GOVERNOR BELLO RECEIVES KOGI STATE TRADITIONAL COUNCIL OF CHIEFS, EMPHASIZES PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE
Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, welcomed members of the Kogi State Traditional Council of Chiefs on Friday at his office in Government House, Lokoja.
In his address, the governor expressed his gratitude to the Royal Fathers, whom he described as crucial supporters of his administration, especially in the realms of community policing and overall development.
During the meeting, Governor Bello extended his heartfelt condolences to the Atta Igala, HRM Mathew Alaji Opaluwa Ogwuche-akpa II on the passing of his elder brother Mr James Opaluwa two weeks ago.
The governor took the opportunity to clarify the effects of removing petroleum product subsidies on the government and its people. He emphasized the need to channel funds towards improving health, education, agriculture, and other critical infrastructure, all of which are essential for enhancing the well-being of the populace.
Regarding the Operation Light Up Kogi East, a rural electrification project in Kogi East Senatorial District, the governor acknowledged the substantial achievements made so far but however stressed the importance of continuing efforts to ensure that every community in the region receives reliable electricity supply.
Governor Bello also discussed the progress of Kogi State University, Kabba. He informed the traditional rulers that the recruitment of qualified academics had been advertised, urging Kogi Sons and Daughters with the necessary qualifications to apply and support the project.
Looking ahead to the forthcoming gubernatorial election, Governor Bello urged the traditional rulers to advise their subjects to conduct peaceful campaigns, devoid of any form of crisis, violence, or acts that might threaten the state’s peace and security. He expressed confidence in his political party, the APC, and its ability to secure a rancor-free atmosphere for the people of Kogi State to cast their votes on 11 November 2023.
Regarding rumors about his own life, the governor reminded everyone that life and death are in the hands of God alone, and he will return to God when it is divinely appointed.
Furthermore, Governor Bello encouraged the traditional rulers to advocate for peaceful coexistence, tolerance, and unity among their people. He advised against engaging in acrimonious politics, spreading fake news, and resorting to propaganda.
The governor implored the traditional rulers to continue working and praying for the success of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, acknowledging the visionary policies his administration has undertaken. He expressed optimism that better days are ahead, and the current challenges will yield the desired results.
The President of Kogi State Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Atta Igala, His Royal Majesty, Mathew Alaji Opaluwa Ogwuche-akpa II, was represented by the Ohimege-Igu of Koto Karfe, His Royal Majesty, Abdulrasaq Isah Koto. They conveyed their solidarity to the governor and commended him for his various developmental projects.
The council highlighted significant improvements in rural electrification, particularly in Kogi/Koto and Lokoja local government areas. He urged the governor to maintain the momentum of progress, especially in the area of electricity and emphasized the importance of delivering good governance to the people while disregarding distractions.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor