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*** 

Security

Kogi, China Partner On $60m Smart Security Architecture

Kogi State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese investors for the provision of a first-of-its-kind high technology security architecture for the state.

This will enhance the resolve of the state To decimate terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements that may want to infiltrate Kogi and other states t shares boundaries with.

The smart security architecture will capture movements in and out of Kogi State from a control centre.

The state government said, in sealing this laudable security control deal, all stakeholders, including the Army, Department of State Services, Navy, Police and local vigilantes, among others, were carried along.

The Chief Executive Officer, Kogi State Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnership Agency, Abdulkareem Siyaka, disclosed that a lot of work went into the conceptualisation and design of the project with the Chinese firm, Hytera, to eventually arrive at an investment deal that would greatly improve the state’s economy while also grinding insecurity to halt in Kogi State as well as across adjoining states.

He disclosed this at the opening of a two-day interactive workshop on “Kogi State Mission Critical Support System: A 21st century integrated smart state/security architecture”, held in Abuja.

He noted that the project was expected to create over 685,000 jobs, attract over N591bn investment, yearly, while also encouraging migration to rural areas in the state, adding that a 5G licence had already been acquired by the state from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Siyaka said, “We are putting the whole state on the map, real-time, virtual, audio and visual, so as you enter Kogi State from anywhere, even though the bush, we will see you. I won’t go into too much details because of the sensitivity of the architecture. But the components will be manned by a command/control centre.

“The idea is that the moment you come into the state, we will see you; if you’re driving, if you’re walking, you have metal, if you’re talking, we will be able to pick it and then if you do something wrong, we will be able to intercept you using our field personnel on the ground etc.”

The KOSIPA CEO added, “Our boss, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, is futuristic in everything he does. He is not a leader that jokes with the security of the state. That is why we are Number One in that area today.

“He knows that, to develop Kogi State, he will need to be ahead of criminals by using artificial intelligence, by using super crime fighting infrastructure. We are bordered by 11 states we don’t have control over, so the best way to immunize, to arm ourselves is to go into this kind of project.”

Governor Yahaya Bello, while declaring the workshop open, said he was confident that the project, which would be driven by 5G network and a 30Megawatt gas-powered electricity plant to be built by an American company, would not only ensure a safer Kogi State, but would improve economic and infrastructural development, greatly.

Governor Bello said, “There cannot be any meaningful development without adequate security. We are a serious government ready to harness every of our resources for the benefit of our people. We will continue to do our best. We have received several awards in terms of providing safety and security for our people. That is a call to do more and we will do more.

“I want to assure the people of Kogi State that to my last day in office, I will continue to cooperate with all our law enforcement agencies and our citizens across board to make sure we fight these criminals to a standstill.”

GYB Flags Off Exercise Enduring Peace II

Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello on Tuesday flagged off “Exercise Enduring Peace II” at Owunoh community along Ajaokuta-Okene road, Okene Local Government of the state.

Governor Bello assured the commander and personnel of “Exercise Enduring Peace” of his administration’s support in ensuring a successful operation. He charged the personnel to treat criminals with equal punishment without gender, religious and party discrimination.

During the ceremony, Governor Bello commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the Nigerian Armed Forces in achieving a lasting peace for the country.

Bello also extended his commendation to the Chief of Army Staff , Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, heads and personnel of other security agencies for their efforts in securing the nation.

During the ceremony, the representative of the Chief of Army Staff and Commander, Command Army Records, Chari Maigumeri Barracks, Major General Sunday I. Igbinomwanhia disclosed that the exercise was to consolidate and build on the existing peace in the state. While seeking further cooperation from the people, Major General I. Igbinomwanhia commended Governor Bello for been ruthless to the criminals in the state with assurances of sustaining the onslaught against enemies of the state in whatever names.

Exercise Enduring Peace II is a joint task force comprises of the Army, Naval, Police, Civil Defence, Immigration, Customs and vigilante personnel.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

18/10/2022

GYB stopped to salute vigilantes along Abuja – Lokoja Road

The sacrifices being made by men of the state vigilante service cannot be fully appreciated. This was the Governor’s expression of gratitude when he stopped to salute some of the vigilantes along the Abuja-Lokoja expressway.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed shared on Wednesday, stating Bello’s commendation of the security personnel.

“Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello has commended the personnel of the State Vigilante Service for their sacrifices in ensuring a peaceful and crime-free Kogi state.

“The Governor who stopped over to motivate the security personnel patrolling the Abuja-Lokoja highway at Karara village on Wednesday charged the vigilantes and other security agencies to sustain the onslaught against kidnappers and other criminal elements in the area.

“The Governor assured them and other security agencies in the state of his administration’s continuous support and cooperation.

“Criminal activity on Abuja-Lokoja Highway has been brought down to ground zero in recent times owing to the strong security architecture of the state.”

GYB inaugurates the Kogi State boundary committee

Governor Bello inaugurates the Kogi State boundary committee

…task them to ensure lasting resolution of lingering boundary tussles

Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has inaugurated a 15-man Kogi State Boundary Committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja tasking them to work towards the lasting resolution of all lingering boundary concerns.

During the event which took place on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, the governor noted that setting up such a committee was a responsibility in a bid to maintain peace and security knowing how notorious boundary conflict could be.

He recalled that before his administration, there were boundary conflicts with some neighbouring states, within the states and even amongst communities and clans; however, his administration had been able to maintain peaceful co-existence.

The Governor asserted despite sharing boundaries with over 9 states, his government had come up with its own initiative to maintain peace.

He said that aside from the interstate meeting between Kogi State and the FCT in July, his government deemed it necessary to set up the Kogi State Boundary Committee drawing its legal backing from Section 24 (1) of the National Boundary Commission Act of 2006 which empowered state government in that regards.

The Governor revealed that a Director General would be appointed for the committee which would most preferably be a civil servant in a bid to ensure the smooth daily running of the committee.

In his response, the Deputy Governor and Chairman, of the Kogi State Boundary Committee thanked the Governor for his sterling leadership which has allowed the state to weather trying times even as regards boundary conflicts and crises.

He assured that the committee would utilize their wealth of experience to navigate all existing conflicts amongst boundary states asserting that their first task was the delineation between the state and the Federal Capital Territory which would commence on Monday and span for 21 days.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Governor Yahaya Bello Commends Nigerian Navy

Gov Yahaya Bello and the Officers of Nigerian Naval Command…

Gov. Bello Commends Nigerian Navy,calls for Relocation of Central Naval Command HQ to Kogi

…receives FOC Central Naval command

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has commended the effort of the Nigerian Navy in their fight against insecurity and the protection of the Nigerian Waterways while calling for the relocation of the Central Naval Command Headquarters to Kogi state.

The governor pointed out that the historic and geographic location of the state validates such request.

Bello who made the commendation and request on Monday while receiving a courtesy visit from the Flag officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral I Abbas added that the command centre would serve a better purpose if such relocation was approved.

Governor Bello hailed the Chief of Naval staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo for repositioning the Nigeria Navy by being highly dutiful, adding that during his tenure pestering issues of bunkering, theft and other criminal activities on the waterways have grossly reduced.

He noted that the Commander’s courtesy call was a huge show of comradeship and togetherness asserting that his readiness to serve the Nigerian nation was laudable.

The governor also appreciated Commodore K I Odubanjo, Commander NNS LUGARD for the great job done and professionalism he has displayed in the state, urging him to do more for the people and the state.

Governor Bello promised that his administration would continue to appreciate security operatives and give them maximum support so that there job would be made easy.

In his opening remarks, the FOC central Naval command, informed the governor that he was in the state to acquaint and familiarise himself with operations of units under his command, examine their operational activities with a view to make inputs and find out challenges.

He thanked the governor for the support he has been providing to the base, noting that he was well aware of how the state governor accommodated and rendered support towards the establishment and its operation in the State.

Officers on the delegation of the FOC included Command Operations Officer, Commodore S T Lengava, Captain JB Eturu, Command Project Officer, Commander SY Ochepo, Command Education Officer.

Others were LT CDR ET Jejelowo, Command Provost Marshal, LIEUTENANT Commander IB Umar, Base Operations officer, NNS LUGARD and SUB Lieutenant A Suleiman, Flag to the FOC.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

18/07/2022

GYB meets LGAs Chairmen, Professional Hunters, Vigilantes, charges more action against criminals

Security: Governor Yahaya Bello meets LGAs Chairmen, Professional Hunters, Vigilantes, charges more action against criminals

Kogi State governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello on Monday met with local government chairmen, professional hunters, heads of vigilantes, and the head of the Nigerian Legion in the state for a security strategic meeting.

The Governor commended the security personnel and charged them to up their games in the battle against criminal elements in the state. Bello stressed that there was a need to strengthen the process of information and intelligence gathering and synergy among security units in the state.

He noted that amongst all achievements and successes of his administration, security tops the rank and will do what it takes to ensure the people of the state live in peace. He charged the non-conventional security personnel to intensify efforts in Identifying all criminals, their collaborators, informants, sponsors, and leaders, and deal with them following the law of the land.

“I want to reiterate my stand once more that I will never negotiate with criminals. Only a weak government negotiate with criminals. If you identify anybody in my government who is supporting crimes direct or indirectly please expose them and we shall deal with them like common criminals. Our people must live in peace. We will continue to fight any act of criminality till the last second of our stay in office. To the criminals outside there; I shall lead the war against you from the frontline.”

The governor urged stronger ties among all security agencies in the state and strongly warned against saboteurs.

“You must collaborate amongst yourselves to succeed. The fact that security personnel signed to die in the line of duties is not enough for them to be killed by these ragtag elements calling themselves bandits, kidnappers and terrorists. Protect yourselves and go against them with common intention” the Governor added.

Declaring the meeting open, the State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara (Rtd) commended the non-conventional security personnel in the state and urged them to sustain the onslaught against criminal elements in complementing the effort of the conventional security agencies in the state.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

04/07/2022

THE RENAISSANCE OF EFFECTIVE SECURITY SERVICES IN KOGI STATE UNDER GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO, GYB

SPOTLIGHT ON “THE RENAISSANCE OF EFFECTIVE SECURITY SERVICES IN KOGI STATE UNDER GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO, GYB”

When the Latin notion, E Pluribus Unum” meaning “Out of Many; One is chosen”, was opined, it obviously was inspired by the life of a revered, relentless and remarkable man. It therefore would not be out of place to compare such traits to a man who has distinguished himself in effective governance and selfless leadership coupled with an unassuming demeanour; The Executive Governor of Kogi State, his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello.

On assumption of office after a divine twist of events and a political cul de sac, Governor Yahaya Bello was sworn into office in January 2016. On assumption, it was an obvious fact that he had a daunting task of rejigging the socio-economic potential of the State cutting across healthcare, education, youth and women empowerment, environmental protection and indeed security. Security being a critical factor for socio-economic stability was a critical area of focus for the Bello administration.

Before Governor Yahaya Bello assumed office, there were myriads of security challenges bedevilling the State including kidnappings, blood ritual murders, banditry, terrorism burglary and robbery. But on his resuming office, Governor Bello swung into action by doing a sweep of the road corridors traversing the Confluence State. In the process the shrubs on the road shoulders and sides which had become a convenient tool for perpetrating kidnapping and banditry was cleared. As a result road travellers could see as far as 150 metres ahead while threading these roads. This led to a drastic drop in kidnap cases in the State. According to statistics there were at least 25 kidnap cases every month in the State before the Governor assumed office, but after less than a year in office of Governor Bello, the cases had dropped to an average of 2. At the onset of his administration also, an ISWAP cell was discovered in Okene area of the State.

They were responsible for bombing of the Deeper life Bible Church killing 17 people with over 70 injured. Governor Bello changed the narrative and routed out the cell from the State. Before Governor Bello assumed office, incidents of farmers herders clashes were also rampant, however Governor Bello adopted strategic approaches to ensure peaceful co-existence and cohesion by ensuring holistic cooperation.

These achievements are attributable to the provision of over 200 utility and patrol vehicles for security agencies in the state tagged, “Operation Total Freedom”. The State Government under Governor Bello also recruited over 6,000 local vigilantes empowered with motorcycles for providing intelligence information for the conventional security agencies. Nonetheless, State of the Art security gadgets were also procured for the Operation which was established by the Bello administration. 500 motorcycles were also procured for security patrol operations and while the services of vigilante security operatives were engaged.

To further capitulate on these efforts, Governor Yahaya Bello declared war against armed robbers and criminals in the State by daring to apprehend and prosecute shadow criminal lords deemed untouchable as their hide outs were rooted and demolished. He also constructed the Army Forward Operations Base at various places across the State to enhance the security in the State.

The state Government also sponsored the training of 441 Special Constabulary Police Personnel at the Nigerian Police Training College, Ilorin, Kwara State. The results of these interventions came to the fore in 2017, when a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, stated that out of the 134,663 cases of crime reported in the country; Bauchi, Kebbi and Kogi states had the lowest rates. In the same year, Kogi had no cases of burglary while the state with the highest level of crime had 1,213 cases. Little wonder, in recognition of these contributions to the nations’ anti-terrorism and banditry efforts, Governor Yahaya Bello was conferred an Award of Recognition by the Inspector General of Police for his determination to rid the State of such elements.

Just recently, the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) as well, made up of journalists on the crime beat, appointed Governor Bello as its patron in recognition of his efforts which led to Kogi being adjudged as one of the states with the lowest crime rate in the country.

As it has often been said in religious fora “where there is light, darkness comprehends it not” therefore to further boost security, electric power supply in the State received a boost with various degrees of intervention for the Power Holding Company serving the State. In consideration of checking youth unemployment and drudgery which are pedestal for crime and social vices, the Bello administration also empowered them economically and through educational opportunities.

Today, it is on record that his administration has the highest number of women and youths captured in the States intervention programmes. It suffice to say that in the African cultural milieu “A child who washes his hands clean can sit with the elders” The 2023 elections are around the corner and Governor Yahaya Bello GYB, having washed his hands clean by repositioning the Confluence State to an epochal scale, has thrown in his cap in the ring to join in the race to be the President of Nigeria, PYB. This is for him to further contribute his bit to making Nigeria, a country of our dreams.

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