The governor also inaugurated the project.
The embattled Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, who has been accused by both his party’s leaders and those of the opposition of non-performance and corruption has approved the construction of a 40-kilometre Ejule-Achokpa-Idah road to link rural communities in Ofu and Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Areas of the state.
Mr. Wada gave the approval at Apata in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area on Saturday while inaugurating two blocks of three classrooms constructed by the state government for Ihiame-Apata-Ajodawn Community Secondary School.
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi had written a petition to their party’s national chairman and President Goodluck Jonathan accusing the governor of non-performance in office and corruption. They claimed the only project the governor had succeeded in building in his almost one year in office is a round-about. In a rare show of support, the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria also agreed with the petition.
Mr. Wada also approved the sinking of a borehole at Alla-Ejima to address the perennial water scarcity in the area and promised to build staff quarters and deploy more academic staff to the school.
He reiterated the state government’s commitment “to the emancipation of our poor and down trodden people from the doldrums of poverty, ignorance and disease, to the heights of empowerment and well-being.’’
He described the school building project as a practical step towards actualising the Transformation Agenda of his administration, saying it was in fulfillment of an earlier promise he made to the community.
Wada commended the state’s Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) for the efficient handling of the project and called for collective and participatory approach to development issues.
He said the state government had paid the outstanding N200 million state counterpart contributions to World Bank Community Development Donor Fund to encourage the CSDA.
The General Manager of the agency, James Odiba, also commended the governor for what he described as “positive changes to the lives of the poor and neglected in our communities.’’
Earlier, the Liaison Officer 1 for the Local Government, Zakari Umar, said that the governor had addressed the education needs of the people and commended his determination to turn around the education sector.
The spokesperson of the Ajodawn/Apata/Ihiame Community, Peter Atabor, who described Mr. Wada as “Noah of our time” said “before the intervention, poverty had eaten us up to our roots.’’
The project, comprising two blocks of three classrooms with principal and secretary’s offices and a staff room, as well as two blocks of four-hole Ventilated Improved Pit latrines gulped N11.5 million.