As kogi state marks her 28 years of existence, an activist Idris Miliki Abdul , Executive Director , Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution ( CHRCR) has blamed the poor performance of the state on the successive administrators who lacked vision for the progress of the state.
The Executive Director, noted that the state which was created 28 years ago could not compete favourably with her peers on the development index lamenting at the total decay or nonexistence of major critical infrastructures.
He explained that the state that was created on the 27th August , 1991 by the former president Ibrahim Babangida could not afford to be a toddler but an adult , decried the under performance of the state despite abundant human and material resources that could be tapped to fastrack development of the state.
He, However, said that despite the missed opportunities and the misrule by successive administrators whose lack of vision and mission have kept the state on a spot called for sober reflection by all the good people of kogi state.
According to Abdul” While we congratulate the people of the state, at least for the peaceful co-existence, despite the misrule, misplaced priorities, lack of inclusiveness of the people in governance and fantastic corruption, we need to reflect on our past , present and the future.
” It is a disappointment that a state like Kogi, whose citizens are making huge contributions in Nigeria, and globally, could not boast of a development plan that could last for 10 – 15 years that is ,Specific, Measurable. Achievable and within a time frame.
” Each successive governments did come out with individual plans without a blueprint to serve as a guide for any in-coming government. As at today, 28 years on Kogi is the only state in the federation without its state-owned television in this 22nd century.
” Kogi today lacked portable water supply even in the state capital Lokoja, despite the God-given confluence of the two major Rivers of Niger and Benue” He bemoaned.
The Executive Director while lamenting at the numbers of abandoned projects dotting nooks and crannies of the state said despite enviable positions that the sons and daughters have held in the federal positions, the state still wallow in underdevelopment.
While calling on the present administration of governor Yahaya Bello which he called child of circumstance to channel the humongous bailouts, paris club refunds and monthly allocations from the Federation Accounts to improve on the infrastructures and sustainable development of the state.
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