29JAN 2017

#365DaysofGYB: Kogi Signs MOU, Acquires Large Portion of Land From FG for Farming, Receives Presidency Commendation on Commitment to SDGS Goals

#365DaysofGYB: Kogi Signs MOU, Acquires Large Portion of Land From FG for Farming

Kogi state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (M O U) with the federal government for the allocation of land to the state government for agricultural programs.
The M O U was signed on behalf of kogi state by the secretary to the state government , Mrs Ayoade Folasade Arike while the Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), Adeniyi Shared Aremu, signed for the federal government on Friday 27th of January 2017, at the government house, Lokoja.
Speaking after the endorsement of the agreement, Mrs Arike who represented the state governor, explained that the recent visit to Omi dam by the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was informed by his administrations determination to utilise the opportunity provided by the dam for large scale farming.
This opportunity she said the governor noted  will create employment for the teeming youths and also produce food for the people of the state if properly utilised.
In his own speech, Mr Adeniyi, announced that the federal government has approved the request of Kogi state for the allocation of land around the dam because of its determination to use agriculture as a revolution in the state.
The federal government has therefore, ceded a total of 5,897 hectares of land, which is spread across four  locations in the state to kogi government for the program

#365Daysof GYB: Presidency Commends Kogi Governor on Commitment to SDGS Goals

The office of the President, Presidential Villa, Abuja has commended the government of Kogi State for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals programmes in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant on SDGs to the President, Her Excellency (Princess) Adejoke Adefulire made the commendation during the official commissioning of the remodeled ultra-modern SDGs office in Lokoja on the 27th of January, 2017.

 Princess Adejoke said Kogi State under the current government has been active in the implementation of SDGs projects describing the Special Adviser on SDGs to the governor of Kogi State, Arc Abudulmumuni Okara as a professional and a great manager of resources.

She said “the president is pleased and happy to witness the commissioning of the SDGs office in Kogi State. I have been interacting with the SA SDGs from Kogi State since I was appointed by Mr President and I always find in him, great zeal, enthusiasm and passion to ensure the realisation of the SDGs objectives in his state. Arc Okara is a workaholic public officer and a great asset to the government of Kogi State. I want to thank His Excellency, the governor of Kogi State, Alh Yahaya Bello for the prompt payment of the state’s counterpart fund for the 2014 CGS/SDGs projects. We will continue to work with Kogi State at the SDGs being among the states that are working seriously to bring development to the grassroots through Sustainable Development Goals”.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Kogi State, Arc Abdulmumuni Okara who spoke with joy thanked the SSA on SDGs to Mr President for her key interest to ensure that Kogi SDGs is repositioned to attain its objectives.

While enumerating the achievements of the SDGs under the New Direction Government of Alh Yahaya Bello, Okara said the SDGs in Kogi State was re positioned to bring development closer to the people.

 “Your Excellency, the Sustainable Development Goals under your leadership in the last one year has recorded monumental achievements and remarkable progress.  When we came on board in March 2016, the first thing we did was to embark on Sensitization and SDGs Facility Tour across the 21 LGAs of the State and as part of preparation for the smooth take-off of the sustainable development agenda in Kogi State, Your Excellency quickly approved a sensitization Workshop on SDGs involving all Stakeholders; Local Government Areas, Traditional Rulers, Political Officer Holders and Civil/Community/Faith Based Organization. This was done to enable us examine the success and the challenges of the SDGs in Kogi State”.

“Funding of the SDGs projects has been a serious issue. Prior to the time we came on board in March 2016, the office was operating at its lowest ebb due to the inability of the former administration to raise fund to meet the State and the Local Governments’ counterpart funds for the year 2014 MDGs projects. This challenge has since become a thing of the past as your “New Direction Administration”, quickly raised the sum of One Billion, Two Hundred Million (N1,200,000,000.00) Naira only, to meet the counterpart fund for the state and the six (6) benefiting Local Government Areas. Your Excellency’s approval and prompt release of the counterpart fund is hinged and motivated by your drive for youth and women empowerment which is part of the new direction that your administration is already charting for the good people of Kogi State”.

Under the New Direction Agenda, Your Excellency has also approved the employment and expansion of Village Health Workers from 120 to 200 to accommodate more people which is a social investment programme and the payment of Twenty Thousand (N20,000.00) Naira monthly allowance. This scheme covers twelve Local Government Areas and for a period of eight months. We have commenced the execution of the 2014 CGS/SDGs projects in six (6) local government areas with construction and equipping of six (6) Primary Healthcare Centres, purchase of Six (6) state-of-the-art referral vehicles (ambulances), rehabilitation and equipping of 12-Nos. Health Centre across the state under your health project known as “GYB Healthcare plus” programme. We have awarded contract for the upgrading and equipping of comprehensive health centre to cottage hospitals in Agassa Okene and Gboloko in Bassa Local Government Areas respectively. Under the GYB Healthcare plus programme the SDGs has purchased and delivered Sixty-three Million naira (N63,000,000.00) worth of drugs to be distributed free of charge across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state. Free Maternity Kits to be distributed to six thousand (6,000) pregnant women across the state as social support for the period of their pregnancy under the Healthcare plus programme have also be made available.  I am very proud today that we have taken SDGs in Kogi State to another height, and the new modern Office Complex that you will commission here will remain a worthy legacy of change in the face of this administration. From this vantage, office SDGs will begin to deliver effective services aimed at attaining our set goals.  I can assure you that the work force of the SDGs Kogi State has gained strength from the efforts that your Administration has committed in putting up this magnificent structure from the scratch to finish, which will no doubt enhance our commitments, loyalty and professionalism to better serve our people and the Nation”.

Arc Okara as Oliver Twist appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello for more fund to enable SDGs attain its set goals as soon as possible in line with the New Direction Agenda.

The Governor of Kogi State, Alh Yahaya Bello commended the Special Adviser and the entire staff of the SDGs for their commitment and support for his administration noting that he will continue to play his own part from the executive angle to support the SDGs programmes while acknowledging the importance of the agency.

The governor thanked the presidency for their support while appealing to the SSA to continue to give the necessary support to Kogi State SDGs. He equally thanked and appreciated the traditional rulers whom he said have been supportive of his administration even while he was campaigning.

The occasion for the official commissioning of the remodeled ultra-modern SDGs complex was graced by top government officials, friends and well wishers of the government, traditional rulers, members of the State House of Assembly, eminent personalities from outside the state, youths and women groups