Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has appealed for support in the areas of establishing an airport in Kogi as well as the dredging of River Niger up to Lokoja in order to boost the economy of the State and country at large.
He said “I paid a visit to the President to brief him about the
confluence state, the development and challenges we are facing and
also to convey a message form the people of Kogi State that the social
bond between the government and the governed is still very strong.
“Also, I informed the President that the Youths of Kogi State are expressing their appreciation to the President over the various social
intervention programmes that are geared towards lifting the youth and
women out of poverty,” he said.
“The incident of bread tax in Kogi State is the most unfortunate
infraction that any right-thinking human being would allow to fly.
When I assumed office on 27th of January 2016, I inherited a decayed
civil service and I embarked on massive reform of the civil service.
“Before now, the civil servants in the state don’t follow the public
service rules or the financial regulations. A similar incident
happened within this period of COVID-19 where two Permanent
Secretaries decided to take the laws into their hands and wrote a
letter to worship centres, demanding that fumigation of the worship
centres be paid for despite the fact that it was a service that Kogi
State rendered free of charge and those Permanent Secretaries have
since been dismissed from service.
“I have ordered the Head of Service to issue queries to those that are
responsible and they will face the law accordingly. This is a State
that never locked down over COVID-19 but our economy was badly hit because all our neighbours; ten State including the Federal Capital Territory locked down.
“If I didn’t lock down to subject my people to hardship, why should I
because of tax or hardship impose additional hardship on them by
paying bread tax? If there is a way, I can even give tax holiday for
some of our businesses, I will do that, not to tax bread.
So, the Permanent Secretary concerned is facing disciplinary action and we are going to communicate to the world at the end of the day. I never ordered that and I don’t think any senior member of my cabinet will order such,” Bello said.
He, however, noted that there was no COVID-19 in Kogi, buttressing his
earlier stance of the pandemic.