to the state government to wade in the matter to ensure quick reopening of the Centre to enable the people of the state access medicare with less stress.
After exhaustive debate on the matter, the House resolved to intervene on the matter and mandated its Committee on Health to interface with the management of the FMC, Federal Ministry of Health and the State Ministry of Health to ensure speedy resolution of all issues involved.
Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole directed the House Committee on Health to interface with all relevant stakeholders and report to the House within one week.
It would be recalled that some armed thugs invaded the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja in July and allegedly carted away cash, laptops and handsets, among other valuables.
The development made the management of the Medical Centre to shut down the only Federal Health Facility in the State for more than two months now.