By Oluwaseun Sonde
The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalist (NGIJ) Tuesday released a month-long investigation on the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
In a 77-page investigative report, the group scored the governor high in sectors like health, agriculture, healthcare, education and employment and scored him low on the workers’ welfare.
Addressing a press conference, the President of NGIJ, Olawale Abydeen stated that the achievements of the governor had been completely marred by poor welfare of workers and indigenes.
He said this has attracted too much ‘bad press’ over and against his achievements.
Abydeen said the NGIJ undertook a month-long investigation in 21 Local Government Areas and administered 10,000 questionnaires along with interviews to arrive at the report.
He said: “Indeed, the report was a product of a month-long survey of the various policies, programmes, projects and activities of the four years administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“The NGIJ’s tour to Kogi was aimed at getting first hand information about the real situation on ground. Our members physically visited three senatorial districts, spoke with labour unions, traditional rulers, security agencies and market women, among others.”
Abydeen said the administration was lagging in communicating some of its projects and achievements to the public.
“The overall findings of Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists’ assessment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration revealed that APC government in Kogi state has tackled insecurity revamped agriculture sector, improved on healthcare services, provide Infrastructure in schools and increased internally generated revenue.
“However, the inability of the governor to pay outstanding workers salary resulted to bad press and downplaying of Yahaya Bello’s achievements in other sectors. It was discovered that the administration has not communicated its policies effectively to the electorate’’, he said.
Over 80 per cent of the respondents agreed that Bello had tackled insecurity, 64 per cent agreed that education had been improved while 73 per cent agreed that heath care in the state had been improved.
However, on workers’ welfare, 71 per cent said that the governor had performed poorly but 64 per cent agreed that more jobs had been created under the administration.