Princess Zahrah Mustapha Audu, Prince Mustapha Audu and The Mona Foundation wants to Appreciate 10 great promising young Kogites.
The first two are Mustapha Etemayi Sule and Musa Abdulrahaman Idoko.
We are proud to be associated with two great young Kogites like them.
From the very first day, they have been hard working, dedicated, motivated and highly committed. They put the future of Kogites before their own personal interests and have given their very best.
They are always eager to learn even when they make mistakes. The future of Kogi State is bright with such young, intelligent and motivated people.
We want to appreciate them with a trip to Dubai for 6 days all expenses paid. We hope they can learn new things on their trip and visit a few sites so they can bring in new ideas 💡 and expand their horizons.
We love you guys dearly and we will continue to appreciate all the little guys who make sure PMMA and The Mona Foundation stay committed to the betterment of all Kogites.
We believe a merit based system is the only way Nigeria 🇳🇬 and especially our dear Kogi State can truly improve.
Let those who work hard be rewarded for their efforts and Nigeria 🇳🇬 will be the greatest nation in the World 🌍.
Keep working hard boys and the world will truly be your oyster.
8 more great young and promising Kogites to go. Do not forget to apply to The Mona Foundation if you are a Kogite and you are in need of assistance.
Service to Others is the rent you pay for the room you have in Heaven.
– The Mona Foundation
Breaking News:Kogi State Ranked The Most Corrupts State In Nigeria:National Bureau of Statistics
Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force have retained their position as the leading corrupt public officials in Nigeria, according to the latest report released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The report titled, ‘The 2nd Corruption Survey Report in Nigeria’, was released in Abuja on Friday.
The NBS conducted the survey with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other partner international organs.
The highlights of the report were presented at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, by the Statistician General, NBS, Dr Yemi Kale, and the Country Representative of UNODC in Nigeria, Mr Oliver Stople. Kale was represented by Mr Yemi Adeleran.
The first corruption survey report on Nigeria was presented in 2016, where the police was identified as the most corrupt public agency.
In the latest 2019 report, after a three-year gap, police officers still top the charts with 33 per cent, though it’s a drop from the 46 per cent record they held in 2016.
Next to police officers are land registry officers (26 per cent); and revenue officers (25 per cent). The least corrupt officials in 2019 are health workers with five per cent.
The report indicated a slight reduction in corruption cases, particularly bribery, nationwide. While the prevalence of bribery was 32.3 per cent in 2016; in 2019, it dropped to 30.2 per cent.
The report noted that while the drop might not be “substantial”, it’s an indication that Nigerians were rejecting bribery somehow.
The NBS, which described the 2019 report as “home-grown”, said data was collected from a total of 33,067 persons in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory through interviews.
It also gave a state-by-state record of corruption prevalence with Kogi State leading as the most corrupt state (48 per cent), followed by Gombe (45 per cent); Rivers (43 per cent); and Adamawa (41 per cent).
Imo is the least corrupt state in Nigeria with 17.6 per cent prevalence, followed closely by Jigawa, Kano and Plateau states.
On a zonal basis, the most corrupt geopolitical zone is the North-Central, while the North-West recorded the least corruption cases.
The NBS official stated, “The survey contains home-grown data collected from Nigerians by Nigerians and for Nigerians.
“The scope of the survey is on petty corruption, not on grand corruption.
“This 2nd survey result is useful in assessing the impact of the measures put in place by ministries, departments and agencies in fighting corruption after the 1st report of 2016. It also gives Nigerians the opportunity to assess and evaluate the impact of the measures.”
Giving the highlights of the characteristics of the survey, Stople said cash remained the most used medium of bribery in Nigeria, accounting for “93 per cent” of all cases.
“We have seen that 67 per cent of bribes are demanded and given before the public official provides the service, as was the case in 2016”, the UNODC country representative stated.
In all, Nigerians identified “unemployment”, “insecurity” and “corruption” as the biggest problems of the country, noting that up to 32 per cent of jobseekers got engaged by paying a bribe.
The report, which also covered bribery during elections, said the prevalence was 20 per cent, representing one out of five Nigerians taking bribe or a gift to vote.
“This is an area that should interest the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“All the zones are involved; South-West (19 per cent); South-South (24 per cent); South-East (19 per cent); North-West (23 per cent); North-East (18 per cent); and North-Central (21 per cent),” it read.
He added, “While there is a slight drop, it is important that officials and Nigerians should reduce the prevalence of bribery.
“The institutions within the criminal justice system remain comparatively most affected by corruption.
“Those institutions should improve on the efforts to prevent and counter corruption.”
Flash: We didn’t arrest Sowore in court — his supporters were only acting, says DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) says its officers did not arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in court, claiming that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”.
A statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson, the state secret police, said there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.
“It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the statement read.
“It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele SOWORE immediately after the court session. The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted that the Service was law abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February, 2020.
“However, when SOWORE stepped out of the court and sighted operatives of the Service within the premises, he ran back into the courtroom. In a bid to shield him from an imaginary arrest, his uncontrollable supporters mobbed him while chanting ‘you can’t arrest him’ thus the pandemonium that ensued.
“A critical look at the videos in circulation would convince any objective viewer that there was no DSS personnel during the entire period the Sowore crowd acted out its orchestrated drama. Its personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident.”
Double Registration: Court Decides Yahaya Bello’s Fate Jan. 20
Alex Enumah in Abuja
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will on January 20, 2020, decide the culpability or otherwise of Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, in an alleged double registration suit.
Justice Ekwo fixed the date to deliver his judgment in the suit filed by a governorship candidate in the recent governorship election in Kogi State shortly after parties in the matter adopted their briefs of argument.
The Social Democratic Party governorship candidate, Natasha Apoti had dragged Bello to court over alleged double registration, an act said to be offensive to the electoral laws.
Apoti, through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), is seeking the disqualification of Bello in the November 16 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he was not qualified to contest the election on account of alleged double registration.
Defendants in the suit include the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Ozekhome while arguing his brief prayed the court to make a consequential order that Bello was not qualified to have contested the election having registered in both Abuja and Lokoja, capital city of Kogi, an offence against Section 24 of the Electoral Act.
According to Ozekhome, the case is not a pre election matter that requires time limit to file but a case of fraud, which could be filed anytime.
He submitted that the 2nd defendant, INEC already admitted it committed an error to have registered Bello twice but according to Ozekhome, INEC said its hands were tied to do anything now because of the governor’s immunity.
“INEC has said on television that it committed a grave error by registering him (Bello) twice in Abuja and Lokoja, saying if not for immunity, they would have moved against him.”
Ozekhome insisted that when fraud is involved, as the instant case, time of filing is not an issue.
Counsel to the 1st defendant (APC), Abdulwahab Mohammed, however, urged the court to dismiss the suit, while questioning the competence of the court to entertain the matter.
He said it was a pre election issue, which is staled because time allowed to file a pre election matter has already elapsed.
He argued further: “The electoral act is very clear on this, only a person who has been convicted that cannot stand election. Bello has not been convicted, he is not on trial, the case is only an academic exercise. I urged my Lord to dismiss the suit.”
In his submission, counsel to the 2nd defendant – INEC – Al Hassan Umar (SAN) , argued along the same line, and urged the court to dismiss the suit.
Umar also said INEC was challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, saying the 3rd defendant has not been charged or convicted to warrant being disallowed to contest an election.
He submitted further that mere suspicion of alleged double registration or an offence “bordering on fraud was not enough to disqualify anyone through administrative tribunal”
On his part, Bello’s lawyer, U. abdullahi challenged the competence of the plaintiff to file the case on the grounds that there was no documents from the plaintiff to prove that Bello registered twice.
“He was not in the country when he was alleged to have carried out the double registration. He was not in the country between May 13 – 18, to have registered twice as being alleged.”
He further submitted that the suit cannot come through originating summon in the case of fraud but only through writ of summon.
He therefore urged the court to dismiss the case in its entirety and award cost against the plaintiff for wasting the time of the court and counsel.
Consequently, Justice Ekwo adjourned to January 20, 2020 for judgment.
BREAKING: One Killed, Many Injured In Ekiti LG Election
There are tension in the second largest city of Ekiti State, Ikere Ekiti, where one was reportedly killed on Saturday, December 7, Local Government election in the state
The main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP contested against the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress in all the 16 local government area state.
The election was marred by violence at some polling units in Ikere Ekiti where one person called Dotun was shot dead in Ilapeju/Ijao ward.
According to the report, the popular Facebook jokes and comedian, Ayeni Olamide Salvation sustain serious injuries
Also, Ifaki Ekiti in Ido Osi local government where the candidates of the PDP was attacked by APC thugs who gave those of the ruling APC a serious contest.
Newsflash247 gathered that Kayode Babalola, the Councillor Candidate of PDP, in Ifaki Ward 2 was attacked at his polling unit.
The presence of policemen and other security operatives in the town prevented the situation from degenerating.
The Chairman of Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, Justice Jide Aladejana, on Friday said the body was ready to conduct a free, fair and transparent election today.
Aladejana, who stated that all was set for the elections across the 16 council areas of the state, said 14 political parties expressed interest in the election.
He said, “We have 14 political parties on the ballot. But only four of the parties, including the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party presented candidates.”
The SIEC boss, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, during the distribution of election materials to electoral officers across the 16 council areas of the state, said, “The political parties are ready. We are ready for the election.
“We have made necessary arrangements and we expect that Ekiti people will come out in their numbers to vote. I am optimistic that this election will be peaceful and be a huge success, I can assure you that.
“The election of Saturday will be free, fair and credible. Party supporters should allow peace. All the sensitive materials will be distributed before all the leaders of the participating parties. We are going to be credible and upright.”
Aladejana said materials would be ready at the polling units as scheduled, while voting would take place between 8 am and 2 pm before collation of election results across the 2,195 units.
BREAKING: Popular Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, Is Dead
The Popular German Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is dead.
Bonnke in his lifetime preached to millions in Africa helping to evangelize the gospel in Africa. His 2000 crusade in Lagos drew a whooping total attendance of 6 million people.
Reinhard Bonnke was born in April 19, 1940. He was an evangelist, popularly known for his gospel missions throughout Africa. Bonnke has been an evangelist and missionary in Africa since 1967.
Reinhard Bonnke has overseen 75 million recorded conversions to Christ.
Reinhard Bonnke became born again at the young age of nine. This was reportedly after his mother called his attention to his sin. This led to him going for missionary work at the age of 10 in Africa, where he claims to have had an encounter with the Holy Spirit. This was just the beginning of his missionary work in Africa.
His ministry started formally after he attended Bible College in Wales and was ordained in Germany, where he pastored a church. He eventually left to start his missionary work in Africa in 1969.
There, he saw ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus.’ This happened in Lesotho. This was the vision for his entire ministry, to reach people by spreading the Gospel.
With this vision, Evangelist Bonnke started open-air Gospel Campaigns, conducted city-wide meetings across the continent, and founded the international ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN), which has 75 million recorded decisions for Christ.
Bonnke’s passion for Africa is due to a recurring dream featuring a picture of the map of Africa being spread with red and heard the voice of God crying “Africa Shall Be Saved”
That encounter, led him to massive campaigns in evangelism; organising crusades and getting millions saved.
His 2017 final crusade in Lagos Passing The Torch had millions in attendance
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