As the second term administration of governor Yahaya Bello of kogi state is being inaugursted on Monday, the Igbo community members in the state have appealed to the governor to consider members of the socio- cultural group in his new cabinet.
In a press statement signed by the president- general of igbo community association in Central senatorial district of the state, Chief Joseph Anikwe, it said the igbo people under his leadership played prominent roles in ensuring that the re election bid of governor Bello into office for the second term was possible
Chief Anikwe who stressed that the governor has magnanimously promised during his campaigns to run an inclusive government ,urged him to carry the igbo people along “as they have contributed meaningfully to the economic and infastructural developments of state “
While saying the igbo community members were not carried along in the first tenure, he urged the governor to emulate his preceedecesors in office especially the Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada led admnistrations who he said variously appointed igbo members as Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants respectively into some ministries.
The statement reads in part “as a peace loving and development- conscious association who believes in the overall development of the state and the new direction policy of governor Bello, we mobilized our members who followed him round the state during the campaigns and we also came out enmasse to vote for him in the November 16 governorship election.
” We therefore believe that in his second tenure, we have a role we can play effectively especially in the area of trade and commerce or in the area of establishmebt of small scale businesses to reduce the unemploynent rate among the youths and women in the state” the statement added
While praying for the spirit of wisdom and understanding for the governor to enable him pilot well the affairs of the state, Chief Anikwe also advised the governor to look inward and improve on areas which he did not do well in the first tenure.
The igbo leader who commended the governor for his new policy of prompt payment of salaries and pension to workers also gave him kudos in the area of security of lives and property in the state and urged him to ensure that crime rate in the state was reduced to the barest minimum.
The governor was also advised to concentrate more efforts in the reconstruction of dilapidated roads in the state and to embark on legacy projects that will make the people of the state to remember him even long after his tenure.
The statement said the igbo people in the state were ready more than ever before to cooperate with the governor to enable him succeed in his second term.