I’m Leaving Kogi Better Than I Met It Says Kogi Outgoing Governor—-Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi says he came, saw and will be leaving the state better than he met it.
Bello stated this on Saturday at the 4th Convocation ceremonies of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, for 10 sets of graduating students from 2013 to 2022.
Bello said part of his achievements were evident in the repositioning of Kogi Polytechnic and other state tertiary Institutions, saying, “I came, saw and will be leaving the state better than I met it”.
”My achievements can be attested to by where the State Polytechnic was before my assumption of office, where it is now and how we have repositioned it for the future.
”We have taken time to look into the education sector for the benefit of our people; we made education a top priority in our thematic agenda.
”We did not only improve on the infrastructure and learning in our tertiary institutions, but also expanded our educational institution through the establishments of two additional universities.
“This will enable our children not to travel far to seek for knowledge within four years of our second term administration.
“By 16th January 2024, the first set of students would be matriculated at the newly-established Kogi State University, Kabba,” Bello said.
Bello appreciated Kogi people for their modest contribution by resoundingly voting for the Governor-elect, Alhaji Ahmed Dodo, in the November 11, 2023, governorship elections, as his successor.
The governor assured that Ododo’s administration would build and take the achievements made by his administration to the next level.
He appealed to the people to accord more support for the Governor-elect to enable him achieve greater successes.
Bello, the visitor to the university, thanked the Chairman of the Governing Council, Staff, and Students of the Polytechnic for the cooperation his administration enjoyed.
The governor eulogised the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Salisu Ogbo, for his outstanding achievements which had made the Polythecnic an of envy among others, saying it is worthy of emulation across the world.
”To the Rector, I say I’m proud of you. I’m indeed very proud of you. and I will forever be proud of you,” Bello said.
The governor commended TETFUND and other donors and financial agencies for their contributions to the repositioning of the Polytechnic.
Earlier, the Rector praised the governor for his unflinching support towards the successes recorded, describing his appointment as a rare privilege, and thanked the governor for finding him worthy to serve.
Ogbo said he was able to use his three “RRRs” agenda of Repair, Reform and Restore, to return the lost glory of the Polytechnic to one of envy.
“The Polythecnic now pride’s itself as an institution committed to graduating students who are employers of labour in the country.
“A total of 145 students are graduating with Distinction at the National Diploma (ND) level, while 104 students are graduating with Distinction at Higher National Diploma (HND) level from various Schools and Departments.
“A total of 7,653 students are graduating with National Diploma while 4,427 students are graduating with Higher National Diploma,” Ogbo said.
On his part, the institution’s Governing Council Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Isa, said the council would continue to support the Polytechnic to prioritise academic and personal development of students,
Isa promised that the Polytechnic would strive to provide the needed tools and resources for students to continue to succeed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was conferred with a Fellowship of the Polytechnic Award for his improvement in infrastructure and in human capital development.
Alh. Ozi Salami also bagged fellowship of the institution for sinking several boreholes and for granting scholarship to several students of the Polytechnic.
Similarly, Barr. Umoru Jimoh, Prof. Idris Bugaji of NBTE and Barr. Moses Okafor were also conferred with Fellowship of the institution.