…expresses support for development
As the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello clocks one year in office on January 27, 2017, the Omoluabi Foundation has commended him over his performance in key sectors of the state’s economy.
The commendation was made by the Founder, Omoluabi Foundation, Omoluabi Onirinwa Folami, in Abuja, where he said the Foundation has been in the vanguard of promoting and supporting good governance, and also providing free human capacity building programmes for youths in the state and others.
Folami said as a foundation they will consolidate on what the governor has started by engaging and sponsoring graduates and undergraduates through the foundation to help in teaching students in secondary schools and pupils in primary schools, and other areas of human capacity development.
He said: “If you may recall the state was at a political precipice and a lot of tension here and there but God used the judges to camp down the situation when Governor Yahaya Bello was declared the governor of Kogi State.
“Assessing the one year of Governor Bello in office is something we as a foundation have closely examined and discovered that he has a lot of prospects to turnaround Kogi State in no distant time.
“What interested us most was his proactive move to stabilise the overheated polity by having serious meetings with tribes, interest groups, opinion leaders, youths, women, traditional and religious leaders for them to see Kogi as one big family and also to join hands with his government to move the state forward.
“Being a young, dynamic and charismatic man he (Bello) took the bull by the horn to tackle the bedeviling problem of ghost workers in the state’s civil service, where thousands of non-existing names on the payroll were discovered, and huge sums of money looted and siphoned out from the state’s treasury.
“We commend him for the great sanity he has brought into the civil service in the state, although some people were complaining about the exercise but to our knowledge nobody was unjustly sacked rather he was able to drastically reduce the recurrent expenditure now. Indeed, is a great step that has saved Kogi from looters.”
According to Folami the governor has before clocking one year in office flagged off road construction projects in all the senatorial districts of the state and other projects that have bearing with the socio-economic challenges of the people.
Also based on their assessment the governor has transformed and restructured the state’s Internal Revenue Board based on his financial background, which has made the board to have a new drive and mandate for revenue generation and the governor has been making to woo investors to the state.
“He has also brought governance close to the people by appointing ‘ward governors’ who serve as a medium between the people and the government for effective and efficient governance that also allow access to the governor by the people.
“In terms of security in the state the governor has taken it upon himself to ensure that lives and property are secured in the state. If not the backlash of insurgency, kidnapping that are national problems would have overwhelmed the state. He has been able to provide security equipment and it is commendable but could be improved upon. He has been able to stabilize the security situation in all the local government areas of the state.
“In the area of employment for the youth the government has been able to create jobs in the sanitation sub-sector by employing over 1000 youths, which is a good start to tackle unemployment in the state. We also urge people in the state to come up with useful initiatives that could add value to the lives of the people,” he stated.