- Governor Yahaya Bello has taken his campaign for a Kogi airport to the presidential villa
- The governor has discussed the possibility of the facility berthing in his home state of Kogi
- Governor Bello is confident that an airport in the state will boost the economy of northern Nigeria and the country at large
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has appealed for federal government support in the areas of establishing an airport in Kogi as well as the dredging of River Niger up to Lokoja in order to boost the economy of the state and the country at large.
He disclosed this to journalists attached to the Aso Villa on Tuesday, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
“I paid a visit to the president to brief him about the confluence state, the development and challenges we are facing and also to convey a message form the people of Kogi state that the social bond between the government and the governed is still very strong.
“I also made a demand to the president that he should please ensure that the pronounced airport to be established in Kogi state be looked into when funds would be released, let Kogi be the first.
“I also drew the president’s attention to the dredging of River Niger from the high sea to Lokoja, up to Baro if actually, we want the economy of this country and of the north to prosper.”
Bello said the state has not introduced bread tax in Kogi as being speculated but those behind the purported law would soon be unmasked and punished accordingly.
The governor also announced that his administration had since launched a post-COVID-19 relief package of over N1.56 billion for citizens of the state, to cushion the effects of the pandemic.
Governor Bello recently expressed displeasure with news that his administration has imposed a tax on individual loaves of bread to be paid by bakeries and bread sellers in the state.
The governor denied the news making the rounds through his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, who released a statement on the issue on Saturday, November 14.
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