Kogi State All Progressives Congress chieftains have called on the Federal Government to pay special attention to the state because of its potential and the neglect it has suffered in the past.
In a special dinner in honour of the Vice President-elect, Professor Yomi Osinbajo, the former governor of the Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu said the state has suffered neglect over the years despite its huge potential to contribute to the development of the country.
He said the state is littered with abandoned federal and state governments projects which successive governments have been using as cash cows to siphon funds.
He also said the state indigenes should be considered for ministerial appointments and heads of government agencies and parastatals to enable them push for the development of the state.
Also speaking, the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye called on Osinbajo to help them on the Omi Dam project and the road from Obajana to Ilorin and Kabba to Ekiti, which, he said, are impassable.
In his speech, Senator Muhammed Ohiare, representing Kogi Central, called for the completion of the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mills.
Responding, the vice president-elect said that Kogi State has a special place in his heart, promising that he would forward the state’s case and help in the actualisation of their demands.
He thanked Kogi indigenes for honouring him while commending them for their contributions in the victory of the party by delivering high numbers of votes to the party.
Osinbajo also said Kogi State is heavily endowed with natural resources which will help the country in its development drive.
He said the abundance of iron and coal deposits, as well as the presence of the confluence of the River Niger and Benue, will help a lot in enhancing economic development, not only in the state, but in the whole country.