From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group under the auspices of Progressive Youths Mandate of Nigeria, an affiliate of All Progressives Congress ( APC) has called on lovers of democracy and well meaning citizens of Kogi State to rally round Governor Yahaya Bello to actualize his second term ambition, to move the state to enviable heights.
In a world press conference held in Lokoja yesterday, the coordinator of the group Barrister Marvel Odiedi stated that after extensive consultation with stakeholders, the group has come down to Kogi State to show the governor, that they are solidly queueing behind him.
He noted that the mission of the group which is among other things, is to inspire and raise a new generation of youthful leaders responsible to the building of a new progressive and great country.
According to him, as the primary election of APC draws closer, it has become important to raise the consciousness of our people to give maximum m to the governor, insisting that the incumbent deserves another term in office following his unprecedented developments in the state.
“It is on record that before the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill was drafted and passed into law, Governor Bello had already filled his government with young men and women thereby making Kogi the most youths friendly state in Nigeria” , pointed out.
He further averred that before now, the re-current expenditure of Kogi State budget used to be between 80 – 90 percent because of political god-fatherism, ghost waters, dysfunctional civil service system, diversion and embezzlement of public funds.
“The civil service reform policies and pragmatic leadership skills of Gov. Yahaya Bello, Kogi State capital expenditure is now more than it’s recurrent expenditure thereby making funds available for physical developments and human capacity building and development of the state”, he stressed.
He added that the governor’s managerial acumen was brought to bear on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as it rakes in more than three times of what he inherited making the state to maintain an enviable heights among the states in Nigeria.
The coordinator hinted that the good governance initiative that the governor adopted has brought peace and stability to the state thereby making it the only state that is immuned from the crisis and conflicts ravaging the entire North-Central region.
We are taking this bold step because of his giant strides which practically led to the rebuilding of Kogi state. It must be noted that the fact that Kogi is at the bottom of states on the ladder of statutory federal allocations, yet Governor Bello has succeeded in achieving much with the meagre resources.
Despite the series of attacks and distractions from selfish politicians who have decided to turn the people against the present administration, the governor has remained focused in delivering his promises to the good people of Kogi State.
He added that the foray of the governor in the last three and half years has transformed the hitherto moribund health sectors with injection of funds into the primary heath care that has reduced infant and maternal mortality second to none in the North Central Zone.
He m that the roads across the state which were in bad shape before his administration are now wearing good looks as no local government areas is left even as the education and Agricultural sector have been receiving the governor’s attention.