Yahaya Bello’s Government Has Brought Only Pain And Agony To Kogi—Youth Leader

By Ikenga Chronicles January 26, 2017

Comrade Usman Okai Austin has described the one year in office of Governor Yahaya Bello as a disaster foretold, which eventually manifested. He described the governor’s administration as a “One Chance Government”, and lamented the cruel fate that has befallen the State.

He further lamented that the Confluence State never had it so bad since its creation in 1991, and said that even former Military administrators of the state are rated far better than the coronated Governor.

According to him,

“Bello case is like a ‘one chance bus’ where governance is practised as a deceitful venture.”

“Within one year in office, Bello has wasted and lavished over N220 Billion Naira, including monthly allocations to the State from the Federal purse and N10Billion Naira infrastructural development fund that was applied for by the previous government that was given to him.”

“Other monies lavished by the one-chance governor include; N20Billion Naira Bailout Fund and Paris Club Excess Refund of N15 Billion Naira; the N16 Billion refund from the Federal Government for the Ajaokuta, Lokoja Road Rebuilt by the Alhaji Ibrahim Idris Ibro government; N700million Ecological Funds and December 2015 allocation left behind by the Wada Administration; and a minimum of N600million Internally Generated Revenue.”

“All of these are more than what any governor in the state ever received, and is even higher than what Governor Wada received in his entire four years in office!”

“So the question is,what has Alhaji Yahaya Bello used all these resources to achieve for the State?”

The comrade then went on to enumerate on the many failures of Governor Bello’s administration;

“It is on record that instead of improving on the legacies of his predecessors in managing the Civil Servants, he [Governor Bello] instead chose to destroy them. Over thousands of the workers and pensioners are labelled ghost workers based on the policy of the Bello administration. Modern primary and secondary constructed by the previous administrations have now been turned into dens for criminals and kidnappers due to the lingering strike caused by the non-payment of teachers’ salaries.”

“Our health sector has gone from bad to worst within one year as capable hands are labelled ghost Doctors and Nurses and Hospital denied of modern equipment to the extent that patients have to go and buy syringe from chemists themselves. Kogi state Diagnostic Hospital Lokoja is more of mortuary as so many corpses are seen on beds due to poor health facilities”

“Our Agricultural sector that was revolutionised through the establishment of the modern Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) the Palm Fruits and the Rice Production Centres have either been scrapped or rendered useless by the Bello administration.”

The opposition youth leader further bemoaned the high level of violence in the State in the past one year that Bello has been in power;

“Today, the Confluence State under Yahaya’s watch is termed ‘Confluence of blood’ where kidnappers, assassins, cultist, robbers not only hold sway but are empowered through patronage.”

“A lecturer from Benue state was Kidnapped and his dead body found last week. So many were abducted along Ajaokuta-Itobe road among them was Hassan Ado, the former Chairman of the PDP Dekina and the kidnappers collected millions from their victims.”

“Bello has made Kogi State a safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers. Everyday people are being kidnapped as the government seems careless or clueless”

In conclusion, the youth leader stated that;

“Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s administration has no concrete policies on Agriculture, Education, Industrial Development, Manufacturing, Tourism, Employment Generation, State Security, etc. This man is a total disaster. The only visible achievement by Bello and his gang of confused minds is re-packaging and commissioning of classrooms built by the management of the School of Health Technology, Idah and repainting of street light poles in Lokoja Town put in place by the Wada Administration”

There is also the “heavy taxation and levies being imposed on Trailers passing by as well as the re-introduction of  WAEC /NECO fees earlier cancelled by the Alhaji Ibrahim Ibro administration.”

“We the good people of Kogi should ask ourselves, what have we gotten ourselves into? Where and when did Kogi State fall off the track and fall into Bello’s one chance bus?”

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