By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja
President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Multi-Million Naira Reference Hospital, Okene in the Okene Local Government area of Kogi State on Thursday.
The President who arrived at Okene at about 10:30 am was later brought to the new Palace of Ohininoy of Ebraland where he arrived at about 10.45 am for a town meeting.
The president was ushered into the hall with a loud ovation by the stakeholders in the hall.
Among the legacy projects commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari included the new PALACE OF OHINOYI OF EBIRA LAND Okene; the first-ever FLY-OVER BRIDGE at Ganaja Junction Lokoja; the Muhammadu Buhari Square; the GYB Model Science Secondary School Adankolo Lokoja; Ambulances and special security vehicles; Okene-Agasa-Ogbogoro road; and other township roads in Okene.
The President commended Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello for delivering the electioneering campaign promises, calling on the people of the State to cooperate and support the governor for more to deliver more dividends of democracy to the state.
President Buhari lauded the All Progressives Congress APC in Kogi state for complementing the efforts of the Bello-led administration.
On the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company, the president noted that the federal government has committed no less than $400 million dollar to enable Ajaokuta Steel company to work again.
The president mentioned that progress is being made on the ongoing Ajaokuta-Abuja- Kaduna (AAK) gas pipeline embarked upon by his administration.
The Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna Gas Pipeline is an ambitious energy project by the Nigerian government, which extends to Europe linking sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, with a potential to expand to Spain upon full completion.
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, the government, and the good people of Kogi State have expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his official visit to Kogi State and Commissioning of the Legacy Projects.
Earlier, at the Town hall meeting, Governor Bello stated that Thursday’s commissioning was very historic to the People of Kogi State and Ebiraland in particular.
Governor Bello says he took office on 27th January 2016; his administration had made a determination to serve the people of Kogi state with commitment and selfless service to the state.
“We are determined to fulfill all the electioneering promises to the people of the State. That is why I followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s footsteps. All the support you gave me has worked the magic in Kogi State with the litany of projects across Kogi State,” Governor Bello stresses.
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, His Royal Majesty Dr. Ado Ibrahim Welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari to Kogi State.
The Royal father who was represented by the Ohi Okengwe, HRH Alhaji Tijani Mohammed Anage, thanked President Buhari for the support and encouragement he has given the State governor, noting that if not for the support, the historic events would not have taken place in Ebiraland.
President Buhari also inaugurated the expansive Lokoja civic Centre named after the President, is now named Muhammadu Buhari Square in Lokoja, and the GYB Model Science Secondary School, Lokoja.