For what looks like seasons of endorsement for Governor Yahaya Bello’s second term bid, the Traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Kogi West Senatorial district have endorsed the re-election of Gov. Yahaya Bello in the Nov. 2 governorship election in the state.
Already the people of Kogi central and east have also paid loyalty to the governor pledging to work for his reelection.
The delegation of the groups from the seven Local Government Areas of Kogi West, made the pledge when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House Lokoja.
Speaking on behalf of the delegate, the Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, said that the governor had done a lot in his first term, saying, ”there is no need to change horse in the midstream”.
According to him, Bello’s administration had made tremendous achievements in Kogi west such as the establishment of multi billion naira Omi Rice Processing Mills and the Isanlu Water Project.
”Others are the ongoing expansion of Isanlu General Hospital and provision of drugs to all hospitals and clinics in the area, and the civil service reform.
”The wonder the Okun people performed in the last State Assembly election would be repeated 10 times during governorship election to re-elect Gov. Bello,” the monarch promised.
He also commended the governor for accommodating people from every district and for being a detrabilised leader.
Also speaking the Ohimege Igu of Koto Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah-Koto, lauded the governor’s achievements and reassured him of their support for his reelection.
In his response, the Governor, commended the monarchs and stakeholders for the endorsements for his reelection bid, saying he would not disappoint them.
Bello reiterated that his government had changed the narrative of the state from civil servants dominated state to an economically viable state that could feed itself and generate wealth.
He added that such narration was done through vast investment in Agricultural sector, which the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had revolutionised.
He refuted the news making the round about the alleged relocation of a Bio Ethanol Plant from Alape in Kogi west to the central, saying it was untrue.
He stressed that the Okun people would house four of such plants in different parts of their senatorial district.
According to Bello, his focus on human capital development mainly through agricultural sector, made him to propose 500,000 hectares of cassava plantation in ten colonies of 50,000 each, spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.
”Each colony would have bio-ethanol plant, starch manufacturing, garri processing, cassava pellet and leave plants that would exist in not less than 15 LGAs of the state.
”Conservatively, these plants are estimated to generate $80 million annually per colony and would engage about 200,000 unemployed youths across the state.
”My government is being practical, determined, focused and would not be distracted by noise peddled on the social media,” Bello said.
He pledged to look into all their requests, while assuring that he had given express order to complete the water project in Kotokarfe before the salah celebration.