Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has assured the Okun people of the state of his support in their agitation for ‘power shift’.
Bello gave the assurance when the Okun Area Traditional Council in Kogi West Senatorial District of the state paid him a courtesy visit in Lokoja on Thursday.
Bello vowed never to disappoint the Okun people, noting that power belonged to the almighty and he would not take His place by promising anyone power.
The monarchs assured Gov. Yahaya Bello of their full support towards his re-election in the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The monarchs paid the courtesy visit to the Governor along with the National Executive Members of the Okun Socio-Cultural group and Okun Development Association (ODA) at the banquet hall, Government House, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The traditional rulers, totalling over 60 from the area, were led by the Obaro of Kabba and Chairman Okun Area Traditional Council, HRH Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi.
According to Owoniyi, the Okun people do not have a diverging voice over the second term re-election of Governor Yahaya Bello as such was the shortest means to achieving their desire.
He noted that as a people, they had so many things to thank the Governor for, part of which included the newly constructed Ejiba Rice Processing Mill, located within their region in Ejiba in Yagba West of Kogi State.
The royal father stressed that such infrastructure would guarantee food security for the region and the state at large, adding that it would also provide job opportunities for their youths.
Oba Owoniyi further thanked the Governor for the recent confirmation of the Agbana of Isanlu, while appealing for the upgrade of some other traditional stools in the area.
He affirmed that the people of Okun land are comfortable with the second term bid of the Governor as well as the choice of his running mate, Chief Edward Onoja.
In their separate remarks, Senator Smart Adeyemi and the National President of the Okun Development Association, Barrister Femi Mokikan, commended the governor for the peace and harmony he had brought to the state.
In his response, Governor Bello thanked the people for the visit and their unalloyed support for his administration.
The Governor noted that upon assumption of office, the passion with which he desired to move the state was bedeviled by some persons who did not mean well for the state.
Bello, therefore, reaffirmed his commitment to continue to lead the people of the state with fairness, equity and justice; a legacy he would want to leave as his trademark.
On road network, the governor said that he was already in touch with the relevant federal ministries to address issues of deplorable federal roads in the state.
He emphasized that the need for Kabba-Isanlu-Egbe road which was awarded by the Federal Government, to be fixed for easy transport of agricultural produce and movement of people.
Bello added that other interstate roads within Kogi west senatorial district were also being given topmost priority, assuring that many of the roads would-be fixed before his tenure would be over.
He further said that he had directed the Commissioner for Works to take immediate action on other roads that required palliative measures while expressing confidence in the ability and competency of the commissioner.