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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HE – Special 7th Anniversary Message

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TEXT OF A SPECIAL MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO COMMEMORATE THE NEW DIRECTION ADMINISTRATION’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY IN OFFICE ON THE 27TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2023

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1. Wola’le!

2. Nyaase!

3. Ẹ k’àbọ̀!

4. Great Kogites and friends, I am excited to speak to you on this 7th Anniversary of our New Direction Administration. 7 years ago, precisely on 27th January, 2016 we commenced a journey of destiny for our wonderful state and people when I stood on the podium at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja and took the Oath of Office for the first time as the 4th Executive Governor of Kogi State.

5. On that day I made several far-reaching promises on behalf of myself and my Team in the new Government. We promised that Change had come to Kogi State and that our people were the proprietors of that Change while those of us in Government were merely chauffeurs employed by them to drive it. We promised that long-standing divisions along tribal, religious and other fault-lines were over and that fairness, equity and justice to all would be guaranteed. We swore to eliminate the out-of-control insecurity Kogi was notorious for back then and we undertook to make all of Kogi’s resources work for all of Kogi’s People.

6. With the fear of God and love for our land and people in our hearts, we gave assurances that our past of backwardness and underdevelopment in Kogi State were over. It has been my privilege and pleasure since that First Inauguration to oversee an accelerated and proportional transformation of our State through innovative thinking and prudent management of all resources – human, financial, material and natural.

7. Our Administration did not underestimate the amount of work we needed to do to overcome the abysmally low levels of socioeconomic development we inherited, but we also refused to glorify impossibilities. We assembled a multidisciplinary team of Consultants to develop our New Direction Blueprint as a governance roadmap to help focus our efforts in executing the promises we made to Kogites.

8. Put simply, we met great problems but we also mobilized great courage and inventiveness to solve them together. Till today, we continue to tackle our challenges with stoicism and the heart of a Lion. For the first time since Kogi State was created we programmed equity into the spread of government appointments and projects.

9. Merit, fairness and justice determined the selection and placement of persons who worked with us, and when it came to projects, we have tried to spread the love proportionately between our 3 Senatorial Districts. Tribe, religion and class are no longer the determinants of who or where gets what. They play no role except as a measure of proportionality, and only in the pursuit of inclusivity.

10. We also made it a deliberate policy to observe affirmative action. For the first time in our history, the youth and the womenfolk occupied the largest number of high profile positions in government, and they were not only entrusted with high office, but were allowed to wield real power and influence. It is to their credit above all others that the Kogi State which has begun to emerge under our stewardship is beginning to take the shape of the greatness we could only dream of at inception.

11. Kogi is a microcosm of Nigeria and possesses the same diversities that, often mismanaged, have caused so much tension and conflict in our nation. However, in the last 7 years of this Administration, working together as fellow Kogites, I can say with every sense of responsibility that we have been able to recalibrate attitudes to the point that we have a state today that is more secure, united and peaceful than at any other time since her creation.

12. In 2019, Kogi State showed us great appreciation with their electoral support. They reelected Mr. President and the Vice President with very sound margins before giving us a clean sweep of the various legislative seats. APC candidates won 3 out of 3 Senate seats, with one being reclaimed in subsequent rerun polls. We also took 7 out of 9 House of Representatives seats and all 25 seats in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

13. On November 16, 2019 when I came up for reelection for a second term, my people surprised me with a historic vote tally that saw me beating my nearest challenger with over 215,000 votes! That election also signaled a drastic paradigm shift in how we play our politics. Henceforth, politicians and their parties will be obligated to court every constituency if they wish to govern Kogi State. Like I said in my 2nd Term Inaugural Address on 27th January, 2020, I am indeed grateful that Kogi people counted me worthy to be the protagonist of these new realities. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

14. We have worked assiduously as an Administration to fulfill the mandate which our people have so enthusiastically entrusted to us twice now. We have executed life-transforming projects across the length and breadth of Kogi State – from City to Town to Villages, even Hamlets. At a time when the Naira has been steadily contracting in real value and supply, our Administration can boast of an array of projects numbering in their thousands.

15. Many of these projects have been completed, while many more are racing to completion. They include hundreds of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare and educational institutions which we have built from scratch or substantially reconstructed. Others are brand new infrastructure and utilities that cut across all sectors which we designed and built to improve the lives of our people in both urban and rural areas.

16. I shall resist the temptation to go into a detailed listing of our projects, there will always be a time and place for that. Moreover, anyone can find them easily on our various websites, especially www.kogipedia.net and www.kogistate.gov.ng. It is enough therefore to point out that a few, such as the Reference Hospital, Okene which houses both an MRI Centre and Nigeria’s first hyperbaric treatment facility are of national, even continental, significance. The Ganaja Flyover and Interchange at Lokoja is the first, but certainly not going to be the last, in Kogi State.

17. Other projects are the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara which we founded, the Confluence Rice Mill, Ejiba, the GYB Model Science Secondary Schools, the Muhammadu Buhari Square (Civic Centre) at Lokoja, hundreds of kilometres of urban and rural roads, innumerable water supply schemes, a state universal healthcare insurance scheme and simply uncountable number of projects sited everywhere you look in Kogi State.

18. Our performance matrix is rooted in an overall mission statement as an Administration, which reads thus: ‘To develop Kogi State into Nigeria’s foremost and most secure emerging commercial hub through optimization of the state’s geographical location, natural endowments and human resources for a sustainable future.’ This mission is the passion that drives us.

19. We do have a lot to be grateful for, especially to the men and women who have given of their time and talents to make our achievements possible. Many of them were with us in the first term and did not make it back in the second, mainly due to the political realities of zoning and rotation peculiar to many constituencies. We thought of having an extended family Get-Together today to reconnect with some of them that we have not seen in a while but that was not to be. Nevertheless, we thank them for their service.

20. If you see me fixated on providing transformational leadership and good governance in Kogi State, it is because our President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari has laid down solid examples which I find inspirational. Mr. President has surpassed every Nigerian president before him in the delivery of strategic infrastructure across Nigeria and I am compelled to follow suit in Kogi State.

21. My people, ladies and gentlemen, no single Governor can completely rebuild a society in the time available to one administration, but even if we vacate office today, we can live with a clear conscience, confident that we did our best for Kogites with the time and resources available to us. So, on this 7th year of our Administration in Lugard House, we celebrate our achievements for our people because they are the most important measures of how far and how well we have come.

22. To me, Kogi State is a metaphor for our Nation. We are the intersection at the heart of Nigeria where compatriots from different parts of Nigeria meet everyday on their journey of life, share a meal or a short rest and travel together to mutual destinations. Our aspiration is a Nigeria where we can all meet in our rich diversity, unite in our nationhood and travel together towards our shared greatness.

23. I thank the Great People of Kogi State for their trust and support from inception till date. We are going to count greatly on it for the rest of the journey.

24. In the end, we humbly return all thanks and praises to the Almighty God. He alone is the Doer of everything we can lay claim to have done in Office as a Government. Without His enablement we would have been both helpless and useless. To God be the Glory!

25. I wish all of us in the New Direction Administration and indeed all Kogites hearty felicitations on this 7th Anniversary of our Government. Let us pause briefly wherever we are now, observe a moment of prayer and of thanksgiving, and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. Then let us tighten our belts and sandals and get ready for the last and 8th lap of this race. I assure you that the next one year is going to be hectic as we intend to multiply geometrically in creativity, innovation and productivity.

26. My heartfelt appreciation to all and sundry.

YAHAYA BELLO

Governor of Kogi State

 

How can they be happy?

The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, will continue to fight bad actors across the state, to ensure the peace of the State remains irrespective of what is thrown at it…

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GYB New Direction Government in 7 years

The story of our stewardship in the last 7 years, is a classic tale of choosing a new direction and confronting whatever challenges it brings with courage, no matter how overwhelming they might become.

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GYB ON A THANK YOU VISIT TO PMB

Governor Yahaya Bello pays a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Today, 13th January, 2023 the Kogi State Governor, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, GSSRS was received in audience at the Nations oval office by the President and Commander-in- Chief of the Arm forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

The Governor was on a THANK YOU greeting to the President for obliging the Government and people of the confluence state such a remarkable and historic 1 day project commissioning visit on the 29th December, 2022.

In summary, such visit remains an indelible mark in our annals and Kogi state will forever be grateful Mr President.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, A Life of Service.!

If you showed me a man without failings, then you just pointed me in the direction of an angel.

But when acknowledgement of imperfections make an individual rise above the impiety of the mundane, we need to recognise that such a soul no longer operates on the horizontal of the ordinary.

For the rarity of such personalities on this plane, where life robs people of opportunities by throwing just anything their way, we often interpret the determination and tenacity of purpose displayed by those with the resolve to shun life’s robbing gifts as excessive ambition, greed and arrogance. We judge them for not allowing their potential become deteriorated by immediate gains and satisfaction.

Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, like others in ‘limited-edition’ individuals driven by the clarity of their vision, turns eyeless to sneers, and draws strength from his resolve to make a difference in any situation requiring sagacity and transformational leadership. As a pupil of life who has had a taste of lack, disappointments and betrayals, he has learnt that not taking eyes off the ball is a proven tactic for accomplishment.

Guided by this tenet, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu easily soldiers through the storm of distractions, ignores cynicism and mitigates envy on his way to glory. Even though his achievements have made him…

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Thriller of a National Youth Town Hall Meeting in Abuja for Tinubu-Shettima hosted by #GovYahayaBello

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Nigerian youths re-affirm their Unshaken stance with Tinubu||Shettima. #RenewedHope #TinubuMeetsYouth #NationalYouthTownHall

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Disbursement of funds to Micro and Small Business Owners in Kogi State

Kogi State Government has begun disbursement of funds to the Micro and Small business owners in the State in order to boost entrepreneurial development across the state.

The Micro Small Business Owners begin the New Year with alerts from the Kogi State Government as KG-CARES, Result Area 3 commences disbursement to beneficiaries; a project been implemented by Kogi Enterprise Development Agency.

The fund is the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KG-CARES) targeting businesses that were adversely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Kogi Enterprise Development Agency, KEDA through His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello had promised to make Kogi State a business hub through its various intervention programs, one of the thematic areas of his administration.

The funds are meant to facilitate the recovery of MSEs and enhance the capacities of small businesses in the operational sector, not leaving behind those who took loans from financial institutions and for ICT enhancement. DLI 3.1 is a Credit Grant, DLI 3.2 is an Operational Grant while DLI 3.3 is an ICT Enhancement Grant.

Managing Director/CEO KEDA, Hajia Rekiya Onaivo Sanni expressed gratitude to the Governor for keeping to his promises and putting smiles on Kogites’ faces even as the new year begins.

She said the Governor has shown “unparalleled commitment” to business growth and wealth creation in the State.

“The Governor put us on our toes and gave us a marching order to ensure business owners get the funds in the first week of January. She went futher to explain that “as aatter of fact, this is a grant and not loan given to beneficiaries and they are not expected to pay back.

“My staff went to work to deliver on the mandate of His Excellency because we know and understand his passion for business growth in the state. Let me reiterate the fact that KEDA is desirous in monitoring the application of the funds to ensure they are used for the purposes they are meant for”.

She added that this is just an iceberg of supports queued by the New Direction Government to Kogi Business Communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Eniola Jethro told reporters that he received a huge sum of money to expand his business, thanking the State Government for making the year prosperous from the beginning.

He said: “I woke up to alert from the KG-CARES this morning and I was wondering if it was a dream. But it is a reality. While we were celebrating during the Christmas and New Year, our Government was busy working to put smiles on our faces. Thank you Yahaya Bello”, he said.

Another beneficiary who simply introduced herself as Oyiza said she will deploy the funds to expanding her dry cleaning services.

“I was already gathering money for my rent, but now, I can pay the rent and still have enough to buy a few things I need to improve my business. This Governor has made us so happy this year already”, she said.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria Deputy Coordinator for Kogi West, Comrade Eniola Olayemi hailed the Kogi Enterprise Development Agency for the “sterling transparency in selecting beneficiaries”, saying the nation will be better if people with genuine needs and business plans are treated the manner Kogi State is currently doing.

“With the mechanism KEDA set up in line with the Governor’s principle of equity and transparency, it was so seamless and everyone is satisfied”, he said.

Yemi Balogun

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A gold-plated legacy

The President did not only storm the state in style, he also commissioned Bello’s amazing projects and recognised the greatness imbued in the 47-year- old governor. There is no doubt that no sector in Kogi State has received as much attention as the health sector since Governor Bello came to power in 2016.

Aside from the completed state-of-the-art Medical Diagnostic Centre in the State that will arguably become the best in the country, lots of other beneficial health programmes have been going on, one of which is the Healthcare Plus concept that has been applauded as one of the best intervention scheme across the Federation.

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Buhari’s visit to Kogi State

By HAFSAT IBRAHIM

INDEED, there is time for everything in life. There is a time to invest and a time to pack, a time to sow and a time to reap. There is a time to work hard in hope and a time to be appreciated and commended. A lot has been said and written about Governor Yahaya Bello’s remarkable relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari and the doors it has opened for the former in his bid to transform Kogi state.

The crowning glory of his stewardship therefore must be the fact that on December 29, 2022, the President did not only storm the state in style, he also commissioned Bello’s amazing projects and recognised the greatness imbued in the 47-year- old governor. There is no doubt that no sector in Kogi State has received as much attention as the health sector since Governor Bello came to power in 2016.

Aside from the completed state-of-the-art Medical Diagnostic Centre in the State that will arguably become the best in the country, lots of other beneficial health programmes have been going on, one of which is the Healthcare Plus concept that has been applauded as one of the best intervention scheme across the Federation.

Indeed, Gov Bello has transformed Kogi State in all sectors, ranging from health, education and security. Upon becoming the governor, he made a lot of promises and has fulfilled about 80% of them.

Some time in May 2022, myself and a couple of colleagues visited the state to see for ourselves the amazing work of the governor. The Reference Hospital was one of the projects we inspected. It is not only huge, it is impressive in terms of quality of work done and the entire edifice of the building.

The hospital, among other projects which were near completion as at then, is now completed and was finally commissioned on December 29 by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Reference Hospital is adjudged to be the first of its kind in Nigeria with modern medical facilities and of international standard.

Among other landmark projects commissioned by President Buhari were the new Palace of Ohinoyi of Ebira Land in Okene and the fly-over Bridge at Ganaja Junction, Lokoja. The importance of the fly-over project cannot be overemphasized as it will tackle traffic congestion and ease the movement of road users and residents who use the township road to access other parts of the city like Phase II, Barracks and the road that leads to Okene, Obajana and Kabba.

President Buhari also commissioned the Okene-Agasa-Ukpgoro road and other township roads in Okene, together with ambulances, special security vehicles, the GYB Model Science Secondary School Adankolo in Lokoja, andMuhammadu Buhari Civic Centre.

President Buhari, in his remark, commended the governor for delivering all his electioneering campaign promises to Kogites. He also urged the good people of the state to cooperate and support the governor for him to deliver more dividends of democracy to them. While commissioning the legacy project implemented by the Kogi State Government, President Buhari said Gov. Bello had performed creditably in his two terms as governor of the state.

He also commended the governor for rising up to the occasion in many sectors, especially security. ”We are proud of him and I encourage the people of Kogi State to continue to support him and his team as they are working hard to ensure peace, security and development in the state. I am glad that we have an impressive array of legacy projects through your own state government as proof of our stewardship of Kogi. The APC Administration has indelible footprints in Kogi,” he said.

Speaking on the determination of his administration to position Kogi as an industrial hub as well as a solid mineral power base, the president explained how the Federal Government achieved the resolution of all legal entanglements that had bogged down the progress of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex. According to him, the project stands to benefit the people of the state immensely as it would generate $1.6 billion annually and provide 500,000 estimated jobs for Nigerian youths.

“No other single project holds the key to unlocking this vast potential as much as the Ajaokuta Steel Complex which we inherited as a long moribund complex strangulating under a tangle of local and international commercial disputes. I am glad to report that as we begin to round off in office, we can genuinely say that our administration has rescued Ajaokuta from all legal disabilities. It is now ready for concessioning to a private investor with the right profiles to put it to work for Nigeria in general and Kogi in particular.

”The process has cost this Federal Government over 400 million dollars so far, but I consider it money well spent as we move closer to achieving our objective of transforming Kogi State into Nigeria’s iron and steel powerhouse,” he said.

Bill of Law 2023

The Kogi State Appropriation Law, 2023 assented to by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, this 30th day of December, 2022.

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