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By Ismail M. Kabir.
The Special Adviser, Kogi State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr. Abubakar Ohere has assured Kogi citizens of Gov. Yahaya Bello’s commitment to his promise of addressing the infrastructural gap in Kogi state.
Engr. Ohere gave the assurance today during an interactive session with Proudly Anebira Forum, an online group of eminent sons and daughters of Ebiraland.
While responding to questions from members, Ohere enumerated some key infrastructural projects that were due for take-off in Kogi central and across Kogi State.
He listed internal road networks in Kogi central district as part of the road construction master plan to be handled by Julius Berger in the state.
Ohere enumerated other projects to be birthed in Kogi central to include the total overhauling of Okene Water Works with the piping, storage and distribution to commence in four weeks’ time.
The special adviser noted that the new design for the famous Okene Water Works will include a fountain and recreation center for improved benefits to the people of Ebiraland.
To ensure adequate distribution of the proposed water project, Engr. Ohere said that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the activation of Osara Dam was nearing completion, listing Ogaminana through Ihima to Adavi-Eba as major benefiting communitiies while noting that the project will include overhaul of industrial boreholes at Eika, Obehira-eba, Ageva and Iresuha areas to support distribution from Idiche and Okene-eba communities in Okene local government area.
On the issues of workers’ salaries, Ohere observed that the issue was on wage bill versus income, noting that the stakeholders needed to understand such dynamics to effectively address the challenge.
He, however, affirmed that Kogi State outpace River state in payment of remuneration to civil servants.
On education, the special adviser said that the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello has embarked on silent moves to reposition the educational sector in the state for better.
He said that the state government was addressing both infrastructural decay and manpower capacity at the primary education level.
Among other feats, Engr. Ohere said that the multi-billion naira 240 GYB Model School were undergoing construction to face-lift elementary schools across the 21 local government areas in the state while contracts for the renovation of exisiting classrooms have been awarded by SUBEB in the past few weeks.
The massive investment in the education sector by Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration is no limited at the primary education level as Ohere noted that over one billion naira has been approved for the College of Medicine at the Kogi State University to meet up with accreditation requirements, acknowledging that no government since the creation of Kogi State had invested this much in education.
While assuring Kogites that the governor will accord the requisite poilitcal will to implement the report on school lands encroachment by private individuals in the state, Engr. Ohere reinstated the Governor’s commitment to better lives for Kogi citizens, saying that he remained focused on delivering his promises to good people of the state in spite of the numerous distractions.
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