Kogi Governor To Empower Over 100,000 Youths And Women

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, YouthsKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has promised to empower at least 100,000 youths and women through the line-up empowerment programme of the state government.

He said his administration had prioritised the well-being of youths and promised to empower them so as to prevent some politicians from using them to cause crises in the state.

The Governor made the pledge on Tuesday while addressing the multitude of people who paid him a solidarity visit in the spirit of the Sallah celebration at the Government House in Lokoja, Kogi State’s capital.

He urged the people of the state to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari over Nigeria’s economic recession.

Governor Bello also urged them to uphold peace and unity among themselves, irrespective of their religion and ethnicity.

He promised equity in carrying out his duty as governor and vowed to wipe out corrupt practices in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The traditional ruler of Lokoja, Muhammadu Maikarfi and his subjects were among the multitude at the Government House, to show their support for the administration in power.

The monarch, who is also the state’s Chairman, Traditional Council of Chiefs, thanked the Governor for his patience in leading the people of Kogi State.

He appealed to him to forgive those who threw stones at his convoy and called on Muslim faithful to embrace good conduct which he described as the basis of the Eid-el-Kabir.

Wada Says Payment Of Workers’ Salary Is Priority

wadaKogi State Governor, Idris Wada, says payment of workers’ wages and salaries are his administration’s top priority.

Governor Wada made the statement when the  Maigari of Lokoja, HRM Mohammed Maikarfi and some members of the council of Ulama paid him a sallah homage.

The Kogi State Governor said that  he would  slow down physical development to pay workers, who had worked tirelessly, their entitlement.

Some governors in Nigeria have had issues with the payment of workers salary, with some owing workers over 7 months salary. The development was as a result of reduced allocation to the states from the Federation Account, due to the drop in oil price. Nigeria largely depends on crude oil sales as a source of revenue generation.

The development had triggered an austerity measure by the previous administration, with the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, urging governors to give priority to the payment of workers salary.

In his key note address, Governor Wada thanked the Royal Father for the visit and used the opportunity to speak out on some of his on-going multi-million Naira projects which he said,would take some time to get completed.

But he stressed that at completion, the projects would last over 10 years for the use in the state.

On the sanitation challenges facing the state, Governor Wada said that it would be a thing of the past soon, as he urged the people living in Kabawa to improve in their sanitation.

While thanking the Governor for his good work so far, the Royal Father told Channels Televisions that the completion of the fasting had accorded them an opportunity to pray for the peace of Nigeria.

He however, urged all Muslims in the country  to obey the constituted authority.

The Executive Secretary of the Uluma, Abdulkarim Aruwa,  thanked the Governor for all he had done for the council but said they were surprised why the government had not paid the one month salary its owing despite the bail out fund.

Governor Wada, while responding to Aruwa, urged both Muslims and christian in the state not to listen to rumor mongers whose aim was to cause disunity in the state.