Gov Bello Is A Blessing To Kogi – Smart Adeyemi
Convinced that if past administration’s in the state had not engaged in mindless looting and mismanagement of the resources that accrued to the state in their time, Kogi would have been a pride to its citizens as well as envy to others.
He glowingly described the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a blessing to the state, stressing that whether critics agree or not, Kogi is fast regaining its lost fortunes and glory under the present administration.
Senator Adeyemi said this yesterday during the inauguration of the newly constituted, Kogi elders advisory committee, at the Government House, Lokoja.
He bemoaned the level of underdevelopment and corruption that prevailed in the state before the coming of present administration, alleging that past administrations in the state deliberately institutionalised corruption, where they milked the state dry.
“We must thank God for giving us a Governor who is so passionate about the development and unity of the state. If we have had a Governor like this before now, Kogi would have become an envy of all eyes”, he said.
While commending the development strides of the present administration, especially in the area of massive infrastructural turn around, he disclosed that what the government need at the moment is the support and patience of the people.
He said issues of salary is a national challenge, not peculiar to Kogi, saying that the state government has shown enough commitment to overcome it.
Of particular interest to him, he pointed out, is the ongoing agricultural revolution in the state, revealing that the investment in rice production at Omi Dam, would not only place the state on the map of rice producing states in the country, it would also change the fortunes of its people.
He appealed to government to urgently address complaints of salaries payment, saying that the genuine workers should not be allowed to suffer unjustly with unintended beneficiaries.
He, however, lauded the courage and political will of government in pursuing the reform of the civil service, revealing that, the civil service was used in the past as ‘conduit pipe’, to drain the resources of the state.
Senator Adeyemi who is a member of the state elders advisory committee,urged the people of the state to jettison their ethnic, religious or ideological differences and support the government to succeed in its determination to place the state on the path of sustainable socio- economic development.