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Kogi governor inaugurates Economic Advisory Council

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. Photo/KINGLEYFANWO


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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has inaugurated the state’s Economic Advisory Council. The inauguration was done virtually yesterday.

While inaugurating the council, the governor challenged members to “guide the state into prosperity”, tapping into the abundant human and mineral resources available.

He said the members were carefully selected based on their pedigree and track record, adding that they would work with the state to “open new doors of opportunities towards economic diversification”.

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The governor said the way out was for the nation to go back to the days of agricultural boom as well as devise a way of optimising the abundant mineral resources in the country.

His words: “Agriculture was the pride of the nation before the discovery of oil in the 60s. But the coming of oil utterly neutralised the gains in agriculture and stalled the progress in other sectors.

“The entity called Nigeria is so naturally blessed, with the potential to be one of the leading country in the world, but the circumstances of oil and all the issues around it made this very difficult to realise.”

Responding on behalf of the other council members, the Chairman, Mr. Aliyu Salami, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them, expressing their resolve to hit the ground running and change the fortunes of the state for good.

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Other members of the council are: Amb. Olusiji Aina (alternate chairman), Chief Joseph Makoju, Chief Kola Jamodu Dr. Aheruvoh Ohiku, Emmanuel Onoja, Chief Abdulrazaq Kutepa and Mr. Segun Adaju.

THE Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, has explained that the recent data capturing for private schools in the state was part of efforts to revamp the education sector in the state.

Jones said the exercise was largely successful, expressing satisfaction that it achieved about 80 per cent success, but warned that schools that failed to show up for the exercise would be sanctioned.

Disclosing this while addressing newsmen on the essence of the exercise, he said the objectives for the exercise was for the state government to have accurate the figure of private schools operating in the state.

He added that the exercise was also to help determine the number of pupils in each school and status of such private school, to ascertain if they have what is required to operate in the state, in line with the education law.

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