By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has expressed that Nigeria will effectively tackle problems of the economic deficit, insecurity, poor infrastructure and other concerns by engaging localized strategies.
Bello stressed that Kogi state has been able to achieve successes across all sectors by applying a mix of local solutions, knowledge and human-based resources to address these challenges.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Muhammed Onogwu copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoka on Tuesday in Lokoja , Kogi State capital.
The governor while receiving some representatives of Nollywood on Tuesday made this known in Abuja , who came to pledge support to him and urge him to run for President in 2023.
Bello said that his administration has also taken into cognizance that what will last longer than the present generation is a knowledge-based economy rather than a resource-based economy emphasizing on the need for developing of human and knowledge-based resources, especially through youth inclusion in governance.
He also commended and appreciated the Nollywood stars for their contributions in the creative industry which has contributed to increasing Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, youth empowerment and showcasing Nigeria to the world.
According to the Governor, the State before he was sworn in used to be a state that was divided among herself, along ethnic line, religious line, class, background and several other types of criminality used to be the order of the day but by his leadership style and the various touch of qualities of the young men and women he was able to assemble, the reverse was the case currently.
He noted that Kogi State would soon be an oil-producing state and such feet would be celebrated, but this is the greatest undoing of Nigeria where we are depending solely on resources, either oil or solid minerals.
“We have been able to discover that we have these solid minerals but we are establishing a University that is coming up this year that will be second to none in Nigeria where we are going to develop our knowledge.
“where our solids minerals will no longer leave Kogi State in raw form again, that is what we need in Nigeria”, Bello said.
Governor Bello said that another strategy of local solutions the state has used is women inclusion in governance, explaining that women play critical roles in peacebuilding while he urged youths to key into the opportunity provided by President Muhammadu Buhari to get registered with the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He asserted that his government applied its local knowledge when certain ailments came in and did simply declined any alien to come in hence they were living healthy and good asserting that “this was our leadership style, we are proactive. Can we replicate this in Nigeria, the answer is yes, is it possible, the answer is yes”
Governor Bello mentioned that as they were urging him to run for President in 2023, while he would listen to them, he would throw a challenge at them to play active roles in political participation in the country as he was also playing his part in nation-building
The leader of the delegation, Mr Seun Oloketuyi commended Governor Bello for his efforts on youth inclusion in governance, stating that it was what the country needed while he pledged the support of Nollywood to Gov. Bello as they urged him to come out for President come 2023.
“Nollywood is the second employer of labor today. We believe that ahead of the 2023 elections Nollywood has a great role to play as most of the stars have very huge followers which makes them influential in what they say.
“Going into 2023, the Nollywood stars have said they will not just sit down and fold their hands but sensitize their followers on voting for a youth as President in person of governor Yahaya Bello”, Oloketuyi said.
In his remarks, Dr Segun Okeowo, Director-General, Best of Nollywood (BON) presented a notification of interest to Bello, seeking the State to host the 13th edition of the BON award in November.