Aside from being the youngest governor currently in the country, Yahaya Bello of Kogi has really nothing else going for him.
Bello became governor due to the untimely demise of Audu Abubakar hours before the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him (Abubakar) as Governor-elect.
Since assuming office, Bello has done next to nothing but be embroiled in one controversy after the other. In the week under review, the Kogi governor who has a penchant for owing workers’ salaries, running into months, while reacting to complaints from the state’s workforce bragged that he had paid half salary for the month of July. Bello, who accused labour unions in the state of “blackmail” and a “campaign of calumny” against his administration said the workers were being paid by “some desperate politicians who are playing politics with the destiny of the people of Kogi.”
Concluding his position on the matter, the governor said the non-payment of salaries was not peculiar to the state, adding that he will “be decisive if they (labour unions) remain adamant and continue to go violent on workers who do not believe in their agitation”.
Like Bello, some other state governors, who have no modicum of shame requested that the Federal Government should release additional bailout funds to them for the payment of salary arrears to workers in their states.
Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi is showing signs that he cannot maintain law and order in the state. Following his elevation of some chiefs in Ibadan to the status of traditional rulers – a position the Olubadan of Ibada, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji disagrees with – some yet to be identified gunmen attacked the Oba’s palace.
Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal in his wisdom decided that five persons indicted for mismanagement of funds totalling N15 Billion under the immediate administration of former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, be awarded several positions in his cabinet ranging from commissioner to board appointments.
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Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.