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INEC recruits 81 physically-challenged persons for Kogi guber

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Chairman INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 81 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) were among the ad hoc staff is recruited for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.

Director, Voter Education, and Publicity, INEC office in Lokoja, Alhaji Ahmed Biambo, disclosed this yesterday on the sidelines of a sensitisation forum organised by INEC for PWDs.

Biambo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the 81 physically-challenged persons were recruited to work as Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs).

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Chairman of the state chapter of Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Solomon Yahaya, confirmed the recruitment of his members by INEC, saying it gave them a sense of belonging.

Meanwhile Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has approved the appointment of Jamiu Asuku as his new Chief of Staff (CoS).

His Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Onogwu Mohammed, stated yesterday in Lokoja that the appointment followed the resignation of the former CoS, Chief Edward Onoja.

While quoting the letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Ayoade, the CPS said the governor also approved the appointment of Dr. Gabriel Ottah as Director-General, Protocol.

Dr. Ayoade said the appointments took effect from October 14, 2019.

Chief Onoja had been picked as running mate to Bello on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 ballot.

In another vein, the state government has pledged to give more support to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the state to ensure that they were nurtured into viable and profitable enterprises.

Governor Bello made the pledge when the Association of Fashion Designers in the state visited him.

He was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abubakar Ohere.

Also, a coalition of 45 registered political parties in the state has endorsed the re-election of Bello.

Addressing a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Lokoja yesterday, the leader of the coalition, Alhaji Sani Teidi, said that they came together to work for the victory of the governor, because of his efforts at developing and uniting the various ethnic groups in the state.

The group appealed to the governor to see the endorsement as a call for even more transformational leadership to the state, rather than a victory over the opposition.

Bello, who was represented by his running mate, Onoja, commended the parties for endorsing him for a second term in office, promising not to disappoint them.

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