By Olawale Ibrahim,Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has warned the newly sworn-in commissioners and special advisers to shun all forms of corrupt practices so as not to tarnish the image of the administration.
He also urged them to always make themselves accessible to the people even as he charged them to be accountable in their dealings.
The Governor was speaking on Wednesday at the swearing-in the commissioners at the Lugard House seat of the state government.
The inauguration of the new State Executive council swearing was coming barely 48 hours after being sworn in for a second term and 24 hours after the State Assembly confirmed the nomination of 17 commissioners.
The Governor also announced appointment of 30 new Special Advisers and their portfolios.
He told the 17 newly appointed commissioners that human capital development as one of the main thematic areas of the new direction administration must be respected to the letter.
“Every commissioner, as well as all Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDA), must operate an open door policy and make themselves available to the people because human capital development would form the nucleus this administration”.
The governor also warned the newly appointed commissioners not ruin its hard-earned reputation on fiscal accountability with corrupt practices whilst in office.
“The anti-corruption agencies have scrutinized us based on petitions written by various people who are not happy with the way we carry out our reforms, and they have found us clean, don’t tarnish our reputation with corrupt practices, anyone found wanting will not be speared,” he said.
He said that the commissioners were chosen based on their personal merit and those that returned after serving during first term did so based on their performance.
Governor Bello urged them to reciprocate the gesture to justify the confidence reposed by the people who gave the administration second term in office.