Kingsley Fanwo, Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, says opponents of his principal have failed in their attempts at bringing him down.
Speaking yesterday, Fanwo stated that allegation of interference in the affairs of Kogi levelled against Mrs Aisha Buhari by some disgruntled elements in the All Progressives Congress, APC, showed they were out of their senses.
“After their failed attempts at destabilizing the House of Assembly, they graduated into the spurious acts of sponsoring vandalization of government properties. But now, all they hold on to is to blackmail respected Nigerians including the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.
“What the opponents of the Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s administration do not understand is how the Governor has been able to become so popular among the people as a result of his system-saving, welfarist policies since assuming office,” he said.
Fanwo, who added that the staff verification exercise will open a can of worms that will shock the entire country, condemned moves by some politicians to frustrate Bello’s efforts to expose economic saboteurs masquerading as ghost workers.
Continuing he said, “It will interest the public to know that the verification committee has already unearthed many ghost workers. The Yahaya Bello administration is attaching so much importance to this in line with his promise to ensure Kogi resources work for Kogi people.
“The committee has discovered many ghost workers who are into other employments in Kaduna, Lagos and other places and still take salaries from the coffers of Kogi State Government. These are the real enemies of the Kogi people. These are the people who are making it impossible for our youth population to secure jobs.
“They are the ones taking away the resources which would have gone into providing water, good roads, quality education and healthcare facilities. As a responsible and responsive Governor Yahaya Bello has made it a matter of priority to fish out ghost workers and save funds for development.
“We know the people behind the media splurge against the present administration. They are those who are dazed by the level of acceptance the Governor is enjoying. They are those who cannot comprehend why the state is making waves in the face of the economic downturn around the nation.
“Roads are going through rehabilitation across the state and many sectors of the economy are currently receiving attention. The fairness in appointments under this administration is unprecedented.”
Fanwo further expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the proposed establishment of a refinery in Kogi State that will “turnaround the economy of the state and the nation at large”.