In anticipation of Saturday’s gubernatorial election, Barrister Okeme Adejoh, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, has pledged a transformative approach to the state’s agricultural sector if elected. During a press conference in Lokoja on Thursday, Adejoh expressed concern about the prevalent hunger and high cost of living. He outlined his administration’s commitment to revolutionize agriculture through mechanized farming, aiming to ensure food security for both local consumption and export.
Adejoh, recognizing Kogi’s abundant solid mineral resources, pledged to attract foreign investors to harness these assets. He emphasized the potential economic benefits, envisioning reduced dependence on federal government revenue allocations and increased employment opportunities for the state’s unemployed youth, ultimately contributing to a decline in crime rates.
Addressing civil service issues, Adejoh, a self-proclaimed product of civil servants, promised prompt salary payments and an end to percentage-based salary disbursements in local government councils. He also committed to providing financial autonomy to local government councils, enabling them to fulfill their intended purposes as the third tier of government.
In the healthcare sector, Adejoh vowed to prioritize the functionality of primary healthcare facilities and hospitals. He proposed a substantial increase in the recruitment of medical professionals to address the reported shortages of staff and medications.
Highlighting inclusiveness, Adejoh affirmed the Labour Party’s recognition of the significance of people with disabilities. He assured that his administration would treat them with due respect as crucial stakeholders in the state’s social, economic, and political development, offering benefits such as employment opportunities.
Adejoh asserted that the state’s primary need is effective leadership to propel development efforts. He expressed readiness to lead the state towards meeting the aspirations of Kogi residents if entrusted with the mandate. Notably, 18 candidates and their respective political parties are set to participate in the seventh gubernatorial poll since the state’s creation over three decades ago.
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