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Kogi Govt embarks on quarterly palliative programme to tackle hunger, inflation

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Ismail Isah, SA Media to Gov. Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State.
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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

KOGI State Government in a deliberate effort to stem the tide of heightened inflation, hunger and deprivation in the state, has concluded plans to flag-off the first Quarterly Palliative Programme in the  next two weeks.

Mallam Ismail Isah, Special Adviser (Media) to Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo disclosed this at a “One-day Media Training on Human Rights and Social Inclusion” for practising journalists on Saturday in Lokoja.

The training was organized by Stallion Times in  the  Collaborative  Media  Project  (Collaborating  for  media Independence and Government Accountability) with support from the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism, funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Isah said that the governor was quite aware of the hardships being faced by citizens of the state saying, “We’re all aware of the heightened inflation, hunger, and deprivation that has really eaten deep into Nigerian families. A lot of us are feeling the heat everywhere.”

Isah said the state government would also embark on deliberate profiling of communities and demarcation of boundaries and areas of influence of all community leaders in the state in furtherance of its engagement with communities.

He said that the government had prioritized the role of traditional rulers over the years adding that the profiling would help to address issues of insecurity and involvement of community leaders in interventions by government.

He said that government would be more coordinated in its efforts and interventions in communities in terms of monetary and other packages to ameliorate the hardships.

The Special Adviser said, “Beyond appointments and inclusivity in governance, there will be deliberate efforts to reach out to women and youths with emphasis on their participation and inclusivity in governance.

“The Kogi State government, under His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo is very committed to inclusion taking off from where the immediate past administration left.

“The past administration, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, had females as vice-chairmen of the Local Government Councils and Council Leaders at that level of government.

“I think that trajectory will not change. It’s going to continue, and the new government is going to build on that. In the past administration, we had one female Commissioner but this time around, we already have two.

“The Commissioner for Women Affairs and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs. Two Very important ministries. So, we hope that there will be more participation of youths or younger people in the government, which is also an element of inclusion”, he said.

He promised Stallion Times to be part of its planned Dialogue Mechanism to further the level of community participation and inclusivity in governance.

“I’m particularly glad about the creation of the dialogue mechanism that you have promised to put up and I want to assure you that being a practising journalist still, despite my new role, I will want to be involved in this dialogue mechanism.

“I also promise that I will be involved all the way. Whatever support we can give in this regard, I will be ready to see that it comes to fruition”, added.

The Special Adviser emphasized the need for teamwork and feedback from journalists to shape the narrative of the new government as a servant of the people. (Ends)

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Editors Guild commends Educational Devt in Kogi

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
A member of the Nigeria Guild of Editors,
Mr Adebayo Bodurin has commended Kogi State Government over its commitment to the Educational development through upliftment of existing institutions and establishment of new ones.

Bodurin made the remark on Saturday in Lokoja during a tour of on-going and completed projects by the present and immediate past administration in the state.

The Editor who was speaking after inspection of the GYB Model Science Secondary School, Adankolo, poured encomiums on the State Government for the feat attained in educational advancement of the state.

“For me, I believe in education. And I believe that is where the future of the country is. When we have educated people, we will be able to have knowledge to solve our problems.

“This is a bold initiative. I’m happy that they said they are for. I do hope that in future that each local government will be able to have structures of this nature.

“And we will be at the forefront of producing future scientists, technologists, that will help our country to less its dependence on other nations”, he said.

Briefing newsmen at the Ganaja Junction Flyover, the state Commissioner for Works, Engr Mohammed Yusuf said the Ganaja Junction Flyover project was part of the GYB Mega Legacy Projects.

The Commissioner who was represented by Engr Akubo Alhassan, Deputy Director, Civil Engineering, Ministry of Works, said, “This project was conceived and fully funded by the immediate past governor.

“The necessity of this project is that when you pass here before now, it was characterized by gridlocks at peak hours of, 7am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm.

“We have occasions of patients dying in the gridlock on their way to the hospitals, but the immediate past governor in his wisdom decided to resolve this conflict and gridlock permanently.

“When you come here now, the conflict has been resolved, there is free flow of traffic and it may interest you to know that this is the first ever flyover in Kogi State.

He said that apart from the Flyover, government also overlayed the dual carriage way from the Flyover to Zenith Bank Junction.

He added that though a Federal road, His Excellency intervened in overlaying the road from the Ganaja bridge through Dunamis Church to the flyover.

The Commissioner said that the State Government had done five other township roads, including from GYB Model Science Secondary School School to Zenith Bank Junction, Dunamis through Federal University.

There is another from Sadauna Junction through Maigari Palace. That is our escape route in the event of flood. Then Adankolo UBA to Adankolo Estate.

Just this one, Government House Junction to the flyover. It’s part of the facelift his excellency has given to the state headquarters.

Phase two, phase one, phase three road construction is going on there. Some have been completed and some are at various stages of completion.

As we go to Osara, you will see Zone 8 Runabout through CBN to Crusher. It’s ongoing. Zone 8 runabout through the Chari-Maigumeri Barrack to Zango to GYB Junction. Works are on-going there simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the tour continues to Kogi West Senatorial District and other parts of the state. (Ends)

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Kogi governor to commission 100 NG-CARES micro projects in 100 days in Office – KGCSDA

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Governor Ahmed Ododo of Kogi State is to commission 100 Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme micro projects in the 21 Local Government Areas as part of activities to mark his 100 days in office.

Chief Dauda Momoh, general manager of the state Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) disclosed this at the on-going week-long training of the Community and Group Project Management Committees(CPMC) at Okene.
He said that the NG-CARES Programme being midwived by the State Government under the CSDA, was aimed at assuaging the economic challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic among communities.

Chief Dauda Momoh said that the micro projects were part of measures aimed at enhancing access to basic infrastructures at community levels.

On the training, the General Manager said it was meant to build the capacities of the Project Management Committees and empower them in areas of project supervision, monitoring, evaluation, financial management, procurement, documentation and record keeping.

According to him, the new administration of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo is poised to ensure the provision of basic amenities, facilities and services in rural communities as well as among Gender and Vulnerable Groups in the state.

The General Manager commended the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for laying a solid foundation for seamless and smooth transition and continuity devoid of hitches.

Momoh identified the areas of intervention to include Health and Social Services, Education, Water and Sanitation and Nutrition Services adding that the micro projects include renovation as well as construction of Clinics.

Others are: Provision of Clinic Equipment and Drugs, Renovation and Construction of Schools, Construction of ICT Centers, Provision of Desks and Instructional Materials, Supply of Books, Renovation and Construction of Libraries.

The list also includes Water projects in the form of provision of Motorized Boreholes, Water Reticulation and schemes reactivation with other forms of support for communities and groups.

According to the General Manager, some communities are being supported with enhancement of their nutrition adding that the nutrition sector intervention ranges from Sensitization, Provision of Supplements and a Nutrition Support Center.

It is expected that about 300 Project Management Committee members of 40 communities drawn from across the three senatorial districts of the state would have been adequately grounded to properly handle the approved micro projects.

The training which is being conducted in three batches with 13 communities in a batch of 91 participants had the first from Monday to Tuesday with the second scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday while the last batch is for Friday and Saturday.

The General Manager said that the 100 community micro projects with eight-week time frame for execution, would soon be flagged and are expected to be completed and ready for the governor to inaugurate as part of his 100 Days In Office, in May.

Chief Dauda Momoh charged the participants to take the training seriously with full understanding of the modalities and processes and advised them to be good ambassadors of their various communities.

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Kogi: Gov. Ododo commends hitch-free distribution of palliatives

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of on-going distribution of the first quarterly food palliatives to the people of the state.

Ododo who was responding to reports from officials in charge of the distribution of the palliatives on Wednesday in Lokoja, expressed satisfaction with the transparency so far displayed in handling of the exercise by state officials.

The Governor also applauded the people of the state for their patience and orderliness in the distribution exercise saying that they had so far conducted themselves well as followed laid down procedure for the distribution.

He said that in spite of the challenging situation and the pressing desire to be served first, the people had not resorted to self help to make the exercise rowdy but had maintained peace.

“I am proud of the conduct of the state officials handling the distribution of palliatives as there has been no report of any hitch or disruption as many trucks have been loading the grains to various local government areas in the state.

“I want urge the local government caretaker chairmen and their committees to emulate the conduct of the state officials as the materials are being moved to the ward level.

“I want also commend our people for their patience and orderly conduct so far and I want to encourage them to sustain this attitude throughout the distribution exercise and in subsequent interventions to be made by our government”, the Governor said.

It would be recalled that the Governor had said at the flag-off of the exercise in Lokoja on Tuesday that the intervention was the first of many to take place under his leadership.

This, according to him, is in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ease the impact of the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerian families.

The Governor cautioned that the distribution of the palliatives must be done in accordance with laid down procedure across the 239 wards in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, without any form of political interference.

The Governor urged the people to guard against hoarding and diversion of the items as he called on them to be vigilant and report any breach of the procedure in the distribution of the palliatives to the state Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation for immediate intervention.

Ododo commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his unwavering support for the government and People of Kogi State.

He assured the People of the state that the Intervention would be sustained and delivered to the people on a quarterly basis in line with his campaign promises to the people.

The governor reiterated his earlier stance that the food palliative was meant for indigent population in the state, adding that the initiative was a proof of his commitment to the well-being of the people of the state.

He reiterated that the modality for distribution must be followed to the latter by ensuring that all those in need of of the intervention are given without any form of discrimination.

So far, over 20 consignments of the grains have left the state capital to 10 local government areas as the distribution exercise is expected to continue across the state in the next few days with strict adherence to guidelines for a hitch-free exercise.

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