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*** 

NTA Panelist Commends Governor Yahaya Bello's Security Strategy

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On-going construction of Ohinoyi Palace...

KOGI STATE PROCURES ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT AMBULANCES

Kogi State sets another record as it procures sophisticated Advanced Life Support Ambulances (ALSA) to serve the good people of Kogi State. The ambulance which will be the first of its kind in the History of the State will place Kogi among the very few States in the Country to own such a State of art mobile life saving unit. The ambulance has fitted in it all Intensive Care Unit (ICU) gadgets that can be used by Paramedics/Medical personnel to perform resuscitation and other advanced interventions while on transit to the hospital. Some of the gadgets specific for Advanced Life Saving manoeuvres include: Ventilator, AED, Pump infusion devices, capacity to deliver medications etc. These are in addition to other gadgets for Basic Life Support.

This is a milestone achievment for His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State as this will boost our ability for rapid response to medical emergencies. Our amiable Governor continues to display his love and commitment to the Health Sector by approving innovative ways to ensure the good people of Kogi State are able to access quality and affordable Health care Services. With this Governor at the helm of affairs, it continues to remain a rare privilege to be a Kogite at such a time.

Dr Saka Haruna Audu
Honourable Commissioner

RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
1. Installation of 500KVA/33KV/0.415KV at Igala Unity House
2. Installation of transformer at Inozi/Ageva, Okene LGA.
3. Installation of transformer at Central bank Area I community, Lokoja.
4. Installation of transformer at Kogi State Hajj Commission, Lokoja.
5. The completion of 33KV electricity overhead line extension from Zango-Daji junction to Banda in Kogi State.
6. Supply/procurement of 6Nos. of 500KVA/33KV/0.415KV transformer at MRD Headquarters.
7. Step down of transformers at:
(a) Odokoro in Ijumu LGA
(b) Ileteju/Ogidi in Ijumu LGA
(c) Ekirin Adde in Ijumu LGA
(d) Iyara in Ijumu LGA
(e) Owode/Ogidi in Ijumu LGA
8. Step down of 500KVA/33KV/0.415KV transformer at Ife Olukotun
9. Completion of electrification of Isanlu GRA, Yagba East

10. Electrification project at some communities in Adavi Eba:
(a) Opetu community
(b) Ebachi community
(c) Apachi Adoza community
(d) Irevure Eba community
(e) Ikamani/Adador community

11. Step down of transformer at Karara/Igoti community, Kogi LGA
12. Electrification project at Irepeni/Oziokutu, Adavi LGA
13. Electrification of Araba Salifu, Ajonugbelegu Emewe Opada I & II Community, Abocho, Dekina LGA. Additional Work: Ajakalaga, Okowowolo, Ofoda.
14. Step down and Installation of 500KVA/33KV/0.415KV transformer at Omoko, Kogi LGA.

15. Completion and connection to the National Grid of the following communities in Kogi LGA:
(a) Onzo
(b) Robomi
(c) Kusa
(d) Tazeyin

16. Completion of electrification projct at Irepeni 1 & II communities, Adavi LGA.

RURAL ELECTRIFICATION.: Irevure/ Aleri substation, Adagor/ Ikamani substation, Ebachi/ Apasi Adoza substation, Opetu/Adede substation.

GANAJA FLYOVER PROGRESSING RAPIDLY. GYB IS COMMITTED TO DELIVERING THE PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

REFERENCE HOSPITAL, OKENE RUSHING TOWARDS COMPLETION. Roofing, other major external works including Alucobond placement has progressed appreciably.

Zonal Hospital Idah experiences a facelift as Kogi State Government completes facility upgrade to specialist status.

Before and during the construction.

After the construction.

On-going construction and renovation of Kogi State Specialist Hospital

Newly Constructed Administrative Block and Lecture Theatre at Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba.

Ozuri road and other constructions in kogi central

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Governor Yahaya Bello kickstarts sustainable development of Kogi State into the future as he inaugurates high-powered Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

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GYB-PROJECTS: 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

KOGI STATE PROCURES THE FIRST NIGERIA’S HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENT CHAMBER.

KOGI STATE PROCURES ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT AMBULANCES

On the spot assessment of the on going GYB SCIENCE SECONDARY SCHOOL ADANKOLO, LOKOJA. It's a 3-Storey building. A 2021 funded project with December 2021 expected completion date. Ensuring Value for Money is one of the objectives of Kogi State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning. Under GYB, Education is KEY.

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Governor Yahaya Bello inspect projects inLokoja metropolis...

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Update on projects, finished and under construction in Kogi State...

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GYB's Week in Review...

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WELCOME ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO THE OPENING SESSION OF THE NIGERIAN MEDIA MERIT (NMMA) AWARDS, 2021 AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LOKOJA ON FRIDAY, 29TH OCTOBER, 2021

WELCOME ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO THE OPENING SESSION OF THE NIGERIAN MEDIA MERIT (NMMA) AWARDS, 2021 AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LOKOJA ON FRIDAY, 29TH OCTOBER, 2021

Protocols

The Good People of Kogi State, Lokoja our Capital City and I are elated to have members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm in town tonight. Kogi is Nigeria’s Confluence State – mainly because Rivers Niger and Benue meet here in Lokoja, but also because every single day Nigerians from all over the country meet in Kogi State as they crisscross from South to North and vice versa and friendships and bonds are formed here that transcend tribe and religion. We are therefore the Big Heart at the Centre of the Nation!

The term, ‘fourth estate of the realm’ with reference to the media and her practitioners is attributed to Edmund Burke, a British parliamentarian of the 18th century. He is said to have acknowledged the 3 Arms of Government during a Legislative session, but noted that a ‘fourth estate’ was seated in the Reporters’ Gallery which he considered to be of equal power. If I have learnt anything during my 6 years in Office as a Governor, it is that the Honourable Edmund Burke was wrong to an extent. The fact is that a truly free and vibrant press is more powerful than the 3 traditional Arms of Government combined!

On the one hand, modern society cannot do without journalists. In fact the world would be a scary and dark place without the mavens who collect, curate and communicate information in a timely and responsible manner. In so doing they dispel falsehood, eliminate dangerous assumptions and provide societies with the basic premises upon which governance and other decisions can be made. This helps to bring order to society and engender human cooperation.

On the flip side, lives and whole societies have been ruined by the irresponsible practice of journalism by media practitioners, or quacks who impersonate them. The use of the tools of the journalist’s trade to deal in hate speech has set off many a fire which ultimately consumed whole politics and their people. Fake news is ubiquitous nowadays, whether it is rumour-mongering, dangerous innuendo, character assassination or other forms of inaccurate reportage. The problem is so endemic that in Q3 2020 alone, statistics show there were 1.8 billion engagements with fake news on Facebook alone! Nigeria, like many countries, has fallen victim to it many times, sometimes with devastating loss of lives or properties.

The Press is therefore one of the inescapable hallmarks of modern society and in particular, the custodian of public perception. What a divine responsibility! However, the Press is useful only to the extent that it functions within the ambits of verity and veracity and in line with demands of propriety. It must regulate itself with the help of the Law to avoid malfunction. Practitioners must recognise that due to the incredible powers which society has entrusted to them, there is a corresponding demand for responsibility, ethics and professionalism in the exercise of those powers by journalists.

Necessity is therefore laid on the real journalists to stand up and be counted when it comes to taking back their profession from the quacks and the hacks, specifically the myriad of unregulated persons armed with Internet-enabled devices who haunt the media space, especially on social media.

These malicious persons wreck lives and reputations by the millions simply because someone paid them, or because they have real or imagined grouse against an individual or institution. Worse, they proceed without a care in the world because no one regulates them.

This is why the Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA) Trust is perhaps one of the most important institutions which could exist right now. By rewarding merit in the way individuals and media houses practice journalism, the NMMAs provide critical motivation for the real journalists to do their work professionally. In this way the NMMAs help to promote sanity in the industry and simultaneously function as an accountability partner for most professional journalists.

When I received the Board members of the Trust and other pertinent stakeholders in a courtesy visit yesterday, I was not in the least surprised to see that it is comprised of the doyens of the profession and people of impeccable personal character, whose love for journalism as a profession and the media as an industry can never be doubted. Interacting with them, I came to understand their passion to enshrine merit into the core of media work in Nigeria. We are indeed proud to partner with you to deliver the NMMAs in this 31st year of the NMMA Trust. Even after now, we will commit to help move forward this laudable objective of recognising and rewarding merit-based media practice.

Tonight is not for long speeches. My duty here is to welcome you all to this 2021 edition of this prestigious event. Any other thing I have to say we can leave for the Award Ceremony tomorrow. Our visitors from out of town will discover that our City is hospitality personified and you are welcome to visit our historical places and project sites while you are here. Perhaps, while seeing our heritage sights, marvelling at the natural wonders of our riverscapes and landscapes or sampling the culinary delights of any of our many tribes, you will catch a fresh glimpse of the Great Possibilities upon which this nation was founded in the first place, right in these premises.

I assure you that since we came to Office and as we match towards 2023 we have given ourselves the task of rediscovering and reawakening that promise of a Great, functional and egalitarian Nigeria, literally from the very spot where Lord Frederick Lugard and Dame Flora Shaw first saw it. I promise you that we will do our very best, by the grace of Almighty God, to restore to Nigeria a Vision and a Pathway, call it a New Direction, to reach her full potential which was kickstarted here so many years ago.

Lokoja, Kogi State is the safest place you can be and I urge everyone to relax and have fun without any fear. Just note that the city, like much of Kogi State right now, is one huge construction site, so be both patient and careful with mobile equipment moving materials at odd places and times.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, our distinguished guests, I heartily welcome all participants to the Nigerian Media Merit Awards, Lokoja 2021!

God bless you.

YAHAYA BELLO
Governor of Kogi State

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WELCOME ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO THE OPENING SESSION OF THE NIGERIAN MEDIA MERIT (NMMA) AWARDS, 2021 AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LOKOJA ON FRIDAY, 29TH OCTOBER, 2021

Protocols

The Good People of Kogi State, Lokoja our Capital City and I are elated to have members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm in town tonight. Kogi is Nigeria’s Confluence State – mainly because Rivers Niger and Benue meet here in Lokoja, but also because every single day Nigerians from all over the country meet in Kogi State as they crisscross from South to North and vice versa and friendships and bonds are formed here that transcend tribe and religion. We are therefore the Big Heart at the Centre of the Nation!

The term, ‘fourth estate of the realm’ with reference to the media and her practitioners is attributed to Edmund Burke, a British parliamentarian of the 18th century. He is said to have acknowledged the 3 Arms of Government during a Legislative session, but noted that a ‘fourth estate’ was seated in the Reporters’ Gallery which he considered to be of equal power. If I have learnt anything during my 6 years in Office as a Governor, it is that the Honourable Edmund Burke was wrong to an extent. The fact is that a truly free and vibrant press is more powerful than the 3 traditional Arms of Government combined!

On the one hand, modern society cannot do without journalists. In fact the world would be a scary and dark place without the mavens who collect, curate and communicate information in a timely and responsible manner. In so doing they dispel falsehood, eliminate dangerous assumptions and provide societies with the basic premises upon which governance and other decisions can be made. This helps to bring order to society and engender human cooperation.

On the flip side, lives and whole societies have been ruined by the irresponsible practice of journalism by media practitioners, or quacks who impersonate them. The use of the tools of the journalist’s trade to deal in hate speech has set off many a fire which ultimately consumed whole politics and their people. Fake news is ubiquitous nowadays, whether it is rumour-mongering, dangerous innuendo, character assassination or other forms of inaccurate reportage. The problem is so endemic that in Q3 2020 alone, statistics show there were 1.8 billion engagements with fake news on Facebook alone! Nigeria, like many countries, has fallen victim to it many times, sometimes with devastating loss of lives or properties.

The Press is therefore one of the inescapable hallmarks of modern society and in particular, the custodian of public perception. What a divine responsibility! However, the Press is useful only to the extent that it functions within the ambits of verity and veracity and in line with demands of propriety. It must regulate itself with the help of the Law to avoid malfunction. Practitioners must recognise that due to the incredible powers which society has entrusted to them, there is a corresponding demand for responsibility, ethics and professionalism in the exercise of those powers by journalists.

Necessity is therefore laid on the real journalists to stand up and be counted when it comes to taking back their profession from the quacks and the hacks, specifically the myriad of unregulated persons armed with Internet-enabled devices who haunt the media space, especially on social media.

These malicious persons wreck lives and reputations by the millions simply because someone paid them, or because they have real or imagined grouse against an individual or institution. Worse, they proceed without a care in the world because no one regulates them.

This is why the Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA) Trust is perhaps one of the most important institutions which could exist right now. By rewarding merit in the way individuals and media houses practice journalism, the NMMAs provide critical motivation for the real journalists to do their work professionally. In this way the NMMAs help to promote sanity in the industry and simultaneously function as an accountability partner for most professional journalists.

When I received the Board members of the Trust and other pertinent stakeholders in a courtesy visit yesterday, I was not in the least surprised to see that it is comprised of the doyens of the profession and people of impeccable personal character, whose love for journalism as a profession and the media as an industry can never be doubted. Interacting with them, I came to understand their passion to enshrine merit into the core of media work in Nigeria. We are indeed proud to partner with you to deliver the NMMAs in this 31st year of the NMMA Trust. Even after now, we will commit to help move forward this laudable objective of recognising and rewarding merit-based media practice.

Tonight is not for long speeches. My duty here is to welcome you all to this 2021 edition of this prestigious event. Any other thing I have to say we can leave for the Award Ceremony tomorrow. Our visitors from out of town will discover that our City is hospitality personified and you are welcome to visit our historical places and project sites while you are here. Perhaps, while seeing our heritage sights, marvelling at the natural wonders of our riverscapes and landscapes or sampling the culinary delights of any of our many tribes, you will catch a fresh glimpse of the Great Possibilities upon which this nation was founded in the first place, right in these premises.

I assure you that since we came to Office and as we match towards 2023 we have given ourselves the task of rediscovering and reawakening that promise of a Great, functional and egalitarian Nigeria, literally from the very spot where Lord Frederick Lugard and Dame Flora Shaw first saw it. I promise you that we will do our very best, by the grace of Almighty God, to restore to Nigeria a Vision and a Pathway, call it a New Direction, to reach her full potential which was kickstarted here so many years ago.

Lokoja, Kogi State is the safest place you can be and I urge everyone to relax and have fun without any fear. Just note that the city, like much of Kogi State right now, is one huge construction site, so be both patient and careful with mobile equipment moving materials at odd places and times.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, our distinguished guests, I heartily welcome all participants to the Nigerian Media Merit Awards, Lokoja 2021!

God bless you.

YAHAYA BELLO
Governor of Kogi State

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The need for compilation and documentation will not only serve antecedent needs for the future, but will also serve as a wellspring of information on the achievements and track records of the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, hence the need for this E-Compendium.

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GOODWILL MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO THE GOODLUCK JONATHAN FOUNDATION’S POLICY DIALOGUE ON ‘DEMOCRACY AND UNITY OF KOGI STATE’ AT TRANSCORP HILTON, ABUJA ON FRIDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER, 2021

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Let me begin by once again felicitiating with His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and International Statesman Extraordinaire on his 64th birthday this Wednesday. His Excellency is a man who has earned the right to celebrate the increase of his years on earth with fulfilment. In 2015, he demonstrated in very historic terms that he is a democrat indeed and a patriot par excellence. Where lesser men and less honourable men would have tried to subvert the apparent will of the people in that year’s General Elections, His Excellency as the President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of her Armed Forces took the path of personal honour and national interest. Nigeria, and indeed the world, will always celebrate this wonderful man for that singular feat of selflessness and love for nation.

‘Democracy and the Unity of the State’. Unity is the primary hypothesis on which democracy stands in any state which has chosen it as the form of government. This is because in a functional democracy the people, in spite of their diversity in ideology, faith, tribe and politics, have to always unite in a majority for most things to happen in the society, including leadership. Nigeria’s 4th Republic is now in her 22nd year but unfortunately we remain a shaky democracy tottering along like a toddler still learning to walk. Consequently, we hardly speak with a united voice on anything as a nation. This state of affairs makes me believe that we need more democracy, not less. Of course, by ‘more democracy’ I mean the real essence and practice of democracy, that pure marriage of consensus which enthrones the overall public good rather than any sectional or parochial interest.

With the foregoing in mind, I say that how to make Nigerian Democracy work for us as a uniting factor rather than the divisive measure we have turned it into is the most pressing need of the season, especially as gladiators begin to take position for 2023. Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I declare that  ‘One Nigeria’ must quickly come to mean more than it currently does to the average citizen or we risk losing more than we bargained for – as leaders and those being led.

For the records, my concept of a united Nigeria is not one where everyone is held down by force or fear, but a nation which guarantees all citizens security, unity and peace. It must be equitable and allow everyone to thrive on his own merits. Tribe, religion and class must not be used to discriminate against or marginalise anyone and civics must encourage cooperation and integration as a cardinal tenet of citizenship. We have to start substituting place of residence for state of origin and finding ways to immediately and brutally punish corruption in private and public spheres.

Our politics and leadership must transform into a service that ensures the quality of life is high despite social status while essential goods and services are affordable. Our local job markets must deliver jobs to people at their levels of learning, skills and experience. The nation must have economic stability and be a family-friendly place where parents can raise the next generation well. We will require income equality, especially across the genders. A united Nigeria will thrive on political stability and social security. It also goes without saying that the quality of the public education system and that of the public health system must be high. Both must deliver free to affordable services. It is only then that people will belong because they want to, not because they must.

It is to these ideals that I have committed my leadership to achieving in Kogi State and while we have not yet arrived, we have definitely journeyed a good part of the way. Kogi is the emerging paradigm for Cooperation and Integration as a basis for citizens’ co-existence instead of the previous divide and rule tactics with which failed politicians harmed citizens in our past. It is a paradigm we hope to expand and export to the larger Nigerian society as we march into the future while building an increasingly peaceful and prosperous Nigerian society. Nigeria is the trigger of Africa and if Africa must free herself from neocolonialism Nigeria must stand up and take her place of leadership in the continent.

‘Democracy and Unity of the State’ is a timely theme at this moment in Nigeria’s democratic journey as a nation. The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and her continuing work in Democracy and Good Governance must be commended for again demonstrating uncanny understanding of, not just the State, but also the Mood, of the Nation.

Thank you all.

YAHAYA BELLO

Governor of Kogi State

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Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

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