By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has called on all and sundry, friends and perceived foes to put aside all differences of politics, ideology or affiliation and joined hands with his administration to give the state best of governance in his second term in office.
Bello who made the call on Monday in Lokoja shortly after taking the oath of office administered by the state chief Judge Justice Nasiru Ajanah as the 4th executive governor of the state assured that his second term would bring a revitalized energy to bear in delivering refocused governance, calling on all and sundry to support the government in achieving its laudable programmes for the development of the state.
“My primary allegiance as governor will remain to Kogi state and her citizens, not to party or tribe. Everyone is my citizen and I owe everyone the protections and fidelities inherent in the office.
“It is on this note that I enjoined all Kogites to look forward to the next four years with optimism and great expectation. We will do everything in our power as the government to make sure that the state is productive, prosperous and peaceful,l” he said
The Governor stated further that his mission for the state in his second term, Governor Bello promised to a sustained focus on agriculture for improved food security, mass employment and increase in Internally Generated Revenue, adding that agricultural revolution which he has kick-started in the first term would be taking to the next level of development.
“Specifically, rice, cassava, cashew, aquaculture and livestock will remain the Kogi rock of our activities in the agricultural sector .
“Outside of agriculture, we are also going to pay greater attention to human capital development by investing more in training our people for enhanced relevance in a technologically evolving future.
“We will embark on large scale urban renewal projects that would further transform Lokoja into a resilient capital city with modern utilities attractive to tourists” he noted.
The governor, therefore, appealed to the people of the state to give their cooperation and support to the government by ensuring that there is peace and adequate security of lives and property in the state to enable the government to transform the state.
Meanwhile, governor Bello has announced the names of commissioner nominees, saying their names would be forwarded to Kogi State House Assembly for screen and subsequent confirmation.
The Commissioner nominees are Mohammed Sani, Asiwaju Ashiru, Abubakar Ohere,
David Akpeh, Joseph Baron ,David Oniye, Idris Musa, Wemi Jones , Kingsely Olorunfemi Fanwo ,Ozigi Barrister , Abdulnumini Danga , Saka, Haruna, Adewale Victor Omofaye , Hajiya Fatimah Aliyu and Gabriel Yunisa Olofu.
At least no fewer than 10 governors from APC ruling states graced the inauguration of governor Yahaya Bello for the second term in office.
The swearing ceremony which took place at Glass House in Government House , Lokoja on Monday.
The oath of office was administered by the Chief Judge of Kogi State , Justice Nasiru Ajanah on Governor Yahaya Bello and his Deputy , David Onoja at about 12 noon.
Among the APC governors that attended the occasion are the Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi ,the Chairman Nigeria Governor’s Forum,Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagaudu, Chairman APC governors Forum, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, Chairman Northern Governors forum.
Others are Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak , Ondo State Governor , Rotimi Akeredolu, Yobe State governor, Maimala Bunu ,Borno State Governor , Professor Baba Gana Umara Zulum
Other dignitaries that graced occasion are the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC , Comrade Adams Oshiomole , Senator Smart Adeyemi, ,Senator Jibrin Isah, Senator Oseni Yakubu, Kogi State Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Bello, the Immediate past Chairman of APC, Haddy Ametuo , Former House Representives members, Sunday, Karimi, Tijani Damisa, Abdulrahman Badamosiyu , the Traditional rulers, the President Kogi State traditional council , Atta Igala , HRH Micheal Amen Oboni, Vice President Kogi State traditional Council and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim , Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, , Ohimege Igu of Koto Karfe , Alhaji Abdulrasak Isah Koto.