Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, has received excellent marks from President Muhammadu Buhari for project implementation and security.
The governor has performed admirably in the areas of security and project implementation, the president stated yesterday. Governor Bello, according to Buhari, has demonstrated the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) overall outstanding record in Nigeria, and the federal government is proud of him.
The President spoke while on a working trip to Kogi. Buhari said, “We are an administration that prides itself in the fulfilment of our electoral promises to the Nigerian people, at both national and sub-national levels. This is why I am glad that we have an impressive array of legacy projects through your own state government as proof of our stewardship in Kogi State.
“I am impressed by the performance of Governor Yahaya Bello. He has done very well in the area of security and project execution in Kogi State. We are proud of him and we urge him to do more for the people. I am appealing to the people of Kogi State to support him so that he can achieve and deliver more dividends of democracy,” he said.
The president, who was happy to see the impressive projects when he visited the Reference Hospital, Okene, congratulated the governor, saying “If one wants to see everything here, he will get lost. I have been briefed by Yahaya and his team on the myriad of projects we would have loved to commission for you across the state, including the brand new Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) at Osara, the Confluence Rice Mills at Ejiba, the various township roads networks at Idah, Okene and Kabba and intra-state roads in the three senatorial zones; massive erosion works at Ankpa, Ogugu and other places, as well as other roads, hospitals, schools and sundry vital infrastructure,” he said.
The president also announced that his administration was trying to reposition the state as an investment hub through the activation of solid minerals and assured that the Ajaokuta Steel Company will soon be revitalized. Buhari inaugurated a number of projects while in the state, including the first-ever Ganaja flyover, the world-class Reference Hospital in Okene, the recently built Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, the GYB Model Science Secondary School, and the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Center.
“Today remains a historic day in the life of the good people of Kogi State,” Governor Bello remarked in his remarks. “We were happy the very day you granted approval to come to Kogi State for the commissioning of a few out of the many projects this administration has executed for the people of Kogi State.
“When I was sworn in on the 27th of January, 2016, we were determined to serve our people and we quickly commissioned a multi-dimensional committee to form what we call a new direction blueprint. From that period till date, this particular document has served as a guide for accelerated development in Kogi State.
“Mr President, we hit the ground running and you told me to be courageous in leadership and also taught me how to bring out my best; and today, the projects are an attestation of our best to the people of Kogi State. I followed your footsteps in ensuring projects and infrastructures that have direct impact on the people.”
Bello appreciated all the support to Kogi State, and appealed for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company, adding that no nation could achieve industrialisation without iron and steel.