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Kogi gov urges unity, resilience at easter

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Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has sent a message of felicitation to Christians in the state on the occasion the 2024 Easter celebration urging the people to remain united and resilient in the face of economic challenges.

The governor in the message noted that the promises of renewal and hope that is associated with Easter will usher in greater prosperity for the people of the state.
Special Adviser on Media Ismaila Isah in a statement issued on Sunday quote the governor to have assured the people that their sacrifices and prayers for the success of the leadership of the state will engender a brighter future for all citizens of the state.

“As we gather in families and communities across the state to celebrate Easter, let us dwell on the values of renewal, hope, and unity that define us as citizens of one state.

“Just as the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolizes new beginnings and the triumph of light over darkness, let us embrace the opportunity to renew our commitment to building a brighter future for our beloved state as exemplified by the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR).” Governor Ododo stated.

The Governor acknowledged the impact of the prevailing economic situation in the state and noted that government has been ramping up efforts to ameliorate the situation.

Recounting his efforts so far, Governor Ododo said:

“It is evident that the rise in the prices of essential commodities and insecurity have brought new set of challenges, but through it all, our team has shown remarkable resilience and dedication to serve our people to the best of our abilities.

On the 20th of February this year, we flagged off the first quarterly distribution of food palliatives across the 239 wards of the 21 local government areas in the state.

A few days ago, we started receiving consignments from the federal government grains intervention to cushion the effect of the economic hardship being experienced by our people.

We shall soon commence the distribution of the grains throughout the state ahead of the farming season as we did with the first quarterly food palliative which will also continue in the second quarter in a few weeks from now and until we get over the shocks of the current economic downturn.”

Governor Ododo urged the people to remain resilient in the face of trials, stressing that the state is set to witness further consolidation of the progressive path to greater prosperity despite the current economic situation.

“As we navigate the challenges of this time, let us remember the power of unity in overcoming our adversity. Let us stand together as one people, irrespective of our differences, and work hand in hand towards a shared vision of progress and prosperity for the people of our dear state.
“There is need for us to embrace compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings that underpin the celebration of Easter which is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Hence, as Kogites, we must learn to be resilient and persevere even in the face difficulties. Together, we shall prevail.” Governor Ododo assured.
The Governor prayed that the Easter celebration will bring about joy and renewal for every Kogite as he encouraged the people to extend friendship and compassion to those in need in the spirit of Easter, stressing that everyone has a part to play in the collective efforts to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous Kogi State.

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Kogi inaugurates 22-Member OGP State Steering Committee

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

KOGI State Government has inaugurated a 22-member Open Government Partnership (OGP) State Steering Committee comprising state and non-state actors to reinforce the state Government’s commitment to issues of Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Participation.

Dr (Mrs) Folashade Arike Ayo-Ade, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) who inaugurated the Committee on Tuesday in Lokoja, said the programme would place Kogi on the global map in the areas of Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Participation.

She described OGP as a multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from national and Sub-national Governments to promote Open Government.

The Partnership, she added, also is geared towards empowering the citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The SSG said that the OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic Reformers ready to make their government Open, Accountable and Responsive to citizens.

“As we all know, the present administration under the dynamic Leadership of His Excellency Alhaji Usman Ododo has been in the forefront in practicing and implementing the principles of Open Government.

“The involvement of citizens in governance has assumed a whole new dimension with the appointment of men and women in all levels Government”, she said.

Asiwaju Ashiru Idris (Mukadam), the State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning who is also Co-Chairman of the Committee said the state had recorded a lot achievements both locally and internationally in Transparency and Accountability.

He said that with the inauguration of OGP, the state would continue to wax stronger and stronger adding that Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo had directed that all monies accruing to the state be published quarterly to buttress his commitment to accountability.

The Commissioner said that the Committee would further help to roll out more strategies to enhance the implementation of the state Action Plan and enable coverage of the lost grounds.

In his Vote of Thanks, the second Co-Chairman of the OGP, Amb. Idris Ozovehe Muraina described the inauguration as a significant milestone in the collective journey towards transparency, accountability, and citizens engagement in governance.

Muraina who is also Chairman Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET), said the official inauguration of the OGP in Kogi marks “a new chapter in our efforts to foster greater transparency, enhance public participation and combat corruption.

He noted that committee had crucial role to play in holding our government accountable saying, “I believe that by working together, we can bring about positive changes and make a real difference in the lives of the people of Kogi State.

“Let us seize this opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and drive forward our shared vision of a more open and inclusive government that puts the interests of the people first.”

Muraina explained that the the OGP bill in the state was passed and assented to in 2022, adding that it was leveraging on four basic principles of Transparency, Inclusive Participation Accountability, Innovation and Ambition, based on five standards. (Ends)

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Put Politics Behind, Support Gov. Ododo – Abejide Urges Kogi People

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**Says Nov. 11, 2023 Governorship Election was freely won

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Honorable Leke Joseph Abejide, candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the November 11, Governorship Election in Kogi, has urged people of the state to put politics behind them and support Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to build a virile, secured and prosperous State.

Abejide, Member representing Yagba Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, made the call while addressing guests at a wedding ceremony, in Lokoja, the State capital.

The Parliamentarian urged well-meaning Kogi indigenes to keep politics in abeyance for now and give maximum support to the government to achieve progress on all fronts, reiterating his stance that the election was freely won.

According to him, there is time for politics and time for governance and presently, time for politics is over adding, “We have had our election and a winner has emerged.

“I still find it surprising that some people are still working to pull down the government because of election that was freely won, with the people’s voice heard loud and clear.

“Let me use this medium to call that we put behind the Governorship election. Let’s join hands with Gov. Usman Ahmed Ododo to build a virile Kogi State.

“All the negative things that are unsubstantiated that are not true but being said about the government and state are also affecting our development.

“Let’s give the Governor the support to work for the good of the generality of the people”, Abejide said. (Ends)

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Gov. Ododo pledges to Improve Local Security Architecture with community road networks

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

AS part of his deliberate steps to improve logistics for local security architecture in Kogi State, Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has said that his administration will soon embark construction of network of roads in rural communities.

Governor Ododo who disclosed this while on Sallah homage to the Onyukoko-Idoji ward in Okene Local Government Area said the network of roads would link communities in different parts of the state.

Addressing a gathering of his supporters at Idoji, the governor expressed concern over the condition of the Idoji-Enyinare road promising that immediate attention would be given to the road.

This, he said, would be executed along with other roads linking local communities in different parts of the state.

He stressed that people in local communities needed to be connected by road infrastructures to enhance social and economic activities across the state.

Governor Ododo said he was well aware of the socio economic and infrastructural deficits in rural areas and pledged that his administration will not relent in closing the gaps in road infrastructure in the state for the benefit of all citizens.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the youths, women and other stakeholders in the area for the tremendous support he received during the November 11, 2023 Governorship Election.

He assured them that their welfare would receive priority attention under his leadership.

Governor Ododo however, enjoined the youths to desist from divisive tendencies but strive to sustain the prevailing peaceful coexistence in the area as he assured the community of improved logistics for the local vigilante group.

He also promised that his administration would remodel the local security architecture in the area and make it a template for other communities in the state as part of the renewed onslaught against criminals in the state.

In appreciation of the pivotal role played by people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in his emergence as Governor, Ododo promised to accord tremendous importance to the people and the area.

He noted that their sacrifices served as the foundation for the agitation for equity in the political history of Kogi State. (Ends)

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