When Governor Yahaya Bello, CON, assumed office as the Executive Governor of Kogi State in January 2016, it was with a determination to make a huge statement in governance matters and reposition the state for visible development in no time.
He also set out to carve for the Confluence state, a conspicuous space where Nigerian politics is being discussed. Of course, other goals would come conveniently under these broad objectives, which by all standards are expected to make genuine Kogites very proud, home and abroad. These, he has achieved to a great extent.
Aside from tuming a state that was hitherto virtually referred to as the capital of crime to one of the safest in the country today, through deliberate and hands-on anti-crime strategies that have been commended far and wide, Govemor Bello, popularly called the White Lion, has conveniently created an easy recall for Kogi State in the top hierarchy of politically influential states in the country.
More importantly, the infrastructure landscape of Kogi State, as it stands today, is one that has never been seen before in the history of the state. Take a trip to the education sector, health, agriculture and other critical sectors of the economy, the success story is the same. And above all, despite occasional false narratives by naysayers, Kogi State has always been rated as an outstanding state in terms of Transparency and Accountability by respected institutions like the World Bank, among others, yearly.
To cap these achievements, Kogi State has consistently paid workers’ salaries even when other states found it difficult. This is the reason the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state has continued to commend Governor Bello for his administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers.
To demonstrate their love for the governor, citizens troop out en-masse anytime he returns to the state from an assignment outside. They literally roll out drums and struggle to catch a glimpse of their hero, GYB.
It is on this premise that majority of Kogi indigenes have signed on to only one agenda in the November 11 2023 governorship election, and this is THE KOGI AGENDA, through the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Usman Ododo.