Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has introduced a 10-Year Development Plan for the State, consequently inaugurated a 29-Men Committee that will see to the development and execution of the plan.
Inaugurating the committee on Wednesday in Lokoja during the State Executive Council meeting, the Governor said the move was part of his administration’s quest to fast track the overall development of the state over the next decade.
He said the duties of members of the committee is to “provide overall leadership and guidance, in our various areas of jurisdiction, to ensure that, the right environment is created to have access to current data as well as put in place, a team of relevant minds that will work with the State Technical Committee, as members of Technical Working Group (TWG).”
He charged members of the committee to be committed and dedicated in the discharge of this all important assignment.
“This is a very important State assignment. We must, therefore, show reasonable commitment and leadership, to able to us have a State plan that speaks to issues in the State.
“As you know, our people have varying needs. We must go to them and find out what these needs are. There must be a broad-based consultations and inclusion of the various stakeholders in this process.
“This is not going to be an arm chaired plan; we must go to the people. The plan must take a bottom-top approach and NOT a top-bottom approach. The plan is for the development of our people. Therefore, they must be involved,” he said.
He said in the coming days, the State Technical Committee (STC) will also be inaugurated, urging everyone to respond with dispatch to enable work to commence in earnest.
The Committee is Chaired by the Governor himself, having all Commissioners of all State Ministries in his cabinet as Members.
Other Members are Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General; Chairman, Kogi State Council of Chiefs, State Accountant General, Auditor General of the State, and Auditor General for Local Government
Special Adviser, SDG; Special Adviser Special Projects/ Focal Person NSIP; DG, Bureau for Lands and Urban Development; Senior Special Assistant on ICT; Chairman KGIRS; and Special Adviser, Finance, Economic and Investment are also members.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning is designated to be a Member/Secretary of the Committee.
Gov. Bello Introduces 10-Year Devt. Plan, Inaugurates 29-Men Steering Committee