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EFCC’s fresh media trial clearly shows desperation to tarnish our image – Kogi Govt

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EFCC's fresh media trial clearly shows desperation to tarnish our image - Kogi Govt

EFCC’s fresh media trial clearly shows desperation to tarnish our image – Kogi Govt

… ‘Ask them what happened to bail-out probe’

 

The Kogi State Government has said that allegation of money laundering levelled against it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) would amount to nothing.

 

 

 

 

The government described the fresh allegation by the EFCC as a ploy to save Its’ face after the Commission hit a road block in its N20bn Sterling Bank media trial.

According the Kogi State Government, the media trial was a sustenance of the persecution of the government by the Abdulrasheed Bawa-led EFCC.

The government in a swift reaction to a statement by the EFCC on Thursday, observed that the Commission, with its present allegations, had shown clearly that it was desperately seeking to save its’ face after the Commission hit a road block in its N20bn Sterling Bank media trial.

Commissioner for Information and Communication in Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo, however, noted that just as with the Sterling Bank affair when the commission went to the media before proper investigation, the EFCC was again set to embarrass itself and its legacy by again jumping to the media to continue its persecution of the Kogi government.

While insisting that no money belonging to the Kogi State Government was laundered, the Commissioner insisted that Nigerians should ask the EFCC if its “biased” corruption searchlight was only meant for Kogi State.

“The media trial by the EFCC is a calculated and orchestrated plan to embarrass the State Government by going after its Officials and Associates with trumped up charges to satisfy the destructive fangs of their paymasters,” Fanwo noted.

The government in its reaction said that the inclination of the EFCC was against the acknowledgment of due process and financial accountability given to the Kogi State Government by international organisations. It particularly cited the recent honour accorded the Kogi State Government by the World Bank funded SFTAS project in which Kogi was lifted above peers in financial accountability.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement on the website of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to the effect that they arraigned some persons who they alleged were linked with laundering monies belonging to the Government of Kogi State.

“Inasmuch as we would not want to delve into the depth of the matter which is now sub judice, it is pertinent to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that the desperation of the EFCC to crucify Kogi State at all costs may have landed them in another trouble. Unlike the EFCC that has been known for serial contempt of court under the current leadership; we are committed to allow the law to take its due course on the matter and our innocence, again, proven beyond reasonable doubt.

“It would be recalled that this same EFCC once accused the Kogi State Government of stashing 20 billion naira bailout funds in a fixed deposit account in Sterling Bank. When the legal fireworks were about to ruffle their biased feathers, they quickly backed out and claimed the money had been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Till date, they have not shown Nigerians any proof of the return even when Sterling Bank Plc has under oath denied the return of any monies belonging to the Kogi State Government. It is trite that what does not exist cannot be taken or returned.

“The media trial by the EFCC is a calculated and orchestrated plan to embarrass the State Government by going after its Officials and Associates with trumped up charges to satisfy the destructive fangs of their paymasters.

“Let it be on record that no money belonging to the Kogi State Government was laundered. SFTAS is a World Bank accountability project to ensure the Government stays accountable to the people. For many years, Kogi has won Awards as one of the most transparent State Governments in Nigeria. A responsible anti-graft agency would have made Kogi an example of transparency and excellence. However, with its endless wild goose chase, Nigerians would even wonder if EFCC’s obviously biased corruption binoculars are only designed for Kogi State.

“It is not unexpected that the EFCC would feel disappointed that the monies they claimed had been stolen from the coffers of the state have been used to build Nigeria’s best hospitals, good roads, best schools that are about to be commissioned. We cannot help their descent into political pawn. We will continue to make the resources of our state work for our people.

“Nigerians know that the recent Gestapo-like operation against the State was occasioned by EFCC’s failure to sell the “fixed” Bailout funds debacle to the people. They became desperate to save their face from the disgrace bestowed on them by their “Destroy Kogi” Agenda.

“We urge our people not to take the laws into their hands as we are prepared in fact and in conscience for the legal battle ahead.

 

EFCC's fresh media trial clearly shows desperation to tarnish our image - Kogi Govt

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Primate Ayodele Visits Police Stations, FRSC Office In 17 Days Of Appreciation And Philanthropic Impact

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Primate Ayodele Visits Police Stations, FRSC Office In 17 Days Of Appreciation And Philanthropic Impact

 

 

 

 

 

The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has visited police stations in Lagos state and federal road safety corps (FRSC) office in his ongoing 17 days of appreciation and philanthropic impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Wednesday, 8th Of February 2023, being the 11th day of the programme, the man of God visited about 10 police stations and FRSC offices in Lagos state to appreciate the officers and encourage them in their service to the country.

 

 

 

 

Primate Ayodele who has always spoken well of the Nigerian police was well received by the officers with smiles on their faces. The FRSC officers were also delighted by the visit of the prominent man of God who has always identified with them annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During his visit to these institutions, Primate Ayodele appreciated the officers for rendering quality services to the country, while encouraging them to do more. He also prayed for God’s protection upon their lives and families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘’My visit here is to appreciate you for the many good works you have been doing in the country. You have ensured that lives and properties of the citizens are secured by all means despite the criticism against your institution. I want to encourage you not to listen to detractors but remain focused on your job. I pray God continues to protect you and your families as you carry out your duties’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simultaneously, free medical services were held at the church’s Lagos headquarters today for the aged, physically challenged and youths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the beginning of the 17 Days of Appreciation and Philanthropic Impact, Primate Ayodele has been to the homes of the aged, sick and downtrodden. He has also visited several schools in Lagos and Ogun state.

 

 

 

Primate Ayodele Visits Police Stations, FRSC Office In 17 Days Of Appreciation And Philanthropic Impact

 

 

 

 

The man of God will continue this programme till Tuesday, 14th Of February, 2023 when the grand finale will be celebrated with different categories of empowerment to the widows, students, youths, church members, journalists, and many more.

 

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BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

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BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

 

 

BUA Group, one of Africa’s largest infrastructure conglomerates, has flagged off the expansion and dualization of the 132km Kano-Kazaure-Kongolam highway in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in line with the Presidential Executive Order 007 Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 116billion Naira project was flagged-off by the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in a ceremony in Kazaure, Jigawa State, and will pass through Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina states from Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State to Kongolam in Katsina State. According to the Minister, BUA Group will be the sole financier of the project to dualize the 132 km road as part of its ongoing commitment to infrastructure development. Also present we the Honourable Minister for Water resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, and the minister of State for Works and Housing, Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub and various emirs.

 

 

 

 

Speaking at the official ceremony, Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of BUA Group, said that BUA remains committed to partnering with the Government on critical projects and initiatives that will fast-track human, social, and infrastructural development across the country. According to Rabiu, BUA Group which is solely financing the project, has already mobilized equipment to site and has the capacity, expertise, and resources to complete the road on schedule. He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing for approving the project and restated the Group’s commitment to delivering a dual carriage road that will rank amongst the best in Africa. According to Kabiru Rabiu, the dualization project which is being solely financed by BUA Group is a demonstration of BUA’s commitment to infrastructural development within Nigeria. He also commended the major roles played by the Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of water resources as well as the Minister of Finance and budget planning in actualizing the project.

 

 

 

 

In his speech, the Minister of Works and Housing, H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration towards infrastructural development. According to Fashola, the 116billion Naira Kano-Kongolam highway which is being constructed by BUA Group with allied infrastructure, will complement the ongoing rail infrastructure projects of the federal government in the North West region of Nigeria, and also open up more economic opportunities for Nigeria and the greater West African region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashola further stated that the best way to develop the country was through Public Community Private Partnership, (PCPP) given the ₦348trillion injection needed over a 10-year period to bridge the nation’s infrastructure gap. Fashola further applauded the management of BUA Group for its continuous effort in infrastructural development and emphasized the need for the State Governors of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina and traditional institutions to remove all encumbrances on the Right-of-Way of the project so as to allow the Contractor have full access to the width of the carriageway for the continued execution of the project for which implementation has already commenced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this part, the Honourable Minister for State (works and Housing), Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub said, “It’s a very big project that traverses the 3 states of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states. The project will further open up the country by enabling access to neighbouring countries i.e. Niger Republic via Katsina State. The road, when completed, will feature three bridges – Ungoggo Roundabout, Kazaure and Daura and also include pedestrian crossings at eight locations along the project corridor and solar street lights for safe driving during nighttime which will be critical to development in the three states. The Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, during his speech, urged the contractor, BUA Group, to ensure the highest quality in the construction process and adhere to responsible ESG practices throughout the lifetime of the project. “I am proud to be associated with this project which will have massive developmental impact on the people of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states. The government will continue to support initiatives and partnerships such as this and we are certain this project and others of a similar nature, will help improve the economic status and quality of life of Nigerians”, he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The expanded Kano-Kongolam dual carriage highway upon completion, will connect three states namely; Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina and improve interstate travel, make it easier to trade goods and services between the three states, and serve as a major artery for intra-African trade.

 

BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

 

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Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign

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*Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign*

By Collins Nkwocha

The AA governorship candidate, Amb. Chijioke Okoro has appointed Chief Charles Nwangwa, Akajiugo 1 of Ngwa as the DG of his governorship campaign council.

 

 

 

 

Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign*

Chief Nwangwa who never hid his love for a new dawn in Abia state has promised to work tirelessly in order to on ensure that Amb. Okoro gets into the government house and bring the needed transformation and advancement in the state.

His appointment was officially done today and the entire AA party is banking on his wealth of experience to move into the Abia state government house this year as the election is scheduled for March 11th, 2023.

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