My dream 20 years ago, suffering of Kogi people driving force behind my guber ambition – Erico

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An aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the suffering of the people of Kogi State coupled with his dream 20 years ago is the driving force behind his coming out to aspire to rule the state.

Joseph Ameh Erico, a security expert, disclosed this on Friday at NUJ Secretariat, Lokoja during a media parley, pointing out that his coming is to put Kogi in the right track and to build a future for the state.

Ameh also said his mind is full of creative ideas which he promised he would unlock when he comes in as the next Governor of Kogi within one year of his administration.

He stressed that civil servants are being treated like animals, saying that when he comes in as the governor, salary issue will not be a task as it is a compulsory obligation state government owes the workers in the state.

“I am the only one that deals on human beings. God has blessed me and when I come in, families will rejoice. When I come in I will digitalise Kogi State, Kogi will not be analogue again. I don’t displace priorities. We are going to feed our people, pay their salaries, get money and help them,” he said.

Ameh, chief executive officer of Real Strikers Security Service Ltd that has over 9,689 staff strength, said he believes in bringing people together so that they can put bread on their tables, also disclosed that his company cuts across the 36 states in the country, including the United States of America.

He also maintained that with his vast knowledge, he would fix Kogi State which he said is seriously lacking in various capacities, adding that he has the prerequisite ability to destroy the monster … Read More...

Kogi: APC governors on fresh collision course with Oshiomhhole

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Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries preparatory to the November 16, 2019, Kogi gubernatorial polls, there are strong

indications that Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman and governors on the platform of the party are heading for another collision course.

It was also gathered that the progressive governors have declared support for their colleague, Governor Yahaya Bello who may not be a favourable candidate to clinch the party’s return ticket if per chance Oshiomole’s plan to adopt direct mode of primary election is implemented. This is the crux of the matter.

Bello is not having an easy cruise to the party’s governorship ticket as at least 14 aspirants have indicated interest for the same ticket. These include, a former president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Sani Lulu, Salihu Atawodi (retired Air Vice Marshall), Toyin Akanle, former State

Director of Department of State Services; Seidu Mohammed Ogah, former Chief of Naval Staff; Usman Jubril as well as Mohammed and Yahaya Audu, sons of the late two-term governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu.

Others are former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states, Ahmed Usman; former commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in the

state, Tim Diche, Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Consumer Protection Council, George Olumoroti, James Faleke, member of the House of

Representatives and Jubrin Echocho, senator representing Kogi East.

All these aspirants based their arguments on Bello’s alleged abysmal performance in office evident in non-payment of salaries of civil servants, pension and gratuities of retirees, insecurity and absence of infrastructural project embarked upon by the governor and the fear of APC losing the state if he is fielded in the upcoming governorship election.

Recently, a body known as APC Aspirants’ Forum, Kogi Chapter rejected the candidature of Bello for a second term … Read More...

Kogi, Abuja, others to enjoy metering access

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The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and three Meter Asset Provider (MAP) vendors have launched the sales of 900,000 meters for electricity users across Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states for the next 36 months.
Ernest Mupwaya, managing director of AEDC, during the ceremony held in Abuja on Friday, said the vendors were Mojec International, Turbo Energy and Meron. While Mojec will install and maintain meters for AEDC customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kogi State, Turbo Energy will do same for customers in Niger, and Meron will handle customers in Nasarawa.
According to Mopwaya, customers would pay about N37,000 and N67,000 for a single phase meter and three phase meter, respectively.
Mupwaya further revealed that 900,000 customers had been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area.
“Being a moving target, we are aware that the number may increase and as it does, the vendors will take them by 100 percent. This project is expected to last for 36 months.
“With this metering scheme, AEDC was hopeful of ending the era of estimated billing, complaints of over-billing while ensuring energy accountability,” he said.
Chairman of NERC, James Momoh, said the MAP programme was an intervention to eliminate estimated billing and guarantee more revenue for the power sector as survey showed Nigerians were willing to pay for what they consume.
Momoh, who was represented by the general manager, Finance and Management Services, Abdulkadir Shettima, directed AEDC and the vendors to ensure meters were installed within 10 days after payment, noting that sanctions apply by facing consequences of deducting money from the Performance Guarantee bond posted by the vendors.
“If a meter is faulty, it must be replaced within two days or MAP will face the sanction adding that if there is power outage for

Kogi’s months of unpaid salaries claims one, as judiciary staff slumps, dies

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Four days after judiciary staff of Kogi State resumed duty after five months of industrial action following the dispute with the state government, Magistrate Court 11, Lokoja has been thrown into mourning mood, over the loss of one of its dedicated staff, Fatimah Noah.

Noah, a widow, popularly known as Mama Danlandi in her working place, slumped and died around on Thursday at her residence in Lokoja, over a yet to be established illness.

She was said to have resumed work on Monday with her colleagues, as JUSUN called off 5-month old strike, after National Judicial Council (NJC) resolved the trade disputes between the judiciary and Kogi State government; and has been consistently on duty without complaint of any health issue.

But a colleague of hers said she was seen on duty on Thursday hale and healthy until she closed and left for home.

A family source said since her husband died years ago, the burden of family upkeep has been on her, but that the situation became compounded when her salary was not paid to her, for almost a year now.

“Mama Danladi who had not taken salaries for the past one year, and a widow with children in tertiary institutions, was said to have scouted for just N20,000 three days ago to address pressing need of one of her sons in the school without success,” the source stressed.

Speaking to journalists, most of her colleagues at her work place extolled her virtues of humour, and said they have lost a rare gem whose dedication to work endeared her to the high and the low at her place of work.

Meanwhile, the remains of the late Mama Danladi has been taken to Idah, her country home, and buried according to Islamic rites.

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