30 April 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Kogi West Council of Elders, says it recognises Governor Yahaya Bello’s giant strides in the areas of infrastructure, security, education and human capital development in the State.
The group made up of mostly retired military personnel, led by the former Military Governor of old Western States and former Minister of Police Affairs, Rtd General David Jemibewon stated this while paying a visit to the Governor.
The council of elders specifically commended the governor for establishment of the Alape Staple Crops Processing Zone while appealing for speedy completion of the project.
Speaking on behalf of the Council, General Momoh marvelled at the governor’s development strides at a time the nation is embroiled and bleeding from all forms of insecurity.
‘ We are not unaware of your relentless drive to push for a safe corridor for kogi state, not perturbed by escalating insecurity in the country, you continue to push and embark on aggressive people oriented projects across the state. Your approach in dealing with criminal elements is commendable and we enjoin you to maintain the tempo.” Momah stressed.
In his response, Governor Bello thanked members of the Council and commended their advisory role which he said added more value to every decision his administration has made.
He said he will continue to seek their wealth of experience, wisdom and kind advice in ensuring that his administration remained focused in the provision of critical needs for the people of the State.
Governor Bello however appealed to the retired Generals to continue to offer advice in ways of combating insecurity in Nigeria, adding that the fight against criminal elements cannot be won by those in position of authority alone.
The governor said he will continue to do his best for the betterment of the people of kogi state while urging the elders for continuous engagement in discussions that would be of interest to the state.
Other members of the council on the courtesy call were Rtd Vice Admiral Joseph Ajayi , Chief James Awoniyi, Chief Ishaq Ajibola, And Secretary of the group
Chief Benjamin Taiwo