…. Urges Swift Completion of the Projects
His Excellency Yahaya Bello, CON, the Governor of Kogi State, undertook a thorough inspection of the ongoing Kogi/Koto rural electrification project at the Muritala bridge in Koto on Saturday. The governor inspected the installation of the 185mm2 XLPE Cable for the replacement of the undersized 75mm2 XLPE cable currently serving the people of Kogi/Koto Karfe local government area.
During this visit, he implored the contractors to intensify their efforts, aiming for a prompt and efficient project completion. The governor expressed contentment with the accomplished work’s quality and underscored the project’s significance to his administration and the socio-economic well-being of the local populace.
Representing the contracting team, one of the site supervisors, Omachi Atayi, assured the governor that the project would adhere to the specified timeline.
Governor Bello has demonstrated unwavering commitment to ameliorating the living conditions of rural Kogites across the state’s three senatorial districts through rural electrification initiatives. His dedication has been steadfast, with the governor effectively addressing the longstanding issue of unreliable power supply in Kogi East through the ‘Light-up Kogi East Project.’ Subsequently, he extended his efforts to Kogi Central and, most recently, to the western senatorial district of the state.
In Kogi East, a persistent electricity challenge was the absence of power supply expansion across Ajaokuta bridge into the Eastern part of the district. Governor Bello has faithfully fulfilled his promise to upgrade essential electricity distribution infrastructure, facilitating enhanced power transmission from the Ajaokuta substation to various areas within Kogi East. This upgrade has significantly augmented the power load capacity from 14.5 MW to approximately 45 MW, guaranteeing sustainable electricity for over 45 communities spanning nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Kogi East.
In addressing electrification obstacles within Kogi Central senatorial district, the governor’s ongoing initiatives aim to interconnect rural communities in Kogi/Koto with the national grid, ensuring a reliable power supply for the entire area.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
September 16, 2023
…Commends Minister of Works on His Working Visit to Kogi
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has expressed optimism regarding the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing the country’s road infrastructure. Speaking from the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Bello expressed deep appreciation for the Minister’s proactive approach in inspecting deteriorating federal roads within the state which demonstrated a significant dedication to resolving pressing infrastructure issues. He also praised Senator Dave Umahi, the Minister of Works, for his visit to Kogi State on August 22, 2023.
The governor highlighted the concern surrounding the condition of federal roads in Kogi State, emphasizing its strategic position as the connecting point between Northern and Southern Nigeria. He acknowledged the hardships faced by commuters, the negative impact on trade and the economy, and the strain on transportation systems. Governor Bello extended gratitude to both Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, and the Minister of Works for recognizing the challenges and pledging prompt interventions to alleviate the situation.
“The condition of our federal roads has been a source of great concern to our administration, the people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general, owing to the fact that Kogi is geographically the connecting point between the Northern and Southern Nigeria. The suffering endured by commuters, the negative impact on trade and economic activities, and the strain on our transportation system have not gone unnoticed. It is with this in mind that we extend our sincere appreciation to the Honorable Minister for not only acknowledging this plight but also for promising urgent interventions to alleviate the situation”, the governor said.
He emphasized the collaborative efforts between federal and state governments in addressing infrastructure issues as a hallmark of effective governance. He expressed confidence in the transformative potential of the President’s “Renewed Hope” agenda for the nation’s economy and citizens’ well-being and believed that urgent interventions promised by the Minister would mark a turning point for citizens who regularly travel these roads.
Earlier, Senator Dave Umahi commended Governor Yahaya Bello’s commitment to the people of Kogi State and his administration’s accomplishments across education, healthcare, and infrastructure. The Minister expressed gratitude for the Governor’s warm reception upon his appointment as Minister of Works and for his dedication to the betterment of Kogi State. Senator Umahi acknowledged the state of federal roads and the government’s comprehensive turnaround efforts. He revealed plans for long-lasting, low-maintenance concrete roads and assured swift progress on all federal road projects in Kogi State.
He disclosed that the federal government is considering concrete road construction innovation which he said it has low-maintenance cost and can last for over 50 years without maintenance. He also disclosed that concrete roads are cheaper in terms of construction cost and the guarantee of construction materials.
The Minister promised to redesign the Lokoja-Ganaja-Ajaokuta road and appreciated the Governor’s road maintenance efforts. The areas inspected included bridge reconstruction at Gada-biu, the Abaji section of Abuja-Lokoja road, Koto-Karfe bridge, Murtala bridge, Lokoja-Ganaja-Ajaokuta road, Lokoja-Okene road, and Lokoja-Kabba road.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,
August 23, 2023.
…… Says Gov Yahaya Bello remains a point of reference in Infrastructural Development.
Kogi State Government has reiterated its commitment at ensuring smooth legislative business on the floor of the House.
Commissioner of Works and Housing, Hon. Samson Bako stated this at the official handover of the contractual document on the renovation of the Kogi State Assembly Complex, Lokoja adding that, Gov Yahay Adoza Bell remained a point of referencein Infrastructural Development.
Bako in his remark noted that Governor Yahaya Bello is passionate about building synergy with the legislative arm, hence the need to provide an edifice to enhance legislative activities.
The Commissioner, who said the Contractor has eight weeks to complete the Project, charged him to deliver within the specified time frame and ensure standard and quality to the taste of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello.
Speaking also, the Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Yusuf thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for his prompt action at renovating the complex, stressing that the eighth assembly is ready to move with speed as a way of securing the rapid development of the State.
He called on the Contractor not to compromise standard in the execution of the Project, urging him to adhere to contract specification.
On his part, the Contractor, Engineer Joseph Oluwasegun the Chief Executive Officer of Josmond Nigeria Limited thanked Governor Bello for the confidence reposed in his company which he attributed to the Company’s antecedent with regards to Project delivery.
Engineer Joseph noted that the Project will be delivered within the stipulated period of eight weeks in accordance with standard.
Recall that Monday 10 October 2022, fire gutted the Kogi State House of Assembly Complex located in the Crusher area, Lokoja.
The fire destroyed the roof of the Chamber, inflicting considerable damage to the main floor. The cause of the fire was not known.
The new design according to the consultant is to reflect a better aesthetic view of the initial building.
This is a touch of Governor Yahaya Bello in Olamaboro LGA of kogi State.
We are majority a people of gratitude with deeply rooted unity of purpose. We repay good with good.
There may be few who will never see or say anything good. They are found in every community.
But Olamaboro has shown gratitude in numbers by turning up for APC in the just concluded elections.
Thank you Olamaboro for standing right always.
Governor Yahaya Bello approves 5 internal roads in Yagba West LGA and the General Renovation of Egbe Market
In the bid to deliver democratic dividends and make life easier for the masses, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello has approved the rehabilitation of five different roads within Yagba West LGA and also the general maintenance/renovation of Egbe Market.
Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris, FCA announced the approval to the people of Yagba West while on campaign train with the candidates of APC across Yagba West communities, with an assurance that the contractors will mobilise to site this week.
The roads approved for rehabilitation includes the following;
1. Rehabilitation of First ECWA Church/Egbe Hospital Road.
2. Rehabilitation of 2nd ECWA/Okoa/Odoromu Road.
3. Rehabilitation of General Adeniyi Street Egbe.
4. Rehabilitation of Oke-Itan/Ijalu/Owojaiye Street, Egbe.
5. Rehabilitation of Jamodu Street, Odo-Ere.
6. General Maintenance of Egbe Market (Building) of Shade, Renovations etc.
One of the major metropolis roads approved last year by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, is the Usman Hassan Katsina Road, which is currently undergoing total asphalt overlay with the flanking drainages undergoing fullscale reconstruction.
The 11 kilometeres long road, popularly known as Zone 8 – Crusher Road, has been divided into four sections. The first section starts from the Zone 8 roundabout and terminates at the end of the Confluence stadium perimeter fence.
According to Engineer Dr. Yunusah Hassan, MD. Kogi State Road Maintenance Agency (KOGROMA), the first section is about 80% completed. While work on the second section will soon commence.
Dr. Yunusa made an appeal to road users and the general public on avoiding dumping waste in the drainage system, one of the major problems currently militating against the durability of roads around the state. The blocked drainages flood the road itself which accelerates normal wear and tear.
The Head of Civil Engineering, Engr. Steve Bolaji Taiye, said that men and equipments are on ground and the agency will work round the clock to make sure the job is completed on time. He added that the last part of Ibrahim Taiwo Road will also be completed as soon as possible.
Hon. Moses Okezie-Okafor, the Director-General, Research and Development, Kogi State commended Governor Bello for his unrelenting commitment to improving the lives of Kogites with transformational infrastructure. Barr. Okezie-Okafor, whose team designed and monitors progress on the New Direction Blueprint noted that the Governor remained 100% serious about expanding the developmental footprint of his tenure.
‘His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has remained relentless in his push to leave the people of Kogi State a legacy of infrastructure development on a magnitude that is both bigger than any effort by previous administrations and simultaneously sets a challenge for his successors.’