By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
The Otaru of Auchi and Vice-Chairman of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, has conferred a title on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as ‘Itsemakhoma’ of Auchi, meaning “this is our own.”
The traditional ruler conferred the title on Ize-Iyamu when the APC candidate paid a visit to his palace on Wednesday.
He said the conferment and honor was hinged on Ize-Iyamu’s love for the people, track record of performance in his previously held government positions, and deep respect for the traditional institution in the State.
The Otaru said the Auchi sacred kingdom was proud of him and his achievements.
In response, a visibly elated Ize-Iyamu expressed gratitude to the Otaru for the honor and lauded the traditional ruler as a forward-thinking ruler who has contributed immensely to the empowerment of his people and development of the Kingdom through numerous interventions and acts of leadership.
He lamented the failure of Governor Godwin Obaseki to address the erosion problem wreaking havoc in Auchi and his inability to harness and put to good use the solid minerals deposit in the area.
He promised to partner with and complement the efforts of traditional institutions in the state toward fighting insecurity.
“My promise to you is that if elected as Governor, I will fight insecurity, halt and reverse the dwindling fortunes of the youths and women by setting them in the right direction,” he said.
Also present at the palace for the visit was the APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Mallam Gani Audu, and former Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
COUNT ON OUR Readiness and Full Commitment to Diligently Carry Out This Noble National Assignment To The Best of Our Abilities Being An ADDRESS BY MR. AFOLABI JOSEPH-RAJI ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY AND MEETING OF MEMBERS OF KOGI STATE SELECTION COMMITTEE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA SPECIAL PUBLIC WORKS (FGN-SPW) PROGRAM ON AUGUST 6TH 2020.
Kogi State Government Set to Launch BELLO-KEEP As Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Initiative.
The Kogi State Focal Person on Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus(CARES), Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris FCA in a chat with newsmen today in lokoja, said that Kogi State Government will be kick starting an empowerment programme on MSMEs in collaboration with Bank of Industry Abuja to alleviate the effect of the Covid-19 on it’s citizens.
The initiative tagged Bello-Kogi Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (Bello-KEEP)was designed by the team to drive Result Area 3 of CARES programe in Kogi State. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in conjunction with the state GEEP will drive the programme .
Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris, the Honourable Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, said the program would be targeting existing MSMEs in the state, noting that Kogi CARES has adopted the state SME and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) platforms to deliver a real-time implementation system to ensure all round efficiency.
“The program will run a digital implementation system from registration of MSMEs through the selection process to the cash disbursement to qualified beneficiaries to ensure that most businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic recover efficiently.
“Our plan is to build a robust, transparent, real time automated database of beneficiaries to ease the entire implementation and management process up till the repayment stage”.
The selection process after successful enumeration include physical assessment, verification and white listing.
Asiwaju further noted that the captured beneficiaries will receive zero interest grants/loans depending on net worth of business to boost their businesses with the hope of returning the economy to normalcy.
In addition, the Governor Alh Yahaya Bello has approved initial engagement of 100 agents that will be deployed across the state for data capturing. The successful agents will begin training this week.
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Obaseki salutes Edo people, assures of sustained devt …hails Buhari, INEC, security agencies for peaceful, credible poll
By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed Edo people and supporters of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their display of immense courage and support in the face of threats, intimidation and brutalisation as he emerged victorious in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.
Obaseki defeated his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polling a total of 307,955 votes against APC’s 223,619 votes.
The governor in his appreciation message in Benin City on Sunday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other stakeholders who participated in the conduct of the gubernatorial election for ensuring a free, peaceful and credible poll in the state.
Obaseki said: “The Great People of Edo State have spoken. They have spoken loud and clear. We thank God Almighty and give him all the glory for this victory.
“Thank you, President Muhammadu Buhari, for defending our democracy and allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to perform their constitutional functions without interference.
“INEC and the security services have shown to Nigerians and the world that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.”
The governor continued: “Words fail me in saluting our teeming supporters who displayed immense courage in the face of threats, intimidation and brutalization. The collective will of Edo people made it possible for this triumph over godfatherism.
“I am eternally grateful to my party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and my brother governors not only for giving me the umbrella during my political storm but for the hard work which has brought me back to office.
“Our success has reinforced my belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people if we pull forces together and collectively call on God for support.”
“I reiterate that working with my Deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, we are committed to Making Edo Great Again. Thank you for your support,” he added.
Finally Godwin Obaseki Wins Edo Governoship Election, Commend Resilient Spirit of the people.
With the final release of the result of Ovia South West released and won by PDP the battle is all over on who wins the Edo Governoship election.
The Final result shows that the PDP pulled 307, 955 votes to defeat the APC with 223, 619.
In a broadcast as governor elect, Godwin Obaseki commended the peaceful conduct of the electorates.
He said his victory is for the people, said there resilient spirit made his victory possible.
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