Kogi East Elders Forum, a socio cultural organisation, has lashed at the three-year-old regime of Governor Yahaya Bello, describing it as an unmitigated disaster and the worst in the state since creation.
Chairman of the Forum and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ahmadu Alih, made the observation at a press briefing in his Abuja.
Alih, who was flanked in the briefing by other leaders of thought like the former Minister, Sir Gabriel Aduku, a retired Permanent Secretary, Mr. Robert Audu, among others, said Bello and his collaborators in the state lack experience in governance.
He said as a result, they have plunged the state into serial crisis which could have been avoided if they had listened to the voice of wisdom and elders in the state.
Citing the protracted crisis in the state university, unending verification exercise, insecurity and lack of accountability with regards to the Paris Club refund, the group noted that the administration had deliberately plunged the state into intractable crisis such that it left in their trails, sounds of wailing and lamentations.
It noted with dismay the way Bello’s administration flagrantly ignored the advice of the elders, who sent a delegation led by Aduku to the Government House with a message of redeeming the state civil service and public service from avoidable crisis.
“Instead of hearkening to all the appeals and voice of reason by the Kogi East Elders Council, the state government rebuffed our moves, claiming self-righteousness and proclaiming that it is on a mission to sanitise the civil service but today, no end in sight to the crisis”, it noted.
The elders, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by setting up a presidential committee to investigate the staff audit as well as how the Paris refund loan and various bailouts were spent as the state is still owing civil servants between two to 18 months.