The support base of the current Governor and the APC Candidate for the forthcoming Kogi Gubernatorial Poll was today swollen with the endorsement and declaration of unalloyed support for His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello, by the Umbrella Body of Elders across the 5 LGAs of Kogi Central Senatorial District, SUPREME COUNCIL OF ELDERS.
The Council made the declaration today when they were on behalf of His Excellency, received on a courtesy call, by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr. (Dr.) Abubakar Sadiku Ohere, in his office in the state capital, Lokoja.
In an introductory note, the Chairman of the Council, Alh. Sule Aliu (the Ohiekura of Ebiraland), congratulated Governor Bello on his resounding victory at the recently conducted much adjudged free, fair and credible APC Primary Election. He expressed the joy of the Council over his emergence.
He commended His Excellency for his unprecedented developmental strides across Kogi Central which includes the completed Itakpe Junction - Eika - Kuroko - Inoziomi road; Ihima - Obangede road; Makaranta - Obehira-eba - Okengwe road; Obehira-eba - Arigo/Odenku; Ebogogo - Osisi - Ipaku - Uhucheba road; ongoing Ogori/Magongo link; Nagazi-uvete/Nagazi-eba road; Agassa - Upogoro - Checkpoint road; ongoing Agassa Junction - Iruvucheba - Idozumi - Ohu Bariki - Idoji road; with Ebiya - Eganyi - Adogo - Unosi being in the pipeline.
Also mentioned are the near completion monumental edifices at Ebira Recreational Centre in Okene; an ultramodern roundabout at Agassa junction which will lift the aesthetic phase of Ebiraland upon completion being first of its kind in the zone; the reticulation of Okene Waterworks and restoration of industrial boreholes across the zone to end the reign of perennial water scarcity; the rehabilitation of College of Nursing and Midwifery Obangede; revitalization and upgrading of Okengwe hospital cottage and Ebiya hospital to a "General Hospital" status; the ongoing GYB Door-to-Door Free Health Care Initiative; the ongoing Youth Skill Acquisition on metallurgical fabrications; among others, the building of Military Forward Operational Base and recent facilitation of Military Barrack to Okene which comes with other tremendous attendant benefits, in addition to maximum security assurance.
They also commended His Excellency over his recent promotion of their host, Engr. Ohere from Special Adviser to Commissioner. An elevation they described as timely and well deserved. They charged Engr. Ohere to double his commitment and diligence in service, while commending him for his outstanding support for His Excellency.
They urged the Governor to maintain the ovational tempo on infrastructural development; job creation opportunities; prompt payment of workers salaries; prioritization of educational development; keeping of the existing peace, love and harmony; and sustenance of security of lives and properties of citizens.
The Elders Council pledged to work assiduously to reciprocate the good governance and gestures of Governor Bello that has brought about the presence of government in the grassroots through human and capital development, by mobilising massively for his incontestible landslide victory come November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Responding on behalf of His Excellency, the Honourable Commissioner who doubles as the Leader of Kogi Central Political Official, Engr Ohere appreciated his August Visitors for the honor and thanked them for always playing advisory role as respected elders in the land.
He tasked them to as a body, extend same appreciation to the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRM Dr. Abdulrahman Ado Ibrahim, CON, for his immeasurable fatherly advice and prayers in support of the New Direction Administration while promising more dividend of democracy for the good people of Kogi Central via justice, equity and fairness in governance.
The Apex body of eminent elders in Kogi Central chiefly charged with the responsibility of ensuring love, unity, peace, tranquility and development had in attendance, Alh. Abu L.O, the Onoguvo-Obanyi of Ebiraland; Adayi Alh. Nasoso; Mr Stephen; Mrs. Halimat Ohunene Ozikeku Saliu(BigMama); Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim; Alh. Abubakar Umar; Mr. M.K Ibrahim; Alh. Y.A Ahmed; Mr. Abraham Ajoge; Adayi Alh. S.I Bello; Mr. A.S Onekata; Alh. Y.A Ahmed; Rev. Simon Dansuleiman and some other prominent and revered elders, as members.
Receiving the Elders Supreme Council with the Honourable Commissioner, was the Auditor General of Local Government, Alh. Usman Ododo.
Abubakar ES Ozioto