By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As electioneering campaigns hit up ahead of November 16th governorship, the candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) ,Abdulrasaq Emaje has pledged to promote tourism and generate revenue for the state.
Emaje who was speaking in a chat with journalists in Ayingba, Dekina Local government area of Kogi State, stressed that in the face of dwindling federal allocations to various states, it is imperative to look inward to generate more incomes to develop infrastructures in the state.
He explained that Kogi State is richly endowed in both natural and human resources, adding that Kogi state has been described as a state sitting on the keg of tourism and hence, there is the need to develop tourism.
According to him, “For instance, Kogi capital is the confluence city , the natural meeting point of two great River Niger and Benue is tourist attraction.
“We have Mount Patti with over 1500 feet above the sea level with flat land, Lokoja been the first capital of Nigeria had been dotted with historical relics and some European cemetery and graves of some Emirs deposed by the British government and banished to Lokoja.
“By the time we developed all these tourism sites we intend to generate more revenues to meet other commitments,” he added.
The UDP candidate noted that if voted to power issue of salary payment would not use as a measure for performance, stressing that salary is a norm and must be paid as at when due.
“Basically salary is a norm, labour and his wage. Performance should not be based on salary payment . It is normal it is stupidity to say I am paying salary . What I should be asking what was happening at the local government level”
He stated that with 200 days in office his administration would have created 10,000 jobs for the teeming youths in the state.
He lamented that fundamentally something is wrong with Kogi, saying the incumbent was not getting it right and the state is urgently in need of help.