Amidst tears and absence of a deputy, newly sworn in Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello vowed to take on corruption head on as he settles down to governance.
Bello, who was without a deputy at the swearing in ceremony said corruption was a monster that needed to be fought with all zeal.
Bello, who broke down in tears during his inauguration in a colourful ceremony at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, the state capital, recalled the sacrifices made by his mother in raising him.
He promised zero tolerance for corruption, echoing the words of President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, ‘I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody’
“There is no greater evil than corruption, and nothing champions that more than impunity,” he said.
“Corruption and impunity make sure our people repeatedly arrive at a broken future and finally bereaved of success or the promised better life.
“Let it be recorded today that future generation will not be given any reason to count this incoming administration among those who revelled in corruption and impunity. We will be different by the grace of God
“I hereby declare that the Yahaya Bello administration will have zero tolerance for corruption and impunity,” he said.
He further promised to lead the state by honest example. He also assured the people that his administration will employ technology and a multi-layered system of checks and balances to plug leakages in the state’s economy.
In a brief tribute to Prince Audu Abubakar, the late flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the state governorship election during the speech, Bello said he will work with other stakeholders to immortalise the late governorship candidate.
He assured the people that the incoming administration is ready to work to better the lives of Kogi people.
“We have conceived a socioeconomic blueprint that we trust God will rapidly develop our state and radically empower our people,” he said.
He mentioned that health, education, state of the art security coverage, rural water scheme, farm and agricultural inputs, heavy investments in solid minerals and repositioning of Kogi State as a preferred tourist destination are in the heart of the blue print.
He said the blue print will enable everyone to monitor the development of the state as the plans unfold. He promised to meet with the commissioner of police in the state and other security stakeholders to rid the state of armed robbery and other security issues.
Bello is of All Progressives Congress, he took over from Idris Wada of Peoples Democratic Party.