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Kogi attack: IDP pleads with govt to help reunite with family

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

MR Joshua Salifu, a farmer, and Internally Displaced Person from Agojeju-Odo community in Omala Local Government of Kogi has called on Kogi State Government to help reunite him with his family displaced in the Thursday bandit attack.

Paul who is currently taking refuge in Bagaji-Odo, a neighbouring community, made the plea on Saturday while narrating his ordeal in an interview with newsmen who were on fact finding mission to the scene of crime.

He said that his wife and children were still missing after the the Thursday onslaught against the Agojeju-Odo community and pleaded with government to help find them.

The distraught farmer explained that when the bandits attacked the Agojeju-Odo community between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, everyone in the village ran helter skelter for their dear lives.

“At that time, we were running for our dear lives. Everyone ran in different directions. I’m here in Bagaji-Odo not knowing where my wife and children are.

“I took part in the burial of the 25 persons killed, but neither my wife nor any of my children was not among them,” he said.

Salifu said that he was helpless and afraid to go back to the village to search for his family members as he pleaded with the authorities to come to his aid.

In their collective cry for help, the displaced victims of the bandits attack on Agojeju-Odo community have called on the Federal and State Governments to restore normalcy and help them return home.

Mrs Patience Akwu, a 67-year old woman, said that life had become rough, tough and hard for them, having lost their farm produce to the attackers and separated from their families.

“We thank God for saving our lives. Here we are in Bagaji-Odo, displaced and suffering. No food, no manageable place to stay.

“All We are ask now is for government to assist in providing adequate security for us to to return home”, she pleaded.

Similarly, another victim, Paul Achegbulu, a farmer, said the attackers who spoke Fulfude and Hausa had come before to attack the community and on the the first and the last occasions, they came shouting and speaking their language.

Achegbulu said that the Thursday attack was the worst and urged the government to help establish military presence in Agojeju-Odo community, a border village between Benue and Kogi States.

Achegbulu said that unless there was adequate security in the community, they would not go back for fear that the bandits might return to unleash mayhem.

According to him, all their foodstuffs such as yam, cassava, maize, cashew and beans were carted away by the bandits.

The District Head of Bagaji-Odo, Chief David Akpa, also pleaded with the government to come to aid of the IDPs and the affected communities.

“This is because we don’t have the kind of sophisticated weapons the bandits have, to face them. God knows we have no problem with the herdsmen around us but why they did this to our people we don’t understand”, the traditional ruler said.

It would be recalled that unknown gunmen suspected to be armed herders invaded Agojeju-Odo on Thursday afternoon, killed at least 25 people and wounded an unspecified number the community members. (Ends)

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Kogi begins implementation of renewed hope housing project

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Work on the proposed 1000 units housing estate under the Renewed Hope Housing Project in Kogi state is set to begin in earnest following the directives given by the Governor of the State Usman Ododo

Governor Ododo gave the indication while playing host to the Management of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) led by the Managing Director, Honourable Ayotunde Ojo on a working visit to Lokoja the state capital on Wednesday.

A statement by his Special Adviser on media Ismaila Isah quoted the Hovernor to have noted that the meeting which is aimed at finalizing preparations for the implementation of the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state, is a further demonstration of the resolve of his administration to key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He described the meeting with the management of the Federal Housing Authority as timely in view of the determination of his administration to ensure that Kogi State enjoys her fair share of efforts by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the housing deficit in Nigeria with the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

While commending previous efforts made by the state government to address housing deficit in the state, Governor Ododo noted that Kogi state is critical to the actualisation of federal government policy to provide affordable housing for the Nigerian populace under the Renewed Hope Agenda in view of the strategic location of the state.

“As a state that borders nine other states and the FCT, our population growth and the effect of urbanization and migration to the state from neighbouring states and the FCT for social and economic reasons has significantly impacted housing needs in Kogi State.

“It will be the most strategic choice for the FHA through the Renewed Hope Housing Project of Mr President to consider Kogi State as a prime location for the Renewed Hope City.

“Kogi State is hereby allocating 100 hectares of land to the Federal Housing Authority to commence the building of the Renewed Hope City with full compensation paid by the government,” Governor Ododo said.

The Governor commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding Kogi State worthy of consideration for the Renewed Hope Housing Project, stressing that the construction of the Renewed Hope City in Kogi State is in line with his campaign promise to make Kogi state opened for business and by expanding housing development beyond the 16 kilometer radius of the state capital master plan.

The Governor assured the FHA of all the support required to ensure successful implementation of the Renewed Hope City in the state.

In his welcome remarks, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Honourable Taiye Abanika said the working visit by the management of the Federal Housing Authority will serve as an impetus for the state to key into the Renewed Hope Housing Project aimed at enhancing access to affordable housing by all Nigerians particularly the people of Kogi State.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Honourable Ayotunde Ojo described his visit to Kogi state as a home coming due to his ancestral connection with the state capital.

He commended Governor Ododo for the bold initiatives by according priorities to the welfare of workers and ensuring security of lives and property in the state.

He assured that the organization will mobilize resources to commence the construction of the Renewed Hope City in the state as soon as possible.

The Kogi State Renewed Hope City is to be located on a 100 hectares of land off the Lokoja-Okene road in Zariagi.

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Kogi Assembly urges deployment of Armed Personnel To complex over insecurity

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

The Kogi State House of Assembly has on Wednesday called on security agencies in the state to provide adequate security cover for the Assembly Complex in view of the high profile cases of kidnaping and general insecurity in the state.

The House made the call in a resolution following the adoption of a motion moved by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Aliyu Umar Yusuf at plenary on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The Speaker decried the high profile cases of kidnapping across the state and expressed concern over the security of the legislators, staff and the entire Assembly complex.

Yusuf said the lawmakers and and the complex were no longer safe noting that the most of the security personnel securing the complex and the legislators were not armed and would find it difficult to repel an attack.

He therefore urged the security agencies to deploy more armed personnel to the complex to secure lives and property.

Rt Hon. Yusuf pleaded that the situation should not be allowed to deteriorate to the level where the Assembly would be forced to embark on self-help with “our own internal security.”

The Speaker therefore, directed the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Ahmed Chogudo, to open line of communication with Heads of security agencies in the state and intimate them with the resolution of the Assembly for immediate action.

“In view of recent security challenges in our Country and also our dear State, it is important that we beef up security here at the Assembly complex before, during and after sitting.

“The Clerk of the House should intimate the various security agencies that they should provide armed security personnel to safeguard this complex during and even after sittings”, He said.

The Legislators adopted the motion following an overwhelming voice votes in its support. (Ends)

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Kogi Gov directs immediate implementation of 1000-Unit Renewed Hope Housing Project

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***Allocates 100-hectare land

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

GOVERNOR Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi has given directive for the immediate commencement of work on the proposed 1000-unit Housing estate under the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state.

The governor also said that he has allocated a 100-hectare land to the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) for the project.

Ododo disclosed this when he received the Management of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) led by the Managing Director, Hon. Ayotunde Ojo who was on a working visit to Lokoja, the state capital on Wednesday.

The Governor who hinted that full compensation for the allocated 100-hectare land had been paid noted that the meeting with the Management of FHA was aimed at finalizing preparations for the implementation of the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state.

Ododo added that the directive was a further demonstration of the resolve of his administration to key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Governor reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure that Kogi enjoyed her fair share of efforts by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the housing deficit in Nigeria with the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

He said Kogi was critical to the actualisation of Federal Government policy to provide affordable housing for the Nigerian populace under the Renewed Hope Agenda in view of the strategic location of the state.

“As a state that borders nine other states and the FCT, our population growth and the effect of urbanization and migration to the state from neighbouring states and the FCT for social and economic reasons has significantly impacted housing needs in Kogi State.

“It will be the most strategic choice for the FHA through the Renewed Hope Housing Project of Mr President to consider Kogi State as a prime location for the Renewed Hope City.

“Kogi State is hereby allocating 100 hectares of land to the Federal Housing Authority to commence the building of the Renewed Hope City with full compensation paid by the government,” Governor Ododo said.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding Kogi State worthy of consideration for the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

Ododo stressed that construction of the Renewed Hope City in Kogi State is in line with his campaign promise to make Kogi state open for business and by expanding housing development beyond the 16 kilometer radius of the state capital master plan.

The Governor assured the FHA of all the support required to ensure successful implementation of the Renewed Hope City in the state.

In his welcome remarks, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Taiye Abanika applauded Management of the Federal Housing Authority for the working visit.

He said that the visit would serve as an impetus for the state to key into the Renewed Hope Housing Project aimed at enhancing access to affordable housing by all Nigerians particularly the people of Kogi State.

In his remarks, Hon. Ayotunde Ojo, Managing Director of the Authority, described his visit to Kogi state as home coming in view of his ancestral connection with the state capital.

He commended Governor Ododo for the bold initiatives by according priorities to the welfare of workers and ensuring security of lives and property in the state.

The MD assured that the organization would mobilize resources to commence the construction of the Renewed Hope City in the state as soon as possible.

The Kogi State Renewed Hope City under the Renewed Hope Housing Project of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to be located on a 100 hectares of land, off the Lokoja-Okene road in Zariagi. (Ends)

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