By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja
All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to tackle the perennial flooding in Kogi State headlong if elected come 2023.
Tinubu disclosed this in his message of appreciation to a mammoth crowd of party loyalists and supporters from across the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi who thronged the Muhammadu Buhari Square on Thursday in Lokoja.
The presidential candidate assured that Kogi State would occupy the right of place in the Tinubu/Shettima administration saying, “You are the Confluence State. You are important to us in the APC and the country.
“Apart from the presence of your Governor, Yahaya Bello, in the Presidential Campaign Council, one of your sons, Rt. Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, is also the Secretary of our Campaign Council.
So you are ably and adequately represented.
“Let me assure you that one of the very first things we will tackle is the perennial flooding in Kogi State. Flooding is a big problem in Kogi perhaps because of its strategic location as the confluence between Rivers Niger and Benue.
“This state has particularly been ravaged this year by flooding. You have lost precious lives, you have lost properties. You have lost farmlands.
“I want to tell you today that flooding will be a thing of the past when we get to office. We will work with the Kogi State Government to devise a permanent solution to this problem.
“The blessings of God exemplified in torrential rains should not be a curse on us”, he said.
Tinubu added that in line with his Action Plan tagged “Renewed Hope”, his administration would work assiduously to confront security, revamp the economy and target a double-digit Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This, according to him, would be achieved through creation of jobs for the people, affordable loans and mortgages to help those who desire to acquire their own homes.
“With improved and increased megawatts of electricity, we will generally work towards the industrialisation of the country.
“In the area of Agriculture and infrastructure delivery, particularly railways and road networks, we will continue the successes recorded by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and also move to improve on them.
“We will do even more. The details of our agenda are contained in our Action Plan.
“I make bold to restate that we will tap and develop the abundant resources available in Kogi State in conjunction with the Kogi State Government for the benefit of the people of Kogi and Nigeria.
“I assure you, this state will not be surcharged in the scheme of things. With me as your president, you will get what is due to you”, Tinubu said.
The APC presidential candidate thanked Kogi people for their presence in large numbers for the historic walk saying that the Tinubu/Shettima presidency would not forget the state.
“We will always remember this day. I thank you for your presence and participation in this walk”, he said. (Ends)