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*** 

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Sterling Bank’s Affidavit Reveals EFCC Lied About N20bn Kogi Bail-Out Fund, Withdrew Case To Avoid Embarrassment

If the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had gone ahead with its N20 billion salary bail-out fund case against the Kogi State Government, it would have been thoroughly embarrassed.

This was revealed by documents from Sterling Bank.

The EFCC had, last August, accused top officials of the Kogi State Government of diverting the N20 billion bailout loan channeled through Sterling Bank and fixing same with the bank instead of using the funds for the purpose for which it was meant.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Kingsley Fanwo, had, however, strongly rebuffed the EFCC, insisting that the funds were judiciously utilised as stipulated for salaries, wondering how funds that had been disbursed could still be fixed.

However, despite its earlier claims of hard evidence on the alleged diversion of the funds, the EFCC by mid October, 2021 went to court to discontinue the case for the forfeiture of the alleged N20 billion it claimed was fixed in Sterling Bank.

Documents emerging have shed some light on why the EFCC might have made a quick turnaround on the issue.

In a letter written by Sterling Bank to the Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, dated September 1, 2021, titled, RE: REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION REGARDING CERTAIN ALLEGED TRANSACTIONS WITH YOUR BANK BY THE KOGI STATE GOVERNMENT BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC)”, the Bank, which said it was “surprised and dismayed at the media narration surrounding the transactions, said, “In the light of the above submissions, permit us to respond to your enquiry as follows:

“The Kogi State government does not currently operate or maintain a fixed deposit account with Sterling Bank.

“There is no mandate letter from the Kogi State government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank.

“Sterling Bank account 0073572696 is an internal (mirror) account operated by the Bank for purposes of managing the Kogi State salary bailout facility.”

Another crucial evidence that seems to have completely changed the narrative was the affidavit deposed to by the Chief Compliance Officer of Sterling Bank, Muktadir Jaiyeola, with the Managing Director of the Bank as 2nd applicant, in a suit on the matter filed at a Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on December 1, 2021.

The affidavit came upon repeated invitations by the Kogi State House of Assembly to the bank to clear the air on the allegations by the EFCC against the government.

Sterling Bank, in the affidavit, sighted by this paper, contrary to the claims of the EFCC, indicated that the Kogi State Government did not fix any N20 billion with it and confirmed that the funds alleged to have been fixed were fully disbursed to several beneficiaries at the instance of the Kogi State Government.

In Paragraph 12 of the affidavit, the Bank said, “At the direction of the Kogi State Government, payments were made from Kogi State Government Salary Account to several beneficiaries between the 23rd July 2019 and 25th July 2019 and the entirety of the Kogi State Salary Bail out intervention fund in the sum of NGN20 Billion was fully disbursed at the instance of the Kogi State Government.”

Frowning at repeated invitation sent by the state House of Assembly to the Managing Director, asking him to appear in person, the Bank further exonerated the state government.

In Paragraph 23 of the affidavit, the Bank reiterated that there was nothing like a fixed deposit account opened by the Kogi State Government for the bailout fund as stated in its September 1, 2021 response letter to the state.

“There was no mandate to open the alleged fixed deposit account;

“The Kogi State Government did not operate a fixed deposit account;

“The account referred to as a fixed deposit account is an internal account operated for the purpose of managing the bail out facility,” Sterling Bank said.

Following the cold trail in the investigations into the alleged diversion of the bail-out fund, the state government, through the Commissioner for Finance, Mukadam Asiru Idris, in a letter dated 24th November 2022, almost a year after an initial letter to the CBN to clear the air, reminded the bank to clear the air over the issue and make its investigations public, but it reportedly got no response till date.

The Kogi State Government alleged, on Thursday, that the fresh media trial by the EFCC was in continuation of the Commission’s “Destroy Kogi” agenda, having met a brickwall with its “bailout fund plot.”

Health care: Kogi State emerges Best Performing State in World Bank’s ANRiN project

Again, Kogi State has emerged the Best Performing State in the World Bank-supported Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project, outshining 10 other states assessed for the project’s Community-Based Nutrition Service Delivery.

The state government received the Certificate of Achievement as Best Performing State: Community-Based Nutrition Service Delivery (NSA Performance +DLI) at the 6th ANRIN Implementation Support event, held in Abuja.

The ANRiN project, supported by the World Bank, is a priority health-care project, aimed at increasing the utilisation of quality, cost-effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children to reduce illnesses and enhance their overall wellbeing.

Eleven states, including Kogi, Abia, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, and Katsina were assessed.

The drivers of the project, who are non-state actors recruited through the World Bank’s procurement processes, noted that participating states, through the provision of basic health needs, including deworming for children (12-59 months), IFA supplementation for pregnant women, malaria care for pregnant women, among others, would be able to reduce infant and maternal mortality drastically.

The Commissioner for Health in Kogi State, Dr Zakari Usman, who spoke to the media on this feat in the health sector, said, owing to the high performance in giving basic nutrition services to women and children, the nutrition indices of Kogi State women and children were expected to increase greatly while illnesses would reduce drastically.

According to him, Kogi State’s Gross Domestic Product will also increase with increase in functional population and reduction of maternal and infant mortality, among others.

Usman explained that the project had been actively carried out in Kogi State for five years, adding that the state was able to achieve the first position because of the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello to the project and to the revitalisation of the health sector in general.

Usman said, “His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, paid the commitment fund, every year, up to date. There was effective sensitisation of beneficiaries, diligent supervision and monitoring by the PIU, Community ownership of the project by Kogites and excellent managerial ability by the Honourable Commissioner of Health.

“The implication of this feat on the health sector of Kogi State is that the nutrition indices of the State’s women and children will increase greatly; illnesses will be reduced and it will also cause increased GDP and functional population. There will also be reduced maternal and infant mortality among other positive results.”

7 YEARS IN THE NEW DIRECTION

Kogi State is very unique for numerous reasons. A prominent reason 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 land locked States.

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Speech by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, to the Kogi State House of Assembly during the presentation of the 2023 Kogi State draft budget.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State lays the state’s 2023 Draft Budget before the Kogi State House of Assembly, today. The draft money bill, tagged Budget of Transformation, proposes N172bn expenditure over the next 12 months after passage by the legislators.

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2023 Budget of Transformation: Gov. Bello Presents N172b For Consideration By Kogi Assembly.

…Targets Peace, security, infrastructure development, Health Care Delivery, Education.

The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has presented an estimated budget of N172,090,787,00 for the year 2023 for consideration by the Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The 2023 budget tagged budget of transformation, according to Gov. Bello is higher by N4,788,825,095,00 compared to the 2022 budget, thus representing a 2.86% increase in reach as against an estimated outlay of N167,301,962,197,00 approved budget for year 2022.

Gov. Bello while presenting the budget he referred to as the peoples budget to the Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly, said the 2023-2025 Multi year budget is premised on zero based budgeting principles, is tailored towards the actualization of the State development plan.

Gov. Bello disclosed that the 2023 budget objectives and target is geared towards peace and security, improving quality education at all levels, democratize access to health care by sustained improvement in the efficiency of health the State health care delivery system and infrastructure.

Similarly, the budget Gov. Bello explained would ensure food security, exploit the full potentials of the economy, ensure that products from agricultural and industrial activities have access to markets locally and Internationally.

The budget Gov. Bello explained is geared towards creating employment, achieve sustainable development and promote social economic development through culture and tourism.

The 2023 budget which has a recurrent expenditure of N101,315,129,341 representing 58.87% of the budget, has N70,775,657,951 as capital, representing 47.13% of the budget, also aims at establishing the necessary framework for a robust mining and solid minerals sector, improve road network in urban and rural areas as well as improve the quantity, quality and access to safe water for domestic, commercial and industrial uses.

A breakdown of the budget shows that administration has a total allocation of N40 billion representing 21.94% of the budget; Economic N53b representing 31%; Law and Justice N7b representing 4.14%; Social N63b representing 36.69% of the budget.

The budget according to Gov. Bello has an estimated revenue of N172b, estimated expenditure of N172b, thus representing a balanced budget of N172, 090,787,292 for the 2023 fiscal year.

Kogi Workers Thank Gov. Yahaya Bello For Approving Improved Welfare Package For Civil Servants

The Kogi State Head of Service Mrs Odiyo O. Hannah, on behalf of the entire Public Service has expressed her appreciation to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for all recent approvals meant to enhance the welfare of the Civil Servants and elevate their living standard to an unprecedented height.

Chief among these approvals are: Resuscitation of Vehicle refurbishment Loans, Conduct of up to date Promotions, cash backing of Promotions up to 2018 and approval for the adoption of Federal Public Service upward review of Duty Tour allowance (DTA) for Kogi State Civil Servants.

The DTA rate is said to be more than double the rate that has been in use for ages. All these are in addition to the implementation of The #30,000 minimum wage.

These approvals according to the head of service will in addition to boosting the morale of workers go a long way to strengthen the Service.

This gestures is described as a demonstration of His Excellency’s warm heart for humanity and deep concern for the welfare of Kogi State Labour force in particular.

“The Civil Servants are happy in the realization that you gave vibrancy, hope and direction to their Lives and the Service. For this, they are eternally grateful.

We pledge our absolute and continuous loyalty and support to your Government and pray that God In his infinite mercy bless all your works”.

Long live Your Excellency.

Long live Kogi State Civil Service.

“I’ve Never Heard Gov Yahaya Bello Crying About Not Having Control Of Security In His State” – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP); Usman Alkali Baba, was with the Governor of kogi State, His Excellency, Yahaya Adoza Bello on Monday 21st November 2022, on a working visit. According to reports by the Chief Press Secretary to Yahaya Bello; Onogwu Muhammed, the IGP heaped praises on Nigeria’s youngest governor.

The IGP said, “I’ve never heard Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello crying about not having the control of security in his state. I can say that Kogi state is no longer safe for criminals under his administration.” He added, “Governor Yahaya Adoza has been able to synergize and co-operate with all the security agencies in his state. He has also been leading from the front and he is a dependable ally in the battle against national insecurity.”

Speaking further, the IGP said, “people need to understand that security is everybody’s business. When someone leads at the front like Kogi state’s Governor, others will follow.”

Lastly, the IGP thanked Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello saying, “my sincere gratitude to His Excellency for being proactive about security. I cannot remember how many times he has visited the force headquarters in efforts to protect his people.”

GYB reiterated the readiness of his administration to resist attempts by some desperate politicians to plunge the state into insecurity through politics. He also not only thanked the IGP but also extended his gratitude to men of the Kogi State Police Command who are currently under the command of CP Edward Chuka Egbuka. Lastly, he thanked all other security agencies in the state who are making the state a safe haven.

Kogi state partners with china, aims at N591 billion economy

The Chinese Government has concluded arrangements to build a nuclear plant in Kogi state to compliment current efforts geared towards driving industry and investment as well as improve power generation in the North Central State.

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a trade and Investment forum organised by Kogi State Government in partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.

Conversations at this gathering centred around how the Government of Kogi State can leverage existing ties with China to drive industrialization for rapid development of the confluence State.

The Kogi State delegation to the forum was led by Governor Yahaya Bello who has been on a mission to attract foreign investment to the state. It was considered a successful meeting as the team from Kogi met with 10 Chinese companies that signalled Interest to invest in the State.

The urgent need to revive Ajaokuta steel company, development infrastructure including rail lines in Kogi State was also discussed at this forum, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui recalled his recent visit to Kogi State, saying that the State and China have so much in common

He expressed confidence that the cooperation between Kogi State and the Government of China will continue to flourish for the benefit of all, the Chinese envoy says his country is still in the process of facilitating currency swap to help the ease of doing business.

NLC Lauds Gov Bello Over 2018 Promotion Implementation

The Kogi State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka has commended Governor Yahaya Bello on the implementation of the 2018 promotion for Workers in the State.

Edoka, who gave the commendation Thursday at a news conference in Lokoja, also thanked the Governor for approving the Civil Service Commission to conduct the 2019-2022 promotion for Workers in Kogi State.

He appreciated the Governor for always putting smiles on the faces of workers in Kogi State adding that his name will forever be written in the history books as a leader whose tenure recorded remarkable achievement within a short period of time.

Edoka, equally thanked the Kogi State Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Odiyo and the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Barrister Muhammed Tanko Musa for the role they both played to secure the approval from the State Government.

The NLC Chairman, however, appealed to the State Government, that since they have approved for implementation of 2018, the workers will be grateful as it is been implemented with immediate effect.

“Words alone cannot express our profound gratitude to our workers friendly Governor in Kogi State. Governor Bello has again proven his critics wrong in that he talks and acts on his words.

” The harmonious relationship between labour and the State Government is highly commendation. The present administration has made meaningful impacts on health, infrastructural development, education and many more.

“Under his watch, he single-handedly built Ganaja fly-over, rehabilitated Kogi Specialist Hospital, built Okene Reference Hospital which is a world-class health centre, built other health facilities across the three Senatorial Districts, construct roads across the State and he also transformed our educational centres by building Schools and many more.

“We can’t mention all he has done because of time. All we have to say is that Kogi Workers appreciate his good work in our dear State. Our prayer is that God will give him more wisdom to transform and meet the needs of Workers and the entire State in general,” he stated.

He urged all workers in the state service to support the Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, stressing that, they would do all that is needful to ensure that, the present administration succeeds 100 per cent.

According to him, “The Nigeria Labour Congress will continue to support the activities and programmes of the Government with a view of ensuring that the dividend of democracy is greatly felt by workers in the State.

“We equally call on workers to show a maximum understanding to the Labour Leaders in the State as we are still following up on issues that have to do with their welfare in achieving the best for them.”

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