Turning Kogi into an Investment Destination


By tackling insecurity, as nicely as bridging the discovering out, infrastructural, nicely being and agricultural deficit in Kogi, Chiemelie Ezeobi reports that Governor Yahaya Bello is bent on making the impart a refuge for settlers and investors, whereas connecting a bridge between the North and Southern areas

It’s miles also honorable to pronounce that per his Unusual Route Blueprint for Kogi Order, Governor Yahaya Bello is bent on charting the roadmap for proportional and accelerated pattern of the impart. This blueprint used to be mapped out upon assumption of impart of enterprise to chart the enterprise of the day and force holistic reformation and regeneration of all sectors of the impart.

This blueprint cuts across sectors fancy training, security, infrastructure, nicely being, agriculture, childhood and ladies empowerment, environment, civil carrier and even the economic system.

Based fully fully on Kogi Order Commissioner for Files and Communications, Kingsley Femi Fanwo, this blueprint has recorded wide strides for the Yahaya Bello Administration, the pattern plans of the impart and has boosted the impart as the investment stagger attach of Nigeria.

Advantageous over Amount

Identified in many quarters as a man of requirements, the governor has on many occasions requested for an make stronger from contractors given his non-pride with works performed. For him, it’s quality over quantity any day.

No longer too lengthy previously, a video surfaced on Instagram, a microblogging platform, where the governor used to be livid at the substandard job performed by a Chinese firm at the Order Specialist Neatly being facility. The governor kept reiterating that he’s a man of requirements so would not safe any shoddy job. As aloof it might perhaps presumably well appear to Nigerians that a governor would condemn a contract performed, for the Kogi Order Commissioner for Files and Communications, Kingsley Femi Fanwo, it used to be not aloof to them as the governor has made it a lifestyle you safe nothing however the most simple.

Bringing THISDAY up to the stamp on what came about Fanwo acknowledged: “Elected Chief Executives must always take a look at their initiatives. It’s miles unhealthy to support till contractors foist death traps on them. Governance is ready presence. It’s miles ready mobility, each and each physically and mentally. No contractor will are attempting to toy with the will of the Governor to give quality initiatives to the impart.

“Moreover, there might perhaps be what we name the GYB Signature in the impart. Whilst you stare at the Earnings House, Ministry of Transport, our roads in Olamaboro, Omala, Ankpa, Okene, Kabba and other locations; our Rice Mill which is the most simple in the nation and so much of alternative initiatives, you are going to accept as true with me that GYB is a man of requirements. He’s building a monumental legacy in the impart.

“You saw a governor who overtly challenged a contractor to a transparency test in public. He doesn’t bring contractors and would by no means condone corruption. He can also be consistently inserting all of us on our toes. Here’s what 21st century leadership is all about. I’m capable of also let you know that the governor procure 22 situation up a committee to stare into the venture and work with the contractor to carry a venture that can match the GYB Signature. Here is easy the manner to guard the curiosity of the oldsters you lead. Here is the impart GYB is building.”

Infrastructural Pattern

On infrastructural pattern, Fanwo considerable that “It’s miles on account that no administration in the history of the impart has performed the rest shut to what Governor Yahaya Bello has performed in Kogi Order. From roads to electrical energy and water, he has sparked a revolution by no means heard of in the history Kogi Order. He focused on fixing roads in the agricultural areas and for the predominant time, the agricultural folks felt the affect of aloof governance.

“Whilst you take a look at his finally ends up in the 2019 election, you are going to survey that he gained over 80 per cent of rural areas. It’s not correct an election, however a vote of self perception from the agricultural folks who’ve been hitherto overlooked by the outdated administrations. Yahaya Bello selected to steer clear of the temptation of concentrating on the capital city and other predominant cities in the Order.

“But we’re not operating a Authorities of sycophantic ideology. It’s not correct about exhibiting the sexy roads now we have performed in the agricultural areas. We unruffled lunge to them to stare folks who need consideration. My job as the Chief Files Officer of authorities just is just not correct to expose the oldsters what the authorities is doing, however also to transfer round to feel the pulse of the oldsters and protest comparable to authorities.

“He suggested me when he appointed me to dispute him about what is aloof and what’s unhealthy. He wants to know the way his folks are faring. That is the energy of his administration. That is why he has performed so mighty. He has the honest info. That you might perhaps additionally watch the enthusiasm of the oldsters the outdated day. It skill they belief their governor. No authorities has been extra hooked up to the grassroots in the history of Kogi fancy that of Yahaya Bello. He’s doing extra already and must always continue to operate extra.”

On the impart of the flyover in the capital city Lokoja, Fanwo went down memory lane. “I bear in mind when the Governor announced he shall be doing it and so much of folks on some very funny social media platforms started expressing pessimism. They by no means believed it used to be that which that you just might perhaps presumably well presumably imagine on memoir of a outdated administration had toyed with their intelligence.

“But as states have been in the economic mess of COVID-19, the magical GYB released billions for the venture. Even after they started the venture, some opposition aspects acknowledged we have been digging borehole on the avenue. On the novel time, our outcomes have silenced the doubts. The venture goes regular and beautifully. I was there to stare it last week and used to be so impressed by the standard and trail of the work. When performed, that is also the predominant by any administration in the impart. Our folks are very chuffed that we’re doing this form of wide venture. It could per chance probably presumably well clear up the traffic blueprint back in regarded as one of many quickest rising city on the planet.”

Touting Lokoja as regarded as one of many fasted rising cities on the planet, Fanwo acknowledged so much of components are guilty. “We are the safest impart in Nigeria today. Many are migrating to that nodal city to be honorable. We are also bordering 10 states. So we’re the centre of the nation. Three, our insurance policies and alternatives have enticed many investors into the impart with mountainous industries springing up. Such population explosion has its positives and negatives. We are coping with the challenges that encompass it by rising our infrastructure to deal with the explosion”.

Carving a Enviornment of interest in Rice Milling

Fanwo extra posited that by agriculture, the governor had lived up to billing with many achievements to expose for it fancy the Kogi Rice Mill, which he acknowledged is the most simple in the nation.

He acknowledged: “That you might perhaps additionally only name what is the most simple the most simple. The technology now we have there can’t be matched by any in the nation. And the Confluence Rice produced there might perhaps be the cleanest and most nutritious in Nigeria today. It’s miles steadily superior of expose to dispute the final public that the Mill is producing its beget vitality. Here’s a historic fulfillment. I know of a PDP chief who is a important distributor of the rice and smiling to the financial institution. Pattern affects all, irrespective of political or social leaning.”

Neatly being is Wealth

Quiz a ill individual the payment of nicely being and the cliche ‘Neatly being is Wealth’ becomes clearer. As regards the nicely being sector, Fanwo described the governor as a promise keeper. “While campaigning in 2015, he promised a revolution in the discovering out and nicely being sectors particularly. When he modified into Governor, the 2 straight away modified into substances of his 5 thematic areas. We don’t are attempting to talk too mighty regarding the continuing initiatives in the nicely being sector. We are attempting to shock the nation. But as mighty as we’re attempting to withhold it low, our folks are talking about these initiatives. It’s miles understandable. They’re exasperated. Look for what now we have modified into the Idah Zonal Neatly being facility to? Somebody got there and used to be asking if it used to be the identical nicely being heart he visited some years motivate. The nicely being heart has acquired the GYB Signature.

“The Reference Neatly being facility, Okene is being built to employ the entrance seat in healthcare provide in Nigeria. We are bringing facilities which shall be not in any nicely being heart on this nation. About a of those facilities are already in the impart. We are also building hospitals some attach else comparable to Kogi LGA and Yagba East LGA, amongst others. I’m proud to pronounce Neatly being is one home this administration has performed very nicely. The initiatives shall be performed in the subsequent couple of months. We are also remodelling the Order Specialist Neatly being facility to bring it to the level of the GYB Signature. By the time the total initiatives are performed, Kogi will became the Healthcare Centre of Nigeria”, he disclosed.

Bridging Education Deficit

While many states wrestle training deficit, Governor Bello appears to be like to have waved a magic wand over the sphere. For Fanwo, that is no brainer supplied that the governor understands the impart of shopping and applying training.

The commissioner added that “It’s miles no 1 on our thematic home and we’re spending a quarter of our complete budget on training. It’s miles already yielding wide fruits as we’ve got the lowest payment of out-of-school children in the total Northern Nigeria. It skill we’re doing one thing honest. GYB initiated the Blue-Roof Revolution, establishing in fashion predominant school blocks that can return the glory of public colleges. We have also excellently applied the dwelling school feeding program as nicely as remodelled our secondary and tertiary fort of studying in the impart. Other than this revolution, we also established a University of Science and Skills in account time. We have by no means had it so aloof in our training. Kogi is currently tailoring her technical training to producing graduates who will safe jobs in impart of observe for jobs. Crimson collar and blue collar job’s are key to our economic renaissance.”

On the necessity for but another university supplied that the Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, already exists, the commissioner acknowledged: “The Confluence University of Science and Skills, Osara just is just not correct but another University, however a basically expert University. Whilst you stare at Kogi Order, we’re accurate minerals capital of Nigeria. No longer too lengthy previously, the federal authorities determined to attach the Gold Processing Hub for North-Central in Kogi Order. We even have the potentially largest Iron and Metal Firm in Africa situated in Kogi Order.

“The good Cement Firm in Africa is in Kogi Order. We have Unicane and other high profile firms in the Order. You will desire a University that must always specialise in offering manpower for all of those firms. It used to be a nicely-organized transfer by the GYB administration to operate that. And the bustle final touch is historic. They’re already in the 2d semester of their first year. We are poised to tag the most simple Engineers and Scientists from that university.”

Beefing Safety

However all these achievements, they’d have all been for nothing if the impart used to be alarmed. Here is on memoir of security is a basically important and extreme ingredient to the progress of any authorities as any precious pattern can’t be finished without adequate security. For Kogi, that is one ethos they retain dear as the impart boasts of being the most safe impart despite being bordered by 10 states.

On the opposite hand it wasn’t consistently fancy this as the impart used to be as soon as plagued with a host of insecurity challenges which have been inherited, prominent amongst these entails terrorism, kidnapping, assassination, political agitation, pipeline vandalism, herders/host community clashes, communal clashes and high payment of cultism.

To care for this, authorities came upon the necessity to revive peace and self perception to the oldsters by embarking on programs and insurance policies as prompt precedence and strategic solutions.

But not too lengthy previously, the safety of the impart used to be not too lengthy previously breached when the Correctional Centre used to be attacked, a breach the commissioner acknowledged they’ve build measures in impart to hand over any reoccurrence.

Based fully fully on him, Governor Yahaya Bello could presumably have been a soldier if he didn’t selected Accounting as he has a passion for security and so mighty knowledge about that field. In gentle of that keenness, he acknowledged the governor has committed humongous resources in building an very good security architecture and a watertight security network for the impart.

“Reasonably just a few crimes that could presumably have been bloody had been averted. And many had been fought. We are the safest impart in Nigeria. The breach used to be sad. But the Governor has personally coordinated efforts at guaranteeing the perpetrators are apprehended. We gained’t fabricate noise about security operations. But we’re elated with our response to the incident and the way now we have rejigged our security architecture to stay the most unruffled impart in Nigeria. We as Nigerians must always hand over pondering insecurity is ethno-coloured. Every society has criminals. It’s miles the accountability of all of us to deal with them,” he wired.

Future Plans

On any that which that you just might perhaps presumably well presumably imagine plans by the governor to contested for the 2023 presidency, Fanwo acknowledged: ” I don’t know if he has made up his thoughts or when he’ll talk his response to the wide calls on him to come and lead our nation. What I know is that he loves Nigeria and must always operate the rest aloof to fabricate our nation the pleasure of Africa. He’s a man who has proven skill in security, cohesion, concord and pattern.

“He’s a man who is currently spending a quarter of the resources of his impart to coach his folks. He’s a man who can bring Ajaokuta Metal to truth and hand over the billions of dollars we exercise yearly in importing steel. He’s a man who has proven skill to rebound our agriculture and feed the nation. So we’re not taken aback that Nigerians are if truth be told calling on him to come and be President.

“They’re convinced he’ll operate a aloof job. These of us which have labored with him over time know the way mighty he loves Nigeria and his skill to fabricate Nigeria mountainous. He also belongs to the demographic bracket that is staking a wide verbalize on the Presidency in 2023. When he announces, the total environment will commerce on memoir of he is a serial winner. I’m obvious Yahaya Bello is a man PDP will by no means are attempting to find in a Presidential contest.”

Moreover speaking on allegations just a few smear campaign launched against the governor, he acknowledged: “Some aspects are sad with the rising profile of the Governor and are bent on combating soiled. We wont be drawn into their roforofo wrestle however we came upon it righteous to let the final public know their plans. They started with the failed EFCC allegation. They later went to tag figures and have been begging bloggers to wait on them put up the falsehood to tarnish the image of the governor. That has also failed.

“We know their plans to the 12th stage. Falsehood can not hand over the Governor. Any individual who wants to compete with him must always lunge and fabricate the extra or much less colleges, hospitals, roads, water initiatives that he’s building. The Governor wasn’t guilty for the political failure of his foes. And the GYB I know gained’t be distracted. Kogi is blessed to have this form of pacesetter.”