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*** 

Kogi State

Kogi State, under GYB.

The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello has made sure that peace, justice and rule of law prevailed in the state, as His Excellency continues to provide exceptional service of good governance to the people of Kogi State.

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GYB paid a visit to the Kogi state flood victims.

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello recently paid a visit to the Kogi state flood victims.

Recall that the state capital, Lokoja, Ibaji, Omala, Idah and other parts of the state were recently hit with massive floods that have claimed properties and forced people into IDP camps.

According to reports, Governor Yahaya Bello commiseration with the Flood victims who have lost properties due to the incident.

Governor Yahaya Bello added that his administration would consolidate on some of the steps already taken to mitigate the situation and prevent future occurrence

Furthermore, Governor Yahaya Bello also said that the state Government will keep on providing security, food, medicines, clothing and cash grants for necessities to the affected persons and communities with shelter.

2022 Independence Day Message and Special Statement on Flooding Disaster in Kogi State

EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE AND STATEMENT ON THE 62ND INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY OF NIGERIA, IMPACT OF THE 2022 FLOOD DISASTER IN THE STATE, MITIGATION MEASURES AND PLANS FOR PERMANENT SOLUTIONS, DELIVERED AT LOKOJA ON SATURDAY, 1ST OCTOBER, 2022

Protocols.

Today our dear country Nigeria has clocked 62 years of Independence from British colonial rule. For most Nigerians, especially those born after the Civil War, it has been 62 years of cautious optimism in the search for a functional nationhood. Be that as it may, and despite the ups and downs, it has also been 62 years of compassion and mercy from the Almighty God. For that and for everything, we are grateful.

For us in Kogi State, and as you will come to see in the course of this Extraordinary Address, this year’s Independence Day is going to be very low key. Still, let me use this opportunity to felicitate with all Kogites on a year that has seen us translate more of our Blueprint into real projects in all sectors, many of which have become available for your use, while many others are receiving finishing touches for commissioning before the end of the year.

This is the essence of governance to me and it is in line with my solemn promise during my first Inaugural Address in 2016 – that all of Kogi’s resources will be put to work for all of Kogi’s people. What we have been able to accomplish will not deter us from embarking on even more ambitious projects and doing more, much more, between now and when we hand over to a worthy successor in 2023 whom we trust to sustain and even accelerate the momentum of development we have set.

Today, I am deeply distressed by the scope of devastation and suffering that has already been visited on our people by the rising floodwaters this year. As predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) the 2022 floods are considerably heavier than usual so there is a need for more coordinated action.

The flooding has affected the nine (9) local government areas which lie along the Rivers Niger and Benue, namely, Lokoja, Kogi-Koto, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela-Odolu, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji and Omala. Ibaji is almost 100% under water while the rest range from 30% up. Other inland LGAs also have some degree of flooding from smaller rivers and tributaries.

We therefore have a serious and humanitarian tragedy on our hands, but I wish to assure every person, family and community which has been affected that they are not alone and that help is coming. Even before the floods came we had activated our early response systems to make sure that succour reaches those affected in a timely manner.

Even though we are still mapping the red zones as they develop, the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency (KOGISEMA) and other first responders are already hard at work across the state. At-risk communities were informed and encouraged to evacuate long before the flooding began and Internally Displaced Persons Camps were set up and put at their disposal.

We are also mobilizing help from traditional partners such as the National Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as socially responsible corporate entities. Of course, the Kogi State Government will welcome public-spirited individuals, groups and bodies who may wish to show love to their fellow humans in distress through donations of funds and essentials.

What this means is that in the short term we are providing affected persons and communities with shelter at our various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps, as well as security, food, medicines, clothing and cash grants for necessities, among others. In the long term, we will need to gear efforts towards more sustainable solutions where possible.

The 2022 floods have been confirmed as Nigeria’s worst flood disaster in a decade, and they are becoming progressively worse than those of 2012 and 2018. Inasmuch as my administration has implemented Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) and efforts are ongoing to evacuate and provide relief for victims, we must now admit that more is needed from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Accordingly, I make a passionate appeal to the Father of the Nation, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to declare a State of National Disaster Due To Flooding in Kogi and other similarly affected states. The declaration will help to unlock the nation’s latent capabilities to respond more aggressively with more men, money and materials to this harrowing situation.

The President may wish to recall that he made such a declaration in response to the 2018 flooding – and the floods this year are projected to be much worse than anything we saw in 2018. Thus, while thanking His Excellency for what the federal agencies are already doing, I implore him to give us the help our people so desperately need at this time.

Historically, flooding in Kogi State is more or less an annual event. Our people have gotten used to the ritual of devastation followed by inadequate palliatives, if any. As a leader, it is clear to me that I must make an attempt to break this vicious cycle, if not for all, then for as many victims as I can. This is why I am now considering some proposals that promise permanent solutions that we can deploy.

Do not misunderstand me. There is a set of common sense and civil engineering solutions to the problem of flooding which could bring permanent solutions and I assure you that as an administration we have tried some of them, with varying degrees of success.

For instance, in partnership with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), we have constructed about four kilometres of embankments along the River Niger. We also did extensive gully erosion control projects in Ankpa, Ogugu, Ozuri, Lokoja, Kabba and other parts of the State. Despite all of that, as everyone can see, we continue to harvest this endless cycle of flood disaster every other year.

The most common sense and humane option left now is to clear human habitations and businesses from the banks of the Rivers Niger and Benue where possible. Soon, we will embark on clearing the lowlands along the entire flood-plains in the flood endemic LGAs. This will allow the rivers unimpeded flow during their annual flooding.

In Lokoja, we will have to widen the road shoulders along the banks of the River Niger as one enters the city from the NATACO area in order to establish a sufficient buffer zone between the city and the river. Ganaja junction to Ganaja Village road has also been recently re-awarded to a more efficient contractor and we will see to it that when work commences efforts will be made to raise the road above the water levels.

In the process, affected communities will be relocated to higher grounds and structures which fall into the designated work areas will have to make way. I assure you all that the government will ensure proper resettlement and rehabilitation of those who will be affected. No doubt, this will put huge burdens on the resources of the government but it will be money well-spent if it brings peace of mind to my people.

FloodList, an international publication which tracks flooding across the world confirms terrible flooding on practically all continents. Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Pakistan, Spain, China, India, the United States, and many others have all experienced flood disasters this year.

Speaking generally, the reality is that until mankind can find a solution to the global problem of climate change, it is time to do things differently so we can achieve a different and more sustainable outcome for our people.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be putting finishing touches to the work plans for this rescue operation, and as soon as the waters begin to recede into the dry season, we will start work. These are hard decisions but they are necessary for us to end this suffering for our people. They will also help us to see quicker the resilient and smart city we want our state capital to become over the next 32 years for which we are already developing a Plan of action.

Without mincing words, I say that anything is preferable to this annual loss of lives and livelihood and I assure us that my administration will continue to work for the wellbeing of ourselves and our posterity in this state. I hope I can count on the sacrifice and understanding of everyone.

I wish to commiserate with the good people of Ankpa who were visited with a different type of tragedy on Wednesday when brake failure reportedly caused the driver of a fuel tanker to lose control and his vehicle overturned. Sadly, the resulting fire incident claimed lives, injured others and caused extensive property damage. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who died and quick recovery for those injured and comfort for their loved ones.

We have sent a high-powered delegation to visit the city and assess the damage and the government is already helping the people. Once again, I deplore in the strongest terms possible senseless tragedies like this one which befall Kogi State from time to time because fuel tankers are either driven recklessly or lacking in basic maintenance. We will henceforth hold companies directly responsible for such incidents by their drivers.

On another sad note, we received news of the passing of His Royal Highness, the Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji Dr Muhammad Kabir Maikarfi III, OON on Wednesday the 28th day of September, 2022. His Royal Highness was aged 80 years old at the time of his departure. He was a true father, friend, and advisor, and a veritable compendium of wisdom, who will be dearly missed.

My heartfelt condolences to the good people of Lokoja, Kogi West and the entire Kogi State on this irreplaceable loss. May the Almighty God forgive all his shortcomings and grant him Al Jannatul Firdaus.

All in all, despite the challenges we are facing, we have also seen plenty of good things and good times and Kogi State has a lot of reasons to be grateful to the Almighty God this 1st of October, 2022. I call on all of us to engage in introspection and prayers, especially of thanksgiving and guidance, for Nigeria and for our forthcoming General Elections in 2023. We shall triumph.

Happy Independence Day to Kogites and to our compatriots all over Nigeria.

To God be the Glory!

I thank you all for listening.

YAHAYA BELLO

Governor of Kogi State

2021 Local Government Audit Report

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.

Click any of the images below to access the LGAs Audit reports.

Governor Bello present staff-of-office to Atta Igala.

It was an atmosphere of glitz and glamour in Idah, the traditional headquarters of the Igala Kingdom on Friday, 4th March as the Paramount ruler of the Kingdom, HRM Matthew Alaji Opaluwa was administered the oath of office and presented with the staff of office as the 28th Atta Igala, and President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs by the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The epoch event which marked the begining of his rule over the Kingdom, witnessed the presence of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, an array of other traditional and political dignitaries from across the Nigeria.

Governor Bello in his charge to the Royal father urged him not to politicize his new position but serve in the good interest of the people as he leads with the fear of God, fairness and justice as the banner of his reign.

He added that the New Direction Government has brought sanity into the issues of emergence of traditional rulers and chiefs in the state which in previous time were huge source of scuffle and crisis through ensuring fairness and non interference in the selection and emergence to such position.

Similarly, on the 5th of March, Governor Yahaya Bello performed the official presentation of staff of office to 104 approved, graded and upgraded traditional rulers across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Center Lokoja where 31 first class, 30 Second Class and 43 third class received oath of office.

Yahaya Bello at the event advocated that traditional institution in the country must be consciously included as the fourth tier of government if the nation would enjoy absolute security, peace and tranquility.

He added that traditional rulers are revered as the custodian and owners of the land hence they are grasped with the knowledge of their respective terrain and can easily identify crime perpetrators if they are fully incorporated into the running of government’s affairs.

Bello asserted that his administration has achieved landmark feet in security due to the deliberate involvement of the traditional institution in the state who plays pivotal role in ensuring that criminals and criminality had no footing in their respective domain.

Governor Bello present staff-of-office to Atta Igala, 104 others

It was an atmosphere of glitz and glamour in Idah, the traditional headquarters of the Igala Kingdom on Friday, 4th March as the Paramount ruler of the Kingdom, HRM Matthew Alaji Opaluwa was administered the oath of office and presented with the staff of office as the 28th Atta Igala, and President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs by the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The epoch event which marked the begining of his rule over the Kingdom, witnessed the presence of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, an array of other traditional and political dignitaries from across the Nigeria.

Governor Bello in his charge to the Royal father urged him not to politicize his new position but serve in the good interest of the people as he leads with the fear of God, fairness and justice as the banner of his reign.

He added that the New Direction Government has brought sanity into the issues of emergence of traditional rulers and chiefs in the state which in previous time were huge source of scuffle and crisis through ensuring fairness and non interference in the selection and emergence to such position.

Similarly, on the 5th of March, Governor Yahaya Bello performed the official presentation of staff of office to 104 approved, graded and upgraded traditional rulers across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Center Lokoja where 31 first class, 30 Second Class and 43 third class received oath of office.

Yahaya Bello at the event advocated that traditional institution in the country must be consciously included as the fourth tier of government if the nation would enjoy absolute security, peace and tranquility.

He added that traditional rulers are revered as the custodian and owners of the land hence they are grasped with the knowledge of their respective terrain and can easily identify crime perpetrators if they are fully incorporated into the running of government’s affairs.

Bello asserted that his administration has achieved landmark feet in security due to the deliberate involvement of the traditional institution in the state who plays pivotal role in ensuring that criminals and criminality had no footing in their respective domain.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ozigi Deedat in his address opined that the large crowd and glamour of the events indicated clearly that the people of the state held traditional institution in high esteem while the administration has consistently placed premium on the welfare and making sure that they were effective, responsible and responsive.

The Commissioner charged the beneficiary traditional rulers to use their offices to maintain and sustain peace and security in their respective domain noting that Kogi state government under governor Bello’s leadership would continue to partner with them in this regard.

Representing the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Saad Abubakar iii, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya praised the state government for another milestone in the history of traditional institution in the state under the governor’s leadership. He noted that the gesture by the state government was a call to do more in their respective locality in ensuring that the peaceful momentum was sustained.

Roads in Lokoja are now good for commuters to drive with eyes closed.

No pain, No gain.

Motorist and commuters on some of Lokoja major township roads were faced with some form of traffic problems last year due to construction works in Lokoja metropolis.

All the roads now are good for commuters to drive with eyes closed. The roads are –

1, Maigari Palace to Old Central Mosque round about.

2, Fem Hotel/GTbank junction to Kogi Circle and NTA roundabout.

3, NTA roundabout to Post Office, Marine Road(MoW/H) “Jakura” end of the road.

4, Stella Obasanjo library /Government House/Kogi Hotels.

5, GTBank Junction/Hydro Junction/Post Office and Cemetery Road Junction.

GYB SIGNATURES….. _Legacy na re ooo_ .

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