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*** 

Good Governance

A SERIES ON THE IMPACT OF THE GYB ADMINISTRATION

Kogi State is very unique for numerous reasons. A prominent one being the great cultural diversity weaved deep into her history, and the tales of her birth from old Kwara and Benue State in 1991. Kogi State is centrally located in Nigeria, connecting the Federal Capital Territory with the western and eastern parts of Nigeria. She shares boundaries with a total of 9 States and is naturally a transit hub for business to other landlocked States.

Despite the fact that the State is abundantly blessed with both human and natural resources, and has witnessed diverse styles of governance in its 31 years of existence, the State has not experienced evident development. This jinx however, was broken with the emergence of His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello.

The quest for a rapid socio-economic development made Governor Yahaya Bello birth a new and unique Administration he called ”The New Direction”. Overlooking tribal or religious differences, he looked into the problems of the State by carrying out thorough research on what adversely affected each Local Government per thematic.

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Governor Bello resumes inspection of projects

Kogi state governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello on Saturday embarked on projects inspection across Kogi Central Senatorial District.

The governor’s first point of call was at the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara where he inspected the construction of Medical Faculty, Laboratories and Engineering Faculties in the institution.

The Governor on Sunday inspected the Kogi State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede, ongoing construction of the GYB Model Science School, Ogaminana, Ebira Community Secondary School and others.

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CPS to the Governor

04/09/2022

We will proclaim your good works at zero cost – ALGON National council president assures GYB

The National council president, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr. Alabi Kolade David has assured Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello that it’s members all across the nation would proclaim his good works in their states at zero cost.

The National president added that they have seen with their own eyes and were amazed at the various infrastructural and developmental strides of the governor adding that history would be kind to him.

Hon. Alabi made this known on Friday while being received alongside the ALGON National Executive Council delegation by the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello at the government House, Lokoja.

He recalled that when the governor was contesting for a second term in 2019, political opponents narrated that the governor failed in his obligations, but such erroneous claims have been laid to rest as they toured the nooks and crannies of the state to see several projects initiated and executed by the governor.

The council president also adjudged that Kogi state was secured, peaceful and safe while urging other state governors to make Yahaya Bello a point of reference and emulate him in several regards.

The President lauded the governor for passing into law the autonomy of Local Government in the earliest days of his administration adding that such gesture was another area other governors must emulate.

He admonished the governor to weigh in on some of the issues discussed at their just concluded council meeting pertinent amongst which was the review of allocation sharing formula, which according to him was grossly inadequate to attend the needs of LGA.

He emphasized that effective security in the country would require a bottom-top approach and that the embrace of community policing should be eminent an area which the governor was excelling exceptionally.

Gov. Bello in his address thanked the ALGON National Executive Council for converging in the state to discuss issues that affects the people at the grassroots all across the country adding that the choice of Kogi state was not accidental but based on the track record of the State.

The governor noted that the successes achieved in securing the state was a product of deliberate synergy between relevant stakeholders hence replicating same would require the collective effort of everyone.

While there is synergy between the state government, local government chairmen, traditional rulers, religious bodies, security operatives and the community members themselves, each of these stakeholders were free to perform their respective duties without any hindrance, he acknowledged.

Governor Bello urged the delegation to also collaborate with their respective governors in a bid to secure their respective domain adding that for peace and harmony to reign, Women and youths have been adequately represented in his administration with position of leadership and decision making.

The governor promised that he would continue to partner with ALGON both at the state and National level in a bid to ensure that LGA is effective and efficient.

THE AURA OF CHANGE

KOGI STATE AND THE NEW DIRECTION: THE AURA OF CHANGE

The birth of a child in a typical African cultural setting heralds boundless joy and happiness. This is because, at the birth of a child into the family, such a child is perceived to be a potentially great individual on ordained mission.

As events rapidly unfolded in the later years of Bello’s adult life, the prayers and fervent wishes of his parents for their child to be great and do exploits for his society and generations, become practically fulfilled today.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF LEADERSHIP

Genuinely disturbed by the prevailing rot and decadence in the murky waters of the ‘Nigeria politics’ and inspired by a propelling vision to sanitize the Augean stable of the Nigeria politics, Yahaya Bello felt challenged to offer himself for leadership as a change agent to rescue the State that had been bedeviled by corrupt and inept leadership.

Apart from his passion and drive for business, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has a moral burden for the poor and the less privileged. He is a highly committed, public-spirited philanthropist and currently funds three orphanages, in addition to his sponsorship of the education of hundreds of Kogi State undergraduates in various institutions of higher learning.

Leadership gives you a platform to effect change and do well. Governor Yahaya Bello is a man who has redefined leadership in Kogi State; a man whose lifestyle and leadership has given hope to over 4million people to reignite their belief in their fatherland. Today, such belief has translated to pragmatic leadership, commitment to infrastructural development, unwavering war against corruption, and undeniable desire to rebound Kogi people to the front of ethnicity, culture and religion.

His landmark achievements can be seen in security, economy, finance, investment drive, infrastructure, health, education, politics, diaspora engagement, women empowerment, coordination of government, quality of bureaucracy, spending efficiency among others

The New Direction Administration led by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, has relentlessly stood against using the State’s resources to service the avarice of anyone or group – from Kogi State or elsewhere. His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello took his stand on an equitable approach to his administration. He clearly and constantly defined his purpose and methodology as one that declares inclusion as his guiding principle for fair governance in Kogi State.

Towards a socio-cultural thrust, a policy for inclusion – EBIGO – was entrenched, where there are no minority groups in dispensing governance. EBIGO is a not a political agenda but a unifying ideology. Tribe, religion or class are no longer the determinants of who or where gets what. They play no role except as measures of proportionality. Affirmative actions have been observed and for the first time in Kogi history, the youth and the womenfolk occupy the largest number of high profile positions in government, and wield real influence. To reinforce commitment towards religious parity, Kogi State Governor breaking a 28-year old jinx, built a Government House Chapel which serves as a symbol of unity.

It is therefore, hope-rekindling and reassuring that at a critical time as this, Kogi State is blessed with a leader in the person of Alhaji Yahaya Bello who has a sufficient dose of morality and a driving passion to redress fatal fundamental errors of the past. With the pragmatic steps taken so far, the Governor has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that when honest, sincere, effective, competent, bold and God-fearing leaders ascend the mantle of leadership the sky will be the limit for the people’s growth and opportunities.

COORDINATIVE GOVERNANCE

The last 7 years have marked a New Direction for Kogi State. This turnaround ushered substantial improvements in governance which directly impacted the State’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as against what the State experienced in the recent past.

The effort of the New Direction Administration steered the State towards becoming more robust and economically viable. This has made the State safe and secure for investments, woken up the Public Service system, improved Health care services, advanced Education, and increased Infrastructural output for the benefits of the State.

The New Direction promises were coalesced into policy Blueprint and its implementation framework, with strategic outcomes of Social Development, Economic Development and Institutional Strengthening among other results were accomplished.

To achieve the strategic goal of the New Direction Blueprint, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, introduced the Super Political Action Committee (Super PAC) to enable the Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) act coherently in a collaborative manner ensuring balance of interest and objectives for the accelerated development of Kogi State.

The Super PAC commissioned and supervised by the New Direction executive team strategically implemented and monitored each thematic areas, working for the resultant Policy Thrust and impact on the multi-dimensional poverty index. The Super Political Action Committee was also instituted to serve as an essential sustainability enabler of our developmental effort across the sectors.

The New Direction Administration has enjoyed smooth running like a well-oiled engine. This harmony and coordination of activities has stimulated the accelerated development of the State.

CIVIL SERVICE REFORMATION

Bureaucratic quality in terms of the level of corruption, varies widely across the state. Relative to the speed with which the State Civil Service Act can be implemented, it is generally slow to evolve.

The general notion about the Civil Service in Nigeria is that it is wasteful, inefficient, lazy, inflexible, unthinking, evasive, unresponsive and heartless. The litany of criticism concerning the civil service grows by the day.

The New Direction Administration under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello, has increased the capacity and legitimacy of the State in part via Civil Service Reform. Given the central role played by the civil service in the State’s political system, attempts to improve governance have appropriately focused on reform of the civil service. Good governance requires a strong public service that is accountable to the political executive, operates within the ambit of the law, open and transparent, and encourages the participation of everyone.

An efficient and effective civil service is a critical for high capacity and legitimate government, which “good governance” seeks to achieve. The New Direction Administration bid to perk up good governance in Kogi State has increased accountability, transparency, participation, efficiency and effectiveness of civil servants, making the bureaucracy more meritocratic.

Kogi State has an estimated population of over Four million people with workers and pensioners of around Sixty thousand (both State and Local Governments). The Civil Service Reform under the leadership of Governor Bello has provided critical infrastructure such as Pipe-borne water, Good Healthcare delivery system, Feeders and Access roads, Housing, Quality Education among others.

Kogi State Government has reversed the ugly trend of the State Civil Service to a more entrepreneurial and income dependent state through sincere civil service reform and creation of conducive market environment. Today, the New Direction Administration led by Governor Yahaya Bello has minimized wastage, cut cost, and has ensured a productive civil service system.

Effective representation needs to be given credit where it is due. Governor Yahaya Bello’s effort deserves commendation and support from all Kogites who mean well for the State.

PURSE TO PROFIT

Public spending efficiency is a main requisite for economic performance and it is defined as the ability of the government of a state to maximize its economic activities and minimize their expenditures.

With increased pressures on public balances, arising from demographic trends e.g. higher spending on life-long learning, and globalisation, it is even more important that public resources are used in the most efficient and effective ways. Minimising wastage makes a lot more resources available for ventures and projects that are beneficial to the citizens of a State.

Complementing the gesture of the Federal Government through the health care provision funds, his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello created Bello Care (BC). Under BC, 200million naira was released to capture 10,500 vulnerable people across the State. This altruistic action provided access to minimum basic medical care for the poor and less privileged indigenes of Kogi state irrespective of their social background.

The New Direction Administration has left no stone unturned over healthcare – expenditure and delivery wise. The Bello Health Care Initiative, renovation of Primary Health Care Centres, the Reference Hospitals among other achievements, are all testament to how much importance the Administration places on healthcare.

His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, prioritised the effective allocation of scarce resources to critical programmes and projects to enhance quality and affordability of education by citizens at all levels for better manpower that translates to economic transformation. The GYB Model Science Schools attest to this.

Public sector performance can be affected by various factors, like institutional and structural elements or other features. These factors can be beyond the control of public authorities. Undauntedly, the New Direction Administration has made major progress in plugging the holes in the sector by carrying out Staff screening and verification exercise.

This exercise removed over 18,000 unintended beneficiaries from the State Civil Service Payroll. With this result, the Administration focuses its resources on the welfare of genuine workers.

Evidently, the New Direction Administration under the leadership of the visionary Governor Yahaya Bello, has remained committed to probity and accountability in the utilization of the State’s scarce resources. This has made it possible to stretch a lean purse to accommodate massive outputs; putting the welfare of Kogi citizens first and translating expenditure into visibly beneficial outcomes across sectors.

The New Direction Administration has shown the impact morals have on leadership and how it has translated to coordination and synergy of activities, increasing quality of government and yielding more with less. Indeed, the Bello-led Administration is worthy of study and emulation.

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KOGI STATE AND THE NEW DIRECTION

Success in any endeavor is not by accident. It is derived from a deliberate and sustained course of action over a typically prolonged duration. Not everyone succeeds, because it takes a mix of attributes – inherent and developed, to leave unique footprints in whatever endeavor one finds himself. Such attributes include but are not limited to: the ability to make both long-term and short-term plans, the ability to come up with strategies to effectively carry out said plans, and the tenacity and resolve to stick to the plan.

Since his swearing in as the fourth (4th) Democratically Elected Executive Governor of Kogi State on January 27th, 2016, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, took on the daunting task of effectively transforming the State. He did this with the same zeal and eventual results as seen throughout his life, promising to continue to do his best “…to ensure that across the Party lane, his Administration would continue to unite Kogi State and the People will continually benefit and feel the dividends of Democracy irrespective of the religion, culture or senatorial district they come from.”

The victory birthed the New Direction Administration which under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello, conceived a Socio-economic Blueprint that rapidly developed the State and radically empowered the People. His execution of these policies, programmes and projects were carried in outstanding fashion, implemented with due regard for the rule of law and his accomplishments transparently documented for easy access by the citizens of the State.

GYB POLICIES AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

The Administration gathered teams of various knowledgeable and passionate individuals to develop a policy document addressing five (5) thematic areas: Education, Health, Job Creation and Youth Engagement, Infrastructure and Utilities, and Productive Public Service and Pension Reforms, associated with the Sustainable Development Goals to deliver positive change.

Accordingly, on Education the Administration has improved the quality of education at all levels to citizens, and skilled manpower necessary for economic transformation of the State.

Equal access to healthcare facilities has increased efficiency of the healthcare delivery system in the State.

The policy on infrastructure has had it focus on improving the road network in the State through continued construction of new roads, bridges and rehabilitation of existing ones.

The administration has also ensured food security for the people of Kogi state, creating employment, youth engagement and providing an enabling environment to generate a high proportion of the GDP of the State from agriculture.

Security measures have been enhanced to guarantee safety of lives and Properties in the State.

The Kogi State Civil Service has undergone reforms that have repositioned it for effective and efficient performance.

The New Direction Blueprint is a policy document of Projects, Programs, Missions, Visions, Policy strategies, Targets and Outcomes which will together define the New Direction Administration to accelerated development in Kogi State. While the Blueprint contains ‘Action Plans’ for developing each Ministry, Department and Agency, the Compendium contains the New Direction achievements towards Social, Economic and Infrastructural development, among other accomplishments in line with the Blueprint.

The Administration’s policy thrust on Governance has provided an enabling environment to facilitate economic and social development in the State as well as introduce and implement reform measures to strengthen governance institutions. This includes the civil service, the pension administration and the state health insurance scheme, among others.

Aforementioned, the New Direction Administration under the Leadership of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, has taken giants strides towards transforming the Blueprint into a living reality.

STRIDES ON RULE OF LAW

A system which does not adhere to the paramount principles of the rule of law, where the law is not supreme over the acts of the government and the people, is one that neglects accountability, transparency and fairness, and sponsors discrimination in the dispensation of Justice.

Rule of law refers to the principle that all citizens are subject to the judicial decision in their states and that such decisions are the result of constitutional principles. The rule of law implies that government authority may only be exercised in accordance with written laws, which were adopted through an established procedure.

Recognizing that the rule of law is key to effective and transparent governance, the Governor Yahaya Bello-led Administration has continuously worked hand in hand with the Judicial Arm of Government and the Legislature to deliver the best governance possible to Kogi State.

Section 1(1) of the 1999 Constitution clearly states inter alia, that “all people and institutions are subject to and accountable to the law.

The Government has been led by both legislations and binding judicial decisions in developing robust Financial Transparency laws and regulations over the last six years.

The New Direction Administration, as the Executive, in partnership with the Legislature and Judiciary, placed the virtues of Respect for the Principle of Separation of Powers and the Autonomy of all three Arms of Government as well as the two Levels of Government in the State, at the fore of its activities.

These foundational principles, along with mutual respect for one another and adherence to the Rule of Law explained above, have resulted in the remarkable harmony enjoyed in the Kogi State Government and throughout the State.

It can be seen that the New Direction Administration under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has made significant progress in Robust Laws and Policy Implementation and maintaining the supremacy of the Rule of Law.

ICONIC TRANSPARENCY

Since the inception of the Administration, transparency and accountability have been the bulwark of its bond of trust with the good people of Kogi State. Government came public on her achievements, bank accounts and records of income and expenditure, not out of compulsion but because of her belief in doing what is right.

World Bank defines Good Governance as the one epitomized by predictable, open and enlightened policy making, directed towards capacity and efficiency in public sector management, accountability, legal framework for development, information dissemination and transparency.

In this light, the Administration put in place mechanisms for stringent financial and information management to make her citizens the biggest beneficiaries of government policies. To stimulate due diligence practices in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Bureau of Public Procurement was established to ensure compliance with the Public Procurement Act, Kogipedia.net was created, VIGISCOPE and KOGAS to mention but a few. This has led to quality delivery of services as well as keeping tabs on achievements of this administration.

To reinforce its commitment to accountability, the New Direction Administration operated an open Governance system through transparent policies and up-to-date information. The Administration employed technology and a multi-layered system of checks and balances to block all leakages in its processes and improve the wealth creation and retention capacities of the State. Furthermore, Governor Yahaya Bello has consistently ensured the Publication of State’s Yearly financial statements. This act qualified the state to participate in the World Bank’s State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme (SFTAS 2019) where it came out first position among other States.

The Ministry of Information and Communications under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, deployed the Kogi State Open Governance and Accountability System (KOGAS) for live feedback to and from the public. The digital system was specifically designed to strengthen interactions and relationships between the government and the citizens. This enlisted the Public more intimately in the policing of the government and her accoutrement. In essence, Kogi indigenes have the tools they need to play active oversight function over Ministry, Departments and Agencies. Through KOGIPEDIA, the clear and obvious achievements of Governor Yahaya Bello are compiled in order to appraise and showcase the activities of the administration over the years; and VIGISCOPE which is an innovation developed for tracking and analyzing data to collect evidence of any breach in security of lives and properties in a bid to combat crime in the State.

Hence, the New Direction Administration has employed technology in data collation and information access, and has had positive results in strengthening its democracy, curbing corruption and promoting development of the State.

Ensuring that misrepresentation is minimized, the views of the public are taken into account and the voices of the vulnerable in the society are heard in decision-making. Kogi State citizenry see their democracy dividends translating to impactful policies, programmes and projects even as they have access to real-time information, monitoring and evaluation.

It is evident that the New Direction Administration under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has recorded successes in many facets of Government and that Kogi State has and still reaping the benefit of Good Governance.

A responsive and responsible leader like Yahaya Bello is a recipe for accelerated socio-economic development and sustainability.

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