Governor Bello restates commitment to youth development
By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja
Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards youth development describing them as the drivers leading to the development and the success of the state.
Governor Bello stated this while he received a study tour group from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Kaduna state.
While describing Kogi State as a diverse State, Gov. Bello attributed his ability to reducing youths restiveness by bringing in a large poll of the younger generation of Youths and women into his administration, a factor he noted has helped greatly in reducing tension and acrimony.
The Governor described the theme of the study tour, ‘Youths unemployment and national security in Nigeria’ as apt and timely in the nation’s history saying that he remains sincere in leadership, as he serves the state with no pecuniary interest other than those of the people.
He added that he has remained transparent with managing the State‘s resources by opening up the books of income and expenditure for the people of State to see through, explaining that the people are able to trace government expenditures to his activities, through transparent allocation of the state’s resources.
Governor Bello said he was also able to bring each and every segment of the State together as one through gainfully employing the youth through several social intervention Programs.
While pointing out that the challenges facing the nation is majorly attributed to the youths, he said his administration has broken class barriers by engaging people of all social classes into the system.
Gov. Bello described the team’s visit to Kogi State as very important, describing the State as a better place to learn, particularly with a lot of human and natural resources that abound the State.
Earlier in his remarks, Air Vice Marshal Anthony Oluwarotimi, AFCSC Commandant, said the team is in the State to have a firsthand information of the state’s economic growth, income, employment status, poverty, inequality, riches, agriculture and the overall transformation of the State.
Air Vice Marshall Anthony praised the achievements of Gov. Bello on Youths employment, education, health, agriculture, funding governance, infrastructure, human capital development, entrepreneurship, youths engagement and security, a feat he explained makes the State a place for learning by the study team.
Established to train members of the armed forces particularly middle class, Air Vice Marshall Anthony said the tour aims at preparing the officers towards handling greater tasks and to familiarize the students with socio-economic issues affecting the State.
Similarly, the tour he added, aims at exposing the students to the realities on the ground in Kogi State under the leadership of Gov Bello, to enable the team compare with what they have been told, acquaint themselves with the challenges of the State compared to other States and in writing research papers, towards ensuring adequate security in the State.
He sympathized with the State over the recent flood and commended the State Government’s efforts in ensuring quick response which reduced the effect.
Also speaking, the team leader, Brig. Gen. M. Isah, Director Administration, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, said they are in the State for a diligent study as it relates to youths unemployment and national security in Nigeria.