The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter calls on SIEC chairman to outline the timetable for the Local Government election
IPAC is calling on SIEC chairman to outline the date for the preparation for Local Government election in the State, the parties are surprised that after series of meetings held with political stakeholders with the assurances of all political parties and the stakeholders to conduct Local Government election in September, 2020, we are shocked that nothing has been heard of in the arrangements agreed upon to have officially elected Chairmen in all Local Governments to be held responsible for lack of development in our local areas.
The regulation is for political parties to be put on notice at least 3 months before elections are conducted to allow other political parties to prepare,but unfortunately this foot dragging does not show any seriousness that this Chairman is prepared to conduct local govt election this year.
We appreciate His Excellency, Alh Yahaya Adoza Bello for his boldness and commitment for democracy to put up the commission to quickly settle down to write the wrongs by setting up machineries for an authentic Local Government election to enable the third tie of Government have a direction.
We believed in your administration, that was the reasons for some political parties collapsing their structures and all within to ensure your victory at the polls, as a leader whose pedigree is undoubtedly committed to his promises, we are using this channel to inform you that when there is a democratically elected local government chairmen on board the third tie of government shall be more vibrant and accountable.
If the commission lacks the technical know-how or the strategy for political parties and the stakeholders to have a credible, fair and free election, we expect His Excellency to do re-surgical operation on them to carry out the mandate as spelled out clearly the day they were inaugurated. Sadly, there are speculations that you will not conduct Local Government election and we want you to prove the doubting Thomases wrong.
Enough of all the Local Government caretakers or SSA’s that are used to warming chairs whose tenures were since elapsed and devoid of ideas, immune to the recklessness of the administration of the Local Government Councils to develop the third tie of government, your Excellency for competence and capacity we suggest you ingest new breeds of politicians to take part in the forthcoming Local Government election for inclusivity of your party Stewart.
We use this channel to appeal to all political parties to exercise patient and adequately prepare for the Local Government election as we awaits the State Government to announce the date of the election
Hon. Iliyas Badanga
IPAC State Chairman
Gov. Bello’s Restoration of Kogi’s degraded Environment Photos Speak Volumes
One of the focal points of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s development agenda, is the restoration of an already degraded environment. Kogi State as we know has its fair share of environmental challenges; and to tackle this hydra-headed monster, the Governor has evidently made the right choice of placing *A ROUND PEG (Barr.. Ladi Ahmed Jatto)* in *THE RIGHT HOLE.* Her effort, as the Project Coordinator, *Kogi NEWMAP* in combating the menace of Gully is evident for all to see…
Erosion control and road works have commenced in earnest in *Ozuri, Adavi L.G.A* , while Civil Works are at advanced stages in *Agassa, Okene L.G.A, and Adum, Ogugu, Olamaboro L.G.A.*
Indeed, an opportunity to serve, is a responsibility to deliver! *Barr. Ladi Ahmed Jatto,* an uncommon leader, an Amazon, has proven this to be true!
All thanks His Excellency, *Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello* the Governor of Kogi State for his justifiable faith in this Amazon!
Stride on *Barr. Ladi Ahmed Jatto* !!!
Mukadam Asiwaju Idris Asiru A Considerate Leader And A Touch Bearer Of Hope For The Hopeless*
Written by: Owoniyi Olasunkanmi Jethro (O.O.J).
_There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope_.
My story may sound offensive nor dirty to your hear but it is a seasonal reality of life.
*Asiwaju Mukadam Asiru* is the hope of the masses, his versatility in all areas of life is undisputed, he is the star boy of the Lets Do More administration.
His loyalty to his Boss, *His Excellency Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello* is like an incurable spell because *Asiwaju Idris* is a true believer, a preacher and unrepentant new directions government agent of do good.
A man in his calibre that always gives attentions to the needs of others is uncommon in our society.
His wealth of knowledge is incomparable, he is very meek in nature and readiness to help solve the problems of his subjects, his community and the entire state according to the available ability and resources.
_The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on_.
*Asiwaju* loves and desires in passing knowledge to the good people of Yagba, Okun, Kogi West and Kogi State at large is exceptional, he give freely without looking back, no man come in encounter with him that goes back home without being blessed.
Blessed is the hand that gives, that is why every fashion raised by his enemies are always dead on arrival, let whoever feels Asiwaju is not good, show us his leader and their achievements that can suppers *Asiwaju Asiru* achievements.
I must confess *Asiwaju* is a leader with a large heart, he forgives freely, he is accommodating, and very religious.
Thank you for making yourself available for humanity.
May you continue to live in good health, wealth and I pray that the protection of God Almighty to be with you and your household now and always Sir.
Obaseki Launches Sex Offenders’ Register, Urges Prosecutors To Prioritise Sexual Cases
By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, launched the state’s Sex offenders’ Register, with a charge to prosecutors to prioritise all cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.
The governor also inaugurated the state’s Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC) in Benin City, named after Vivian Ogu, a 14-year-old girl who was killed by armed robbers because she resisted attempts by the robbers to rape her.
Speaking to journalists after signing the Edo Sexual Offenders’ Register, Obaseki said the register will address the incidence of sexual violence in the state by naming and shaming rapists and those who commit other forms of gender-based crimes.
According to him, “It is a privilege to formally sign the Sexual Offenders’ Register; for us as a government, we believe that except you have punishments for crimes you cannot reduce certain crimes in our society.
“With technology today, we should be able to undertake a lot of investigations and accelerate paths to investigations so that we can prosecute and get convictions for these offences.
“Unfortunately, it is humans that will still mar these technologies, but I just want to appeal to our prosecutors and judges to prioritise cases that relate to sexual offences.”
“If you do an analysis of the cases we have, 70 per cent are under investigation. We will work towards having more convictions so that it will send a very strong message and signal that we will not tolerate sexual offences in Edo, particularly rape,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, noted that the issue of sexual and gender-based violence is a plague to Nigeria and the international community leading to trauma and deaths.
The SARC is a response to the fate suffered by Vivian Ogu, Uwaila Omozuwa and many other victims of sexual violence.
The commissioner said: “The Vivian Ogu Center is a one-stop free clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and is a safe environment where survivors are given all the required care and support, they need.
“The services rendered at the center include medical examination of survivors, screening and preventive treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections, collection of forensic evidence, screening for drugs where the use of stupefying substances is suspected.
“The sex offenders’ register is a repository of offences containing names and information about all persons who have been convicted or charged with rape and other sexual offences.
“It will also contain information about organisations and persons that provide assistance to victims as defined by the Edo Violence Against Person’s Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2018.”
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