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Flood Preparation: NEMA reactivates Humanitarian Coordination Forum (HCF) in Kogi State.

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Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday in Lokoja reactivated it’s Humanitarian Coordination Forum (HCF) in Kogi State as part of preparedness for the looming flood disaster in some part of the state.

Speaking at the event, NEMA Head of Abuja Operations Office , Mr Bitrus Samuel said that the reactivation of the forum was to ensure effective and efficient coordination of activities when the floods come.

He said that the forum would largely be responsible for the success of response to the disaster which he said will come with humanitarian crises.

Samuel explained that the forum made up of critical stakeholders in disaster management will develop strategies and set direction for the required response.

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Going by the the 2020 flood outlook and flood prediction, Samuel said that the flood will.have severe impacts on people, infrastructure, farming and fishing in Lokoja, Bassa, Ofu, Kogi, Ajaokuta, Dekina, Ofu, Idah, Ibaji, Igala-Mela.and Adavi local government areas of the state.

He urged the people in the council areas to brace up for a higher magnitude of flood similar to the 2012 experience, saying that the flood will come anytime from now.

The Officer cited the River Niger current flood level of 7.02 metres as a clear indication that the flood was on the way, saying that the country would be at the receiving end , being at the lower part of the river.

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According to Samuel, the forum should quickly put in place search and rescue and response measures so as not to be caught unaware.

He also charged members to identify high grounds for use as camps for people that will be displaced as a result of the flood.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who was at the forum’s meeting reports that it is made of representatives of the Red Cross, Navy, civil defence , media, marine police, fire service, Air Force, members of civil society and relevant ministries and departments.

Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the state governor on emergency and environment, Imam Salih Adams described the reactivation of the forum as a timely intervention.

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He also described it as a relief to residents who he said are already griped with fear over the impending disaster.

Adams said that the state government under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello placed too much premium on life and property and had in line with this put in place measures to mitigate the effects of the flood.

He promised that government will make available all necessary needs and cooperation to the forum but harped on the need for members not to betray the trust reposed in them and ensure efficient use of resources that will be put at their disposal.


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IPMAN Monitoring Team Intercepts Two Trucks Illegally Loaded With Crude Oil in Kogi

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The newly inaugurated Independent Petroleum marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Monitoring Team on pipeline vandalism, product adulteration and unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector has intercepted two truck loads of suspected crude oil illegally liftered in Lokoja.

The Kogi State command of the taskforce intercepted the two truck loads, with each carrying 46,000 and 45,000 litres of crude oil respectively, suspected to have been loaded in portharcourt and was heading to Kano State.

Speaking with Newsmen at Banda, near Lokoja, Garba Ali, Head of Operations of IPMAN taskforce product adulteration and unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector in the State made the disclosure before handing over the trucks and the suspected drivers to the Nigerian Navy, NNS Lugard Command in Banda.

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The two trucks, Mark made, with registration number BLF 653 XA, with green head and red tank, and Awka 425 XB, with bluehead and white tank, had Moses Olise and Martin Okpala as drivers, have been handed over to men of the NNS Lugard.

The Head Operations, said the fight against unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector is one that must be fought with seriousness, insisting that the negative effect on the economy cannot be quantified.

Recall that the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chinedu Okorokwo was in Kogi State few weeks ago to kick off the State command of the surveillance and monitoring team.

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The President during the inauguration was represented by his NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, Alh Haliru Ibrahim.

The IPMAN taskforce during the inauguration had visited the commands of the NAVY and the Army to seek for collaboration with their team in the State.

The State coordinator of the IPMAN taskforce is Usman Abu, had promised to do all they can to put an end to product adulteration and pipeline vandalism in Kogi State.


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PASTOR AMEADAJI ENCOURAGES CHRISTIAN COUPLES TO STAY TOGETHER.

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An Area Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lokoja, Pastor Immanuel Ameadaji has urged Christians to strive in keeping their homes together and enabling their marriages function according to divine instructions.

He gave the admonition in a sunday sermon tagged ” Raising Godly Seed from Godly Family”, at the Salvation Parish of RCCG in Lokoja.

Pastor Ameadaji, who was also a former Director of Administration and Finance of the Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation identified failure of marriages as one of the major causes of societal ills of the present age and urged Christians to be committed to their homes to raise godly seeds who would constitute a better society.

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He said couples should never consider divorce as an option in resolving their differences, stressing that God hates divorce Christians must obey His instructions.

Pastor Ameadaji who described marriage as a complex system where every part must function appropriately for the success of the whole, admonished Christian couples to dwell in love, submitting one to another and having passion for one another according to God’s injuctions.

He said they should operate within the biblical spelt out family roles to make their marriages work and beneficial to all members of their families and the larger society.

Speaking, the Pastor in charge of Salvation Area in Lokoja, Pastor Joachim Olorunfemi advised singles in the church to seek the face of God and His approval before going into marriage.

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He admonished Christians to always seek counsel from spiritual leaders when necessary to avoid grievous mistakes, and above all, to allow the Holy Spirit take control of their lives and homes.

The Salvation Parish of RCCG in Lokoja operates a family forum programme every last Sunday of the month where members are given the opportunity to clarify issues bordering on successful family living.

Modupe Adegboro


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An Area Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lokoja, Pastor Immanuel Ameadaji has urged Christians to strive in keeping their homes together and enabling their marriages function according to divine instructions.

He gave the admonition in a sunday sermon tagged ” Raising Godly Seed from Godly Family”, at the Salvation Parish of RCCG in Lokoja.

Pastor Ameadaji, who was also a former Director of Administration and Finance of the Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation identified failure of marriages as one of the major causes of societal ills of the present age and urged Christians to be committed to their homes to raise godly seeds who would constitute a better society.

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He said couples should never consider divorce as an option in resolving their differences, stressing that God hates divorce Christians must obey His instructions.

Pastor Ameadaji who described marriage as a complex system where every part must function appropriately for the success of the whole, admonished Christian couples to dwell in love, submitting one to another and having passion for one another according to God’s injuctions.

He said they should operate within the biblical spelt out family roles to make their marriages work and beneficial to all members of their families and the larger society.

Speaking, the Pastor in charge of Salvation Area in Lokoja, Pastor Joachim Olorunfemi advised singles in the church to seek the face of God and His approval before going into marriage.

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He admonished Christians to always seek counsel from spiritual leaders when necessary to avoid grievous mistakes, and above all, to allow the Holy Spirit take control of their lives and homes.

The Salvation Parish of RCCG in Lokoja operates a family forum programme every last Sunday of the month where members are given the opportunity to clarify issues bordering on successful family living.

Modupe Adegboro


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