Chris Steven, Abuja
Kogi State Governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has promised to embark on rapid industrialization of the state immediately he is sworn into office next year.
Alhaji Yahaya Bello who made the pledge in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Suleiman Abdulmalik, said only a well coordinated industrial programme can solve the twin problems of poverty and underdevelopment that currently confronts the state.
Bello said he was pained that a state like Kogi that is sitting on a variety of raw materials and blessed with enormous human capital has remained a shadow of its capacity, 24 years after its creation.
He said efforts will be made to channel the state’s resources to productive sectors with a view to bringing the desired meaningful growth and development for the benefit of the greater majority of the people of Kogi State.
The Governor-elect noted that he was aware that government cannot provide all the jobs and will therefore use his connections to attract private sector participation so as to provide gainful employment for the youth in the state.
The statement said Bello was the kind of leader that Kogi State desires at this time of its development and promised that the Governor-Elect will build bridges across the state and discourage negative tendencies that widen the gulf of ethnic and religious differences.
It urged the good people of the state to support the incoming governor to enable him touch the lives of everyone in the state in the areas of security, good roads, education and standard medical care, world class infrastructure, agriculture and other critical sectors of the state’s economy.
The statement said gone were the days when those saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property would be allowed to sacrifice peace and unity of purpose on the altar of ethnicity and inflated ego.
It said Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s election marked a turning point in the history of the state.