GOVERNOR IDRIS Wada of Kogi has said that the state requires about N210 billion annually for its overall development against its current revenue of about N80 billion.
Wada, who disclosed this to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme,UN-Habitat, Dekina City Consultation meeting, attributed the under-development and dearth of infrastructures in the state to paucity of funds.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, he said that the average total annual revenue accruing to the state from the federation accounts and internally generated revenue, IGR was about N80 billion, saying that 80 to 90 per cent of the total revenue was often expended on workers’ salaries, leaving only N5 billion for development.
“What we have for development is about N5 billion and that is why the state has remained the way it is, and this is also the main reason why Governor Idris Wada goes about looking for development partners”, he said.
Wada who underscored the rationale behind the Structure Plans Project in four cities of Kabba, Okene, Lokoja and Dekina in the state stated that development partners like the ADB, World Bank, the UN and the rest often asked for development plans each time the state approached them for assistance.“Everywhere we went they kept asking, where is your plan. It became clear to us that for us to get additional funds and assistance, there have to be a good and comprehensive plan for us to present to our development partners”, he added.
He pointed out that the City Declaration Document to be produced at the end of the consultations would be passed to the state House of Assembly for legislation to make it a law for successive governments to work with.
Earlier, Prof. Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, the UN-Habitat Regional Director for Africa said the organization was committed to ensuring that Kogi emerged one of the highly developed states in the country in the next 10 years.
Oyelaran-Oyeyinka said that on completion of the project, it would provide information about the state, showcase its potentials and attract investors, adding that the Urban Observatory system of the UN would soon be introduced in the state.
Also speaking, the Ejeh of Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje thanked the State Government and the UN-Habitat team for selecting Dekina as one of the four cities.
The royal father said the ancient town was the largest local government in Nigeria but suffered dearth of social amenities most and therefore urged government to give the area priority attention and construct Shintakun/Dekina/Anyigba road among other demands.

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