By Yekini Jimoh
Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Sunday, said that contrary to reports making the rounds in the state, he was yet to access the bailout fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Bello, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, said his administration is committed to transparency and determined to end the past maladies of corruption and would therefore never keep the citizens in the dark about activities of his administration.
“Kogi State has not secured bailout fund from the Central Bank as insinuated by some mischievous characters who lack the art of objective opposition and syllogistic positioning on issues that affect the state.
“I cannot continue to lament on the rot of the past. I was elected to bring hope to the people and not to dwell on the maladministration of the past governments in the state.
“It is spurious to say we have secured the bailout fund meant for the state from the Central Bank of Nigeria. As soon as we receive the fund, we will announce to the whole world as part of the policy of my administration to run a government that will be in touch with the people
“This is the time to bond together to subjugate and conquer our common challenges as a state. It is not the time to spread falsehood that could dampen our progress. The sponsors of the rumour have failed in their attempts at diminishing the growing acceptance and popularity of the Governor among the people who have shown tremendous appreciation to his policies, especially on public service reforms and cleansing” he said.
The Governor urged politicians to desist from “playing politics with the welfare of the people”, assuring the workers of the state of his “irrevocable commitment to improve their welfare and productivity”.
His words: “It is not right to turn down the truth for political gains. It is the height of indifference to the yearnings and aspirations of the civil servants who have been eagerly awaiting the release of this fund. We are following the procedural processes to ensure we play our own part of the deal”.
Governor Bello also described as wanton falsehood, claims that the non-release of the fund is political, expressing confidence that the processes leading to the release will soon be over.