Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello also explained the steps his administration would take to solve the state’s problems.
Bello also explained the steps his administration would take to solve the state’s problems.
“A number of investors have started Operations in Kogi State and we are expecting a good number of others to come and invest in our State to create jobs and prosperity,” Bello said while addressing a group of investors in Lokoja.
“We are the mineral capital of Nigeria and my administration will ensure the State taps into this stupendous advantage for progress and development. I wish to thank the international community for believing in Kogi State; for believing in our dreams and for their readiness to partner with us to take the State to new heights.
“With the abundance of mineral resources in Kogi State, we shouldn’t have had anything to do with poverty. Poverty of ideas is worse than poverty of resources. My administration will match ideas with our resources to make Kogi State better.
“We have made salary payment a continuous process. Those who have been certified to be genuine workers will continue to receive their wages until we are able to defray all their arrears. Pensioners will also be receiving their pensions as my administration hope to defray all salary and pension arrears before the end of the year.
“A good number of workers that have been cleared as well as pensioners have been paid. But we shall not rest until every genuine worker or pensioner is paid. The rot in the system is humongous. The report will shock our critics. But what is paramount to us now is for all genuine workers and pensioners to receive their pay and have food on their table.
“The reports are being processed by some professionals. At the end of the day, we would have achieved our aim of stopping the flow of our resources into unintended pockets,” Bello added.
Bello also urged the people to key into the agricultural policies of his administration to reduce the level of poverty in the state.