Constituencies to rotate Kogi’s seat of power
In the drive to integrate the grassroots people into the activities of government, the governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has initiated plans to rotate the state’s administrative seat among the three senatorial districts on periodic basis.
The move was also to allow the people at the grassroots feel the presence of government and have a sense of belonging.
Bello, who disclosed the plan during a visit to the palace of the Atta Igala, His Royal Majesty, Idakwo Michael Ameh, also disclosed his plan to renovate Government Lodges in Idah, Ankpa and Dekina, where he would visit periodically to spend reasonable time to administer the state.
The governor noted that visiting the various constituencies and spending the minimum of one week each there, would enable him to personally interact with the people and also carry out the business of governance.
He said this would also allow senior government officials to know the problems facing the communities especially those concerning security for which he requested further military assistance.
According to him, “For equity and justice purposes, there is the need to build another Forward Operational Base (FOB) for the military in Kogi East Senatorial District to put to rest the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping and other security issues affecting the state.”
The governor had earlier commissioned FOB at Achoze in Okene Local Government, which he said was aimed at beefing up security across the state adding, “We started from the central senatorial district because of the fact that the area has over 52 percent rate of armed robbery and kidnapping. There is the need to make the move to stem that tide and we quickly built that FOB and commissioned it.”
He said before the end of the year his administration would build another FOB in Igala land, saying, “The plan is aimed at actualising our promises and objectives of zero tolerance for criminality including communal clashes.”
While Bello assured the people of his government’s determination to set up a high powered committee that would take stock of the electricity needs of the people in Igala land, the Atta’Igala and President of the Kogi State Council of Chiefs, Ameh lauded the administration for the on-going massive road construction and rehabilitation in the Eastern Senatorial District.
According to him, “Road development programe was crucial to human existence and the economy, particularly in the area of transportation of goods and services.”
He expressed delight that the road projects cut across the entire communities in the area stressing that the gesture would surely improve the lives of rural dwellers.