The Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing the people of Kogi West Senatorial District has released a press Statement this Morning. He has commended the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for his efforts in the socio-economic development of the State.

This on the backdrop of the tremendous efforts by the Governor in the areas of social infrastructure; road networks, health, education, housing, and particularly his ability to unite the diverse people of the State.

Senator Adeyemi says that GYB has laid a solid foundation for the peace, unity and development that Kogi people enjoy today. The deliberate and consistent effort of the Governor through his EBIGO Policy towards eradicating all the imaginary lines of mistrust, suspicion, tribal and religious sentiments which had long existed amongst our people. This helped in no small way to rebuild mutual trust and confidence in one another, providing a conducive atmosphere for the genuine development in our state.

Further, the Senator noted the Governor’s massive investment in the SECURITY Sector, ensuring a safe environment for lives and properties, investments and socio-economic growth. The Governor, in acknowledgement of the catalytic role security can play to accelerate development, continues to take bold and courageous steps such as providing hundreds of Utility Vehicles for Security and paramilitary Agencies in the State with a goal to enhancing their activities and service delivery.
A few examples of some of the strides taken by the Governor are the establishment of the Kogi State Vigilante Service. Over 3000 personnel were recruited, trained and equipped. More than 500 Motorcycles and about 30 Patrol Vehicles were made available to facilitate effective and timely response of their operations.

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Again, GYB took advantage of his goodwill with the Nigerian Army to establish several NA Forward Operational Bases across the State. It is common knowledge that he directed and physically participated in the pulling down of structures linked with kidnap activities through verified information from Whistle Blower Policy and Domesticated Criminal Justice Code initiatives.

Senator Adeyemi said all of the above, coupled with the clearing of 40 metres of barriers and thickets on both sides of our highways, as initiated by GYB, has provided room for the massive infrastructural growth as is being witnessed in Kogi State today. When it comes to the issue of Security, many of us will need to take a leaf off GYBs proactive management skills. we must bear in mind that the governor has achieved this much, despite an uncompetitive state revenue and boundary related issues.

Speaking on the area of SOCIO-INFRASTRUCTURE, the Senator stated emphatically that the achievement and project-spread cutting across the State under GYB is unprecedented. “I am particularly proud of the Urban Renewal and Security projects aimed at accelerating the socio-economic development of Kogi State and can only say kudos to my Governor”.

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Under ROAD NETWORKS, Senator Smart has said that GYB has distinguished himself . He made reference to the following completed as well as ongoing projects as testimonials to the good works.
i) Ibana-Ikeje-Ette road and Idah-Umomi-Ayingba road in Kogi East
ii) Ponyan-Jege-Ejuku-Ijowa road and Ekinrin-Adde-Ohun-Iffe Olukotun road in the West
iii) Idoma road and Mohammed Attah road in the Central
iv) Taiwo road, Lokoja Township road and some portions of Ganaja road in Lokoja have also received attention.
v) Okene Township roads
vi) Kabba Township roads
vi) Dekina Township roads
vii) The Ganaja Junction Fly-over bridge. This is very strategic considering the volume of traffic plying this route which often create gridlock at rush hours.

Noteworthy is the acquisition of Earth Moving Equipment for timely road maintenance interventions by Kogi Road Maintenance Agency(KOGROMA).

In the HEALTH Sector, Senator Adeyemi noted the following as some of the landmarks.
i) Establishment of Sustainable Drug Supply System (SDSS) technological innovation to monitor and track drug movements and distribution channels
ii) Supply and installation of Medical Equipment at 5 selected Public Hospitals across the three Senatorial Districts, with medical tools, essential drugs and diagnostic apparatus.
ii) Establishment of Okene Referral Hospital with similar facilities in Gegu, Ajaokuta and Isanlu.
iii) Reactivation of Confluence Advanced Medical Diagnostic and Imaging Center.
iv) Repositioning and Facelift to the College of Health and Midwifery, Obangede.

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Under the EDUCATION Sector, some of the landmarks projects includes:-
i) Institution of sound and functional Educational Policies
ii) Training and Retraining of over 2000 Teachers
iii) Renovation of 120 Classroom Blocks
iv) Facelift of 735 Classroom Blocks
v) Establishment of 239 GYB Model Primary Schools across the 239 Wards of Kogi State.
vi) Expansion, Renovation and Building of facilities at all Kogi State tertiary institutions.
vii) Establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH).

Under the HOUSING sector, GYB was able to:-
i) Build the Revenue House, lokoja,
ii) Several Hospital Complexes across the State

The establishment of OMI RICE MILL is spectacular, considering it’s massive impact on employment, agriculture, internally generated revenue and other affiliate benefits.

In all, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has done exceedingly well in delivering on his mandate, we are proud of him, he should let the good work continue.

Chief Olowo Cornelius,
Legislative Aide to Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi,

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