Bello takes oath of office as Kogi gov, names commissioner-designates
The governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahya Bello on Monday named 15 commissioner designates as he was sworn in as Kogi State governor for the second term.
Governor Bello who disclosed this during his inauguration which for the first time took place in Lugard House, Lokoja was sworn in by the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah.
According to him, the 15 commissioner designates should be screen on Tuesday by the state assembly while they will be sworn in on Wednesday at Government House Lokoja.
Meanwhile, governor Bello in his inauguration speech called on all and sundry, friends and perceived foes, to put aside all differences of politics, ideology or affiliation and join hands with him to give the state the best of governance.
According to Bello, his Next Level in Kogi State will rely on synergy at every stage, primarily the one between the people and the government but also with a wide array of domestic and international investors, service providers and development partners spread across the public and private sector.
“By the grace of God, the oath of office I have just taken is a pact to do right by all citizens as the 4th Executive Governor of Kogi State. In this second and concluding term of my constitutional tenures as Governor, it shall be the principal preoccupation of my administration to bring revitalised energy to bear in delivering refocused governance.
He stressed that his overall mission in this second term is to develop Kogi State into Nigeria’s foremost and most secure emerging commercial hub through optimisation of the state’s geographical location, natural endowments and human resources for a sustainable future.
The governor noted that they ran for 2nd term with the slogan, ‘Let’s Do More’, and made a strong case for reelection by showing his first term achievements while undertaking to improve on them.
” Kogi voters have reelected us with the most historic margin in a gubernatorial election ever seen in this state and it is now incident on us to keep our electoral promises and we shall do just that.
“We shall bark on large scale urban renewal projects to further transform Lokoja into a resilient capital city with modern utilities attractive to residents and tourists alike. Even though upgrading the sights and sounds of Lokoja will be Paramount, this beautification project will extend to at least one major town in each Senatorial District.
“We will sustain focus on Agriculture for improved food security, mass employment and an increase in internally generated revenue. We will take the Agricultural Revolution which we started in the first term to the Next Level,” he promised.
Governor Bello also promised to build the nation’s largest ethanol plant in Kogi State for the production of ethanol fuel from cassava as this will and further expand the use of green fuels in Nigeria given that climate.
He also added that outside Agriculture, his administration will also pay greater attention to human capital development by investing more in training of the people for enhanced relevance in a technologically evolving future.
His words, ” With information and Communications Technology becoming such a big earner for individuals and societies, we will do our best to facilitate some youth with the relevant cognates and competencies to acquire further education in this area at leading institutions abroad
“My primary allegiance as Governor will remain to Kogi State and her citizens, not to party or tribe. Everyone is my citizen and I owe everyone the protections and fidelities inherent in the office.