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I will Not Smile Until Kogi People Smile-Sani Lulu



I will Not Smile Until Kogi People Smile-Sani Lulu

…Picks gubernatorial from to fix Kogi State

…Says Its time for Kogi to witness dev’t

Joel Ajayi

The Former Nigeria Football Federation NFF President, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abudullahi has vowed not to put smile on his face until he put smile on the faces of all the people of Kogi if elected as the next governor  of the state come November later this year.

Lulu who was disturbed by the poor level of development under the present administration of the state said that Kogi in his own time will witness unprecedented development.

Speaking shortly after he purchased the gubernatorial form of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the primary election.

Alhaji Lulu aka Mr Fix stormed APC National Secretariat in Abuja at about 12 noon and went straight to pick the form amidst unprecedented cheers from supporters that trooped into the nation’s capital.

As at Thursday Alhaji Lulu was number 7 Aspirants who have so far collected form to file for Governorship position in the state.

According  to him Kogi is for all, I will not smile until I see my people smiling, I will not enjoying  until I see my people enjoying, that exactly what I have been doing from where I came from.


“People said, I have been tested and trusted and I have delivered in all level of positions I have occupied in Nigeria. I want to tell all Kogites that we shall work as a team to lifting this state to the highest state in Nigeria.

“There is nothing impossible for the willing mind. I am personally committed to give my best to Kogi state and I be live the state has the human resources that we can tap and give this state a desire name.

“I have said my vision is to use the potential of confluence historical in attracting partnership with private sector in creating maximum development in that area.”

Talking about insecurity which has been the cog in the wheel of growth of Kogi state, Lulu, however pledged that security of lives and properties of everyone in the state is guarantee.

While clearing air on a situation where the Present Governor Yahyaa Bello was allegedly since been sponsor different aspirants for them to step down for him at appropriate time, Former FCT Sports Director Lulu said: “If Yahaya Bello is sponsoring them it will be to my advantage of me, at the end of the day it will be Sani Lulu versus Yahaya Bello and by the grace of God I will defeat him.

“There is no amount of money that can entice me, to step down,  the elders in Kogi endoresed my candidature, the Kogi people are backing me I will not disappoint them.”

He equally promised to united people of Kogi: “One important thing for me is to unite all the kogites, that is my primary objective”.

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FG woos foreign mining investors with lower production cost



Joel Ajayi

Cutting red tapes which slow business transactions and improving the security of mining operations are among fresh commitments unfolded by Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake at the Mines & Money Conference which opened in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Addressing global stakeholders in the mining industry, Alake, in the 15-minute speech pitched for more investment in Nigeria listing unique advantages such as lower production cost due to surface mining and billions of dollar untapped minerals.
He quoted recent reports by audit firm KPMG which reported that mining’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP rose from 0.3 percent to 0.85 percent last year, indicating 0.63 percent year on year growth.

His words: “The country’s geological bounty encompasses over 44 distinct mineral types, found in exploitable quantities across more than 500 locations. Recently, recognizing the evolving global landscape and in response to emerging trends, Lithium has been included as a crucial strategic mineral of global consequence.”

Dr. Alake said the administration of President Bola Tinubu has embarked on reforms to boost investment by streamlining procedures and reducing hurdles to attract foreign investors.

Showcasing recent progress in creating conditions for solid minerals development, Dr. Alake highlighted fresh data revealed by the Airborne Geophysical Survey, memorandum of understanding with German firm Geoscan to gather more data on solid minerals across the country and access to finance through a new funding facility launched by the Africa Finance Corporation and the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

The minister reminded the global mining community of the Federal Government ‘s policies on how mining operations must benefit the communities and lead to processing instead of wholesale export of raw minerals.

“ Nigeria is currently emphasizing Solid Minerals Beneficiation and Value-Addition as a panacea for quick and sustainable growth of the Mining Industry…By adding value to our raw materials, we not only create higher value products but also generate employment opportunities for our teeming youth and increase the sector’s overall profitability and contribution to the nation’s GDP”, he said
Dr. Alake urged investors to support socio-economic development of the communities where they mine to make mining mutually beneficial.

Citing the recent launch of the revised guidelines for Community Development Agreement which provides for social amenities, educational support, health and safety environmental facilities.

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