Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has made significant progress in the state’s legislative agenda by signing five bills into law. The signing ceremony took place on Monday at the EXCO Hall in the Government House, Lokoja, and was witnessed by esteemed dignitaries, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Matthew Kolawole, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim (SAN), and the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr. Ayoade Arike Folashade.
Describing the event as unprecedented and a milestone in the state’s history, Governor Bello emphasized the importance of the bills in improving rural infrastructure, education, cultural advancement and transformation of the the state. He expressed his administration’s strong commitment to rural development and praised the Kogi State House of Assembly for its exceptional performance.
“We have never had it this good in the history of the State House of Assembly,” said Governor Bello, expressing his gratitude to the Speaker and other principal members of the House. He acknowledged the harmony, synergy, integration, and cooperation among the various arms of government under his leadership.
Governor Bello also commended the state Attorney General for meticulously reviewing the bills to ensure their compliance with existing laws of the country. He affirmed his administration’s dedication to taking the state to greater heights.
Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mathew Kolawole, in his remarks, expressed delight that the bills were not just passed but also signed into law. He commended Governor Bello for fostering a peaceful atmosphere and promoting a harmonious working relationship between the executive and the legislature.
The bills signed into law by the governor include:
1. A law to establish the Glory College of Health Science and Technology, Oke-Bukun, and other related matters (2023).
2. A law to provide for the retirement of teachers in Kogi State and other related matters (2023).
3. A law to establish the Kogi State Roads Fund Management and Administration Board (KOSRFMAB) for the management, planning, development, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and maintenance of Class “B,” Class “C,” and Class “D” roads in Kogi State and other related matters (2023).
4. A law to provide for the peaceful celebration of Ebira traditional and cultural festivals in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi State and other related matters (2023) to advance cultural development and maintain peace and security during cultural festivals.
5. Kogi State Rural Access Roads Agency, RARA which is aimed at managing, developing, rehabilitating, reconstructing and maintenance of Class “C” and Class “D” roads in the State.
Governor Bello’s commitment to enacting these laws signifies his dedication to the development and progress of Kogi State, and it is expected that they will contribute significantly to the betterment of the state and its people.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor