Kogi Cannot Exist Without A Governor By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Posted On Nov 9, 2015
Country people, let me say unequivocally that i have seeing numerous and gargantua under-development occasioned by lack of good leadership in Nigeria, but what I saw in Kogi during my recent visit to the state is dreadfully, awfully and extremely disquieting which if not democratically curbed, constitute threat to the peace and progress of the state.
Today, Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State reputed for its confluences of nature, is without any reservation, the worst in Nigeria. Lokoja is surrounded by water but ironically, the people residing in the city have no pipe-borne water to drink. The people of Kogi are dying daily of water related diseases. The roads in the city are on a state of disrepair. Most of the truck C roads in the state capital are not motorable. The only dual carriage route in the city of Lokoja is an eyesore. The road is riddled with potholes that are aberration to 21st century.
In Okene, the headquarters of Ebira land and second largest city in Kogi, bad roads reign supreme. The city have been enveloped by shameless odour obviously caused by abandoned wastes dumped on the streets by the people. The state waste management agency has been operating in hibernation. Lokoja has upturned Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State as the most rap-shackle capital city in Nigeria.
Today, with the physical nature of Kaba, the headquarters of Okun land, I can say without any fear of intimidation that the ancient city has been eradicated from the map of Kogi State. The entire roads in the city are blot on the landscape. Aside the federal highways that connect kaba with other communities, other roads in the city are awkward and totally appalling.
The primary and secondary schools in Kogi are a no go area. A visit to schools in Dekina, the local council of the incumbent governor of the state, Idris Wada will prove me right or wrong. The schools are sniveling in isolation. The classrooms are near collapse. Things are so horrific in Kogi that teachers in the state have no chalk to teach the younger generation.
The hitherto best state university in Nigeria situated in Ayingba and owned by the Kogi State government has retrogressed. Today, according to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Kogi State University, Ayingba is missing among the best seven state universities in Nigeria.
The future of tomorrow leaders in Kogi is bleaching. Hope dashed. Future for sale! A state that fails to educationally empower the younger generation must be ready to invest on the purchase of guns and ammunitions to quench the outrage when the negligence boomerangs.
The general hospitals and maternity health centers in Kogi State are now mere consulting clinics. No drugs. Lack of personnel is a new order as embargo has been placed on recruitment of doctors and health workers in the state. Poverty, hunger and starvation have been institutionalized in Kogi state. Payment of salaries to workers by the state government is now a privilege. As I write, the most paid government worker in Kogi State is owed five months salaries.
The rights to live and properties of the citizens of Kogi State are being trampled on as the security situation in the state has degenerated. kogi is now a Boko Haram’s den. The alleged three hundred million naira monthly security vote of the state Governor, with all due respect, is being scandalously utilized.
With every sense of modesty, let me say that it has been a struggle between paradox and hyperbole in Kogi State. Governor Wada is only excellent and super at smiling to the poverty ridden people of the state but as per governance, he is zilch.
By Next Saturday, the good people of Kogi state will have another opportunity to choose a new leader. There are avalanche of choices before them to make. They have an opportunity to vote out a letdown and vote in a performer. I urge Kogi people to dethrone Wada and enthrone an intellectually rooted and grounded leader with their votes so that their state could move from her current state of pariah to a state of peace and development.
Adeleye writes from Magodo, Lagos
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