By Orjime Moses
The Kogi State government has said that the massive construction projects going on in the state were aimed at “building on the massive but silent achievements of the first term of the Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration.”
The state commissioner for information and communications, Kingsley Fanwo, who stated this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing a select group of journalists, said the infrastructural development plan was becoming more visible and magnificent due to the giant strides of the state governor.
“We completed quite a number of road projects in the first term across the three Senatorial Districts. We also built a good number of hospitals, schools and the second largest but the best Rice Mill in Northern Nigeria. The Governor didn’t make noise about those gigantic achievements, but the people responded with their resounding votes.
“We have gone far with our Referral Hospital, Okene as well as Zonal Hospitals at Idah, Isanlu and Koton-karfe. These are modeled to be some of the best in the country.
“They will all be ready this year. We are also remodeling the State Specialist Hospital and also working on the Kogi State University Teaching Hospital. Our intention is to empower Kogi State to become the medical hub of the nation,” Fanwo said.
The Commissioner said the “record actualisation of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara is a massive testimony to the Governor’s commitment to revolutionize education in the State.” insisting that no administration has impacted the educational sector in the state as much as the Bello Administration.
“We put in place infrastructure for the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara in record time. Today, Kogites are proud of what we have achieved there.
“The Yahaya Bello Administration is also about to complete Operation Light Up Kogi East Project , an ambitious electrification project that is connecting over 200 communities in Kogi East to the National Grid. The project is 95 percent completion level,” he added.
Fanwo re-emphasised that Kogi State remains one of the safest states in Nigeria.
“I have been asked this question many times. But I can understand that many don’t know the workings of security architecture. There is no society where crime doesn’t happen. What separates effectiveness from failure is the ability to prevent crime or immediately rise to the occasion to combat it when prevention fails,” Fanwo stated.