Dr. Kashim Akoh, DG, National Productivity Center, and many other testimonials, is proof that GYB2PYB IS A NEW NIGERIAN AGENDA
Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor, has stated that the leadership style of the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, is worthy of emulation, citing the inclusion of women in governance and other great exploits.
Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello Attends the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the World War I and II Cenotaph in Lokoja, Lays Wreath In Honour of the Fallen Heroes, reiterates his administration’s commitment and support to the servicemen and families of the fallen heroes. Onogwu Muhammed Chief Press Secretary to the Governor 15/01/2022
No pain, No gain.
Motorist and commuters on some of Lokoja major township roads were faced with some form of traffic problems last year due to construction works in Lokoja metropolis.
All the roads now are good for commuters to drive with eyes closed. The roads are –
1, Maigari Palace to Old Central Mosque round about.
2, Fem Hotel/GTbank junction to Kogi Circle and NTA roundabout.
3, NTA roundabout to Post Office, Marine Road(MoW/H) “Jakura” end of the road.
4, Stella Obasanjo library /Government House/Kogi Hotels.
5, GTBank Junction/Hydro Junction/Post Office and Cemetery Road Junction.
GYB SIGNATURES….. _Legacy na re ooo_ .
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday signed an estimated N145.8 billion 2022 budget into law after the earlier presented budget was passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly. The governor also signed a law to repeal and reenact Kogi State Local Government audit 2020 and other matters 2021.
Governor Bello in his remarks after signing the budget into law stressed that although the year 2021 came with a lot of challenges, the new budgetary effort would be geared towards accelerating results and consolidating on the achievements in the year.
The governor stressed that the government did not intend to fall into second position in transparency rating by reputable international and national financial bodies in 2022, promising that the resources of the state would continue to be used entirely for the citizens.
He noted that his government would continue to deal decisively with issues of corruption and stem out corruption to the barest minimum, while he assured that the government would continue to be transparent in its financial dealings by showing a high level of probity and accountability.
In the area of economy, governor Bello noted that it would continue to consolidate on the administration’s infrastructural drive and also improve on security, because without security there can’t be any meaningful economic development in the state.
The governor appreciated all the respective Law enforcement agencies and the citizens who has always respond positively when the need arises, He urged the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning to ensure adequate implementation of all the provision of the budget
Governor Bello thanked the Speaker and all the state Assembly members for always attending to the administration’s request as promptly, noting that in Kogi state all the arms of government were having an excellent and smooth working relationship.
He stated that their official relationship have transcended into a more personal relationship which allows them to care for each other’s concerns, noting that such was the type of relationship that should exist between the arms of government.
The governor urged each and every citizen to remain vigilant while they render adequate support for the security operatives to ensure that our communities were safe.
The speaker Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole while presenting the budget said the 2022 budget was speedily and diligently passed by the House of Assembly, noting that they all worked assiduously to ensure the passage of the financial appropriation within time.
He expressed gratitude to the Governor for his show of love to the state House of Assembly which has enhanced cooperation amongst the arms of government while the speaker requested ascent to the financial management bill for the legislative and judicial arm.
In his vote of thanks, the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Idris Asiru thanked the Governor for performing his duty by giving the state a “SMART” budget which is derived from community inputs.
He said the revenue side of the state budget currently stands at 87% while the performance (expenditure) side stands at 85%. He said it is an achievement enabled by the governor’s support through provision of logistics and freedom to operate.
The Commissioner said going into 2022, the state aims to achieve a revenue target of 95% and expenditure side of 90%. This he stressed is achievable with teamwork and strict adherence to fiscal responsibility which the state is known for.
Gully erosion control, land reclamation and road construction at Adumu in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State by the Kogi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Yahaya Bello, in partnership with NEWMAP. The community was completely cut off from Olamaboro as a result of this age-long gully erosion menace.
By Akoni Feyisayo
In the early days of Alh. Yahaya Bello Administration in Kogi State, I followed an event with keen interest. I wanted to see how he would deal with the terrorists ravaging his Kogi Central enclave before the advent of his administration.
There were terrorists cells in Okene, his hometown and they were even in control of a mosque. They killed and maimed and no one dared the devilish sect.
So as an investigative journalist, I wanted to see how he would handle the danger. Was he going to toe the lane of his predecessors who were afraid of tackling criminal gangs or was he going to act differently and decisively.
He immediately zeroed in and started from his home front. He led from the front to destroy the abodes of the criminals, pulling down structures housing them. Multi-million naira structures erected with blood were brought to the ground.
And his people and even the criminals immediately knew there was a new Sheriff in town. The signals reverberated through the entire Kogi landscape and it became clear that a sure battle was going to rage as Kogi was already a notorious hot pot for cooking dangerous crimes.
Through a robust synergy between his Operation Total Freedom comprising of operatives from the Police, Army, Navy, Civil Defence Corp and other security outfits including Vigilante Service and local hunters, dangerous extremism was dealt with in Kogi Central.
In Kogi East, I heard of a notorious criminal kingpin that was dreaded by everyone, including the Government. GYB coordinated security operatives to deal with the criminal. He never believed he could be defeated. Many of his types in Kogi East were rooted out with decisiveness.
He dealt with criminals without asking questions about their origin. He dealt with religious extremists and other criminal elements. To him, a crime is a crime and must be dealt with regardless of who is involved.
This is the leadership needed to fix Nigeria. This is the spirit we need to make Nigeria work.
I have taken my time to study Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. In my characteristic manner, I usually choose to discuss ideologies over personality. But I am not ignorant of the fact that there is a personality behind every ideology.
From his Civil Service Reforms to his security policies; Yahaya Bello has proven that what separates good leaders from bad leaders is the ability of the former to act in the spirit of State interest. Leaders who do what is necessary may not be immediately popular because people may find what is wrong immediately convenient.
We all witnessed the crisis and violence which engulfed the Lagos State Local Government Poll. It was bloody and violent, despite surreptitious efforts by the politicians to hide the bloody aspect of the election. Kogi held the same election and it was violent free. Have we investigated how Kogi did it?
By location, no one would have expected Kogi to be so low on crime rate. It shares border with about ten states, including the nation’s seat of power. Virtually all her neighboring states are battling with serious security challenges. How is Kogi different?
Nigeria can be right if we have great leaders taking decisions for the common good. Security must not be politicized. We must act in unity to end terrorism and criminality. Criminals get more audacious when they enjoy State cover. They know it is over when the State choose to deploy its arbitrary powers to ensure peace and security.
Nigeria can’t tolerate insecurity further.
This Bello !
Akoni Feyisayo is an ace columnist and he writes from Oke Agbe Area, Akure, Ondo State.
As CUSTECH Matriculates Her 1st Set of Students
One unique attribute among many superlative qualities my Boss, His Excellency Yahaya BELLO possess that got everyone magnetised to his personality is his ‘dare to do’ quality.
He’s known across the West African sub-region today as a leader who has a large heart, a leader who will nurture his dream to reality no matter the obstacles, a leader who will speak the truth no matter whose ox will be gored, a leader who placed the interest of the people above every other interests.
In August, 2020, after a critical survey of our natural resources and the need to provide refined manpower that will run our industries , the governor incubated the idea of technologically specialized institution in the state. The name of the institution (CONFLUENCE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, OSARA) was adopted including the location by the State Executive Council.
The bill for the establishment of the institution was passed by the state House of Assembly who also considered the need for such institution in the state and on the 20th of August, 2020, the governor signed the bill into law.
On the 22nd of September , 2020, the governor submitted the design of the institution and other relevant documents to The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof Elias Bogoro who commended the governor on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, describing the move by the governor as futuristic and visionary.
On the 26th of November,2020, Governor Yahaya BELLO visited The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the commission granted approval and recognition for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology, (CUSTECH) Osara, Kogi State as the new addition to the list of State owned Universities in Nigeria.
Speaking while reading out the letter of recognition for the institution’s establishment, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed noted that the newly recognized State University would have the maximum support of the commission.
He enjoined the state government to take full advantage of both professional and technical advice that the commission statutorily provides for the establishment, funding and operation of the University, adding that all other supporting agencies including Tertiary Education Trust FUND, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been notified.
Prof. Rasheed lauded the effort of the State Government towards investing in education, noting that such drive remained the best approach in adding value to the lives of its citizens.
Meticulously, CUSTECH secured all her approvals and recognition from relevant education agencies and commissions in Nigeria between last quarter of 2020 and 1st quarter of 2021.
The governor followed up with massive infrastructure at the campus of the institution which formally housed the Faculty of Engineering of the Kogi State Polytechnic.
Yesterday, 25th of November, 2021 the first set of students, totaling 245 were matriculated .
In addition to the establishment of CUSTECH, all other state owned higher institutions have also witness tremendous infrastructure development under the leadership of His Excellency, YAHAYA BELLO.
As I congratulate the students, staff and management of CUSTECH, a pray that the lofty idea, dreams and vision of His Excellency, YAHAYA BELLO for the establishment of this institution turned out great for the good of the people and Nigeria at large.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
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