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15point promises that will shape Ododo’s administration as enunciated in inaugural speech

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1. Our approach will be open, frank and rugged but I am confident that it will lead us eventually to progress and prosperity.

2. This is the time for us to commence the process towards achieving a charter of equity on power rotation in the state because it is now apparent that no single senatorial district in our state can go it alone without the cooperation and support of others who are co-equals in the political configuration of the state.

3. Furthermore, our government shall hit the ground running with people-oriented programmes and projects delivered with utmost focus on the wellbeing of our people and we shall govern with transparency, probity and accountability at all times.

4. We are going to make Kogi State an attractive investment destination for local and foreign investors.

5. In this new era, more homes shall be built, more jobs will be created, businesses will blossom, our farmlands will thrive.

6. Our health care system will witness massive improvement in scale and efficiency;

7. Our schools will be filled and our teachers will have more reasons to smile on their way to the classrooms; our youths will find more avenues to build skills for innovation and creative enterprises and the welfare of our women shall be the utmost priority of this administration.

8. This will require us to look at the low hanging fruits such as completing all the critical infrastructural projects of the immediate past administration that are dear to the wellbeing of our people and by tapping into existing opportunities for partnership with the Federal Government. These will focus more on our areas of comparative advantage such as solid minerals and steel development, agriculture, marine and blue economy; tourism and creative economy, as well as information technology and digital economy, where our youth population with tremendous energy can be hugely mobilized to become key players in the value chain. We must all be prepared to begin from where the immediate past administration stopped.

9. Our team will be made up of individuals with ambitions greater than what you have seen before now.

10. Kogi State, which has been rated in the top 10 category under Governor Yahaya Bello by both local and international organisations, as far as growth indicators are concerned, will perform even better because the leadership will be more inventive, our workers will be more productive across sectors and the productive capacity will remain undiminished under the new administration.

11. A lot needs to be done to keep our communities safe and secure, help our young people find jobs, keep families in business, keep pupils in school and our teachers looking forward to the next school day, connect our farmers to markets even as we sustain food sufficiency in all parts of the state, get corporate organizations into partnerships that work for our communities and help our pensioners to live dignified and fulfilled lives.

12. Our administration will be aggressive, deliberate and strategic in making our business environment attractive. Kogi has all it takes to fulfill Nigeria’s dream of becoming the industrial hub of the global south. We are one of the most endowed states in Nigeria with abundant mineral resources and many gifts of nature. Kogi is where two of Africa’s biggest rivers, Niger and Benue, form a Confluence. The huge water bodies can serve in the areas of transportation, agriculture and tourism. We have all it takes with the many rivers and dams in the state to produce food all year round with an all seasons farming. We must produce what we eat , eat what we produce and produce what others eat. Aside the very valuable mineral resources our state is blessed with, we have no excuse not to be the food basket of Africa with the robust agricultural platforms already put in place by my leader and predecessor, His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello, CON.

13. In the next couple of months, we are hopeful that the world will make Kogi their tourism destination of choice. As your Governor, I will be at the forefront of our investment drive and we shall put in place, a Diaspora Investment Platform to make every Kogite around the world our investment Ambassador. It is economically imperative to build an economy that is basically driven by the private sector.

14. Fellow Kogites, I promise to govern with the fear of God and to be just, fair and equitable in all my dealings with all men and women irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation.

15. Our government will be transparent, accountable and we shall reward honesty, hard work and courage while promoting tolerance, loyalty and fairness.

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Kogi inaugurates 22-Member OGP State Steering Committee

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

KOGI State Government has inaugurated a 22-member Open Government Partnership (OGP) State Steering Committee comprising state and non-state actors to reinforce the state Government’s commitment to issues of Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Participation.

Dr (Mrs) Folashade Arike Ayo-Ade, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) who inaugurated the Committee on Tuesday in Lokoja, said the programme would place Kogi on the global map in the areas of Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Participation.

She described OGP as a multilateral initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from national and Sub-national Governments to promote Open Government.

The Partnership, she added, also is geared towards empowering the citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The SSG said that the OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic Reformers ready to make their government Open, Accountable and Responsive to citizens.

“As we all know, the present administration under the dynamic Leadership of His Excellency Alhaji Usman Ododo has been in the forefront in practicing and implementing the principles of Open Government.

“The involvement of citizens in governance has assumed a whole new dimension with the appointment of men and women in all levels Government”, she said.

Asiwaju Ashiru Idris (Mukadam), the State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning who is also Co-Chairman of the Committee said the state had recorded a lot achievements both locally and internationally in Transparency and Accountability.

He said that with the inauguration of OGP, the state would continue to wax stronger and stronger adding that Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo had directed that all monies accruing to the state be published quarterly to buttress his commitment to accountability.

The Commissioner said that the Committee would further help to roll out more strategies to enhance the implementation of the state Action Plan and enable coverage of the lost grounds.

In his Vote of Thanks, the second Co-Chairman of the OGP, Amb. Idris Ozovehe Muraina described the inauguration as a significant milestone in the collective journey towards transparency, accountability, and citizens engagement in governance.

Muraina who is also Chairman Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET), said the official inauguration of the OGP in Kogi marks “a new chapter in our efforts to foster greater transparency, enhance public participation and combat corruption.

He noted that committee had crucial role to play in holding our government accountable saying, “I believe that by working together, we can bring about positive changes and make a real difference in the lives of the people of Kogi State.

“Let us seize this opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and drive forward our shared vision of a more open and inclusive government that puts the interests of the people first.”

Muraina explained that the the OGP bill in the state was passed and assented to in 2022, adding that it was leveraging on four basic principles of Transparency, Inclusive Participation Accountability, Innovation and Ambition, based on five standards. (Ends)

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Put Politics Behind, Support Gov. Ododo – Abejide Urges Kogi People

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**Says Nov. 11, 2023 Governorship Election was freely won

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Honorable Leke Joseph Abejide, candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the November 11, Governorship Election in Kogi, has urged people of the state to put politics behind them and support Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to build a virile, secured and prosperous State.

Abejide, Member representing Yagba Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, made the call while addressing guests at a wedding ceremony, in Lokoja, the State capital.

The Parliamentarian urged well-meaning Kogi indigenes to keep politics in abeyance for now and give maximum support to the government to achieve progress on all fronts, reiterating his stance that the election was freely won.

According to him, there is time for politics and time for governance and presently, time for politics is over adding, “We have had our election and a winner has emerged.

“I still find it surprising that some people are still working to pull down the government because of election that was freely won, with the people’s voice heard loud and clear.

“Let me use this medium to call that we put behind the Governorship election. Let’s join hands with Gov. Usman Ahmed Ododo to build a virile Kogi State.

“All the negative things that are unsubstantiated that are not true but being said about the government and state are also affecting our development.

“Let’s give the Governor the support to work for the good of the generality of the people”, Abejide said. (Ends)

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Gov. Ododo pledges to Improve Local Security Architecture with community road networks

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

AS part of his deliberate steps to improve logistics for local security architecture in Kogi State, Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has said that his administration will soon embark construction of network of roads in rural communities.

Governor Ododo who disclosed this while on Sallah homage to the Onyukoko-Idoji ward in Okene Local Government Area said the network of roads would link communities in different parts of the state.

Addressing a gathering of his supporters at Idoji, the governor expressed concern over the condition of the Idoji-Enyinare road promising that immediate attention would be given to the road.

This, he said, would be executed along with other roads linking local communities in different parts of the state.

He stressed that people in local communities needed to be connected by road infrastructures to enhance social and economic activities across the state.

Governor Ododo said he was well aware of the socio economic and infrastructural deficits in rural areas and pledged that his administration will not relent in closing the gaps in road infrastructure in the state for the benefit of all citizens.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the youths, women and other stakeholders in the area for the tremendous support he received during the November 11, 2023 Governorship Election.

He assured them that their welfare would receive priority attention under his leadership.

Governor Ododo however, enjoined the youths to desist from divisive tendencies but strive to sustain the prevailing peaceful coexistence in the area as he assured the community of improved logistics for the local vigilante group.

He also promised that his administration would remodel the local security architecture in the area and make it a template for other communities in the state as part of the renewed onslaught against criminals in the state.

In appreciation of the pivotal role played by people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in his emergence as Governor, Ododo promised to accord tremendous importance to the people and the area.

He noted that their sacrifices served as the foundation for the agitation for equity in the political history of Kogi State. (Ends)

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