Saturday, August 25, 2018

Music: Papexey - Kini Level

Papexey is here with another RAP tune , after the successful release of una go run which was a hit , he's here again with this one titled kini level. Produced by Gzik Don't sleep on this. Staywoke ,download ,listen and bet it with me, you gon put it on repeat for the next two years. Follow him on IG @papexey

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

AAA Group Slams Kogi Govt, Security Agents Over Onslaught On Federal Lawmakers

By Yusuf Abubakar.

Atai Aidoko Ali Continuity Group has warned agents of Kogi state government and law enforcement agencies whose activities is tailored towards muzzling the opposition in the state to desist henceforth so as to avoid reprisal attacks capable of leading to break down of law and order.

The political group, in a statement released by the spokesperson, Idris Yakubu condemned the frequent attacks on the PDP lawmakers whose representation is tailored towards the people’s welfare through provision of social infrastructure the state government had ignored.

He bemoaned the relentless confrontations by the agents of the state government in compromise with the security agencies that has led to destruction of the constituency projects, attacks on lawmakers and disruption of lawful gathering.

The group described the frequent attacks on the senator representing Kogi central, Ahmed Salau Ogembe and his Kogi West counterpart, Dino Melaye as undemocratic.

He said recently the state government in conjunction with the police disrupted the empowerment program at Okene after the attempt to kill Dino Melaye during his projects commissioning tour in Kogi west. He berated the government for the burning down some blocks of classrooms built for schools in Kogi local government and destruction of skill acquisition center in Aiyetoro Gbede.
“The new trend of attacks on opposition elements is undemocratic and sadistic, especially for government who has no political will to provide social infrastructure and developmental projects as well as lacking plans on how to engage the youths in profitable ventures.

“The violent approach of agents of Kogi state government is unacceptable and unbecoming of persons saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties. The already bought over law enforcement agents are used to perpetrate these undemocratic and uncivil conducts on elected representatives who have the people’s interest at heart as against the nonchalant attitude of the government towards its citizens in the state,” he said.

AAA continuity group encouraged the federal lawmakers not to be distracted by the antics of the state government and its agents who never meant well for the people of the state.
“The same group of people at the corridor of power in Kogi who are always in the media criticizing federal lawmakers over constituency projects, yet where available, they discourage people from gaining access to it. It is regrettable and discouraging.

“Sometimes ago, Benjamin Ikani Okolo, representing Dekina/Bassa Federal constituency, was fought to standstill by these same group to stop the inauguration and commissioning of electricity projects meant to ameliorate the suffering of electorates in his area. There were also series of undemocratic practices in other parts of the state, once the achievers are not part of the ungodly administration. For how long shall we continue in this trend?

“Efforts are also on to frustrate the legal process of Kogi East Senator through connivance with his opponent who had promised the state government that he will defect to APC.”
He urged the people to take note of all this misconduct and be prepared to do the needful by voting the people’s choice in the forthcoming election to avoid the mistakes of the past.
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Yahaya Bello Sponsored Thugs To Destroy N200m Empowerment Materials, Ogembe Alleges

Representative of Kogi Central senatorial district, Ahmed Salau Ogembe, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of sponsoring thugs and policemen to destroy over N 200 million worth of empowerment materials meant for distribution to his constituents. He alleged that his multi -million Naira empowerment programme at Ageva on Okene -Ogori- Magongo road in which cars, motorcycles and sewing machines were to be distributed , was disrupted at the weekend by suspected thugs allegedly sponsored by Governor Bello.

Ogembe, who made the allegation, while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja, described the development as dangerous, saying it would create anarchy in the state if not checked.

He said the intimidation and harassment of opposition members was unbecoming , adding that it would result to breakdown of law and order if the President Muhammdu Buhari -led government fails to call Bello to order.

He urged the Federal Government to wade into the matter and address the incessant harassment and intimidation of members of the opposition in Kogi. He explained that before the commencement of the empowerment programme at Ageva on Okene -Ogori-Magongo road, he applied and got approval from the Inspector General of police (IGP) for security.

He said he also notified the state Commissioner of Police in the state, and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the council area. “We also sent letters to the Commissioner, the area Commander and the DPO and we have their acknowledgements. We discussed on the phone and they assured us that they will provide enough security,” he said. He explained that the matter was reported to the police and the Area Commander, who said there was tension in the place only for the Local Government Administrator to say “we did not seek Bello ’s permission nor consulted him before holding the programme. ”

Ogembe added that it took the intervention of the military to quell hostilities between the people and the thugs but that armed thugs stole most of the materials. But reacting to the allegations , the state ’s APC Publicity Secretary, Jibril Abu, said sometime in March this year, a similar incident happened and the state government did not only condemn the act but also sent delegates to appease Ogembe over it. “One will, however, question the sanity those who link such acts to Governor Bello because the senator was given a red flag by security operatives when the information got to them that he was coming to Okene for an empowerment programme,” he said.

He added that insider reports linked PDP thugs loyal to Ogembe to the incidence, saying, “they manipulated the security situation to cause mayhem in order to attract public sympathy to their principal.”

Credit: Guardian
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KSU Fees Crisis; Students Nonchalant, Taking Solace In Govt’s Approach To Civil Service Screening And Salary – TSAN

KSU Fees Crisis; Students Nonchalant, Taking Solace In Govt’s Approach To Civil Service Screening And Salary – TSAN

The Table Shakers Association of Nigeria (TSAN), Kogi State Chapter condemn the nonchalant attitudes of students towards the payment of their tuition fees as well as the awful contribution of the government manifested through the non-payment of salaries.

 Finance is undoubtedly fundamental to every tertiary institution as it is used in the day-to-day running of the activities, Kogi State University (KSU) is not an exemption of this fact. Prior to the emergence of the New Direction Government, this pathetic issue of non-payment of tuition fees before the commencement of first semester exams was unprecedented as students were constantly on the headlong rush to meet up with the payment of tuition fees before the slated period in order to blanch or evade the then late registration fee (#5000).

Kogi State University, Anyigba, under the auspices of her incumbent Vice Chancellor saw to the end of the additional #5000 meant for late registrations in consideration of the plight of the students. This, rather than being of benefit to the students who are not financially well-to-do ended up becoming a threshold to the attendant problems faced by the University today, as students (both the haves and the have-nots) now became reluctant over early payment of Tuition fees. In other words, students have also abused the magnanimity of lifting the tradition of the penalty placed on late school fee payment.

It’s imperative to take into consideration, the claims of these school fee defaulters who have ceaselessly blamed their predicaments upon the Kogi State Government act of inconsistencies in the payment of salary. Indeed, the approach of Kogi State Government to the Civil Service screening and Salaries related issues is a contributing factor that has hampered swift operations in all spheres. This ugly trend in juxtaposition with the related retrenchment antecedents have rendered some of these students financially unstable as it affects them directly or indirectly.

Contrary to the above fact, research has proven beyond doubts that over 70% of the students of Kogi State University are residents outside Kogi State, thereby rendering their claims of kogi state non-payment of Salaries, as a vindication for defaulting in school fee payment unsubstantiated. In order to avoid a future recurrence of ‘No school fee payment, no sitting for Exams’,

 TSAN urge the New Direction Government to address the salary issues, and also advise the students to make school fee payment a matter of utmost priority in order to create an enabling environment for learning, since education is the bedrock of all nations.

Signed: Salami Banjo 
BOT Chairman, TSAN
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Dekina-Bassa 2019: We Will Purchase Intent, Nomination Forms For Sanni Idakwo Philips – Group

Dekina-Bassa 2019: We Will Purchase Intent, Nomination Forms For Sanni Idakwo Philips – Group

A prominent political group in Dekina and Bassa local government areas known as the New Dawn Group has indicated its willingness to purchase Intent and Nomination forms of any party Hon. Sanni Idakwo Philips chooses to contest the upcoming 2019 Federal House of Representative elections.

 Addressing newsmen yesterday after a meeting of the group, the Public Relations Officer of the group, Mr Silvanus Okpanachi stated that the aspirations of Sanni Idakwo Philips is “a blessing from God to the people of Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency who have suffered for long in the hands of dubious and crafty politicians.” Describing Sanni Idakwo Philips as a man of integrity and kind-hearted, Okpanachi outlined the many achievements of the frontline aspirant.

 He stated that it was Sanni Idakwo Philips who came to the rescue of teachers in Dekina and Bassa local government areas by providing them with interest free loans, through his ‘Interest-Free Cash Transfer Scheme’, where over 200 teachers from the Constituency benefited with amounts ranging from N15,000 to N20,000.

 In his words; “it was the first in the history of the state as nobody, even the State government, has never attempted such a scheme before. Sanni Idakwo Philips have sponsored 5 youths from Dekina who now play professional football in China through his youth and sports empowerment scheme which he launched sometimes last year at the Kogi State University stadium, Anyigba. What about the widows?

What about health services to the people? He has achieved so many things for his people, so numerous to mention” While urging residents of Dekina / Bassa Federal Constituency to come out en masse and support the candidacy of Sanni Idakwo Philips on any party of his choice, an executive member of the group, Hon James Attai stated that “God has decided to dry the tears from the eyes of the people in Dekina / Bassa Federal Constituency by bringing Sanni Idakwo Philips; a man with tremendous experience in administration, both locally and internationally, and a captain in the ICT industry worldwide.”

 The group further affirmed to support Sanni Idakwo Philips in his aspirations, come rain come shine until he is declared winner of the Dekina / Bassa Federal House of Representative seat in the green chambers irrespective of the party he wishes to contest come 2019 general elections.
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Unpatriotic Kogi Indigenes Blocked Us From Accessing N11billion – Govt

The Kogi State Government has accused some “unpatriotic” indigenes of the state of blocking the state government funds to the tune of N11 billion.

The Commissioner of Finance, Asiwaju Idris Asiru, disclosed this on Tuesday while fielding questions at a press parley organised by the Kogi State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.

The commissioner, who did not disclose the source of the fund, or those stopping the state from accessing the said fund, however promised to speak elaborately on it at a future date when the funds were released.

“All other states got between N10 and 15 billion but Kogi State’s share amounting to N11 billion was withheld by the Finance ministry as our file could not be found.

“We immediately knew that it was the handiwork of saboteurs who are indigenes of the state.

“Just last week, I was in Abuja to pick up Kogi state’s share which is N11 billion, but got the shock of my life when my state was not called as our file could not be found.

“Some unpatriotic elements who are Kogi state indigenes have conspired to hide the file of the state, but not to worry we shall get them. I know the Governor will not allow them and I will not allow them either,” he said.

The commissioner vowed to retrieve the money no matter what it takes and also promised that those who perpetrated the act of sabotage against the state would not go unpunished.

Ashiru, who is also the co-chairman of the state economic team, also revealed that the state civil servants will soon have cause to smile as government has mapped out strategies aimed at ensuring prompt payments of salaries.

“As a prelude to this, all backlog would be cleared within the next ninety days beginning from 1st of August to pave way for smooth take-off of regular payments,” he added.

The commissioner revealed that the state has saved over N300 million from the screening exercise designed to weed out ghost workers and illegal beneficiaries from the civil service.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

No School Fees, No Exam Policy: An Appeal To Kogi Govt And KSU Management

No School Fees, No Exam Policy: An Appeal To Kogi Govt And KSU Management

Appeal to Kogi State Government and the Management of Kogi State University on the No School Fees, No Exam Memo.
The council of students traditional rulers in Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba, comprising the President of Igala Student Association (ISA), National Association of Okun Students Union (NAOS) and the National Association of Ebira Students (NAES), have been working tremendously on the aforementioned memo. The movement thus far included a series of consultations, meetings, fact findings and appeals on the way out of the current happenings.
The school management have in the time past proffered a way out for students in this predicament in the previous sessions by the option of written undertaking. We all know how that went. The report of the visitation panel indicted the school management for that, stating that the school is not a charitable organization and hence such should not have happened.
The above situation have made the management reluctant in taking similar action, which means putting their jobs on the line.
Our appeal is directed to the Kogi State government and visitation panel to look into this as the current happenings in the country and states makes it difficult for parents and guardians to pay their children and wards’ fees. The school management can only grant our plea if a directive to that effect come from the state government.
We the entire students community are pleading with the visitation panel and state government to allow our students write their first semester exam which is coming up this week. Inability to sit for the examinations means automatic spill over and other vices will spill out of this. Kindly give the students a grace till second semester to meet up with the payment.
Lamidi Sherifdeen Toluwase
NAOS President Kogi State University chapter
ISA President Kogi State University chapter
NAES President Kogi State University chapter
Vice Chancellor
Kogi State Governor
Commissioner of education
Chairman visiting panel
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N-Power: Kogi State Govt. to Deploy 7, 425 Beneficiaries Across 21 LGAs

N-Power: Kogi State Govt. to Deploy 7, 425 Beneficiaries Across 21 LGAs

By Stephen Adeleye

The Kogi State Government says it has concluded plans to deploy 7, 425 successful beneficiaries of the second batch of N-Power Programme under the Federal Government Social Investment Programme (SIP) across the state.

A statement by the Special Adviser to Gov. Yahaya Bello on Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects Mr Adoga Ibrahim, in Lokoja on Friday said the beneficiaries would be deployed to all the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state as from Aug. 10.

According to Ibrahim, Kogi SIP office in conjunction with the relevant stakeholders are working tirelessly to ensure the issuance of deployment letters to beneficiaries for prompt resumption at their Places of Primary Assignments (PPA) on or before Aug. 10, 2018.

“Posting, data processing and production of deployment letters have commenced since July 23, which will end on Friday July 27.

“The state partners such as Kogi SUBEB, Kogi Science, Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission (STETSCOM), Kogi ADP, and Kogi Primary Health Care Development are already working hard to meet up with the deadline.

“The state flag-off ceremony will be performed by Gov. Yahaya Bello on Tuesday July 31, at the Government House, Lokoja.

“At the event, the successful beneficiaries from Lokoja and other LGAs will collect their deployment letters to their PPA, and will also receive the necessary orientation regarding the workings of the N-Power Programme,” Ibrahim said.

The focal person noted that the deployment exercise would be performed at the senatorial districts and federal constituencies of the LGAs.

He said the deployment for all LGAs in Kogi Central would take place at Okene on Aug. 2 and 3, while that of Kogi East would hold on Aug. 6 and 7.

He added that the remaining LGAs in Kogi West would have their deployment at Kabba on Aug 8 and 9.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the N-Power Programme is one of the five welfare programmes under the Federal Social Investment Programmes in collaboration with the State Governments, which comprises three sectors: Npower- Teach, N-Power-Agro, and N-Power-Health.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Opinion: It’s no retreat, no surrender among gladiators

Kogi Politics

FOR many months, Kogi State has been witnessing a lot of political activities, with events in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) making headlines and forming major topics of discussions among the populace.

The political situation in the state is peculiar because of the circumstances that led to the emergence of the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, a development that has greatly affected the politics of the state with politicians defecting in opposite directions. Following the death of the former governor of the state, who was also the candidate of the APC in the last governorship election, Abubakar Audu, and his replacement with Bello by the national leadership of the party, many of Audu’s supporters had felt betrayed and disillusioned, as they believed the decision amounted to robbing Peter to pay Paul.

This, therefore, led to a sharp division between the camp of the governor and the Audu/Faleke group led by the deputy governorship candidate of the party, James Faleke. The crisis occasioned by that development had gone ahead to create a chasm among the state executives of the party, with almost all the members of the State Executive Committee (SEC), led by Alhaji Hadi Ametuo, siding with the Audu/Faleke group. The division could not be corrected until the conduct of the last congresses of the party, which swept away the entire Audu/Faleke structure from the APC in the state. Although the state had parallel congresses during the last exercise from the wards to state level, the national secretariat recognised the results of congresses organised by the Bello group, which produced Abdulahi Bello as the new state chairman.

The rejection of the results of the congresses, which returned Ametuo as the state chairman of the party further widened the gulf of disunity in the party and when the reformed APC birthed, it was not surprising that Ametuo was named as the state chairman. Though it is certain that the Audu/Faleke political family has parted ways with the APC in the state, its next destination has remained uncertain, as political observers continue to watch developments. It appears that the group does not want to put its eggs in one basket in the political battles ahead, with events in the last few weeks showing that while the group remained relevant in the R-APC, it may eventually pitch its tent with the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Already, the Director-General of the late Audu’s campaign organisation, Daniel Isah, has been recognised by the national leadership of the party as the Kogi State chairman, a development that has led to wrangling among members of the party in the state. Some members of the party in the state recently raised the alarm over the directive of the ADC to resolve the “suggestion” that key members of the APC in the state be accepted to the party and that Isah be made the new state chairman of the party. Stakeholders of the party at a meeting argued that the directive was tantamount to imposition of candidate and therefore stood rejected. In a communiqué from the party stakeholders’ meeting read by Dr Odekina John, the members held that the move was to please Faleke ahead of members that had been committed to the building of the party.

They claimed that Isa was still a member of the APC and had not formally defected to the ADC, saying it would be absurd to make a member of another party the state chairman of the ADC. The ADC stakeholders therefore urged the national body of the party not to create seeds of discord, as Faleke that the national chairman of the party was clamouring for is a member of the APC representing a federal constituency in Lagos State.

The party chieftains added that for peace, harmony and stability of the party in the state, the status quo should be allowed to remain pending the outcome of the congress of the party billed to be held few months ahead. However, while the state governor was having a running battle with the Audu/Faleke group, he also fell out with one of those that supported him in the early stage of his administration.

The centre later refused to hold between the governor and the man who was the chairman of his inauguration committee, Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district. The disagreement between the two hitherto friends led to accusations and counter-accusations with many charges brought against the senator by the police, making him to accuse government of being the brain behind his ordeals. However, political events in the last one week had shown that Melaye had already found his way back to the PDP, the party he left to join the APC in the build-up to the 2015 elections.

Melaye is a front line member of the R-APC and staunch supporter of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. He recently appeared in a short video clip where he made his intention to return to the PDP known with the famous music of “Oh my home”, saying the PDP was his home and that he could not wait to rejoin the party. It, however, appears that what the APC lost in Melaye in Kogi West senatorial district, it regained in the defection of a former senator from the zone, Smart Adeyemi. Immediately he lost the 2015 to Melaye and the confirmation by the Court of Appeal that Melaye was duly elected, Adeyemi parted ways with the PDP and joined the ruling party.

Since he teamed up with Bello, the former senator has been mobilising support for government across the state and changing the perception of some people about the government. Apart from Adeyemi, another chieftain of the PDP who has joined the “New Direction” government of Bello is a former governorship aspirant of the party, Alhaji Isa Echocho, from Dekina in the eastern senatorial district of the state.

The coming of Echocho had further shored up the support base of the APC in the district, as he was said to have done so with the aim of using his defection to give hope to many Igala people, who felt “cheated” by the way they were treated by the top echelon of the party after the death of Audu. The change of political platforms by Melaye and Adeyemi has, however, altered the calculations in the senatorial district as the two of them may have a repeat of the 2015 battle for the seat, but now on different platforms.

The 2015 elections saw Melaye contesting on the ticket of the APC, while Adeyemi was the candidate of the PDP. The leadership of the APC in the state and the camp of the governor appeared to be favourably disposed to the former national chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) clinching the ticket, as he enjoyed the support of the Chief of Staff (COS) to the governor, Edward Onoja, who is a major deciding factor in the party.

Many of the party chieftains that had been in the forefront of the contest for the ticket before the coming of Adeyemi into the APC, have, however, been said to be uncomfortable with the kind of treatment being given to Adeyemi by the top echelon of the party in the state. Their belief is that since the governor “is the leader of the party in the state, he may always have his way on who gets what in the party.” Some of them, who have not made their feelings and complaints open, felt that the move would make Adeyemi, who is a new entrant into the APC to be imposed on others that had been working tirelessly to build the party. Sunday Tribune learnt that some of the APC chieftains in this category are already drawing up a “Plan B,” in case they are shut out, and this, it was learnt, may include dumping the party for another platform.

The PDP is not also insulated from the problem that the APC faces over Adeyemi, as the current occupant of the seat, Melaye, with his yet-to-be-announced defection, is said to be planning to re-contest in 2019. The development was said to be causing ripples among party members, particularly in the Okun axis of the senatorial district, as it is capable of altering the plan of Yagba federal constituency to produce the next senator.

Before the coming of Melaye, the party had some aspirants that had been moving around to galvanise supports for their ambitions. These include the member representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Tajudeen Yusuf, his counterpart from Yagba federal constituency, Sunday Karimi and a former acting governor of the state, Clarence Olafemi, among others. Speaking on the possible effect of the political developments and realignment in the state, the state publicity secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Tims Ejigha, believed the issue of Kogi State was already settled, as the variables and indices have indicated the end of an era for the APC. He said: “In Kogi State, the election has been won and lost.

Even in Ekiti, where the leaders of APC went to campaign, the central issue is about payment of salary and emoluments to civil servants and pensioners, the same thing is happening in Kogi State. If you go to Ekiti and say they should vote for a man that can pay salary and pension, what happens to Kogi? The salary payment under the APC administration in Kogi State and the massive retrenchment brought about by the unending screening has created a waterloo for the governing APC.

The sitting governor has already been campaigning through his actions. All the retrenched workers, the pensioners that have been denied their pensions and are groaning in abject poverty with some dead and many on hospital beds, would no doubt mobilise and vote against the APC in Kogi state.”

Beyond the politics of realignment and fresh alliances, however, a fresh twist was introduced to the political melodrama in Kogi last week, when some yet-to-be-identified assailants visited their fury on Melaye by setting fire to some of his constituency projects, which he was planning to commission. The hoodlums had invaded the Government Secondary School in Sarkin Noma, a suburb of the state capital and burnt a block of three classrooms built for the use of the students. Apart from this, the arsonists also vandalised another primary school constructed by the Senator in Lokongoma area of Lokoja. The development, according to observers was part of the ugly incidents that might be witnessed in the state as the 2019 election approaches.

But while speaking on the attack, Melaye said he would not be deterred or intimidated by the antics of the “forces of darkness” in the state. He said, “we have over 140 projects across the senatorial districts; we have roads, schools, water, rural electrification, skill acquisition centres, among others. By the grace of God, this is just a tip of the iceberg; we will continue to do only those things that will promote unity and prosperity of our people. No amount of fear or intimidation will stop us from actualising this for our people.”

Credits: Tribune Online NG
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Tribute To Ebira Women - So Independent.

Ebira Women In The Market: Okene
Elsewhere, their contributions to human development not only in terms of the household are invaluable and emblazoned in gold. They occupy very important positions in all spheres of human endeavor. In recognition of those invaluable contributions, holidays are declared in their honor, streets, festivals and institutions are named after them. Cultures that fail to properly harness their power suffer irredeemably as a consequence. Nationally, giant strides are being made towards empowering them and towards the utilization of their immense talent. However, there are still obstacles in pockets of geographical locations notably in northern Nigeria where women are victims of the purdah, the practice of segregation, seclusion and confinement. Ebira might be islamising very rapidly, safe for a minority radical fringe, we are not about to put barrier between the genders and confine our women behind the curtains. Having said that, there is still very much to be desired in terms of empowering women and accord them proper and due respect.

By: Mathew Raji Andah

It was not for nothing that our ancestors instituted festival, Echane, in recognition of the unique contribution the women made, are still making and would continue to make in the development and progress of the Ebira nation. Excellent managers by nature, they see to the upkeep of the family while the men, at least in the past, are away to work. The women bear the babies in their womb, see to it that the children are well clothed, well fed and the materials for the schooling are provided. Most of the domestic work that women do in their household, vital as it is, are not included in the GDP. Increasingly though women are overtaking the men as breadwinners, running businesses, ministries and corporations.

The international community is gradually coming to the realisation that the key to eradicating poverty lies, to a greater extent, in supporting women for inclusion in governance and active participation in the political economy of the developing countries. Anebira who normally cry foul of perceived marginalisation are themselves guilty of marginalizing the womenfolk. The ceiling appears to be closed to them in terms of appointment, selection or election as councillors or local government chairpersons. Till date, only Hajia Obadaki jnr has been able to break the ceiling as councillor in Okene LGA when it was then in Kwara state.
Historically, Ebira woman has evolved over the past century from a daughter growing up in a patriarchal household of a rural African village helping the mother in domestic choirs to adolescence and marriage contracted with the blessing of the parents to a suitable suitor who must be of the right pedigree and must have proven beyond doubt that he can maintain and care for his wife or wives. After an elaborate traditional ceremony including mezewueyi, otanuvogeh and ohigi the new wife is expected to be obedient and to serve the husband and his relations dutifully. She was more or less the property of the husband and would be transferred to the husband’s brother, kuogu in event of his death. Christianity, Islam and western education exerted profound influence. As young girls, they now go to school, earn diplomas or degrees and some are making career in the professions.

It is sickening to hear allegations of witchcraft, occult practices and purveyors of something sinister levelled against our women by the men folk who are perhaps envious of the successes being made by them in their callings. Natural and man-made phenomena like death and sickness are explained away as the work of diabolic women. This mentality, rooted in our culture, reflects a deep-seated gender bias and compounds the social problem inherent in the society today. It diverts attention from finding the real cause(s) of death and sickness. It also hinders any targeted preventive measures thereby putting the general population at grave danger. In 2000, when the popular singer, Mr Ofelele Salawu died in an auto accident along the notorious Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road, supporters wrongfully accused a lady from his hometown, Eika, of causing the accident. The hapless lady and her house were set afire.

There is no evidence in support of witchcraft or occult practice. The evidence in support of their good character, industry and resourcefulness is just too overwhelming. Ebira women might be blamed for not taking their reproductive decision seriously enough to deny association and or bearing babies with irresponsible men or boys but they have never had any direct involvement as perpetrators in the violence that we have seen so far. On the contrary, the women had been victims. The time to stop treating our daughters, sisters, wives and mothers as mere footnotes or an object is now. Let the domestic violence stop accordingly and the women themselves must be more assertive, insist on respect and equal treatment.
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Ebira Music: Salawu Ofelele - 1986 Record. Vol 1. Download For free.

The late Salawu Ofelele is the best and the most popular Ikede musician Ebira People ever had and he is a hero he died in year 2000 i still remember his face he is tall and a stammerer.

In 2000 as i can remember, when the popular singer, Mr Ofelele Salawu died in an auto accident along the notorious Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road, supporters wrongfully accused a lady from his hometown, Eika, of causing the accident. The helpless lady and her house were set ablaze. There is no evidence in support of witchcraft or occult practice.

This song is his 1986 record i have it here an you can download it here for free below, please share this with your friends after downloading: Please come back for the volume 2 later or like Ebiraland Media Facebook to be alerted of the Vol. 2. you can ask me questions by sending me text or calling me please do not flash +2348168374589

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Man Dies After Argument Over 'Ogogoro' in Kogi

By Sam Egwu 

Ganaja Junction, in Lokoja, was yesterday, rubbed of its usual hustling and bustling spirit after a minor argument over a glass of drink resulted in the death of one of the men at the ogogoro spot in the area. 

Following the incidence, security operatives from D division, of Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Kogi State command were all over the place. 

This resulted in the interrogation of all passerby. Owners of shops in the area also closed their shops in a hurry to avoid unnecessary arrest and humiliation from the police who were looking for any opportunity to put people on the drills. 

A source who would not want to be mentioned, disclosed that the deceased, Bode Sule, had begun to haul insults on everybody at the joint just because he disagreed with something. 

The insults annoyed one other person who pushed him in anger. The push however, caused him to fall hard onto the graveled ground. 

Confirming the incident, the officer at the D-division of Kogi State police command, who begged for anonymity with the excuse that only the Police Public Relations Officer can comment on the issue, stressed that arrests have been made and would make the findings public soon.

Meanwhile, the body of Bode Sule is lying in the morgue somewhere in an undisclosed mortuary within the town awaiting clearance after informing the relations, it was gathered. 
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Crime: Gunmen Kill Federal Poly Idah Director of Works

Gunmen on Tuesday assassinated Mr Solomon Sani, Director of Works, at the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi, the Police said on Thursday in Lokoja.

Kogi Police Command Public Relation Officer, DSP William Aya, told newsmen that Sani was assassinated in his Idah residence in the evening of Tuesday, July 17.

He said that one of the brothers of the late director reported the incident to the police in Idah immediately after the gruesome murder. Aya said that a police team was dispatched to the scene , adding that investigation is ongoing while the assailants were being trailed.

 It was gathered that the incident had thrown the entire polytechnic community into mourning as the late Sani was just promoted to the position of director of works. The police also stated that the kidnapped Obaro of Jakura town in Lokoja Local Government Area, Alhaji Usman Ajibola, was yet to be released by his abductors.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the monarch was kidnapped at about 6:30 p.m. of July 17, alongside his driver, Mr Raphael Elijah. The monarch’s first son, Mr Rasheed Ajibola was shot dead by the kidnappers. The ruler was returning to his domain from Lokoja when he was accosted by the five-man kidnap gang.

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