- Restate his commitment to the development, unity of Kogi state.
As Kogi Muslims joined their counterpart around the world to observe the holy feast of eid-el-Kabir, Governor Yahaya Bello has appreciated the people for their support and cooperation leading to the prevailing peace, unity and security in the state.
He also lauded the various security agencies in the state for their sacrifice, courage and commitment in ensuring the state remains peaceful, safe and secure.
Governor stated this today after observing prayers alongside other Muslims faithful at his country- home Agassa, Okene Local Government Area of the state.
While felicitating with Muslims in the state and others around the world, Governor Bello restated his commitment to sustaining his drive for the development, peaceful coexistence and inclusive governance.
He urged the people to continue to live peacefully with each other.
“We must live in peace, mutual coexistence and in unity with ourselves. We are obliged to also provide information to the law enforcement agencies to help in routing criminals out of the state”, he stressed.
He also admonished: “We have to play our part as citizens by choosing to live in peace and harmony at all times. We are to complement efforts of government by exposing criminal elements among us”.
The Governor extolled the gallantry and patriotism of the nation’s security forces, noting that, “our security agencies are capable, strong, able and willing to rout and tame criminals from our land”.
His administration, he maintained, is scaling up the process of governance through massive investment in infrastructures across the state as well as renewed priority to human capital development, and however, urged the people to rise themselves, as government would not have the capacity to pull them completely out of poverty.
“We are collaborating with investors who are investing in ethanol. We have extracted the commitment of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to invest in Bio-fuel refinery in the state. Our people are encouraged to take advantage of the many initiatives of the government to boost farming and agricultural activities to produce the raw materials needed by these industrial outfits when they fully takes off,” he revealed.
On the lingering issues of electronic transmission of votes in the electoral act, Governor Bello expressed his belief in the ability of the national assembly to reflect the wishes of Nigerians in all they do. He however, pointed out that no Nigerian should be disenfranchised, as votes must counts after elections.
“Over 50 per cent of the country don’t have effective telecommunication coverage. We must take this into cognisance and not rush ourselves in emulating a democracy that is over 200 years old. I believe we allow the system grow in the pace that it should,” he admonished.