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Oworo Foundation To Hold Maiden Colloquium



The Oworo Foundation, a group of professionals, academics, bureaucrats, business owners and others from all works of life has scheduled to hold her colloquium with the overall theme, “Reawakening Oworoland:The Imperatives for Socio-Cultural, Political and Economic Empowerment’ in Lokoja, Kogi State on 30th and 31st July, 2021.

This was contained in a statement by her Executive Secretary, Kolade Umoru.

Oworo is strategically located around the conference of Rivers Niger and Benue.

The colloquium, the first of its kind in the history of Oworoland has been designed to involve every strata of Oworoland and will be featuring papers around five thematic areas by experienced Oworo sons and daughters at home and abroad, cultural displays, launching of a website, exhibition of investment potentials of Oworoland and a closing dinner.

Keynote address will be delivered by a seasoned academia, Professor Etannibi Alemika. Alemika is a professor of multiple competencies with a B.Sc. Sociology from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and M.S. and Ph.D. Criminology from the Department of Social System Sciences, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA).

He is a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos, Nigeria. His areas of competence, research and teaching include policing, organised crime, security sector reform and governance, human rights and democracy, conflict studies, and criminal justice policy and reform.

Venue in Lokoja and date for the colloquium will be communicated later.

The Oworo Foundation as a group was registered in the year 2020 with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).


Amuro Day: Karimi Urges Communities To Promote Peace And Development



The Chairman of Amuro Day, 2021, Hon. Sunday Karimi has urged the people of Amuro to promote peace and development. The two-term Member of the House of Representatives made the charge while speaking at the Amuro Day ,an event organized by the seven confederating units of Amuro to promote development and the culture of the people.

He said as a Member of the House of Representatives, he touched the venue of the event which is the Amuro Community Secondary School.

His words: “As a member of the House of Representatives, I did some renovation works in this school. I provided transformers and I can say that there is no Community in Yagba land where I did not provide motorized borehole.

“The hallmark of representation is to contribute to the welfare and well-being of the people. We must constantly remind ourselves of this.

“If you look at my Community, Egbe, you will understand what it means for people to come out to help their communities. The present administration in the state under His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello is doing a lot. But communities must also do their best to achieve development”.
Hon. Karimi donated 1 million naira towards the development of the community.

Earlier, both the Alamuro of Amuro, HRH. Oba Alfred Modupe Ayedogbon and the National President of the Amuro Community Development Society, Mr David Agunbiade called on all Amuro people to unite in order to attract development to the community. They both promised purposeful leadership.

In his remarks, the Chief Launcher, Engr. Joseph Olusegun who was represented by Erelu Yemisi Oshaloto urged the Amuro people to work together in the interest of progress and development.

Also, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo said Amuro will continue to strive for greatness.

“We are a great people with abundant resources. We will continue to do our best to attain greatness.

“I urge you all to continue to support the Alh. Yahaya Bello Administration that is committed to peace and development”, he said.
The Commissioner donated 600,000 naira to the Union.

Also, Engr. Edward Meseko donated 500,000 naira while the Member representing Mopamuro Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ademola Bello donated 200,000 naira.

The event was attended by hundreds of Amuro indigenes as well as invited guests including the Executive Chairman of Mopamuro LGA and other top Government officials. The culture of the Amuro people was also on display at the event.

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Amuro Day: Karimi, Fanwo, Meseko Others Donate For Community Development



The entire Amuro Community in Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State was flooded with euphoria on Saturday as the Amuro Community Development Society (ACDS) holds the annual Amuro Day, 2021.

ACDS, the host and organizer of the magnificent and thrilling annual event has earmarked a N200,000,000.00 (200 Million Naira) for Infrastructural Development across the Community within the coming year.

A former Representative of Yagba Federal Constituency (2011 – 2019), Hon. Sunday Karimi while making a donation of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) congratulated the Amuro Community for the celebration, harped on the need for all hands to be on deck for the development of the people and communities.

Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo who recently single handedly donated a Primary Health Centre for the Community, appreciated Hon. Karimi Sunday and other donors like, Engr. Joseph Olusegun, Engr. Edward Meseko, etc for their generosity.

He donated a sum of N600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand Naira), added that he will continually do all he could to ensure the realization of a developed community in Mopamuro and Yagba Federal constituency.

Another illustrious son of Amuro, Engr. Edward Meseko who donated a sum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand), expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the day for always upholding the Community’s interest. He also appreciated other donors for their magnanimity.

The President of ACDS, Mr. David Agunbiade appreciated all guest and donors for their attendance and generosity, gave assurance of the funds available, even though as Oliver Twist, they will always ask for more.

The Alamuro of Amuro, His Royal Highness, Oba (Engr.) Alfred Modupe Aiyedogbon in his speech said unity is the main strength for development as he appreciates all invited guests present.

Featuring are the Alamuro Cup award, traditional dance, comedy, music, masquerade display and lots more.


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Peace: SCDDD Unveils CEPOD, CARM For CIPP Project For Kogi Communities



The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development (SCDDD) has unveiled the Community Engagement Policy Outcome Document (CEPOD) in Lokoja, Kogi State on Monday.

According to former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali while giving overview of the CEPOD, he said it was prepared to further strengthen the USAID funded Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP) project in Nigeria.

He stressed that policies of of government at State and Federal levels is capable of determining conflict and sustainable peace in the society.

He urged government and her institutions to capture the recommendations of the CEPOD as it will serve a great deal in guiding her in making policies that will enhance peace and settle conflicts intended situations.

The Director, Centre for Gender Studies, Kaduna State University, Prof. Hauwau Evelyn Yusuf while presenting her paper titled; “Sensitive Policy Making for Promoting Sustainable Peace and Security”, introduced the four major contentious policies/bills/laws in Kogi State to be; indigeneity policy, Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, Child’s Right Act and National Reserve Establishment Bill, 2016.

The SCDDD Senior Programme Manager, Sir Bola Abimbola while giving the CIPP Project overview said it is a five (5) year project designed to mitigate violent conflict at risk communities in six states of Nigeria’s North West (Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States) and North Central (Kogi, Benue and Plateau States) through an integrated, and through multifaceted activities which commenced in 2019.

Earlier, the SCDDD Program Assistant, Ms. Tinuola Makinde introduced the Community Accountability and Reporting Mechanism (CARM) as a feedback mechanism.

She added it is a platform that is to enhance the CIPP project by ensuring no ones ox is gored by creating a hitch-free medium for complaints and suggestions ensuring that the concerns of the complainants are safe, secured and well attended to.

The CARM system also give rooms for reporting of any government policy(ies) that could or have led conflict, creating or sustaining peace according to Ms. Makinde.

The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Right and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Mr. Abdul Miliki called on the States and Federal Government to institutionalize peace in the country.

SCDDD Executive Director, Amb. Sani Bala while giving his closing remarks said the 3rd year activities of the CIPP project will begin in July, he appreciated all participants, most especially other NGOs who are partners in the CIPP project.

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