Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 

Education

Governor Bello Signs Kogi State Free Examination Registration Fees Bill, 14 Others into Law

Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, CON, on Wednesday assents to a total of 15 bills including the Kogi State Free Examination Registration Fees Bill,that had been diligently passed by the State House of Assembly.

Governor Bello, while putting his signature to these legislative measures, took a moment to commend the State Assembly for their invaluable contributions to the overall development of Kogi State. Recognizing the importance of a robust legislative framework, the governor praised the Assembly for their dedication to the betterment of the state.

the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aliyu Umar, extended heartfelt congratulations to Governor Bello for the successful completion of his terms in office. Acknowledging the lasting impact of the governor’s administration over the last eight years, Aliyu praised Bello for leaving behind indelible marks of progress.

Expressing his feeling, Aliyu noted that these bills, being the last to be signed by Governor Yahaya Bello, mark the end of an era. The Speaker emphasized the state’s gratitude for the governor’s invaluable guidance, profound wisdom, and deep vision that have played pivotal roles in steering the state towards growth.

Looking to the future, Aliyu expressed confidence in the leadership of Governor-elect Ahmed Usman Ododo. He believes that Ododo will not only consolidate but also continue the legacy of good governance established by Governor Yahaya Bello.

Among the notable bills signed into law by Governor Bello is the repeal of the Kogi State Internal Revenue Administration, Harmonization of Taxes, Duties, Levies Rates, Fees, and Charges due to the State and Revenue Appeal Tribunal Law 2017. This has been re-enacted as the Revenue Administration and Other Matters Connected Therewith Law, 2024.

Additionally, other bills include the establishment of the Kogi State Social Investment and the establishment of the Kogi State Senior Secondary Education Board, among others.

This brings to a total of 89 bills assented to by the governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello between January 27, 2016 and January 24, 2024

This legislative milestone signifies a pivotal moment in the governance of Kogi State, setting the stage for continued development and progress.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

KOGI GOVT CLEARS JAMB REGISTRATION FEES FOR 15,033 PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Kogi State Government, in line with its free education policy under Governor Yahaya Bello, has released the sum of one hundred and fifteen million naira (N115,000,000) to cover the cost of JAMB Registration fees for 15,033 students in public schools across the State.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemmy Jones, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lokoja, on Tuesday, saying the gesture is a further demonstration of the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello to giving all Kogi children free access to education.

According to the Commissioner, the action is a follow up to the earlier payment of about N497 million to WAEC to ensure no student in Kogi public schools is made to pay a dime before writing any internal or external examination.

“I am pleased to announce to parents of Kogi students in public schools that they do not need to bother themselves about paying for their children’s JAMB Registration Fees as the Governor has already released funds for that purpose.

“This happening a few weeks after the State Government paid hundreds of millions of Naira to WAEC for the registration of thousands of students in public schools is a further demonstration of the determination of the Governor to ensure no Kogi student is deprived of the chance to be educated on account of poverty.

“Having surpassed the benchmark of UNESCO on education budgetary allocation, Kogi has continued to be a beautiful commentary on education for all,” he said.

kogistate.gov.ng has also reported that all the students in public secondary schools across the State will be covered by the policy.

The State Government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has strengthened education in the state with better education infrastructure, employment of qualified teachers, broadening technical education and making education free for all.

A parent, Mr Adejoh Philip, thanked the Governor for the gesture, saying he will be remembered for laying a solid foundation for the renaissance of education in the state.

“After seeing how beautiful the GYB Model Science Secondary School, Adankolo is; I withdrew my child from a private school and took him to the school. Many parents are doing same. He has invested so much in the education of our children,” he said.

Students of the Oke-Bukun community in Kabba Bunu LGA trooped out to express their appreciation to GYB

Earlier this morning, the students of this beautifully and well-equipped Secondary School in Oke-Bukun community in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State trooped out with heartfelt gratitude to express their appreciation to Governor Yahaya Bello.

The governor, who was on his way to Kabba for the matriculation ceremony of the second university established by his administration, Kogi State University, Kabba, received their thanks with great joy.

This school, once a one-block six-classroom structure in a deplorable state, has undergone a remarkable transformation under His Excellency Yahaya Bello, significantly improving the learning conditions for the students.

The positive impact of the governor’s commitment to education is evident in the upgraded facilities, providing students with an enhanced and conducive environment for learning across the state.

GYB ATTENDS THE 4TH COMBINED CONVOCATION

GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO ATTENDS THE 4TH COMBINED CONVOCATION, CONFERREMENT OF FELLOWSHIPS OF THE KOGI STATE POLYTECH, LOKOJA, KOGI STATE

Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, CON, graced the auspicious occasion of the 4th Combined Convocation and conferment of Fellowships at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, held at the Felele campus on Saturday.

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The ceremony marked the culmination of academic journeys for students who, having diligently met the requirements approved by the Academic Board from 2013/2014 to 2022/2023 academic sessions, graduated from the institution.

Notably, a remarkable One hundred and forty-five (145) students achieved academic distinction at the National Diploma (ND) level, while One hundred and four (104) excelled at the Higher National Diploma (HND) level.

A grand total of Seven thousand, six hundred and fifty-three (7,653) students graduated with National Diploma (ND), showcasing their prowess across various programs. Additionally, Four thousand, four hundred and twenty-seven (4,427) students celebrated their Higher National Diploma (HND) graduation in diverse disciplines.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the growth of the Kogi State Polytechnic and the broader realm of polytechnic education, the institution conferred its prestigious Fellowship upon five (5) distinguished Nigerians. His Excellency, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Adoza Bello, CON, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, was honored with the Distinguished Fellowship for his unwavering commitment to providing material and human resources, along with steadfast support for restoring the Polytechnic’s lost glory.

Other deserving recipients included Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami, OFR, Barrister Umoru Jimoh, Chairman of IHS (Nigeria) Limited, Professor Idris M. Bugaje, Executive Secretary of NBTE, and Barrister Moses Okezie-Okafor, the DG Research and Development, Kogi State, acknowledged for his diligent contributions to the New Direction administration.

This prestigious event showcased the dedication of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Kogi State Polytechnic and exemplified the spirit of excellence in their respective fields.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

JANUARY 6, 2024
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NBTE commends Gov. Bello over interest, support for vocational, technical education

…urge for more collaboration, attention to NKFI

The Nigerian Board of Technical Education has commended the KogI State governor, Yahaya Bello for his continued show of interest in vocational and Technical education as reflected in his efforts and support towards the Nigeria-Korea friendship Institute in Lokoja.

The board however urged for more collaboration and attention to the institute by relevant stakeholders noting that NKFI have a critical role to play in empowering young people towards self reliance.

Speaking during their address on Thursday at the commencement of the accreditation exercise by the board, they noted that governor Bello’s efforts towards giving the vocational and technical institute the nod for accreditation exercise.

The team lead, Engineer Jafar Garuba stated vocational and Technical education is the way to go in the country and young people must ensure they lay their hands on a skill which is the only way by which they can become highly employable.

He said “we appreciate the state government for showing concern towards the progress of this citadel of learning. Kogi state ranks high amongst other states in this area and such bold steps are commendable”.

He added that the time for white collar jobs have gone, saying skills and not paper qualifications is the way out of unemployment logjam and dependence on government jobs that are not readily available.

He disclosed that Nigeria Korea friendship Institute of advanced Technology possesses the same status with Polytechnics and collages of Technology as they both awards National Diploma.

He commended the kogi state Government to have secured collaboration with the Korean Government for the establishment of the institute- the first of its kinds in the subsaharan African and urge for mass advocacy and mobilisation to motivate the interest of the school leavers to get placement into the institute.

Breakdown of Kogi State Government’s Payment of WAEC

Detailed Breakdown of Kogi State Government’s Payment of WAEC Fees for Students in State Public Secondary Schools under the Exceptional Leadership of His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, CON

PLEASE, FIND YOUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS HERE.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
November 4, 2023
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Governor Yahaya Bello releases N497m for payment of 2023 WAEC exam fees

. Reiterates commitment to free education, Zero Out-of-School Policy

As part of efforts aimed at further improving the state’s educational system, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has approved the immediate disbursement of N497 million for the payment of the 2023 WAEC examination fees for students enrolled in the state’s public schools.

The disbursement is also in realisation of the administration’s recent pledge to provide free education from primary to secondary school level within Kogi State’s public schools, underscoring the government’s unwavering commitment to implementing the “Zero Out-of-School Policy” in the state.
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A statement on Saturday signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammed Onogwu, said, “This resolute step reflects the administration’s dedication to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to access quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic status. It aims to empower students to undertake crucial examinations without imposing any financial burden on their parents or guardians.

“Furthermore, the Governor recently emphasised that his administration would penalise parents who fail to enroll their children in school under his leadership. This comprehensive approach to education underscores the state’s commitment to not only increasing access to education but also ensuring active participation.”
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Among the schools that will directly benefit from this WAEC fees initiative, Dekina has the highest number of students, with 1,867 beneficiaries, followed by Lokoja Local Government Area, which has 1,569 students and Okene, 1,345 students.

In total, this noble initiative will benefit a substantial 15,033 students, fostering a brighter educational future for the youth of Kogi State.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
4th November, 2023
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GYB made a visit to the office of the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman

The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, CON, made a significant visit to the office of the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday.

Governor Bello’s visit had a dual purpose: firstly, to extend his heartfelt congratulations to the minister on his well-deserved appointment, and secondly, to provide an update on the remarkable progress and developments in the field of education within Kogi State under his administration.
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In a warm reception of the governor who was accompanied by Engr Aisha Bello, Prof Mamman expressed deep appreciation and commended the outstanding developmental achievements witnessed in Kogi State under Governor Bello’s leadership.
He emphasized that the governor’s remarkable efforts in the education sector had garnered significant recognition. Prof Mamman specifically praised the establishment of another state-owned university, the second within the span of Governor Bello’s seven-year administration.

Furthermore, he expressed admiration for the governor’s unwavering commitment to advancing the objectives of the All Progressives Congress Party, APC.
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The minister gave assurance that both he and the entire ministry management were fully dedicated to realizing the education-related goals set by Mr. President for Nigeria. Prof Mamman expressed confidence in Mr. President’s capability to effect positive transformations, emphasizing that his ministry would spare no effort in supporting the administration to fulfill its educational mandate.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
October 4, 2023
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