The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello is very angry with the PDP. Bello in a statement released by his PA,Kingsley Fanwo, says that the PDP will continually be held responsible for the country’s woes.
This statement is coming at a time where the governor is ‘recuperating’ from the numerous attacks on his personality by political enemies.
The statement read;
”When I first read the interview of Senator Tunde Ogbeha, a PDP leader in the State, my first reaction was that he was probably quoted out of context. Nothing suggested any iota of statesmanship in the interview.
“Senator Ogbeha, is a respected statesman, who is expected to place the good of Kogi State above partisan arbitrariness. If he did say those things he was quoted to have said, then we have reasons to be worried about how much he has moved away from the poles of statesmanship.
“As far as we are concerned, Governor Yahaya Bello has paid verified workers up-to-date salaries. Those who are yet to be paid are people who have issues to clear about their verification exercise. The Governor met arrears of salaries on ground when he assumed office. What did the Distinguished Senator do to ensure his party-led administration pay salaries to Kogi workers?
“If anyone refuses to acknowledge the giant strides of the present administration just because the era of using State resources to pay workers in their private firms is over, we need to question his interest in the people of the State.
“While PDP was in power, Kogi State funds were used to pay salaries of workers of companies owned by some of the party’s leaders. Also, government was responsible for buying diesels to power the companies. This is unfair to the people of Kogi State.
“Since inception, Governor Yahaya Bello has been working on the Lokoja township roads. He has also ensured the streets of Lokoja are cleaner than he met them. The archaic round-abouts had to go because they are at variance to the architectural Masterplan for Lokoja.
“Within nine months, the administration has been able to undertake a holistic Staff Verification Exercise to stop the waste of resources on unintended beneficiaries. Who smuggled fake names on the payrolls?
“Recently, Kogi State Government has awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of roads across the State and contractors have moved to sites. Governor Yahaya Bello cannot afford to fail the people, the generation he represents and the change he promised.
“New Direction is a departure from the era when billions of naira meant for Youth Empowerment Loans are shared by political dealers. New Direction means giving good roads and electricity to communities whose son was in Lugard House for nine years, yet, they were in darkness for nine years. New Direction means having programs such as Fair Health Scheme, which will crash the cost of accessing affordable healthcare.
“In the past nine months, Governor Yahaya Bello has built a solid foundation for excellent performance in office. He has shown courageous leadership and readiness to institutionalize good governance across the state,” the statement noted.
“At inception, Governor Yahaya Bello met a security situation that gave the State an almost irreparable image. Today, the story has changed through proactive measures borne out of the determination to secure the people of Kogi State from the fangs of insecurity.
“Our security situation was partially a product of failed governance. Politicians in the past were busy arming the youth rather than empower them to contribute meaningfully to the development of the State. After elections, they abandoned them and they were forced by circumstances to resort to crime.
“To curb crime, the Governor has gone through different approaches, including raising the bar on intelligence gathering and preventive measures through surveillance. But he has not lost sight on the need to empower the youth and make crime unattractive,”