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Appreciation Letter To His Excellency On My Appointment As Special Assistant On Grassroots Sensitization

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On behalf of my family and local government, I want to show my profound appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the magnitude of his benevolence, contributions and support towards the down trodden in Kogi State and beyond and equally found me worthy to be appointed as the Special Assistant to him on Grassroot Sensitization.

I am happy and proud to identify myself with a profoundly good man, a kindhearted and selfless leader, a man of peace and compassion, a man that history has already vindicated, a charismatic and a remarkable goal getter, a man of taciturnity like you whom many have described variously as a man of purpose and foresight, a man who have silently and successfully inspired youth and humanity, a mentor for all, a dynamic Nigerian and an advocates for peace and justice, a revolutionary politician as well as consummate administrator, and above all, a God fearing person. Indeed you are a blessing to the good people of Kogi State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

Your Excellency Sir, pondering on your deeds and actions towards the poorest in our society, leaves one with a feeling that indeed you are not only touching lives on earth but you are also building wealth in God’s kingdom and paving way to heaven because you have actually fulfilled the conditions written in the Bible in the book of Mathew 25 : 35 “For I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty and ye gave me drink; I was naked and ye clothe me; I was without a shelter and ye shelter me; pass into my father’s glory”, You will agree with me that through your passion, actions and deeds several scriptures have been fulfilled indeed because you have given more than enough foods, clothes, drinks and shelters to the needy and these acts keeps your path shining and shining unto victories. Admittedly, your remarkable experience, marked by dedication, strong commitment and enthusiasm has brought you to this point in life.

As an oasis of good hope, a connector of the past to present, an astute pro-people politician and unrepentant democrat, a cheerful giver of both self and resources, people’s politician and an indefatigable leader of repute with intrinsic value of diligence. I therefore, without reservations extends my hands of fellowship, collaboration, pledge, my unalloyed loyalty and support to you and ready to partner with you in projecting the “GOOD IDEOLOGY” of the “NEW DIRECTION” Government which is an embodiment of justice, fairness, honesty, sincerity, equality, accountability, fearlessness, prudence, transparency, discipline, perseverance and endurance. Undoubtedly, you have what it takes to be a Governor and subsequently to lead Nigeria to a better future.

Your Excellency Sir, I take note of your astuteness, brilliant political trajectory and preparedness for higher service.

May the blessings of God of heaven be vouchsafed to you in the plenitude of His grace now and always and may He grant you many more years of peace, health, joy and wealth. From generation to generation your name shall be celebrated and history and posterity shall be kind to you. Your star shall never dim and your legacy shall remain as solid as the rock of Gibralter far into the distant future.

Thank you for giving the people of Kogi State and Nigerians hope, courage and strength. Thank you for your constant concern, love, compassion and kindness.

Finally I am using this medium to reiterate my commitment to GYB2PYB Agenda and to take it beyond Kogi State by the special grace of God.

Yours faithfully,

Hon. Ola Adekunle Emmanuel,
Special Assistant on Grassroot Sensitization.

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Abdulkareem Moh’d Jamiu Asuku: Early Life, Career, and Politics

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A good name resonates with candour and, an association with it comes with discipline, and the good friendship accompanied with good conscience, tolerance, trust, understanding, and satisfactory conduct. You will also agree with the words of Elmer G. Letterman which perfectly describes the attributes of Asuku to a large extent free of exaggerations.

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep the doors open” – Elmer G. Letterman.

We hear of born leaders, and indeed some of the qualities do seems to appear at the earliest age and remains so into adulthood, with earmarks and characteristics. Not as a thing that appears suddenly, and certainly not as a thing that can be taught entirely as a course in institutions of learning.

Still marveled at the energy continually radiates by Pharmacist Jamiu Asuku, I and my team decided to dig into his past to unravel what most people do not know about the youngest Chief of Staff to a seating Governor in Nigeria. To satisfy our curiosity and in justification of the saying: “there is no man without a past, or perhaps a starting point”

Born to the family of Mallam Abdulkareem Salawu Otaru on January 2, 1984 at Uruvicheba, Okene, Kwara State (present Kogi State). Young Asuku started his education career at LGEA Primary School, Ogogoro in Okehi Local Government of present Kogi State, from 1989 to 1994. After which he proceeded to Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College (AMCO), Okene, from 1994 to 2000.

During his days at AMCO, young Asuku exhibited a high level of brilliancy uncontestable by his colleagues and students from neighboring LGAs. He was popularly called Halogen ( name given to highly reactive group seven elements) by his colleagues then His name then gradually became a melody on the lips of many; as tales of his intellectual prowess spread like wildfire raging through a thick forest.

As the tradition of AMCO was, internal examination was conducted by the school administration to select the best three students in the science class. And as expected, young Halogen emerged the overall best student in the school. He then was amongst the three to always represent the school at all physical competitions across the state and the country at large. Because of his exceptional performance in class, the post of special duty prefect was created and he was the first student to hold that position in AMCO.

In 1999, Asuku proceeded to become the best student in Okene Local Government Area (LGA) following a Quiz Competition organized within the LGA. After which his school was selected among the three schools to represent Kogi central senatorial district in Lokoja, the State capital for the famous STAN Quiz, and was selected among the five (5) overall best students to represent Kogi in Abuja but would require the sponsorship of the state government. Sadly, the Quiz Competition did not get an affirmative nod from Audu’s government in time, and this affected the logistics surrounding mobilizing participants to Abuja for the competition.

However, the delegation led by Asuku managed to come 5th at National Stan Quiz Competition held at the International Conference Center, Abuja in 1999 even though they missed the first face of the competition which was a written examination to select the best students across the country For scholarship.
His success stories would continue throughout his staying at AMCO before rounding up his secondary school education in year 2000.

In 2002, Asuku gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Pharmaceutical Science. His early days on campus was what most people would consider a boring life; as Asuku was irrevocably immersed in deep studies round the clock. During his first three years in school, Asuku could do nothing on campus asides studying and studying again. Amongst his few friends, he was referred to as a bookworm.

Despite the fact that the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences does not make use of the well known grading system; the first class, second, and third. Asuku maintained straight A’s in all his courses; as anything lesser than ‘A’ represented failure to him.

In no time, a dramatic event happened during his third year when he began to observe some health deteriorations and had to visit the school teaching hospital on referral from the sick bay to run some tests. The Doctor in charge of his case then asked:

“how many hours do you sleep in a day?”

Asuku wondering what the question had to do with whatever that could be going on in his body struggled to respond

“I always had two hours of sleep in a day”

The doctor frowned and lectured him on the importance of quality sleep. Then asked him to go back to his room, lock himself up and do nothing but sleep. It turned out that nothing was wrong with his health, but has only been depriving himself of good sleep over the years.

Asuku then began looking for necessary distractions to occupy his time while away from studies. He ventured fully into student activisms and even ran for the position of the president of his faculty before the association was disbanded by the school authority. He also became very active in the Student Union Government (SUG) of the institution before graduating in 2009, with distinction and among the top of the 25 students that made the first batch of graduates in the class of over 60 students.

Upon his graduation from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Asuku proceeded to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada (UATH) for his mandatory internship haven passed the entrance examination. Upon completion of his internship program, he proceeded to serve his father land in the federal capital, Abuja where he was posted to Garki hospital for his primary assignment in year 2010 to 2011. He secured an employment with a just opened H-Medix pharmacy and super store branch at 48 Ademola Adetokumbo crescent as the first Superintendent Pharmacist to register the establishment in year 2011. Because of his professional prowess while working in H-Medix, he happened to establish personal relationship with some prominent Nigerians among who was Alh. Yahaya Bello, the popular Fair plus from his home town. Another prominent personality he met then was late Amb. Joshua E. Okpo the then Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria that was instrumental in securing a job for him at Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as the Head of Pharmacy Department in April 2012 till 2015.

Little does he knows that the relationship built with Alhaji Yahaya Bello during his short stay at H-MEDIX Abuja would launch him fully into the country’s political scene and to manifest his political acumen gathered over the years at ABU Zaria.

Following the declaration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the governor of Kogi State, Asuku keyed into the project and built a structure around it. He sets up his own campaign organization and financed it from his own pocket without getting a dime from the aspirant. He would constantly flew in from his station, Awka Ibom, to attend political meetings in support of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Not knowing that Bello was noticing his commitment to serve and monetary contribution to his campaign, Asuku was dumbfounded when he was invited by Bello to inform him of his intentions to have him serve in his cabinet. And after Governor Yahaya Bello was inaugurated in 2016, Asuku was appointed the DG Protocol to the Governor.

“I want you to occupy a position where you will have an unrestricted access to me, always” these were the exact words of Governor Bello to Asuku.

Progressing, Asuku was later appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor following the resignation of Edward Onoja in 2019. This made him the youngest Chief of Staff to a seating Governor in Nigeria. A position previously occupied by the elites and elderly in time pass.

As the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Asuku has demonstrated lots of tremendous and jaw dropping high quality attributes of a good leader. He has been able to inject a long list of changes in the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, making his government the best so far in the history of Kogi State.
In 2020, precisely February 17th, four orthopedic and one spine surgeries were paid for in Kogi State by the Asuku Free Medical Outreach. The surgeries were carried out and all beneficiaries currently enjoying normal lifestyles. Also with his foundation, Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Youth Empowerment Foundation (PAAYEF) has over the years took responsibility for hundreds of students across the state with payment of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB fees. Many students in Kogi State are currently in school today, all thanks to PAAYEF, and hundreds are enjoying a healthy life still accolades to the foundation.

In different political camps in Kogi State, there has been whispers and murmurings about what is next for Asuku as regards to politics. Some said he could cling the party’s ticket for Senate, others already believed him to be the best option to succeed Yahaya Bello in 2024. While the young Pharmacist cum Politician is yet to make his intentions known, all fingers are crossed.

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Oil Producing Status: Hon. ASU Commends Gov. Bello, Appreciates President Buhari.

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Hon. Asubiojo Success Fela (ASU) the Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture and Natural Resources to the Ijumu Local Government Chairman who doubles as the Kogi State ALGON Chairman, has given commendation to the executive Governor of Kogi His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the success recorded in the inclusion of Kogi State as one of the Oil Producing States in Nigeria; a feat he has described as excellent achievements for the present and future generations of Kogites.

Hon. Asubiojo said governor Yahaya Bello has evidently justified the father-son relationship that exist between him and President Mohammedu Buhari, stating that what previous governors of the state could not achieve, it gladdens the heart of every Kogites particularly the Youths to know that Governor Yahaya Bello has recorded another giant strides that will outlive his tenure

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GYB2PYB: SA Grassroots Sensitization Inaugurates Movement In Yagba-West

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Hon. Ola Adekunle Emmanuel, the Special Assistant on Grassroot Sensitization to Governor Yahaya Bello inaugurates GYB2PYB Grassroots Movement in Yagba West Local Government. The inauguration held in a crucial meeting with leaders of youth groups and some party executives across his Ere/Akata and Odo Eri wards for the way forward on how Governor Yahaya Bello will become Nigeria President come 2023z

During the inauguration meeting, Mr. Fatola Opeyemi appreciates Governor Yahaya Bello for appointing one of their own, also extended gratitude to Pharm. Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, the Chief of Staff to the Governor for the kind gesture.

He further describe the appointment of Hon. Kunle as a sign that Gov. Bello is youth friendly, this is first of it’s kind in Ere ward that Ere man will be appointed at the state level since the creation of Kogi State, said Mr Opeyemi.

Hon. Ola Adekunle appreciates the youth leaders for their unalloyed support for Governor Bello since 2016 till date while inaugurating the group; “GYB2PYB GRASSROOT MOVEMENT”.

Hon. Ola assure the movement that all necessary resources will be given to them for the group to be able to do their obligation accordingly.

Mr. Ogundare Abolaji from Eri ward on behalf of the group charge Governor Bello to continue reaching out to the Grassroot, on behalf of our group we are assuring His Excellency our total commitment, loyalty and support.

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