Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:31 am
Kogi State Government has reiterated its commitment to sustain the feat it has recorded in taming insecurity in the state, expressing its resolve to ensure that criminals are made to face the full weight of the law. This was part of the resolutions reached at the State Executive Council meeting held today in Lokoja, the State capital.
Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Exco, the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo stated that the State Government after reviewing renewed waves of crime in parts of the State, warned those especially politicians trying to compromise the Peace and security of the State to desist.
Government, he said would not be deterred in its efforts to make the State an investment haven by ensuring that it is safe, secure and stable for investment.
According to Fanwo, Council discussed particular contract that was awarded to an unidentified Senator by the past administration was abandoned, even when about 80% of the contract sum was paid to his company. He noted that in line with the strict stance of the Yahaya Bello led-administration on issues of transparency and accountability, the contractor would be made to return to site and execute the contract for which it was paid.
He also revealed the approval for the employment of Specialized Health workers to fill existing man-power gaps in the health institutions across the State.
Also briefing newsmen, the State Auditor-General, Alhaji Yakubu Okala disclosed that as part of efforts by government to have a comprehensive records of its assets and liabilities, government has ordered for a special audit of these assets. This measure according to him would guide government on proper utilization of its resources by blocking wastages.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Hon. Salami Ozigi revealed the plan of government to begin full metering of water consumption in Lokoja, the State capital. The measure, according to him would help curb wastages and improve the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State Government.
Speaking on the N-Power Social Investment Programme in the State, the Special Adviser on Multi-Lateral and the State Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, Hon. Adoga Ibrahim expressed the readiness of the State towards the success of the programme.
He berated the action of some unscrupulous persons in the state who want to use the delay in the payment of allowances to some beneficiaries as a tool for blackmail.
Hon. Adoga said the government has no business with the payment of the allowances, saying such is the direct responsibility of the Federal Government. He attributed the delay in the payment of the allowances to some beneficiaries to poor documentation and he blamed those affected for failing to update their details.
He assured that as soon as the encumbrance are sorted, their allowances would be paid to them in full