From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state was on Monday sworn-in for a second term in office along side his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja with a plea to the people of the state to put aside all differences of politics , ideology or affiliation and rally round his administration in delivering good governance.
Governor Bello who made the call 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.
He called 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. Every one is my citizen and I owe every one the protections and fidelity 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 powers as government to make sure that the state is productive , prosperous and peaceful” he said
Speaking on his mission for the state in his second term , Governor Bello promised to 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 bed 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 transform the state.
Meanwhile, shortly after his inaugural speech, Governor Bello announced 15 commissioners designate which he said will be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
The governor named the commissioners designate as Mohammed Sani Ibrahim, Idris Asiwaju, Abubakar Ohere, David Apeh, Joseph Momoh, Daniel Ejigbo, Idris Musa, Jones Ojo, Kingsley Fanwo, Isah Idachaba, Abudulmumini Ozigi, Abdulmumuni Dangana, Dr.Saka Haruna, Victor Omojaye, Fatima Kabiru Kuba and Gabriel Yunusa Olofu.