1MAY 2017

European Union Ambassador visits Kogi to discuss investment opportunities

Governor Yahaya Bello received the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and Head of EU  Delegation to ECOWAS, Michel Arriol.

To discuss GYB's New Direction with special focus on investment opportunities in Kogi State.

Below is the Governor's address:

I have the pleasure of welcoming you to Kogi State, popularly known as the Confluence State  because of the confluence of Nigeria's two major rivers. It is also the confluence of people and opportunities. The only state to border 10 states in Nigeria including the FCT, our geography offers enormous potentials for economic growth and development but also poses a lot of challenges especially in terms of security. But this government is committed to focused on harnessing our potentials as much as we are committed to confronting and resolving the challenges posed to us. 

My government is called the New Direction government because it is hinged on the New Direction Blueprint which documents my vision for the state in 5 thematic areas. One of these thematic areas is the Civil Service and Pensions Reforms. The first phase of the Reforms came to an end after a painstaking work of 14 months.

My administration does not owe any civil servant who has been cleared from previous reports. The last report was submitted two weeks ago and presented to stakeholders on Sunday. The state now owes those who were moved from the unclear to clear list.

Ajaokuta is only one of many opportunities ready for investment. Kogi is open for business. 

We are planning a Multilateral Investment Dinner later this quarter in Abuja. We intend to use the occasion to showcase our investment opportunities. Like the EU, we believe there is strength in diversity.... And that we are stronger together.... We hope the lessons the EU will learn from Brexit will help in the partnership we are hoping to build and forge. 

Once again, Your Excellency, you are welcome.

-Governor Yahaya Bello

 Executive Governor of Kogi State