LOKOJA – Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has called on friends and perceived foes to put aside all differences of politics, ideology or affiliations and joined hands with his administration to give the state best of governance in his second term in office.
Governor Bello who made the call on Monday in Lokoja shortly after taking the oath of office for his second term administered by the state chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah as the 4th, assured that his second term will bring a revitalized energy to bear in delivering refocused governance.
“My primary allegiance as governor will remain to Kogi state and her citizens, not to party or tribe. Every one is my citizen and I owe every one the protections and fidelities inherent in the office.
“It is on this note that I enjoined all kogites to look forward to the next four years with optimism and great expectation. We will do everything in our power as government to make sure that the state is productive, prosperous and peaceful” he said
Speaking on his mission for the state in his second term, Governor Bello promised to focus on agriculture, mass employment and increase in Internally Generated Revenue, adding that agricultural revolution which he has kick started in the first term would be taking to the next level of development.
“Specifically, rice, cassava , cashew , aquaculture and livestock will remain the bed rock of our activities in the agricultural sector .
“Outside of agriculture, we are also going to pay greater attention to human capital development by investing more in training our people for enhanced relevance in a technologically evolving future.
“We will embark on large scale urban renewal projects that would further transform Lokoja into a resilient capital city with modern utilities attractive to tourists” he noted.
The governor therefore appealed to the people of the state to give their cooperation and support to the government by ensuring that there is peace and adequate security of lives and property in the state to enable the government transformed the state.
No fewer than 10 governors from APC ruling states graced the inauguration of the governor for second term in office which took place at Glass House,Government House at about 12 noon.
Among the APC governors that attended the occasion are the Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagaudu, Chairman APC governors Forum, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, Chairman Northern Governors forum.
Others are Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak , Ondo State Governor , Rotimi Akeredolu, Yobe State governor, Maimala Bunu ,Borno State Governor , Professor Baba Gana Umara Zulum
Other dignitaries that graced occasion are the National Chairman of thexSll Progressive Congress, APC , Comrade Adams Oshiomole , Senator Smart Adeyemi, ,Senator Jibrin Isah, Senator Oseni Yakubu, Kogi State Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Bello, the Immediate past Chairman of APC, Haddy Ametuo , Former House Representives members, Sunday, Karimi, Tijani Damisa, Abdulrahman Badamosiyu , the Traditional rulers, the President Kogi State traditional council , Atta Igala , HRH Michael Amen Oboni, Vice President Kogi State traditional Council and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim , Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, , Ohimege Igu of Koto Karfe , Alhaji Abdulrasak Isah Koto.
Photo: Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi signing the Oath while the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah watches