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Kogi polls: Stay away from ”Greek gifts”, YPP candidate cautions electorate



Dr Samson Omale

Dr Samson Omale, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the Nov. 11 Kogi off-cycle governorship election, has cautioned the electorate against accepting “Greek gift’from some politicians.

Omale who gave the warning while addressing newsmen in Abuja, urged the electorate to beware of politicians who share gifts during elections.

”A servant applying to work in your house and he is already giving you bribe, will sell the house when you let him in.

”The electorate should read between the lines and only vote for the candidate with the best ideas to transform the state”, he said.

Omale expressed confidence that he will emerge governor on Nov. 11, saying that he has the best initiatives and he is most qualified and connected among all the candidates.

The YPP flag-bearer said that if elected governor, ensure the security of state through surveillance, emergency management system, financing security agencies and local vigilante groups.

He said that he will ensure speedy economic growth through large scale mining of natural resources in the state, agribusiness, tourism, industrialisation and maritime economy.

The candidate pledged to turn the water bodies in the state into effective means of transportation, irrigation, hydropower, research, leisure centre, ensure portable water among others.

Omale said that he will ensure the state generates 500MW of electricity within four years through hydro, solar and biomass if elected governor.

“We shall operate an efficient, transparent, and predictable justice system that protects the freedom of our people while providing easy access to justice.

“In addition, we shall enforce absolute accountability across the entire public sector, starting with my office.

“Corruption, bribery, and abuse of office have cost the state significant sums of money. More so, wanton disregard for the rule of law and deliberate trampling on the freedom of the Kogi people negatively impact the state’s ability to attract businesses, increase perceived risks, and decrease residents’ quality of life.

Under my administration, we shall sanitise the public sector by closing loopholes, enforcing transparency and accountability, and pursuing policies aimed at protecting the fundamental rights of all Kogi people,” he said.

The YPP candidate said that if elected governor, he will ensure human capital development through financing of healthcare and education, infrastructure development and welfare.

He pledged to establish Kogi Investments Promotion Agency (KOGIPA) that will guarantee establishment and registration of business within 24 hours.

Omale said that he will establish Kogi Mines Holding Company (KOGIMINES) that will ensure enable environment for investors.

The candidate said if elected, he will set up a N20 billion Kogi Venture Fund (KVF) in partnership with international investors to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

“I am equipped, willing and ready to serve; I know and I have what it takes to turn around businesses.

“I have helped institutions with turn around strategies that ensured their recovery from bankruptcy and have transformed them into vibrant businesses across the world.

“My working experience cut across many sectors of the economy including banking and finance, manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, public service and charity work.

“I am a technocrat, I am a serial entrepreneur. I know how to create businesses, I love my people. I want to lead my people rather than govern them. It will be all about you not about me,” he said.


LUTH denies late doctor worked 72-hour call duty



The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has denied allegations that one of its house officers, Dr Michael Umoh, died after a 72-hour call.

This is contained in a statement issued by LUTH management team in Lagos on Thursday.

“LUTH management understands the fact that the family of Dr Umoh is presently mourning the death of their beloved son and requested the foreclosure of any media engagement regarding the death of their son. It is important for us as a management to make clarifications regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Dr Umoh died on Sept 17 while in church with his parents. The management was informed, and the death was later confirmed by one of the Consultants in his unit (Neurosurgery).

“The death of Dr Umoh is unfortunate but the narrative of a 72 hours non-stop shift is false.

“The record from Neurosurgery unit shows that the last time he was on call was 13th and 14th September, 2023.

“He was not on call on the 15th, 16th and 17th (the day he died), contrary to the insinuations on social media. He was at home with his parents on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17,” the management said.

Prior to this time, the management said, he was on call on the Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

”This shows that Dr Umoh was on call for a total number of four days in September, 2023.

“A delegation from LUTH visited the family on Wednesday to commiserate with the family and to get more details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The parents gave the details of what they thought must have contributed to his death but pleaded that the wish of the family be respected and that the narrative is not for public consumption,” it said.

The management described Dr Umoh as a hardworking and diligent house-officer, and a very promising young man.

It said he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may the Almighty give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” LUTH said.

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Gov Sule charges real sector conference to proffer practical solutions to economy



Abdullahi Sule

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has charged participants at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) 1st International Real Sector Conference to proffer practical solutions to rejuvenate the economy.

He gave the charge on the first day of the two days conference on real sector productivity held at the University in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The theme of the conference is “Rejuvenating the sector productivity in Nigeria”.

Sule challenged participants to get real and proffer workable and practical solutions that would rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria for optimal productivity which in turn would impact on the economy of the country positively.

“The question we should be asking ourselves here is that why are we not getting it right in the real sector in Nigeria?

“So let us proffer practical solutions so that we don’t just end up having an event and having all the communique and all that and then they end up in our offices. Let us ask ourselves what is that is possible and how do we contribute,” he said.

He said their recommendations should also be useful in shaping a better future for the real sector in Nigeria so that future Nigerians could build on that.

“So we must sit down and deliberate on what exactly is our problems in this sector. Are we ready to make sacrifices? And we must make sacrifices because that is the only way we can move forward.

“I want to assure you that in Nigeria we can change the narratives but it will take all of you here to convince the rest,” he said.

Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, commended the university’s Department of Business Administration for organizing the conference and urged the department to sustain it as it would be a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas and wider conversations on local and international issues.

He also urged participants to brainstorm and come up with policy recommendations on how to rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria.

Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, however, told NAN that he expected the outcome of the conference would change the narratives because the real sector, according to him, is the driver of the economy.

“The manufacturing, construction, engineering and others are the real movers of the economy. Once we get it right from the drivers of the economy, other sectors will also be impacted positively,” he said.

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