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Members of Kogi Journalists Forum (KJF), Kaduna wish to rejoice and celebrate with Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris as he clocks 54 years of age.

 

We recall with nostalgia that your birthday actually reminds us members of KJF the vital role the then governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris ( IBRO) played to sustain the Forum when it was inaugurated in 2010.

 

Coincidentally, the birthday celebrant is the elder son of the former governor. Our joy therefore knows no bound on this occasion.

 

However, we wish to seize this opportunity to urge Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim to run for the governorship of our dear State, Kogi because of his track records as an enviable achievers in private business endeavours.

 

We wish to point out here that, like father, like son, IBRO Junior has the capacity and capability to wear leadership shoes of IBRO Senior as far as governing Kogi is concerned come 2023.

 

We can testify that IBRO Junior is an erudite businessman and notable politician from Icheke ward, Omala local government, Kogi East Senatorial District.

 

We are equally happy to recall in 2019, Abubakar aspired to be governor of Kogi State, coming second in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for the 2019 Kogi State Governorship election.

 

As he celebrates his 54th birthday today we join other Figures to call on him to throw his hat in the ring to contest in the 2023/2024 governorship race, knowing that he only narrowly lost in the previous exercise due to some intrigues.

As a successful businessman, with interests in hospitality, oil and gas, agriculture and mining sectors of the Nigerian economy with a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, 2002/2003, and Post-graduate Diploma in Management, 1999/2001, both from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a B.Sc. in Agriculture also from Ahmadu Bello University, Kogi State will no doubt enjoy rapid and expanded development under his leadership.

 

Once again KJF congratulates you on your birthday, and pray to the Almighty God to continue to bless you with good health for more years ahead, and as well bless your political ambition to reality.

 

Noah Ebije,

Chairman, KJF, Kaduna

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Femi Pedro Replaces Late Kemi Nelson in GAC

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A former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, has made a comeback from political oblivion and relegation. He is now back to political relevance and wielding enormous powers, at least at the state level.

 

At the time he was poached from the banking sector in the early 2000, where he was at that time, the Managing Director of defunct First Atlantic Bank, to be Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s deputy in Lagos, he wielded some degree of power and was naturally courted by many who requested one favour or the other from him. But that wasn’t for long as no sooner had he tasted power than he began to tussle with his benefactor over his choice of successor in the twilight of his boss’ administration.

 

Pedro wanted to succeed his boss but the latter didn’t think he was the right man for the job. In anger, he began to throw tantrums, resigned and moved to another party, hoping to fulfill his ambition. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out as he wanted and that was the beginning of his end.

 

The Lagos State House of Assembly naturally decided to impeach him for alleged gross misconduct and subsequent forfeiture of all his entitlements as Deputy Governor of Lagos State. He suffered badly for seven years for his political miscalculation. He became relegated in the scheme of things. After some soul searching, he swallowed his pride and went back to his boss when he couldn’t remedy his situation. He was accepted back albeit, warily. He had to prove his loyalty and after a few tests he passed.

 

First, he got a pardon from the State House of Assembly orchestrated by his former boss, for his impeachment. This was after the House considered his plea to be forgiven in a letter he wrote them in 2015. Then he was given a federal appointment, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), courtesy of the influence of his former boss. To further restore his political relevance, he was recently appointed to the Council of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State.

 

His appointment may likely be a replacement to the vacant position of the late former women leader in South West APC, Kemi Nelson who was a commissioner during Tinubu’s tenure as governor. Until her death weeks ago, she was the only female in GAC, a position she earned due to her closeness to Tinubu and her immense contributions to the party in Lagos State. With Pedro’s appointment, one can rightly say that he is back to political reckoning.

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Breaking: Lagos Assembly Passes Victim, Witnesses Protection Bill

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to protect witnesses and victims in the state.

 

The ‘bill for a law to provide for the rights and entitlements of victims and protection of witnesses and for connected purposes’ was passed during plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa.

 

The bill stipulates provision of assistance and protection to victims and witnesses who have vital information that could help ensure effective prosecution of cases, but who face intimidation due to their cooperation with the prosecution or law enforcement agencies.

 

A part of the bill further states: “Every person, including security agents shall render assistance to victims of accidents or crimes and ensure that such persons are taken to the nearest hospital for immediate

care and treatment.

 

“A public or private hospital shall provide immediate and adequate treatment to an accident victim or any person with gunshot and severe injuries or wounds.”

 

It stipulates a fine for any medical facility that fails to comply with the related section of the bill.

 

“A private hospital that receives accident victims with severe injuries or wounds for treatment under this section must inform the agency within Forty-Eight (48) hours of his admission, and forward a request for reimbursement of medical expenses where family members or relations cannot be identified or where the victim is indigent, and subject to the approval of the request by the agency, it shall forward records of the treatment to the agency,” the bill states.

 

With the bill scaling a third reading during plenary, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy to the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.

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