The Ogidi Community in Ijumu Local Government in Kogi State has expended N12.8 million to implement some development projects that will add value to the living standards of the people.
The President of Ogidi Development Association (ODA), Mr Femi Oloruntoba who made the disclosure on Monday at Ogidi said that the projects were executed in the last two years to enhance the social and economic status of the county
Oloruntoba who spoke at the annual general meeting of the community listed the projects to include the purchase of a transformer, renovation of Ogidi Community Secondary School and grading of Ogidi-Kabba road, renovation.
Others according to him have to do with the furnishing of the community police station and.purchase of two motorcycles for the use of police.
The President said that the ODA was also able to attract the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable condition of Ogidi-Iyara road which currently is undergoing rehabilitation by FERMA.
Other self help projects he said have been lined up for execution from 2022, listing them to include the community street project, purchase of a patrol vehicle for police, construction of a library, school laboratory equipment, construction of a youth development centre, and boreholes among others.
Oloruntoba appealed to the indigenes of Ogidi both at home and abroad to show more interest in the development of the community in order to make it more attractive to investors.
The President also called on the state and federal government’s to come to the aid of the town by implementing projects that uplift the standard of living of the residents.
Highlights of the event were the presentation of two motorcycles to the police station in the town, launching of two books on the history and people of Ogidi in cultural dances, reports from.branches and presentation of prices.
The books were written by Ogidi Ela Academic Forum.
The ODA also promised to give N200,000 for the maintenance and fueling of the two motorcycles .
The annual event is jointly organized by Onah Gongogo, Otun and Ohi communities that made up the communities.
Among traditional rulers present are the Olojo of Ogidi, Oba Stephen Dada Arogundade, Oluotun of Ogidi, Oba Joseph Alamoh, Olokoro of Ogidi, Oba Samuel Ajayi Sule and Baale of R. O. Oloka.
Prominent indigenes of the town in attendance are Mr Sunday Thomas, Federal Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer, National Insurance Commission, Chief APS, Arogundade, a computer expert, Professor Funlola Alabi, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Anglican Bishop of Ijumu Diocese, Rt. Reverend Olanrewaju Ojo , Mr Ayokunle Olajibu, a Manager with UBA, a formal Chaoan of Ijumu Local Government , Hon. Fehinti Dada, Mr DS Kinrin, Hon. Racheal Otitolaiye, Vice Chairman, Ijumu Local Government, Mr Sunday Olowo and Hon. Abibat Saliu, treasurer, Ijumu Local Government.
Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho gives out state of the art Solar panels to Kogi East
The senator representing Kogi East Senatorial district in the Red Chamber, Jibrin Isah (Echocho), has given out high-powered solar panel lights to some communities in his senatorial district.
The state of the art solar lights packaged with fluorescent bulbs illuminating that have long lasting life span is targeted at providing high level of visibility for security agents and local vigilantes to counter criminal activities carried out by men of the underworld especially at night.
One of the recipients of the solar lights in Abejukolo-Ife, Omala Local Government Area of Kogi state, Comrade Jerry Ochada, said the intervention by Senator Echocho is a welcome development.
Ochada further thanked the ranking Senator for his intervention while hinting that “in the coming days, the solar lights will be installed along Omala local government area (Secretariat Road) and some streets in Sabongari Area of Abejukolo”.
The Senator also gifted 36 solar powered lights each to the Okenyi community in Ankpa local government area, Dekina township; Etutuekpe community in Dekina local government and Ugwolawo township in Ofu local government area.
Senator Echocho promised to donate more lights to other Local Government Areas before the end of 2023.
Natasha doles out N300, 000 for installation of Ohueta/Ogidi Community Transformer
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in Kogi Central, Barr. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has given N300,000 to Ohueta/Ogidi community in Okehi LGA to finance the installation of new transformer in the area.
The community has been experiencing total blackout for some months before the leaders of the community approached the PDP senatorial candidate to help in financing the installing of the new transformer for the people to enjoy the festive period.
Natasha in her philantropic disposition was eager to respond to the call by donating the money to end the days of blackout in the community.
The PDP senatorial candidate was represented by Director of Programs and Planning, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan Campaign Organization, Hon. Jacob Anebe who presented the money to the community leaders.
Anebe explained that the PDP senatorial candidate swiftly responded to the plea of the community leaders and donated the money to complete the installation of the new transformer for the residents of the community to enjoy the festive season.
He noted that Akpoti will continue to respond to the call of her people and do more when she gets to the Senate.
He further called on the people of Kogi Central to support and vote for Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan in the 2023 Kogi Central senatorial election to do more for the people of Kogi Central.
HOSTCOM applauds President Buhari for PIA
***asks for licence to operate modular refinery
Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being the only Nigerian President that has actualized their dream by signing into law the Petroleum industry Act (PIA)
Paramount ruler of Nembe Kingdom Edmond Dakoru, spoke at the weekend during the official commissioning of the Abuja Liaison office of the HOSTCOM .
Speaking through his representative Erenghotie Ansley-Thomas Esq, he thanked the present administration for the (PIA), efforts of which he said previous administrations had frustrated.
“For a government to sign the PIA, which happens to be an improved version of what started in the past deserves our commendation. It takes the political will and commitment on the part of government and the drivers of that sector to be able to do that because several efforts have been frustrated several times”.
“For those who are not aware of how previous efforts were frustrated may not see what good we have received by the enactment into law of the PIA
Ansley-Thomas said the PIA has “principles set out for the protection of the environment, principles set out to address issues of Host Communities (HOSTCOM).
However, he expressed fear that any piece of legislation, no matter how well intentioned those who enacted it may be, until those saddled with the responsibility of operating it or giving expression to it come in tandem wit the spirit of the law, they may only be driving the letter, which could be compromised or sabotaged, as we have seen in so many cases.
“As much as we have a very robust legislation, it is important for HOSTCOM and other stakeholders to collaborate on how to enforce or tho insiststhe implementation of the PIA”.
On his part the National President of HOSTCOM His highness chief Benjamin Style Tamaranebi requested the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and the Health, Safety, Environment and Community of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and other relevant MDAs to use the earnest powers of their good offices to incorporate HOSTCOM’s budgetary provisions in their budgetary provisions by partnering with the Commission and Authority for Environmental intelligence gathering and data collation.
He also requested that HOSTCOM be provided with every project draft EIA to ensure the effective implementation of Sustainable Development processes.
He wants HOSTCOM to be allowed to monitor every project from Inception to commissioning.
Other demands are for HOSTCOM to be shortlisted in the NUPRC and NMDPRA protocollist.
The President also requested that HOSTCOM is given the opportunity participate and assist in providing environmental field
management plan from field to field basis as well as participate in ensuring building cryogenic plants on build, operate and own (BOO) basis in order to strategically end gas flaring.
He also wants payment of gas flare funds, and its remittance to be made to HCDT on project development and investment basis for Community sustainable development.
As an entity he also demanded that HOSTCOM be given license to operate modular refinery in the producing states to end illegal refining and crude oil theft and to have license to lift petroleum products for fairness and equity.
“The accomplishment of the aforementioned objectives will inevitably be the foundation that would overhaul the legacy mistakes to improved livelihood and socio-political and economic advancement of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing oil and gas and citizenry of our great country.
“We are optimistic that the bounty of your benevolence knows no bounds and would be memorable in the annals of HOSTCOM history to the producing oil and gas States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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