Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has pledged to accelerate development in Igalaland and equitable distribution resources of state to all part of the state.
Governor Bello made the pledge at a ceremony marking the 3rd anniversary of ascension of Dr. Idakwo Micheal Ameh-Oboni 11 as Ata Igala in Idah, the ancestral headquarters of Igala nation at weekend, stressing that mistakes by past administrations is taking its toll the state.
He explained further that the bane of Nigeria and Kogi state is that “we have had people at the helm of affairs whose only thought is for their own belly”, noting that “the result has been disastrous as you all know, and at the centre the nation is wobbling from the misgovernance of yesterday.
“I am the Governor who will fulfil that prophecy. I promised Your Royal Majesty that we will develop Igalaland as rapidly and as extensively as resources and equity to all parts of Kogi will allow. We have started, and insha Allah, we shall finish as well.
“On 24th March, 2016, exactly 57 days of our assuming Office, we paid the second batch of salaries to all civil servants in Kogi State whose nominal roll was forwarded and guaranteed by the heads of their parastatals or offices. That is two months’ salaries in less than two months!
“I can only say that the revelations thrown up so far by our screening exercise to flush out ghost-workers from the Kogi State payroll has more than justified the rationale for it. We will not relent until every ghost-worker has been exorcised from our payroll and their wicked alter egos found and punished. We will succeed better in these and other civil service reforms with the support of Your Royal Majesty and your subjects”.
“Our aim is to bring target-specific projects to each community and by working hard and relying on the grace of God, we will do so. Our Blueprint Team has sent questionnaires to every nook and cranny of the State. They have toured nearly all the local government areas and engaged political office holders, traditional rulers, community leaders, women groups, farmers’ cooperatives, youths, students, etc.
The governor congratulated Attah Igala on the third anniversary of ascension to the throne of forefathers,saying “today is your day. We celebrate you,” he said.
He stated that the last three years have been eventful, saying that the Royal father has proven himself as the father of all across Kogi State and beyond.