One million reasons why posterity will be kind to Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for his giant strides in Kogi State.


One million reasons why posterity will be kind to Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for his giant strides in Kogi State.

 

By Otori Ozigi

It goes without saying that the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is a political icon whose indelible mark and footprints would remain in our collective memories for a long time to come.

True, the former governor came into our consciousness through a divine intervention as providence brought him into the office as the 4th Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Before his assumption of office, the state of Kogi State in every sectors, left a sour taste in the mouth.

Before his inauguration in January 27,2016, the economy of the state was in shambles, just as the security architecture was in the throes of unprecedented upheaval and widespread turmoil.

Kogi State was gripped in the miasma of political upheaval and parlous economy.

Recall that civil servants throughout the state were on strike uptill the eve of the inauguration of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.

They were protesting non payment of salaries running into several months, including the percentage payment of salaries of local government workers, teachers and Pensioners in the state, by the government of Capt.Idris Ichalla Wada.

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The security architecture of the state was facing a dire situation as criminal elements like kidnappers, ritualists,murderous Fulani herdsmen and bandits held sway in the nooks and crannies of the state.

Indeed, the situation was so bad that travellers were avoiding the major roads connecting the state with her 9 neighbouring states, including the nation’s capital, Abuja, Nigeria.

The environment and sanitation of Kogi State, particularly the state capital,Lokoja,and it’s environs was becoming an eye sore and a great health challenge.

There were heaps and mountain size refuse dumps within Lokoja metropolis.

Indeed, Lokoja was ranked among the dirtiest state capitals in the country.

But the purposeful and visionary leadership qualities of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello were brought into the front burner of Statemanship at this point in time.

He quickly summoned the courage to face the daunting security challenge frontally, as he put in place workable security strategies that brought sanity into the insecurity challenges in the state.

Criminal elements were effectively checkmated and cleared from the state,as Kogi State became uncomfortable for them.

On the parlous economy of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello quickly negotiated with the organized labour in the state and their strike was called off to pave way for the full payment of their outstanding salaries and wages.

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One other challenge faced by Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello was the inheritance of a corrupt and rotten civil service system in the state.

Indeed,every strata of the state civil service system was gripped by widespread corruption in several Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The situation was so bad that no fewer than 900 fake primary schools were discovered to be operating in all the 21 local government areas in Kogi State

True,it was an era when teachers decided to collect their rewards here on earth,as they discovered a new way to become wealthy.

In the same vein, there were thousand cases of teachers parading fake NCE certificates reportedly obtained from notorious higher institutions in the country.

In a related development, the Kogi State Civil Service system was entrapped in widespread cases of ghost workers syndrome and other white collar vices.

To this end, the former governor embarked on a prolonged holistic civil service reform regime,and staff screening exercise that led to the eventual clean payroll system that is in place today.

On the area of infrastructure , the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello was able to put in place no fewer than 5000 legacy projects that cut across the three senatorial districts in the state.

Chief among these notable projects is the establishment of two new Universities,namely, Confluence University of Science and Technology, located in Osara and Kogi State University, Kabba .

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The administration of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello also constructed the first ever over head bridge, namely, Ganaja flyover, located in the heart of Lokoja.

There are other iconic projects recorded in the health, education, agriculture, and general infrastructure in the state.

On the whole, the immediate past governor of Kogi State can rightly be referred to as the father of modern Kogi state.

His administration impacted positively on the good people of Kogi State for his 8 years tenure in office.

Most of his landmark achievements in office were grossly underreported by the media.

Unfortunately, the government of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza suffered undeserved bad press and negative criticism and outright campaign of calumny by his political enemies and detractors.

That was the negative narrative fed into the consciousness of the general public by armchair critics.

Yes. Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is a silent performer and a nationalist who came,saw and conquered.

Posterity will be kind to him in the fullness of time.

Otori Ozigi,a veteran journalist and PR Consultant, writes from Okene, Kogi State.

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