By Boluwaji Obahopo
GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has promised to ensure good governance and prompt payment of salaries this year.
While presenting his scorecard for 2017, yesterday, in a state broadcast, he urged civil servants in the state to be hopeful, adding that he has turned around the agricultural fortunes of the state as well as made the state one of the safest.
Governor Bello noted that kidnapping and other security challenges had been reduced drastically in the state, adding that “on January 1 last year, I declared to you in my New Year message that 2017 will be ‘a hallmark year for projects’ in Kogi State.
“I made that declaration fully aware that it is my job as Governor of Kogi State to improve our standard of living and the social infrastructure on which we rely. I am happy to say that 2017 was indeed a hallmark year for projects.
“In spite of the generally harsh financial circumstances in the nation, we were able to commence new projects, continue old ones and even complete a good number of others across the three senatorial districts.
“We have continued to make tremendous progress in our commit-ment to a safe and secure Kogi State to guarantee living and investments.
“Today, we experience tranquillity and a zero-case of kidnapping for over six weeks.”
“This feat is made possible with your cooperation and support. Let’s do this again this year and in other sectors.
“This year is significant to the New Direction Administration which I lead. On January 27, we will be exactly two years in office and the dominant thought in our minds is both how far and how well we have executed our mandate.
“We are also consumed by the knowledge that there is always room for improvement. We owe the citizens and residents of Kogi State a sacred duty to provide good governance. It is, therefore, our unfailing duty in 2018 to do so by keeping pace with your yearnings and aspirations for Kogi State.”