A governorship aspirant from Kogi, Mr Babatunde Irukera on Thursday, pledged to ensure simplified healthcare system that is rural, accessible and affordable, if elected governor of the state.
Irukera, an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an interview with Nigeria News Agency , said that his agenda is ‘’HELP’’- Healthcare, Employment, Learning and shared Prosperity’’, because Kogi needed help.
He said that his administration would not only focus on healthcare delivery, as it would also ensure that tax payers money were used for purpose it was released..
“For me the approach to healthcare in kogi is to fist recognise what the problems are. The simplest approach to healthcare in rural level is that access is very important.’’
“I will explore every possible network to get the help that Kogi needs whether its medical tourism by Nigerians doctors abroad.
“I will seek supports from NGOs including those that I am one of their leaders to provide healthcare service to our people every year. I will continue to do that to find charitable help for our healthcare,” he said.
Irukera noted that while his administration would make farming attractive , it would also promote peaceful community relations by making sure that the clashes between farmers and herdsmen were addressed.
Irukera said that his learning agenda would focus on educational approach that promote critical thinking, reasoning and proper communication.
He said that attention would be given to curriculum, simpler ways of teaching, recruitment and training of teachers while leveraging on technology
“We leverage on technology, making sure friends of Kogi and technological companies accross the world interested in proliferating technology in the state come and support us.
“I don’t think it will not too much or too difficult to get people to just provide broadband in Kogi or get companies that are willing to provide about 500 tablets to 500 teachers across the three senatorial districts,” he said.
Irukera also pledged to promote prosperity to alleviate poverty in the state by expanding the base of prosperity.
“If we can bring the processing plant to add value right there in Kogi, certainly we will be able to promote prosperity.
“We have Ajaokuta, right next to the steel plan are people doing marble and ceramics. We must find a way to expand those businesses so that we can have shared prosperity,” he said.
Irukera urged delegates to the party primaries to reflect on the real risk of not getting the right leadership for the state.
“I laud the delegates that in exercising that power, they should be reflective. They should reflect on what the real stakes are.
“There is no intimidation or amount of money in the coming days or on the day of the election that can compare to what the stakes are.
“The stakes in getting the right leadership, for people who are struggling and many of their children who are even yet unborn. That burden is on our shoulders as delegates.
“As for me, all I can do is to present myself. In the delegate election, the interesting thing is that the candidate is not a delegate.
“So, if I cannot win the delegate election, I will go back to bed with the satisfaction that I offered myself and presented myself.
Edited by Kayode Olaitan
Tribal association honours illustrous sons, daughters in Kogi
The Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), a socio-cultural group in Kogi state on Sunday conferred Merit Awards on 24 of its illustrous sons and daughters for their contributions to societal development.
Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, president of the association, while speaking at the 2020 Igala Merit Award ceremony in Anyigba, said the awardees including Chief Yusuf Okpanachi, a philanthropist, were so honoured for their outstanding contributions towards the upliftment of Igala Kingdom.
Sadiq noted that Okpanachi had embarked on varous intervention projects across rural communities in Igala land, such as provision of potable water, roads, electricity, health facility as well as women and youth empowerment.
He described Okpanachi as a worthy son of the Igala Kingdom whose interventions had positively touched the lives of the vulnerable and downtrodden.
The ICDA president explained that the “2020 Igala Merit Award” was meant for those who had contributed immensely to the development of their immediate communities as well as those who distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
He said the “Ugbono of Igala Kingdom” award given to Okpanachi is the highest category in the land which entitled him to use Commander of Igala Kingdom (CIK) in his name.
Okpanachi, in his remarks, thanked ICDA for recognising his efforts and assured that the honour would spur him to do more for the people.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Edward Onoja, Deputy Governor of Kogi State, described ICDA as the only platform that could be effectively used to achieve the needed peace, unity and harmonious relationship in Igala land.
“The greatness of Igala Kingdom should be our major priority. We should be concerned in assisting in the provision of infrastructure for the development of our people as governments worldwide cannot do it all alone,” Onoja said.
Responding on behalf of other recipients, Abdullahi Halims, lawmaker representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, commended ICDA for the initiative to honour deserving Igala sons and daughters.
He urged the association to sustain the the spirit of encouragement saying that it would spur well meaning citizens to support the less privileged in the society.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
ECWA urges FG to end insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, others
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has called on the Federal Government to end the killings in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states.
It also urged government to end banditry and other forms of insecurity in Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and other states in the northern part of the country.
The communique was signed by Rev. Stephen Baba and Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, its President and General Secretary, respectively.
According to the communique, the council also decried the wanton destruction of farmlands and other property worth billions, urging government to rise to the occasion and end the scourge.
It advised government to intensify efforts in arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to book, insisting that such move would serve as deterrent to other criminals.
“Council views with serious concern the unabated attacks of armed men and bandits across the country, especially in the northern states.
“They have continued to destroy lives, farmlands and property of innocent citizens in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Kogi, Adamawa, Katsina, Taraba and Niger states.
“We note with grief the several attacks on southern Kaduna communties, a stronghold of ECWA, where over 120 persons including infants and women have been killed, with scores injured and many displaced.
“Council, therefore, advocate for a stronger collaboration between the government, the security agencies and the entire populace for a more robust and rapid response for the protection of human lives and property,”it said.
The council also urged security agencies to improve on their response to distress calls, increase intelligence gathering and be proactive to nip imminent security challenges in the bud.
It frowned at the deplorable state of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country and called on the government ensure the inhabitants are returned to their original homes.
It also urged the government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and other persons still in captivity, noting that such move would free their parents and loved one from serious trauma.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Police minister lauds Nigerians’ commitment to sacrifice
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi has lauded the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices, as Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.
The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The minister felicitated Nigerians on the occasion of the Muslim festival.
He said the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices would continue to advance individual and collective aspirations for progress and development of the country.
Dingyadi called for greater understanding, love and tolerance to promote harmonious relationship among various tribe and ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Dingyadi condemned the senseless and highly regrettable killings in Southern Kaduna and Koton-Karfe in kogi, perpetuated by enemies of the collective peace and development in the country.
He pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen the internal security architecture of the country.
The minister said that the idea was to neutralise all forms of security threats and deal decisively with persons responsible.
He assured that the police was working with other security agencies to ensure justice for the victims of attack in Kogi and Kaduna states.
Dingyadi further called for the continuous adherence to lay down preventive protocols, and urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of those affected by the pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuella Anokam/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Kogi Speaker urges prayers for Nigeria’s prosperity
The Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has called on Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to reinforce their obedience to God and pray for prosperity of the nation.
Kolawole made the call in his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Femi Olugbemi and made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday.
He described Eid-el-Kabir as an important occasion for the Muslim faithful.
He urged them to also remember the sacrifices Prophet Ibrahim made in obedience to the will of Allah culminating in the Eid-al-Adha.
The legislator enjoined Nigerians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice to build the “Nation of our dream”.
The speaker urged Muslims to use the period to pray for the peace and development of Kogi and the country at large, especially to overcome the scourge of COVID-19 ravaging the globe.
He called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to reach out to the less privileged in the society, especially Muslim brothers and sisters who might not have enough resources to celebrate appropriately.
Kolawole urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols and rules of keeping social distance of at least two metres apart.
He also urged them to observe regular washing of hand with soap and sanitising of hands; promotion of personal hygiene and wearing of masks; to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)