‘No­body stopped Gov Bello from trav­el­ling abroad’

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Since I read the piece pur­port­edly writ­ten by one self ac­claimed jour­nal­ist, Mr. Amuda Dan Suleiman to the ef­fect that Gov­er­nor Ya­haya Bello was barred from trav­el­ling abroad, I have re­strained my­self from re­spond­ing to the calum­nous, spu­ri­ous and ma­li­cious pub­li­ca­tion by spon­sored rene­gades of the opposition.

My res­traint was in­formed by so many fac­tors. One, the ar­chi­tects came up with so many ver­sions of the story. To some, Buhari stopped the Gov­er­nor. To some mis­chief-brew­ers, se­cu­rity agen­cies barred the Gov­er­nor from trav­el­ling. And to the last set of abridged thinkers, Sen. Dino Me­laye phys­i­cally went to the air­port to stop the Gov­er­nor.

Let us how­ever give the spon­sors the glory of weav­ing up a nexus of agree­ment on the rea­son why the Gov­er­nor was “stopped” from trav­el­ling. They claimed the alleged stop­pers told the Gov­er­nor to go back and pay salaries be­fore em­bark­ing on any in­ter­na­tional trip.

To set the record straight, no­body stopped the Gov­er­nor from trav­el­ling abroad. No­body would have any­way, be­cause he re­serves such right to travel even as salary pay­ments have been on­go­ing. Only a few MDAs who haven’t complied with the agreed wage bill are yet to be paid and they are few.

The spon­sors of the write-up have a clear mis­sion that is to smear the per­son­al­ity of the Gov­er­nor and dis­tract him from his laud­able projects and pro­grams in the State which is mak­ing him more and more pop­u­lar among the peo­ple. The goal of the spon­sors was clearly de­feated.

The el­bow of at­tack by the de­trac­tors has been sprung on their des­per­a­tion to dis­credit the Gov­er­nor and set the peo­ple against him. Kogi State Staff

Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Ex­er­cise has emerged as the most sci­en­tific and metic­u­lous. It was an all-out ap­proach aimed at weed­ing out the canker­worm who had made it im­pos­si­ble for Kogi State to progress. As a Gov­er­nor who is de­ter­mined to suc­ceed, it is logic-wise to con­front the cog in the wheels of progress.

Salaries were de­layed for a few weeks in Kogi State be­cause of the in­evitable ne­ces­sity to en­sure only those who serve Kogi are paid by Kogi. In­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that many peo­ple who work in com­pa­nies out­side the state draw their salaries from the cof­fers of the State.

As you read this piece, Kogi State is go­ing through mas­sive re­con­struc­tion, phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cal. While road con­struc­tions are go­ing on ev­ery­where; our en­vi­ron­ment is get­ting cleaner. Gov­er­nor Ya­haya Bello has also taken the bull by the horn by en­sur­ing re­in­force­ment of the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus in the State to com­bat the men­ace. We are win­ning the war!

Gov­er­nor Ya­haya Bello un­der­stands that both de­liv­ery and dis­trac­tion are com­pet­ing for his at­ten­tion. Yield­ing to dis­trac­tion will surely sti­fle de­liv­ery. When you de­liver, de­trac­tors will be­gin to find new jobs. The bot­tom line is: We won’t re­spond to ev­ery­thing but un­der GYB, Kog­ites will be ad­e­quately and strate­gi­cally in­formed.

Gov­er­nor Ya­haya Bello is de­ter­mined to re­po­si­tion the state. As your ser­vant, he un­der­stands the re­sis­tance that comes with change. But change we must if we must progress.

Kings­ley Fanwo is the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the Gov­er­nor.

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