- Governor Yahaya Bello has been described as the ambassador of Nigerian youths in governance, by his aide, Kingsley Fanwo
- Fanwo said Bello has demonstrated sound leadership in the way he has managed the affairs of the state
- The governor’s aide said the Kogi government has been able to encourage hundreds of youths to invest their energy in various agricultural programmes
- Fanwo asserted that Bello has been able to do such because he is a youthful governor
The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has been described as the ambassador of Nigerian youths in governance, by his director general of media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo.
In an interview with Daily Independent in Lagos, Fanwo said youths in Kogi and Nigeria-at-large are proud of the governor and will want him to continue in office for a second term.
Legit.ng gathers that the DG described the governor as a hardworking and courageous leader; asserting that since he was sworn-in over three years ago, Bello had devoted all his time and energy into delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Kogi.
Contrary to claims by the opposition that the governor is an example of failure of youths in governance, Fanwo said Bello has demonstrated sound leadership in the way he has managed the affairs of the state which in turn, has won him several awards both locally and internationally.
According to Fanwo, the manner in which the challenges of insecurity in Kogi were addressed by Bello and the provisions of jobs to many unemployed youths through various agricultural programmes, are clear testimonies to prove that the governor is indeed an ambassador of youths in governance today.
He said: “Governor Yahaya Bello is a big role model to Nigerian youths today. He is a reference point in governance. I will cite the example of his approach to the issue of security in Kogi state.
“The energy he invested in fighting security in Kogi state would have been very difficult for a 70-year-old person to do.
“The way he moved around and the way he was able to put in place Operation Total Freedom is highly commendable and a lot of people in Kogi can testify to the fact that he is devoting his youthful zest and energy into ensuring that the people of Kogi get the best in terms of democracy dividends.
“He is a big role model and I am always proud whenever I am opportuned to represent him picking up awards both in Nigeria and abroad from organisations and agencies that are very happy with what he is doing in the state, especially for the youths. When you look at youth empowerment in the state, it has never been this good.”
He said the Kogi government has been able to encourage hundreds of youths to invest their energy in various agricultural programmes in collaboration with the federal government, like the Anchors Borrowers Programme.
He added: “A lot of them also benefited from the lands we cleared. We prepared lands across the 21 local government areas and encouraged youths. We facilitated loans for them, gave them agricultural machineries and today, they are millionaires because they could practice agriculture.
“It’s not enough to tell these youths not to go into crimes. If they don’t go into crimes, what alternatives are you offering? That is exactly what Governor Yahaya Bello has been able to do.”
According to Fanwo, Bello has been able to do such because he is a youthful governor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Yahaya Bello stated that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, respects him as the governor of Kogi and as the political son of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor made the assertion via his director general of media publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, on Wednesday, April 17.
When asked if the governor’s second term was not being threatened by the APC national leader, Fanwo said: "Governor Yahaya Bello has tremendous respect for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Asiwaju Tinubu too also respects Governor Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi state and as the political son of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
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