The Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, has reiterated the fidelity of the Governor to develop mechanisms against corrupt practices in the State, saying the Governor will not spare any public official who is found culpable of graft.
Addressing newsmen at Ayegunle Gbedde in Ijumu Local Government Area, the Director General said the policy thrust of the present administration is to improve on the welfare of the people through infrastructural development and human capacity development.
He said the Governor has directed that foreign trips by government officials should be scaled down in line with his determination to drastically reduce the cost of governance.
His words: “I am aware many people from Ayegunle Gbedde were part of this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca. Government was aware of all you went through. As a responsible leader, the Governor immediately swung into action by setting up a probe panel to unravel why Kogi pilgrims were subjected to such dehumanizing conditions despite the perfect arrangements by the State Government to make pilgrims comfortable.
“The probe reports indicted the Chairman of the Pilgrims Commission. To underscore his zero-tolerance to corruption and maladministration, the Governor has directed the Secretary to the Kogi State Government to immediately suspend the Chairman of the Commission. Also, the Chairman has been handed over to the operatives of the Directorate of State Security Service for further investigations and possible prosecution if enough grounds are found for that.
“The Governor is the servant of the people of Kogi State and he expects every appointee of government to remain incorrigibly committed to service delivery.”
Fanwo said the present administration in the State is poised to ensure even development across Kogi State, assuring that the Governor has been able to defeat the ghost of ethnic division and acrimony.
“For the first time, we now have a Governor who is detribalized. For a long time, the political class used ethnicism to set us against one another to achieve parochial political goals. The determination of the Governor to fix some roads and the power challenge in Abejukolo before the end of the year is an eye opener that the politics of ethnicity is a mere creation of some political class to swindle the populace.
“Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of the State produced a Governor who governed the State for nine years in an era of boom. Yet, he didn’t consider it necessary to fix their bad roads. He didn’t consider it good to give them power supply. Today, Abejukolo has gone nine straight years without power supply.
“The good thing here is the prompt action by Governor Yahaya Bello to direct the Commissioner for Works to ensure the roads are fixed before the end of the year. He also pledged to return power to the community as soon as possible. What their son couldn’t do in nine years, the Governor is set to achieve it within a year into his administration.
“What the State needs is what it has gotten: a visionary, detribalized and focused leader, whose only language is development and empowerment. Governor Yahaya Bello is changing the socio-political cum psychological paradigm of Kogi State.”
The Director General assured the people that the Screening Exercise is fast winding up, urging the people to remain steadfast in their support for the present administration.
He also urged communities in the State to cooperate with investors and contractors who in his words, “are in the State to help the trend of development in line with the New Direction Agenda of the present administration.”