Re: Save Kogi From Engr. Abubakar Ohere


Lokoja, Kogi State.


We condemn in its entirety the call by Kogi Conscience and Liberation Forum signed by one Gabriel Enoch on Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to probe Engr. Abubakar Ohere the Special Adviser to the Government of Kogi State on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

This call is ill-motivated and targeted at blackmailing Engr. Abubakar Ohere. Within his short stay in office he has brought to fore practical experience that has aided and improved local government administration in Kogi State. Engr. Abubakar is not only result oriented but also a goal getter.

On his appointment, Engr. Ohere initiated series of guidelines that captured the policies and implementation modalities that will assist him in fulfilling this mandate. The guide is anchored on promoting good governance best practices in Kogi state. This involves providing municipal officers with the requisite tools for improving investments management, transparency mechanisms and citizen participation in governance at grassroots’ level.

He has successfully redefined the broad principles of governance at the local government level in Kogi state. This is a basic requirement in the new direction reform policies of the Gov. Bello administration to enhance the speedy development of the third tier of government in our dear state.
Ohere has offered a lot of pragmatic and well articulated ideas to the Kogi State government, which has made the local government system in our state strong and productive. The special adviser has identified and highlighted impediments to the realization of good governance at the local government level and he has marshal out practical modalities for tackling them.
The amiable special adviser has set up apparatus for the monitoring and provision of utilities under the local governments, coordination of the statutory allocations to the local governments, including loans and grants and submissions of periodic reports to the governor for prompt action.
His efforts have also improved the relationship between the government of Kogi state and the traditional institutions in the state through the pragmatic traditional management modules he has brought to play in managing the affairs of Traditional Institution in the state.
It is on record that this is a golden era in the history of local government administration and recognition of our traditional institution in Kogi state through the efforts of the special adviser, Engr Dr Abubakar Ohere and we wondered why this campaign of calumny against his person as sponsored by his political detractors.
We call on EFCC not to listen to the ranting of this group as they are sponsored by their pay masters to politically malign the character of Engr. Abubakar Ohere.

Moses Elijah
Kogi Empowernment and Development Initiative

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