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Ododo vows to put an end to youth restiveness in Kogi

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***Approves Immediate Payment of Bursary, Subvention to Youth, Students’ Associations

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has said that his administration will resist any attempt to derail the prevailing peace and security of lives and property in the state

The Governor made the declaration at an interactive session with youth and student leaders at the government house in Lokoja.

A statement issued by his special adviser on media Ismaila Isah quoted the governor to have
ordered the immediate payment of bursary to all students of Kogi state origin in higher institutions across the country.

He also directed that all arrears of subvention to youth and students associations in the state to be paid immediately.

The governor who decried attempts by those he described as unpatriotic persons to breach the prevailing peace and stability in the state, vowed to resist any attempt to instigate violent protests in any part of the state under any guise.

He called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute anyone found responsible for any form of public misconduct, capable of negatively impacting the prevailing peace and security of lives and property in kogi state.

The governor urged the youth and students in the state not to allow themselves to be used by enemies of the state who he said have no stake in the progress and development of the state.

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Kogi Gov’ship: Ajaka describes victory handed Ododo as pyrrhic

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***Commends counsels for proving over voting during the election

The candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the November 2023 Kogi governorship election, Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has described the victory handed to Governor Usman Ododo by the State’s election petitions tribunal as a pyrrhic.

This is just as he assured his supporters that the verdict of the election petitions tribunal will not stand the test of time.

In a press release he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Monday, Ajaka said the long walk to freedom has just commenced.

He urged his supporters to march forward with hope, courage, and unwavering determination

“Today, I come before you with a heavy heart, but also with a fire of optimism burning in my soul. We have just received the news that our election petition has been unsuccessful at the tribunal. It is a setback, a moment of disappointment, and it is natural for us to feel disheartened.
“But let me tell you this, my fellow Kogites, this is not the end of our journey. This is just a chapter in our fight for justice, truth, the rights of our people and freedom.

“Yes, we may have lost the battle at the tribunal, but the war is far from over. Our stolen mandate, our voice, our power, will not be silenced.
“We will rise from the ashes of this defeat, stronger and more determined than ever before. Today, we must encourage each other to be hopeful, to be relentless in our pursuit of justice, and to keep our faith unwavering,” he said.

Ajaka applauded the brilliance of his team of lawyers at the tribunal. He commended them for establishing the case of over-voting during the election.

“Despite the outcome at the tribunal, I am proud to say that we had a team of brilliant lawyers who did an outstanding job in proving the case of overvoting during the election. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of democracy have left an indelible mark on our case as we push further.

“Throughout the entire process, our lawyers exhibited the highest level of professionalism and tenacity. They meticulously gathered evidence, scrutinized data, and presented a compelling case to the tribunal, but the tribunal despite agreeing to over-voting struck our case out.
“These lawyers did not fail us. We are very optimistic that they will be vindicated by the end of the petition. I can assure you that this judgment will not stand the test of time.

“Yes, we may have lost the battle at the tribunal, but the war is far from over. Our stolen mandate, our voice, our power, will not be silenced. We will rise from the ashes of this defeat, stronger and more determined than ever before. Today, we must encourage each other to be hopeful, to be relentless in our pursuit of justice, and to keep our faith unwavering.

“It is in times like these that our resilience is tested. We must remember why we embarked on this political journey in the first place. Our dreams, our hopes for a better future for Kogi, for a fairer society, for the upliftment of the marginalized, for the protection of our people, and for the progress of our state – these dreams are not dependent on a single election outcome.

“We must remind ourselves that our fight is not just about winning an election; it is about standing up for what is right, for what is just, and for what we believe in. Our opponents may have won this first round, the battle, but they have not won the war. We will take this fight to the very end, where justice will prevail. We will reclaim our stolen mandate and restore the faith of our people in the democratic process,” he said.

He urged his supporters not to lose sight of the bigger picture as they have been given an opportunity, a platform to make a difference.

“Losing at the tribunal does not make us losers; it makes us fighters, warriors who will not back down in the face of adversity. The violence, aggression and intimidation we faced during the election did not stop us. We will not be deterred by temporary setbacks, because our spirit is unbreakable.”

He called on all Kogites to stay united, stand strong, and continue the fight.

“I want to remind you all that we are not alone in this fight. The people who believe in us, who have placed their trust in us, are counting on us to fulfil our promise. Let us not disappoint them. Let us rise above this setback, and together, let us reclaim our stolen mandate.”

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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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