…Commissions Projects in Kogi
President Muhammadu Buhari has again hyped the All Progressives Congress – APC Administration in the Country for delivering her campaign promises to Nigerians.
President gave the commendation at the Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, while commissioning some Projects Executed by the Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello led administration in Kogi State.
In a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, President Buhari explained that Governor Yahaya Bello has performed creditably in his two terms as Governor, describing the projects as a plus to the State and the Country at large.
“We are an Administration that prides ourselves in the fulfillment of our electoral promises to Nigerians at both national and sub-national levels
“I am glad that we have an impressive array of legacy projects through your own State government as proof of our stewardship of Kogi State
“The APC Administration has indelible footprints in Kogi State. Among the many projects executed by the Federal Government are; the Itakpe to Okene bypass, the Obajana to Kabba concrete road built by Dangote Industries Limited under our ‘Roads for Taxes Initiative’ (Executive Order 7) and the Itakpe to Warri railway service, among others
“I am very pleased to be here to commission several projects executed by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello” he said.
President Buhari also spoke of the determination of his administration to position Kogi State as an industrial hub as well as a solid mineral power base, taking time to explain how the Federal Government achieved the resolution of all legal entanglements that had bogged down the progress of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
He said the project stands to benefit the people of the State immensely.
“No other single project holds the key to unlocking this vast potential as much as the Ajaokuta Steel Complex which we inherited as a long moribund complex strangulating under a tangle of local and international commercial disputes
“I am glad to report that as we begin to round off in office, we can genuinely say that our administration has rescued Ajaokuta from all legal disabilities and it is now ready for concessioning to a private investor with the right profiles to put it to work for Nigerians in general and Kogi State in particular
“The process has cost this Federal Government over 400m US Dollars so far, but I consider it money well spent as we move closer to achieving our objective of transforming Kogi State into Nigeria’s iron and steel powerhouse
“The benefits of getting Ajaokuta Steel Complex working again are numerous. It would provide over 500,000 estimated jobs and more than $1.6 billion in annual income to the Nigerian economy
“Nigerians can be rest assured that I remain committed to seeing this process to a logical conclusion before the end of my tenure in Office”
President Buhari stressed that Kogi State also stands to benefit in diverse ways when the 614 km (384 mile) AKK gas pipeline which traverses the State starts operations next year.
“I commend Governor Yahaya Bello for rising up to the occasion in many sectors especially security. We are proud of him and I encourage the people of Kogi State to continue to support him and his team as they are working hard to ensure peace, security and development in the State”
In his welcome address, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello thanked President Buhari for showing leadership and for the various programmes and interventions which had positively impacted on the State and her people.
These, the Governor said, included the Itakpe – Warri Rail Line which he noted, had brought relief to travellers and business owners in the State.
Governor Bello informed President Buhari that the projects inaugurated were in response to his commitment to serve, stating that since his swearing – in on 27th January, 2016, his administration constituted a Multi-sectoral Committee that went round the nooks and crannies of the State, identifying the needs of the people.
While acknowledging the commitment of President Buhari towards the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, the Governor thanked the President for his unrelenting interest in the project.
He also stated that his administration has a cordial relationship with the traditional institution in the State, stating that the new Ohinoyi’s Palace being commissioned by President Buhari was a testimony of such.
Earlier, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ibrahim Ado, represented by the Ohi of Okengwe-Ehi, HRH, Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani Muhammed Anaje, on behalf of the traditional rulers of the Central Senatorial District, thanked President Buhari for his support to Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration and for being the first sitting President of Nigeria to visit Kogi State on a working visit.
Projects Commissioned by the President included:
a. The Reference Hospital Okene, which boasts of the first ever hyperbaric treatment chamber in Nigeria and the fleet of ambulances attached to it;
b. The new Ohinoyi’s Palace at Okene;
c. The Ganaja Junction Flyover and interchange at Lokoja;
d. The GYB Model Science Secondary School, Adankolo, Lokoja;
e. The Muhammadu Buhari Square (Civic Centre) at Lokoja; and
f. A fleet of high – tech security vehicles to combat crimes and criminalities.