Planned Sale Of Kogi Assets: Don’t Be A Prodigal Son, Dino Tells Bello
Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has warned Governor Yahaya Bello against embarking on his alleged plan to sell some assets belonging to the state government.
Reports had emerged of the alleged plan by Governor Bello to sell assets such as Kogi House in Abuja and the Confluence Beach Hotel among others.
Reacting to the reports, Senator Dino urged the governor not to behave like the prodigal son by selling the legacies left behind by past administrations.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Kogi State is a civil service state. Although blessed with resources that remain untapped, the state has avoidably relied on allocations from Abuja to keep body and soul together over the years,” Dino was quoted as saying by Daily Post.
“Despite a poor Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile occasioned by the foregoing coupled with bad governance syndrome, Kogi has remained one of the underdeveloped states of the federation irrespective of its natural endowments.
“I, therefore, urge the Kogi State governor not to sell, as planned, the following edifices or legacies built by the past administrations in the Confluence State as doing so will portray Yahaya Bello as a prodigal son of the state.
“The state properties/legacies are Kogi House in Abuja; Mega Terminal Park; Kogi State Liaison Houses in Kaduna and Lagos; Commissioner Quarters; State Assembly Quarters; and Confluence Beach Hotel.
“For the records, no past governor of Kogi State since inception contemplated selling the state’s monuments or properties like the ones listed above and as bequeathed by successive administrations, hence Bello must listen to the voice of reason otherwise his prodigal decision will be challenged in court by me as a representative of the people,” said the federal lawmaker.