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Kogi Guber: I Will Make Kogi A Leading State In Nigeria – Tettes

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By Gabriel Atumeyi

A businessman Alhaji Shuaibu Adah Mohammed Tettes has picked the nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), promising to readjust the state to make it one of the leading states in Nigeria in terms of viability.

Tettes as he is popularly called made this pledge when he picked his nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

He said he has join the race because he could no longer seat on the sideline while his people suffered and that as a man who has a long career working in the private sector and getting things done, he considered himself the best man for the job.

He said, “that I have had to address pressmen and other participants I always make it very clear that the challenges of Kogi state is leadership, over the years Kogi state has not been lucky to have a leader that is well connected to the grassroot.

A leader in bringing the dividend of democracy to the people of Kogi state, a leader that delivers happiness. A leader that can empower our women. All these are lacking. In the last three years it has become obvious that there is little or no hope that we can get any of these things. So as somebody from the state, somebody that grew up in the state, somebody that has traversed the entire state. I feel pained that this must not continue.

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“I feel pained that there must be a change. And so I convened what I call rebuild Kogi 2019. That is exactly what has brought me here today, because I am going to rebuild Kogi state under the platform of a great party, the greatest party in Africa. The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP). I know and I believe that the task ahead is enormous. It is a task that requires a collective commitment of the entire people of Kogi state. it is a task that we must join hands to deliver results. So I am not coming to say that I am going for a tea party. I am going with full understanding of the weight of the situation on ground and I know I have what it takes to deliver Kogi state from complete ruin.

“Kogi state is collapsing. I will not seat by to allow it collapse . I am a rescuer and I am going to rescue Kogi from total ruin. I have the courage, motivation and vision. I will make it one of the top ten state in Nigeria. I have studied its viability and I know we have enormous resources, from tourism to agriculture to tourism. I have a document that enunciates the how, and the timing.

I have the experience I have worked with a leading multinational corporation, Heineken international and at certain point in my career I was head of operations. Operations are all about getting things done. The gap we have even in the leadership of the country is not about idea or strategies but about getting things done. Its about how to implement the strategies to bring results, he added.

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Speaking on his fate in the credibility of the party’s primary, he said that he believed that the PDP is now the party to beat after it has rebranded itself and that the top echelon of the party have assure all aspirants of their commitment to the integrity and fairness of process.

He said “Me and my team have met the national organizing secretary of the party and he assured me that the process is going to be transparent, he spoke with passion and I believe him. He has great love for this country and for our great party. He told me how rebranded this party has become, with that level of assurance I want to believe the process will be transparent.

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Bandits Attack Buhari’s Advance Team Convoy in Daura

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah. 

The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

 

Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement, said two persons in the convoy were receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

Shehu said “all the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura”.

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Bello Forwards Three Commissionership Nominees  to Kogi Assembly for Confirmation

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Kogi State Governor,  Yahaya Bello has forwarded  names of three Commissionership nominees to  Kogi State House of Assembly for confirmation

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday.

He said that the nominees  are;  former Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, (Kogi West); Dr.

Zakeri Usman and Engr. Mohammed Abdulmutalab from Dekina and Okene Local Government Areas respectively.

The Information Commissioner, Fanwo had resigned his appointment to contest the Yagba West House of Representatives ticket of the All Progressives Congress but lost.

It was also gathered that Dr. Usman if confirmed by the assembly, will replace the former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu who was sacked by the Governor from office in April 2022, over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Meanwhile, Abdulmutalab will also replace Engr. Abubakar Ohere who resigned to pursue his senatorial ambition.

Ohere emerged the Senatorial candidate of the APC for Kogi Central Senatorial seat, and would be slugging it out with Barr. Natasha Akpoti Uduaghan, the candidate of the main opposition- Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

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Education Minister Promises Equity, Fairness over Unity Colleges Admissions

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja. 

As Principals of the Nation’s 110 Unity Colleges converge on Benin city, the Edo State capital to kick-start this year’s admission, Education Minister, Adamu Adamu has directed that they must be guided by the principles of fairness,equity and good conscience in the conduct of the admission exercise. 

In a message to the body of Principals handling the exercise, the Minister emphasized that every part of the country must be given a sense of belonging in the admission exercise, adding that the process must reflect the ideals of the founding fathers of unity colleges as centers of academic excellence and models for states and private schools as well as instruments for National integration and unity.

In a message delivered at the opening ceremony on  behalf of the Minister, the Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta  Abdulkadir said that; if we are to produce responsible citizens, we must stick to the rules in order to make the right choices of qualified candidates as a foundation for future academic excellence.

The Minister reminded the principals that they should stick to the National policy of the ratio of one teacher to forty students per class in line with UNESCO regulations, adding that carrying capacity must be adhered to.

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Adamu Adamu emphasized that candidates who have applied for admission into Unity schools outside of their immediate communities should be given Priority.

The Minister directed Principals to adhere strictly to the criteria for the selection which is 60percent National merit, 30percent equality of states and 10percent exigency.

Earlier in her welcome address , the Chairperson of Principals of Federal Unity colleges who is also the Principal of Queens Collage Lagos,Dr T. F. O Yakubu-Oyinloye said government’s guidelines on merit and equality of states will be followed strictly so as to get the best candidates for the Nation’s Unity Colleges. 

One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was a guided tour of the host college, Federal Government Girls College Benin, which is wearing a brand new look, more like a University campus than a secondary school. 

The Principal of the collage Mrs Aghedo Osamediame who led her colleagues on the guided tour said, the brand new look of the college has been made possible courtesy of the intervention of the Ministry.

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