Video: El-Rufai Goes On His Knees, Begs Kogi To Forgive Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has gone on his knees begging voters in Kogi State vote for Governor Yahaya Bello.

Governor Bello is seeking a second term in office but appears unpopular in the state particularly with many alleged uncleared outstanding salaries.
El-Rufai went on his knees during a rally held for Bello in Lokoja, saying, "Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young. He is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes. But you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you."

Speaking further, the Kaduna governor stated, "In the past four years, the progress recorded by the APC government under Governor Yahaya Bello is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years.

"He cares about this state, he has brought progress to this state, he has brought young people into government, he has brought women into government. He has brought physical progress; he has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments.

"You must all come out and support him. I beg you all."

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said the public apology by El-Rufai confirmed that the APC admitted that Bello did not deserve a second term of office.

In a statement on Thursday night, the party said, "The PDP notes that the Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu, also knelt before the Kogi people to beg for Yahaya Bello which further shows that it is public knowledge that the governor misused the opportunity given to him to lead the state.

"Unfortunately, the apology is coming too late in the day and cannot be accepted by the people of Kogi state, whose lives, Yahaya Bello had turned into a living hell in the last four years.

"Moreover, Yahaya Bello openly confirmed that he is irredeemable as he stood without any sign of remorse while El-Rufai and the Edo State deputy governor begged the unimpressed scanty crowd.

"Governor El-Rufai and the APC ought to have counselled Yahaya Bello at the time he was busy suppressing, insulting, abusing and making life unbearable for the people of Kogi state as if there will not be a day of reckoning.

"The irreversible fact is that the day of reckoning has come. The people of Kogi state have moved beyond Yahaya Bello and the APC. They are already moving on with the PDP candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, in their determination for a new order in their state and there is no looking back.

"PDP advises Governor El-Rufai to assist Governor Bello in preparing his handover notes as he will surely face a crushing defeat at the polls, come Saturday, November 16."

Just in: APC suspends Oshiomhole in Edo state as he gets vote of no confidence

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state suspends the party's national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

The APC says the suspension of Oshiomhole is because of his roles in the crisis suffered by the party in the state.
- The party stresses that it does not want a repeat of the Zamfara crisis that caused the loss of APC in the 2019 election.
The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has been reportedly suspended by the party at his home state, Edo, The Nation has claimed.
Oshiomhole was said to have received a vote of no confidence from the party following the alleged roles he was said to have played in the crisis rocking the APC in Edo.
The no confidence voted was passed by the chairmen of the APC in the 18 local government areas of the state.
A statement by Anselm Ojezua, the party's chairman in Edo, and Ikuenobe Anthony, the assistant state secretary, confirmed the action against Oshiomhole.
“Consequent on the development, the state executive committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state," a statement by the duo said.
According to Ojezua ad Anthony, the suspension of Oshiomhole was to avoid a repeat of the incident that happened in Zamfara ahead of the 2019 elections which made the APC not able to field candidates.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence on him and he stands suspended from the party.
“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo state," the party said.

Obaseki’s Agriprenuer Initiative: 109 farmers to benefit from Edo Govt’s N130.8m investment in poultry production

Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie (right), addressing poultry farmers at the sensitisation programme, held in Benin City, on Thursday, October 31, 2019

As part of reforms by Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to boost food sufficiency, the Edo State Government has rolled out plans for over 109 poultry farmers expected to benefit from the government’s N130,800,000 investment in the pilot phase of its poultry production scheme.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie, disclosed this at a sensitisation programme to mobilise beneficiaries of the agriprenuer programme.
He said the state’s agriprenuer programme is being implemented with support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure food security and wealth creation in the state.
Okojie noted that the investment in poultry farming by the Obaseki-led government is part of deliberate policy to meet the protein requirement in the state as well as reduce importation of frozen poultry products.
According to him, “About 109 poultry farmers will be given 1,000 birds each at a production cost of N130,800,000 to raise poultry products for sales during the yuletide season.”
He said, “The benefitting farmers must open bank accounts and would be given a loam at nine percent interest rate, while the birds would be sold directly to off takers.”
The governor’s aide warned that the state government will not allow a situation where some farmers under a previous scheme divert farm inputs given to them.
Okojie urged the farmers to be passionate about the agriprenuer programme to assist the state government achieve the aims for the scheme, adding, that the agriprenuer programme had been going on well.
He said, “So far we have done well and we are still producing. We are currently harvesting rice and it is being sold to a processor in the state.”
The next phase of the agriprenuer programme according to Okojie, is the plan by the state government to invest in piggery farming.”
In his vote of thanks, Edo State Chairman of FADAMA Federated farmers, Mr. Chester Ogieva, commended the state government for the initiative, adding that it will increase employment and income in the poultry sub-sector.
“Many people want to go into agribusiness but do not have the finance to do so. We are happy that the state government is giving us loans to increase our poultry farming,” Ogieva added.

Alaghodaro 2019: Halima Dangote, Osayi Alile, others to lead conversation on enhancing social welfare

The Executive Director of Dangote Group, Halima Dangote and the Chief Executive Officer of ACT Foundation and consultant for Access Bank Plc on its CSR projects, Osayi Alile will lead a host of other social entrepreneurs at the Alaghodaro 2019 Summit to explore paths to enhance the social welfare of Edo people.
The Alaghodaro Summit, in its third edition with the theme, “Delivering to our People: The Next Level”, is organised to mark the third-year anniversary of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration in Edo State and hosts Nigeria’s business and investment community to showcase the progress being recorded in transforming the state into an investment haven.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie explained that the three years of the Godwin Obaseki-led government was basically focused on the welfare and sustainability of the ordinary Edo people.
According to him, while the first and second editions of the summit concentrated on attracting investment and human capacity development to Edo State, the third edition would evaluate the impacts of the policies and programmes of the state government on the people and make projections for the future.
“From the theme of the 2019 summit: ‘Delivering to Our People, The Next Level,’ one can tell that the focus is how the governor intends to do more for our people; the farmer, the vulcanisers on the streets, the market men and women, drivers, young people, those in the organised private sector, civil servants and the unemployed among others.”
He continued, “In the area of economic growth, Obaseki has reemphasised production, industrialisation and working hard to have independent source of electricity. He is also emphasising technical education for our people and primary healthcare.
“Edo State Government is also building roads and finalising paperwork for commencement of the seaport project to open more market opportunities for our people. This administration did all these in three years because the Obaseki-led government is hugely interested in the welfare of the people.
“We will use this year’s Alaghodaro Summit to take stock of the impacts of the governor’s achievements on Edo people and plan for the next level”.

Obaseki launches Edo Health Insurance scheme on Oct 31

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has concluded plans for the launch of the state’s Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme on Thursday, October 31, which will ensure that affordable healthcare is accessible to residents in the state.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the governor, at the event, will be launching the Social Health Insurance Scheme/Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and the 20 revamped Primary Healthcare Centers under the Edo State Health Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) at the Ofunmwengbe Primary Healthcare Center in Okada, Ovia South-West Local Government Area.
According to him, “The State Government has recorded a number of achievements in the health sector, which includes rehabilitation of the 20 primary healthcare centers in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state; enactment of the compulsory Health Insurance Law to reduce out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare and the repair and opening of the Edo Specialist Hospital.
Others include training of over 500 midwives, nurses and community health extension workers on best practice for care delivery and establishment of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) and Infectious Disease Isolation Center.”
He added that the focus of Edo-HIP is to strengthen the primary healthcare system; provision of access to specialist care for most common ailments and healthcare financing to ensure the system is sustainably run.
The governor’s aide said the source of the funding for the healthcare coverage are the basic healthcare provision fund and equity fund, noting that some of the benefits for those registered on the plan include, “Antenatal care; referred antenatal care to secondary healthcare facility; ultrasound in pregnancy; induction of labour; normal delivery and post-natal care; caesarean section in secondary healthcare facility and management of eclampsia, maternal sepsis and newborn sepsis.”
“Others are child OPD treatment (children under 5 years); referred child treatment to secondary health facility, treatment of severe acute malnutrition; immunization; malaria treatment in adults; chronic disease screening; family planning; emergency stabilization and emergency ground transportation,” he added.

250,000 Edo students to benefit from coding, web programming training

Not less than 250,000 students in Edo State public schools are to benefit from a training programme in coding and web programming organised by the State Government in partnership with the German tech giant, SAP and Coder in Africa.
The training is part of efforts to leverage Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to boost digital literacy skills in secondary schools across the state.
Experts from the German tech company, SAP and Code In Africa, tutored over 1,700 teachers in a train-the-trainer programme, which ensures that the knowledge cascades to students in secondary schools in the state. About 250,000 students will benefit from the second leg of the training programme.
Executive Director, Edo State Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Yuwa Naps, said the programme is aimed at assisting students in secondary schools to acquire skills in programming language and also equip them to appreciate digital technology.
She said after the completion of the training for the trainers, the second leg of the exercise will commence from 14 to 24 of October, in schools across the state’s three senatorial districts.
Naps noted, “in 2018, over 500 public school teachers and 140,000 students across the state benefitted from the programme. One of the teachers, Mrs Oyakhilome, was sponsored by SAP to attend the 2019 ICT Women Empowerment Workshop in Casablanca, Morocco. We are hoping that this year, we will be able to get two or more people to represent us.”
Mrs. Omokaro Isoken, a Computer Studies teacher in Oredo Girls Senior Secondary School, expressed appreciation to the state government and its partners for the programme, adding “This will also make learning interesting for our students. It will also direct their interest in ICT.”
Executive Director, Coder In Africa, Mr Akiniyi Obaide explained that the programme “is a starter education for children which has been accepted by most technology giants across the world. It is targeted at children aged 9-16 years. The vision of the programme is to help these children in lifting their families out of poverty.”

Again, Edo indigene, Osamede wins national essay competition, dedicates triumph to Gov Obaseki

In what has become a habitual winning streak, a medical student at the University of Benin, Ikponmwosa Kingsley Osamede, has emerged winner of a national essay competition organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The award ceremony held at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, where Osamede was presented with the award by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dr Dapo Abiodun.
The essay competition is a part of activities for the 25th anniversary of the 2019 Nigeria Economic Summit (NES) tagged Nigeria 2050: Shifting Gears organised to set agenda for Nigeria in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Osamede had in 2017 won the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) essay competition in which over 2,000 Nigerian youths participated.
Judges for the competition comprising representatives from the NUC, declared Osamede overall winner after he satisfied all the judging criteria.
Speaking after winning the award, Osamede said Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, was his major motivation, noting that the governor’s leadership style and the premium placed on mental infrastructure are germane to his quest for knowledge.
Osamede, who describes himself as a mentee of Obaseki, said: “Though a 4th-year medical student at the University of Benin, I never shy away from opportunities that would present the Edos in a positive light and lend my minutest support to your administration in changing the narrative about Edo youths.
“The governor is my mentor in every way. Right from your emergence as Governor of Edo State, I have been in awe of your wisdom and charisma. I have listened to you talk at close quarters when you hosted me last year and I must say that it gave me an overflow of inspiration and motivation.”
“Your love for development, mental capacity, civility and progress of Edo citizens in general, has made me not just a proud and loyal subject of yours but also a mentee that would, for a lifetime, cherish knowing you,” he added.

Video: El-Rufai Goes On His Knees, Begs Kogi To Forgive Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has gone on his knees begging voters in Kogi State vote for Governor Yahaya Bello. Governor B...