The Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor Hon. Edward Onoja has disclosed that the Social Intervention Programme of Gov Yahaya Bello’s New Direction government has been extended to cover food aid for the less privileged in the State.

While making the disclosure yesterday at Anyigba township stadium during the 2016 Kogi East Bello Youths Support Group get together programme organised by Hon Ahmed Attah, Onoja said the delivery of food aid to the less privilege members of the society across the nooks and crannies of the state has been drafted into the governor’s social welfare programme which started in December, 2016.

The Chief of Staff stated that in addition to the provision of critical infrastructure across kogi state as embarked upon by Bello lead administration, Gov Yahaya Bello said the programme shall be carried out on monthly basis with the distribution of food and cash to indigent members of our society who were not part of the civil service on the government payroll, noting that as the civil servants receive their salary at the end of every month, this group of people that constituted the larger percentage of the state’s population should also receive something from the government. He said the programme is targeted at the people in the rural areas, noting that the 2,548 polling centres in Kogi State shall be the distribution points.

While urging support for Bello’s administration, Onoja disclosed to the youth that Yahaya Bello has been very fair to the people of Kogi East in the appointment of the people into his cabinet and award of projects. He said 55% of the total road projects embarked upon by Bello’s administration were in the East. Among the roads awarded by the government according to the Chief of Staff include Umomi-Akpagidigbo-Ugwolawo-Ajaka-Idah road, Oguma-Aloko-Dekia road, Ankpa-Ejegbo-Enabo-Ofugo-Abejukolo road, Ibana-Ogugu road and others. Hon Onoja urged the youths to support Bello’s administration to attract more development to Kogi East.

Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State Elder Simon Achuba thanked the organiser of the programme for his initiative to bring together, youths from different backgrounds. Elder Achuba stated that the only way the society can attain rapid development was when the people embrace peace and work together. He appealed to the people of Kogi East to put all the differences emanated from the last election behind them and work together to ensure the development of Igala/Bassa land and kogi state in general.

Also speaking at the occasion, the traditional ruler of Dekina Local Government Area; the Ejeh Dekina Alh Usman Obaje commended the governor for being a fair and detribalised leader of the state. He assured the governor of the traditional rulers’ unalloyed support for his administration at all time.

In the same vein, Alhaji Salami Abdullahi a.k.a ASTA Nig Ltd described Bello as a young leader who has huge respect for the elders and the traditional authority, nothing the elders of the state will continue to guide Bello because they were very sure Bello will make a remarkable difference in the leadership history of the state.
In their separate remarks, the administrator of Dekina local government area Hon Mohammed Kabir Idris and the convener of the Kogi East Bello Youth Support Group Get Together Hon Ahmed Atta urged the youths not to relax in their support for governor Bello’s administration while thanking the governor for his developmental stride in just 11 months in office.

The governor of Kogi State Alh Yahaya Bello assured the people of Kogi East that his administration will make more meaningful in pact in the area, urging them to continue to have faith in his leadership.

The event which was organised by Governor Yahaya Bello’s Youth Support Group in Kogi East was heralded by large turnout of people from the Eastern Senatorial Zone of the state. All Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Administrators and traditional rulers from the nine local governments of the area, women associations, and artisans all graced the occasion.