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Maigari Confers Title of “SODANGI OF LOKOJA’ on Shaba Ibrahim, As Gov. Bello Lauds Lawmakers Wonderful Contributions

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The Maigari of Lokoja, HRH Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Kabir Maikarfi 111, OON, today conferred the traditional title of “Sodangi” of Lokoja, on member Representing Lokoja/Kogi federal Constituency, Hon.Barr. Shaba Ibrahim

Speaking while tubarning the lawmaker at his palace, the Royal father said the title was given to Shaba in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Emirate and the constituent at large

“It is one of the major tradition of this emirate that any of its people that do good, we reward him with a traditional title as a mark of appreciation and encouragement” Maigari said

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Responding, the Sodangi of Lokoja, Barr Shaba Ibrahim, thanked the Royal father and Lokoja emirate for giving him the title and promise to continue to work toward the development of the emirate.

He said he would work to justify the confidence reposed on him by the Lokoja Emirate council under the leadership of the Maigari of Lokoja as one of its ambassadors.

Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello who attended the tubarning ceremony, commended the Maigari of Lokoja for his foresight in rewarding an Ebira man with a traditional title due to his contributions to the development of Lokoja Emirate council, his constituent and the state at large.

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He congratulated the newly conferred Sodangi of Lokoja adding that Barr. Shaba is worthy of the appointment.

“Your contributions towards the development of this dormain is unparalleled, I have no doubt in my mind that with your anticidents you will do more.

“We can all see it, that Within this short time your contributions as a lawmaker has been eventful. You’ve made us proud through your contributions at the hallow chamber, am proud to be associated with you.

“Your Royal Highness, I’m proud of your foresight for appointing an Ebira man as the Sodangi of Lokoja.” Bello said.


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Governor Bello urges more commitment to Agricultural developme

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has called for more commitment to the development of the agricultural sector of the country as part of efforts in diversification of the nation’s economy and enhancing food security.

He made the call on Thursday while attending the 2nd National Commodity Alliance Forum with the theme: “Enhancing Productivity and Market Opportunities for Cassava Value Chain”, organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

At the event which was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel , Abuja , Governor Yahaya Bello stated that the nation has not done enough to attain food sufficiency.

Governor Bello noted that a lot needed to be done in terms of agricultural development as it remains the mainstay of the economy of the country.

He charged leaders at the various levels to take the matter of agriculture more seriously.

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According to him, if 10% of the time, energy, publicity, resources channeled into “the glorified malaria otherwise known as COVID-19” is given to Agriculture, Nigeria would have been seen to be moving toward food sufficiency.

He noted that the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent #EndSARS protests have exposed the country to the reality of the level of poverty in Nigeria.

He said the youths who invaded warehouses across the country did not do so to sell the looted food items but to feed.

As a state, he said his administration has done very well in the area of agriculture, noting that during his first term in office, the state established a 50-tonnes per day Rice Mill Which is churning out at least, 1,000 bags of 50kg processed rice daily today.

On the value chain of the rice mill, the governor stated that the mill has 500 kilowatts Bio-gasification plant that is powering the plant and the host communities, to take care of power generation and distribution.

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He said the mill was providing thousands of direct and indirect jobs and injection of N120m into Kogi State IGR monthly which he noted, activates the diversification drive of the “New Direction Government”.

The governor disclosed that the mill is raising over 5,000 outgrowers(rice farmers) which were never in the chain before, stating further that the rice mill is stimulating the economy of the state aligning it to purposeful commerce, Agriculture and places Kogi as one of the leading rice producers in Nigeria.

Governor Bello said his administration was also doing well in the area of cassava production and processing while commending various agricultural productivity partners within and outside the nation.

The Governor received an award in recognition of his partnership and support for cassava and rice value chains development in Kogi State.

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The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), according to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was a six-year project of the Government of Nigeria funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The project he said, aims at improving incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava on a sustainable basis.

He said the VCDP was originally implemented in six states of Anambra, Ebonyi, Ogun, Niger and Taraba.

“As a result of the programme success and the commitment of some states governors in improving agricultural development, the VCDP received additional finance for expansion into three states of Kogi and two others”, he said.


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Renomination of Barrister Babatunde Irukera: Worthy Endorsement – HON. YUSUF TAJUDEEN

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26th November, 2020

It is with profound gratitude to God Almighty that I write on behalf of the good people of Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency to felicitate with you and your family on the confirmation of your re-nomination as the Director-General of the Federal Consumer Protection Council by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Wednesday, 25th day of November, 2020.

Indeed, your re-nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari and subsequent confirmation by the Senate, is a worthy endorsement and recognition of your capacity, competence and capabilities discharged in positively re-positioning the agency towards protecting the rights and priviledges of every consumer in Nigeria.

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One is very grateful to God that your very pragmatic approach to leadership and evolvement of result-driven strategies towards re-engineering the Federal Consumer Protection Council for service delivery has not gone unnoticed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Given the outpouring of commendation and testimonial by relevant stakeholders within the industry, and other Nigerians, I am confident that you will record more groundbreaking achievements. Also, I am confident that you will deploy your intellect, fervor and dynamism in uplifting the agency towards contributing to the realization of the Next Level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

I pray that God Almighty will endow you with wisdom, knowledge, understading, grace, strength and good health for continued service to our dear country.

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Congratulations, once again, Sir.

HON. YUSUF TAJUDEEN


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Kogi Budget Commissioner Praises Commitment of Acting Dir. Budget, Mr Olajide Samuel … As he bags Public Sector Leadership Award

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The Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Asiwaju Idris has described the Acting Dir. Of Budget, Mr Olajide Samuel, as a dedicated and consistent esteemed Office holder.

The commissioner stated this while reacting to the prestigious productivity award presented to the Director of Budget, by the National Productivity Center under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The Commissioner while appreciating his efforts and contributions to the development of the state, said the recognition by the National Productivity
center is no doubt coming after tremendous efforts and time he has dedicated to the discharge of his duty.

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Hon. Idris who described the Director of Budget as someone who sees every challenge as an opportunity to succeed said, he was not astounded by his achievements but remains optimistic that the award will spur him to do more for the state.

He urged other civil servants to be more diligent in their duty and said, this should be a wake up call to workers that government will not not fail to recognise and reward hard work. He called for more support for the present administration and advised that the interest of the state should supersede all personal interest.

According to the organisers of the event, the National Pubic Sector Leadership and Productivity Award is to recognise and celebrate individuals and organizations in the Nigerian Public Sector who have played exceptional roles in enabling and facilitating growth in the total factor productivity and by extension, the national gross implementation and institutionalization of forwards looking policy directions, projects delivery and process improvement in areas of budgeting and public finance, economy, agriculture, health, labour amongst others.

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Earlier, the Director for Budget, Mr Olajide Samuel said he was elated by the recognition given to him and dedicated the award to God Almighty and also to the state government, who have provided him with the opportunity to serve the state.

He commended the Commissioner for demonstrating good exemplary qualities worthy of emulation.

He also used the medium to thank his colleagues and staff of the ministry for the show of love and the cordial relationship he enjoys with them.


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