The state government wants to boost development in the state.
By Samuel Ahmadu
The establishment of a Public-Private Partnership Agency in Kogi State will guarantee economic transformation and boost the Internal Generated Revenue of the state, the Special Adviser to Governor Idris Wada of Kogi on Public-Private Partnership, Abdul Adama, has said.
Mr. Adama stated this in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES at the State House in Lokoja.
He said the Public-Private Partnership initiative in the State is still at an infant stage as it currently lies on the desk of the State Attorney General for scrutiny, amendment and assessment, before onward passage into law by the State Assembly.
He admitted that the internal revenue of Kogi is poor compared to a neighbouring state like Kwara where their monthly allocation was smaller than that of Kogi but have experienced huge development in recent years.
Mr. Adama, a former Special Adviser to then Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, said that the Public-Private Partnership clearly deals with a win-win situation; a scenario where the public wins, the private wins, and the service is in order.
The special adviser said that when there are good roads in the state, traders and motorists will be able to move their goods and services with ease.
He said that there are no standard motor parks for truck drivers which must have hindered the quick transportation of goods and services, admitting that should the PPP be in place such problem can be quickly solved.
Meanwhile, Mr. Adama has appealed to the people of Kogi State to remain patient with Governor Idris Wada for the slow start in development projects.
Kogi moves to get Shoprite
Mr. Adama also said the state is in talks with one of Nigeria’s most popular shopping mall, Shoprite, so as to have a branch in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
He said the government and owners of shoprite franchise are having progress in their discussions.
The special adviser said no fewer than 280 direct and over 200 indirect jobs will be created when the new store is opened.
“Shoprite is a simple and clear exemplary product of Public-Private Partnership with which infrastructural and economical growth will be recorded in the state,” Mr. Adama said.