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Kogi poll: Court begins hearing on suit challenging Yahaya Bello’s eligibility

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Kogi poll: Court begins hearing on suit challenging Yahaya Bello’s eligibility

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, commenced hearing on the suit challenging whether Governor Yahaya Bello, is fit to contest in Saturday’s Kogi Governorship election.

The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, however, stood down the case for 30 minutes in order to study a motion filed by Bello, who is seeking to be joined in the suit.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s Candidate in the Saturday’s poll, Natasha Akpoti, is the plaintiff; the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.

At the hearing on Friday, Bello’s lawyer, Mike Enahoro, who filed a motion of a party seeking to be joined in the matter, said he filed the application this morning because they got wind of the case yesterday.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who acknowledged receipt of the motion this morning, hinted that the motion sought to stop court’s proceeding on the matter.

He, however, argued that the motion be thrown out considering that the election is Saturday.

On his part, Counsel to the APC, Abdulwahab Mohammed, said he would need more time to study the motion.

However, Counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar (SAN), said he had no objection to the motion.

The suit, dated October 10 and marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1221/2019, filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on Akpoti’s behalf, sought the court’s determination on the eligibility of Governor Bello in the Saturday election, having allegedly involved in double registration as a voter.

Akpoti said “that by his wilful act of making double registration as a voter, Yahaya Bello, candidate of the 1st defendant is not a fit and proper person to be allowed by the 2nd defendant to vote or be voted for in the forthcoming Kogi state governorship election, having committed act of electoral fraud.

“That Mr. Yahaya Bella. the candidate of the 1st Defendant. was initially registered as a voter sometime in 2011 in Abuja, by the 2nd defendant.

“That Bello. the candidate of the 1st defendant again fraudulently procured from the 2nd defendant. A second registration as a voter on 23rd May,. 2017, at Government House, Lokoja, while his 2011 first registration as a voter in Abuja was still live, extant and subsisting.

“That the said Yahaya Bello, the candidate of the 1st defendant carried out the double registration with the 2nd defendant so as to scuttle due electoral process.

“That such a person is not a fit and proper person to vote for in any election, let alone for the high office of the governor of a state.”

NAN reports that Justice Ekwo had, on Tuesday, delivered judgment, disqualifying the APC Deputy Governorship Candidate in Bayelsa, Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, over false information given in his CF0001 Form submitted to INEC for the Saturday’s poll.

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Why nobody can influence my successor in 2023, by Umahi

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Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, yesterday said no politician in the state was capable of influencing his successor in 2023 except God. Umahi said politicians in the state had continued to shun state functions but attending the ones outside the state in their bid to wield influence from outside the state and determine what political events in the area should be. He spoke at a Special Thanksgiving Service in Christ Embassy, Mile 50 Abakaliki, the state capital.

 

Umahi said: “I will say that politicians are the most ungrateful people to God. When God has delivered you, the next move is to start looking for another post; it’s a very terrible thing. “A lot of our people, when there is programme here they will not come but when there is programme outside the state, they will go there believing that the leadership of this state can be influenced from outside.

“The next crop of leaders will come from God in this state and we will mount serious prayers on this in all the local government areas.

It is going to be a battle because the soul of this state is at stake. The light has come in Ebonyi State and nobody can quench the light.”

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46 church choirs to light up Aba at Christmas

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Aba-based radio station, Magic FM, returned with second edition of its Christmas Evening of Carols, featuring 46 different church choirs, and a couple of soloists for the 20th December, 2019 event. The Evening of Carols which would hold at the main field of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, will kickoff with light entertainment by both home grown and outside gospel artists by 3p.m., while the main show would follow suit. Notable church choirs billed for the event include Christ Embassy, Living Faith, Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and so many others.

 

The station which began broadcasting on15th May, 2013 is renowned for sponsoring entertainment end of the year events like the popular “Aba Marathon” which it used to keep the commercial city lively during Christmas and New Year celebrations. News Manager of the station, Mr. Bonny Onogwu, told journalists that dilapidated nature of roads made it impossible for them to sustain the Aba Marathon stressing that the “Evening of Carols” was an alternative event the station wished in giving back to the people of the city for their patronage and acceptance.

 

He said: “A lot of questions have been asked why we didn’t continue with the Marathon after the third edition, but it’s actually because of the nature of our roads that we couldn’t continue. “Just when one part is getting better, the other part is spoiling. We all know the devastation the rain had caused to Faulks road which a major track for the Marathon.

 

“The management sat back and said are we going to relax simply because we don’t have good road for Marathon? That’s why since last year we figured beyond the musical concerts and the Valentine shows, we should have something better which is where we brought the Magic FM Evening of Carols. “We started last year and we saw the success it recorded when we did it indoors.

 

Due to popular yearning, we decided we’ll make the second edition popular. “We are expecting choirs from Christ Embassy, Living Faith, Catholic Church, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican and many others. The event starts from 3p.m. and we have 46 choirs with time given to each choir and soloists to perform.

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46 church choirs to light up Aba at Christmas

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Aba-based radio station, Magic FM, returned with second edition of its Christmas Evening of Carols, featuring 46 different church choirs, and a couple of soloists for the 20th December, 2019 event. The Evening of Carols which would hold at the main field of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, will kickoff with light entertainment by both home grown and outside gospel artists by 3p.m., while the main show would follow suit. Notable church choirs billed for the event include Christ Embassy, Living Faith, Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and so many others.

 

The station which began broadcasting on15th May, 2013 is renowned for sponsoring entertainment end of the year events like the popular “Aba Marathon” which it used to keep the commercial city lively during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

 

News Manager of the station, Mr. Bonny Onogwu, told journalists that dilapidated nature of roads made it impossible for them to sustain the Aba Marathon stressing that the “Evening of Carols” was an alternative event the station wished in giving back to the people of the city for their patronage and acceptance.

 

 

He said: “A lot of questions have been asked why we didn’t continue with the Marathon after the third edition, but it’s actually because of the nature of our roads that we couldn’t continue. “Just when one part is getting better, the other part is spoiling. We all know the devastation the rain had caused to Faulks road which a major track for the Marathon. ”

 

The management sat back and said are we going to relax simply because we don’t have good road for Marathon? That’s why since last year we figured beyond the musical concerts and the Valentine shows, we should have something better which is where we brought the Magic FM Evening of Carols.

 

“We started last year and we saw the success it recorded when we did it indoors. Due to popular yearning, we decided we’ll make the second edition popular. “We are expecting choirs from Christ Embassy, Living Faith, Catholic Church, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican and many others. The event starts from 3p.m. and we have 46 choirs with time given to each choir and soloists to perform

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Poverty drives youths to their death, says Liberian VP

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Liberian Vice-President, Senator Joy Tailor, yesterday said that acute poverty continued to drive youths in Africa to their death as they seek greener pastures outside the shores of the continent.

 

Tailor, who was the guest of Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, at the flag-off of the last dry carnival run, noted that notwithstanding the wealth in the continent, youths were left unattended to and this had made them attempt to seek solace where they were taken advantage of.

 

While thanking Governor Ayade for choosing ‘humanity’ as the theme for this year’s Carnival Calabar, Tailor said the continent of Africa had lost the traditional love and care, which used to be its hallmark.

 

 

“This year’s theme of Carnival Calabar, which is ‘humanity,’ picks the concern of the world and in deed, Africa.

 

 

Where is our humanity when youths are being trafficked and treated less than animals? Thousands are dying because they cannot feed. “Where is our humanity when the rich continues to be very rich while the poor continues to be poor, pushing our youths to their untimely deaths? In animal kingdom, there is humanity because if something happens to one, others line up in sympathy.

 

“The theme of this year’s carnival wants us to return to humanity. Let the strong help the weak and this carnival will put back humanity in love, care and concern for others,” she said.

 

Tailor expressed disappointment over the inability of the elite to cater for the poor, noting that many youths and women had died in the course of looking for greener pastures. Earlier, Governor Ayade had described Mrs. Tailor as an enigma, saying she was an example of the ideal woman

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SDG commences primary school building in Kogi

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Following the documentary carried out by a community report for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali, also known as Okanyi, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the Presidency has commenced the building of a primary school in Ukpologogene community, Ayingba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

 

The development came following a documentary showing the dilapidated nature of the school, which had been abandoned by the successive governments in the state.

Okanyi in the documentary highlighted the poor nature of the school environment, where pupils learn in a hollow building covered with leaves.

 

The trending documentary also showed pupils sitting on the floor, learning through a tattered chalk board.

 

Okanyi while speaking with New Telegraph said Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many dilapidated schools across the 21 local government areas of the state.

 

According to him, the documentary was not to undermine the state government, but to call its attention to the plight of primary school children in the rural areas of the state and the country, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes. He said: “When I went to the area for the first time, I met two people who introduced themselves as headmaster and teacher respectively.

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Delta, private sector to build Leisure Park in Asaba

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For residents of Asaba, the Delta State capital, that had to travel outside the capital city in search of family fun, the 2020 yuletide season may usher in a new era if plans by Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) mature according to schedule.

 

A leisure park to provide entertainment for families and children would be developed in Asaba and could be up and running ahead of the yuletide season in 2020.

 

The park, which would be funded by a private organisation, was seen as the missing link in the emergence of the capital city into a cosmopolitan one. Director-General DSCTDA, Mrs. Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor, who revealed this, said the absence of such a facility had been denying residents of Asaba the opportunity for such leisure and family bonding. Speaking on a Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) Television current affairs programme at the weekend, Mrakpor said DSCTDA was engaging a private organisation to execute the project.

 

“Our target is that before the yuletide of 2020, a functional leisure park complete with entertainment facilities for children and families will be in place in Asaba. It is very important to have a decent leisure park in Asaba given the fact that it is now the gateway to every part of the country,” she said. Mrakpor said the state governor was desirous of giving Asaba an ambience that was not only welcoming to businesses and entrepreneurs, but also those seeking relaxation and family outing.

 

“We have to take advantage of the security in Asaba and provide a haven for entertainment to thrive,” she said of the leisure park project. Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has assured citizens of the state that his administration would henceforth monitor the implementation of the General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) between host communities and oil companies operating in the state.

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Okanyi documentary: SDG commences renovation of primary school in Kogi

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Muhammad Bashir
Lokoja

Following the trending documentary of a community report carried out for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali known as Okanyi, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), under the Presidency in Abuja, have commence the building of a primary school at Ukpologogene community in Ayingba, Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.
The development came on the heels of the documentary depicting the dilapidated nature of the primary school at the community abandoned by successive governments un the state.
Okanyi, in the documentary, highlighted the poor nature of the school environment where pupils take lessons in a hollow building covered with dried leaves.
The documentary also shows pupils sitting on the floor, learning courtesy of a tartared writing board also known as black board.
Okanyi, while speaking with New Telegraph, said the Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many delapidated schools of learning dotted across the entire 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, his decision to make the documentary, was not done to undermine the state government, but rather it was his way of calling the attention of the government over the plight of primary school children at the rural areas in the state and the country at large, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes.
“When I went to the area for the first time, I met to two persons who introduced themselves as head master and teacher, they said they were only two of them who teaches from primary one to six.
“They also made me realise that they were working for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the last time they had received full salary was during the early days of Governor Idris Wada,” he explained.
It was after his expose, that the SDG under the Presidency, mobilised contractors to the community to comence the rebuilding of the primary school.
The SDG, it was learnt, will only rebuild the primary school from class one to six, but will not touch other buildings such as the headmaster’s office, library and staff room.

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Okanyi documentary: SDG commences renovation of primary school in Kogi

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Muhammad Bashir
Lokoja

Following the trending documentary of a community report carried out for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali known as Okanyi, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), under the Presidency in Abuja, have commence the building of a primary school at Ukpologogene community in Ayingba, Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.
The development came on the heels of the documentary depicting the dilapidated nature of the primary school at the community abandoned by successive governments un the state.

Okanyi, in the documentary, highlighted the poor nature of the school environment where pupils take lessons in a hollow building covered with dried leaves.

The documentary also shows pupils sitting on the floor, learning courtesy of a tartared writing board also known as black board.
Okanyi, while speaking with New Telegraph, said the Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many delapidated schools of learning dotted across the entire 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, his decision to make the documentary, was not done to undermine the state government, but rather it was his way of calling the attention of the government over the plight of primary school children at the rural areas in the state and the country at large, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes.

“When I went to the area for the first time, I met to two persons who introduced themselves as head master and teacher, they said they were only two of them who teaches from primary one to six.
“They also made me realise that they were working for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the last time they had received full salary was during the early days of Governor Idris Wada,” he explained.

It was after his expose, that the SDG under the Presidency, mobilised contractors to the community to comence the rebuilding of the primary school.

The SDG, it was learnt, will only rebuild the primary school from class one to six, but will not touch other buildings such as the headmaster’s office, library and staff room

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Help us disseminate the message of local content policies, NCDMB charges journalists

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Help us disseminate the message of local content policies, NCDMB charges journalists

By Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at the weekend charged the media to help disseminate information on how local content policies and strategies can best be practiced in Nigeria.

Speaking in Port Harcourt during a workshop organised by the board for a group of select journalists from the South South region, Ginah Ginah General Manager Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordinator of NCDMB, who represented the Executive Secretary Simbi Wabote, in his welcome speech maintained that the media has a role to play in ensuring that that there is a local content practice in the country.

Maintaining that the country has been very much behind in the practice of local content policies, Ginah said: “We are lagging behind and the only way to come on board is through sustainable development. We are lagging behind to the extent that the world has left us behind.”

Disclosing that oil was going to disappear in the near future, the GM stated that there is no sustainable development without local content adding that it, however, has to be done constructively.

Stating that Nigeria wasted more than 60 years under developing itself, Ginah said” “If the policies of local content were in place earlier before now, there won’t have been any like thing kidnaping and pipeline vandalization.”

Also disclosing that millions of naira can be saved if the host communities are incorporated into the scheme of things, the GM said the board has come up with a host community participation guidelines adding that it will surely bring peace and lower the cost of production.

The board he said had been able to disengage about 1000 expatriates stating that that this time before any project is embarked on, a Nigerian must be part of the project.

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G5 Sahel leaders to begin crisis talks in response to deadly jihadist attack in Niger

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G5 Sahel leaders will meet Sunday for an emergency summit in Niger to coordinate their response to a Jihadist attack on an army camp that killed 71 military personnel, Mali and Niger said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault, in which hundreds of jihadists on Tuesday attacked the camp near the border with Mali with shells and mortars.

“Yesterday our neighbour Niger buried 71 of its soldiers who died by the bullets of those who want to spread chaos,” Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told an audience in Bamako on Saturday.

“We will not fail in our solidarity with Niger and tomorrow my brothers of the G5 Sahel and I will go to Niamey and we will consult together,” he said.

The G5 Sahel, an anti-jihadist task force, comprises Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, reports France24.

The Niger presidency confirmed the summit to AFP.

The attack in Inates in the western Tillaberi region was the deadliest on Niger’s military since Islamist militant violence began to spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015, and dealt a blow to efforts to roll back jihadism in the Sahel.

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou raced back in the night from a security and development conference in Egypt to chair a meeting of the National Security Council in Niamey. Three days of national mourning were declared.

Militant violence has spread across the vast Sahel region, especially in Burkina Faso and Niger, after it began when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012

Tuesday’s attack prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to postpone a meeting scheduled for next week in the southwestern French town of Pau, where he and five presidents from the Sahel were due to discuss security in the region.

The talks will now take place early next year.

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