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IF-K Will Accelerate Infrastructure – Gov Ahmed

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Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed says the State government’s Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) will accelerate infrastructural growth in the state on a sustainable basis.

Governor Ahmed, who said this during a meeting with investors in Ilorin on Monday, noted that by providing a fund dedicated to infrastructure projects, IF-K ensures the state government will be able to implement developmental projects and pay contractors promptly.

According to him, the implication is that contractors do not have to be mobilized before they commence projects since they are guaranteed payment at different milestones of the project.

Alhaji Ahmed stated that the primary aim of IF-K is to provide sustainable funding for continuous infrastructure development through partnership with private sector and efficient resource allocation.

The governor added that IF-K is an alternative funding window for projects worth over N300m, noting that the executed projects will certified by independent assessors before the contractors are paid. According to him, other high value infrastructure projects will be funded through other funding windows as enshrined in the budget. 

 

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Alhaji Ahmed emphasized that the infrastructure fund will outlive his administration as it is enshrined in Kwara State Public Private Partnership Law 2015. He disclosed that IF-K will commence in the last quarter of 2016 with a N4.2b Energy sector project. 

 

He gave assurance that the scheme will not put any undue pressure on the State’s finances as adequate plans have been made to ensure that government contributes to IF-K regularly through prudent resource allocation while meeting other obligations.

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I Was Treated Like A Common Criminal, Says Ex-Kogi Deputy Governor, Achuba

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Simon Achuba, the recently impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi State, has revealed that in the wake of his impeachment, he was placed under house arrest and treated like a common criminal by the powers that be in the state.

Recall that Achuba was impeached by the Kogi State House of Assembly over charges of misconduct brought against him.

Speaking with journalists in on Sunday, October 20, in Lokoja, the state capital, Achuba described his impeachment as an act of lawlessness, adding that lawlessness reigns supreme in Kogi state at the moment.

He said Kogi State was fast degenerating into what he called a ‘Banana Republic.’

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Achuba said he was treated like common criminal moments after the State House of Assembly made its pronouncement on Friday, October 19.

According to him, security details attached to him as the state’s number two citizen were withdrawn and others thereafter barricaded his official residence, placing him under “house arrest.”

He revealed that the power supply to his official residence was disconnected and when the technician tried, he was stopped by the newly deployed security agents.

“As I address you, my personal belongings are still there in my official residence. I don’t have access to them,” he told journalists.

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Achuba insisted he remains the deputy governor of Kogi, adding that any judge who presides over the swearing-in of another deputy governor in the state would be sanctioning illegality. He there called on the federal government to stop the “lawlessness playing out in Kogi,” saying what is playing out is not good for democracy and rule of law, while expressing optimism of getting justice in the court soon.

Recall that Achuba had been having a running battle with the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello.

 

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Yahaya Bello Nominates Onoja As Deputy Governor

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Mother's Death

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja as his Deputy Governor.

This follows the impeachment of his former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the Kogi state House of Assembly over an alleged gross misconduct.

Onoja’s nomination as Deputy Governor comes two days after he resigned from his position as Govenor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff with Abdulkareem Jamiu appointed to replace him.

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Onoja who is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet is likely to be sworn-in today.

The 44-year-old indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, had sought the ticket of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was also the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015.

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Kogi Deputy Governor Remains Impeached-House Majority Leader, Hassan Abdulahi

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The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, has stated that the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba remains impeached.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking with journalists on Friday, after Achuba’s impeachment.

Achuba was impeached by the state house of assembly following the submission of a report by a committee set up in August by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct brought against him.

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Achuba had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and allowances running into N800m since 2017.

He had also alleged that the state governor was also after his life, adding that he sent gunmen to kill him.

According to the House of Assembly, the claims, allegations, actions, and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct

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