Kogi State Set To Become Hub Of Industrial Activities

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed the determination of his administration to make the state a hub of industrial activities, because of its strategic location in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello, made this known to journalists during his maiden visit to the Nigeria-Korean friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI) in Lokoja.

The institute which is a technical/vocational school, is committed wholly to the training of youths, middle and skilled man power.

It was established in Lokoja in 2010, by the South Korean government in partnership with the government of Kogi state, aimed at deepening the bond of friendship between Nigeria and South Korea.

The Principal of the Institute, Gabriel Okewu, in his address of welcome, gave a rundown of the institute, including the challenges it has experienced; one of which he identified as land disputes with the state polytechnic.

“I wish to express the profound gratitude of the management and members of staff of this institute to your Excellency for the prompt response in granting the needed fund for the take-off of the institute.

“We remain deeply grateful for the noble gesture which will go a long way in paving way for eventual commencement of academics programme in the institute.

He further stated: “We have commenced the process of registration of the institute with the corporate affairs commission and as demanded by the note.

“Hopefully and by the grace of god, we shall collect the certificate soonest for onward transmission to note the head office for scheduling of the date for the resource inspection and accreditation of the Institute.

The governor in his reply lauded the Korean government initiative leading to the establishment of the institute, while he assured the management of his readiness to take the institute seriously.

“Kogi State is set to overtake every other states in Nigeria, we are ready to take our destiny into our hands, we have the political will to ensure that this Institute works well.

“We will make judicious use of it to impact knowledge and skills into our teeming youths to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.” Yahaya said.

At the end of the speeches the governor and some of his cabinet members present, were taken round each department of the institute.

Furthermore, Yahaya promised to resolve the lingering land dispute, and promised to fund the institute.

“Before our second year anniversary this institute is going to be assembling vehicles here and we shall have ‘Made in Kogi’ vehicles, machines, shoes, and ‘Made in Kogi’ almost everything.”

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Multilateral Donor Agencies and special projects/focal person on social investment programmes, Adoga Ibrahim, told journalists that the institute would be used as a foundation for industrialization in the state.

“Part of the initiative is to invite automobile plant companies to see how they can establish a plant In Kogi state and begin to assemble vehicles.

“Kogi state has about 100 million in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), which you have graciously approved and given directive for the establishment of cassava processing plant at Egbeda-Ega in Ijumu local Government Area.

“We have also brought Kogi indigenes who invented cassava processing plant which you are going to see in action today, and fish-drying machine fabricated by this institute.

“We have direct talk with Korean government through their embassy and we have gotten an invitation to host them in a couple of weeks in Abuja.

“To whom much is given much is expected,” Adoga Ibrahim added.

N-Power Programme: Kogi Govt. Employs 4,530 Graduates

N-Power Programme: Kogi Govt. Employs 4,530 Graduates Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has flagged-off the federal government N-Power program for 4,530 successful beneficiaries in Lokoja, the state capital.

Governor Bello during the flagging off, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, for the initiative aimed at empowering unemployed graduates across the federation, while also charging the beneficiaries to be diligent and give their best in the discharge of their duty.

The N-Power deployment exercise is a two years program created by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is designed to drastically reduce unemployment in the country.

The focus is to provide the young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation from various states of the federation.

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Attendees at N-Power flag off In Kogi state.

The Kogi state government is the first to flag it off, with the belief that keying into the opportunity, would reduce unemployment and crime rate.

It is set to target Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisan industries.

About 500 successful young graduates who are now beneficiaries of the scheme, all gathered at the glass hall of the government house Lokoja for the official flag-off of the social investment program.

Also present were top government officials such as the Special Adviser to the governor on multilateral donor agencies and special projects, Adoga Ibrahim.

In his address of welcome, he said physical verification and deployment of beneficiaries to their various places of assignment would begin from next week at various local government areas, while he warned those with fake credentials to stay away.

Secretary to the state government Folashde Arike, equally charged participants to be honest and hard working.

In his key note address, the governor promised the beneficiaries that his administration would retain all those that are able to distinguish themselves on their given assignments after the set two year period.

He noted that he was working hard to ensure all industries and commercial opportunities available in the state are revived to provide jobs for youth.