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Sanitation: Govt lauds participation from Communities

he Kogi Government on Wednesday expressed excitement over the feedback from communities, groups and organisations on its campaign on sanitation and waste management across the state.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja.

Osikoya said she was excited that people were gradually appreciating government’s efforts on clean environment.

She said that the government had been receiving commendations from individuals, faith-based organisations, communities, NGOs and other stakeholders.

The commissioner said this showed that people were actually cooperating with the government, especially on sanitation matter.

“The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Province 3 has written to us and pledged to moblise over 100 members as volunteers to participate in the June sanitation.

“The Federal University, Lokoja, volunteered over 50 students; women groups in Otokiti and Zango axis, and youths from Zariagi community, have also pledged their participation in the community service.

“Our campaign on community participation and ownership is yielding results, which is actually what we are championing and clamouring for.

“We are also excited that another pastor was at the ministry to attend the June 2017 environmental sanitation planning meeting held on Friday.

“It shows that our visit to the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is yielding a lot of results.

“We are very excited that we are receiving this gesture from various groups and communities,” Osikoya said.

She said that the state government would learn from the past to strategise on how to do things better.

“We shall be focusing on our key expectation of 15 per cent annual reduction in indiscriminate refuse dumps across the state, in order to have a safe, convenient, conducive and healthy environment for all,” Osikoya said.

The commissioner said that the June monthly sanitation would make it the 14th time after the flagged off by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on May 25, 2016.

She said that the 2017 budgetary provision for streets clearing had yielded a remarkable result and had enabled the ministry to clear and evacuate massive heaps of indiscriminate dumpsites across the state.

The commissioner appealed to people to come out and participate actively in the next monthly sanitation scheduled for Saturday.

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Senator Dino Melaye’s Rally Turns Bloody, 2 died

At a rally organized by the supporters of Kogi senator, Dino Melaye, gunshots have reportedly broken out.

Dino Melaye, who had attended the protest to address his supporters concerning plans to recall him from the Red Chamber, tweeted that an attempt was made on his life and two of his vehicles were severely damaged with gunshots.

In several posts on Instagram, he accused the state governor Yahaya Bello, of sending “killers” to the rally.

Punch reports that gunshots between his supporters and those of the state governor that lasted for over one hour.

NAN reports that two persons were killed, when about 20 gunmen opened fire on him.

Dino was rounding off his speech at a mini rally in front of the Kogi State Polytechnic, when the guns and cutlasses wielding hoodlums emerged from nowhere.

Vehicular traffic on Lokoja -Abuja highway was disrupted for almost one hour as motorists abandoned their vehicles to escape being caught in a cross fire.

Traders at Lokoja main market also hurriedly abandoned their wares to take cover in nearby bush and houses.
A student of the polytechnic, simply identified as Saka Seidu, and one other person, were killed while two of the DSS officials attached to Melaye received gunshot injuries.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Mohammed Yisah, confirmed the death of one of his students.
The senator’s black Prado Jeep was shattered with bullets and was towed to the state police command headquarters.
Police also recovered a pump action gun used in the attack.

A Sienna car loaded with arms and ammunition believed to be one of the vehicles brought by the attackers was burnt completely when a shot from security agents hit it.

Melaye had on April 15, escaped death by whiskers, when his house at Ayetoro Gbede was attached by gunmen.

The Administrator of Ijumu Local Government and five other persons were arrested and charged to court for the attack.

The state Commissioner of police, Wilson Inalegwu, later told newsmen on Momday that the Assistant Commissioner of police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department has been directed to take charge of investigation of the case.

Inalegwu said that the senator did not notify the police of his intention to hold the rally and called on politicians to give police adequate notice before holding any rally.

The state governor, Yahaya Bello who later visited the scene of the attack in company of the police Commissioner urged security agencies to investigate the incident with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.

The governor who also confirmed the death of one person in the incident and said that a report had earlier been made in February to the presidency, DSS and police about the intention of Melaye and his cohorts to case a breach of the peace.

He assured the people of the state of adequate security of their life and property , asking them to go about their daily activities as the situation had been brought under control.
Source: Bellanaija

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Melaye defeats Adeyemi in Kogi

There was an attack on Senator Dino Melaye in Lokoja .Suspected gunmen shot sporadically where the senators was addressing his supporters . Three people were feared dead from the attack Senator Dino Melaye who is representing Kogi West is allegedly under attack as some unknown gunmen surprised him in Lokoja, the state capital. According to Tribune Online, the senator was attacked on Monday, June 12, in front of the Kogi state polytechnic.

It was reported that Melaye had stopped in front of the institution to address his supporters due to the current political crises surrounding his senatorship. According to report, the gunmen emerged from the NATACO end of the road and started firing which resulted in the death of about 3 persons. The attack lasted for 30 minutes resulting in serious traffic along Lokoja-Abuja highway. In a series of tweets, Melaye also confirmed the attack saying his vehicle was shot at. Meanwhile, the Senator reacted to steps being taken by his constituents to recall him. Melaye, in a series of tweets accused the state governor, Yahaya Bello of sponsoring his recall plans.

The tweets read: “Yahaya Bello: on recall of Dino Melaye, he is shooting the moon and boxing the air. “Spending over one billion naira tax payers money on an unproductive venture when salaries and pensions have not been paid is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenseless masses of kogi state.”

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