Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has challenged the people of the state to imbibe the spirit of hard work and sacrifices which is the essence of Easter celebration to move the state forward even as he urged them to use the occasion for sober reflection, tolerance and unity.
The goververnor in a press release signed by his chief press secretary kingsley Fanwo called on the people to key into the bandwagon of unity and togetherness as an emulation of the selfless spirit of Jesus christ.
“In this season, I call on all the kogites to live a life of love , sacrifice,and brotherliness. We will be stronger in unity and perseverance as we must all be prepared to contribute our quota to the development of the state.
“We are at a critical junction where heroes and heroines must emerge to lead our state forward. The season should unite us to realize our destiny as a people and to focus our attention to love as demonstrated by Jesus Christ on the tree of calvary” he enjoined.
While charging the church to emulate the sacrifice as taught by jesus christ by his death, urged the people to contribute to the uplifting of the poor and the vulnerable.
“This is the time for sober reflection. This is the season we need to operate our minds to brotherly love. Now is the time for the church to prove the existence in consonance with the demand of the religion and the life of Jesus christ which was about living for others.
He therefore solicited for the people to continue to have faith in the effort of government to promote ethnic and religious tolerance in order to pull off the clog from the wheel of our development.
According to him,” I have sworn to serve the people irrespective of class, creed,or ethnicity . God in his wisdom decided to create us and permit us to worship in different ways even as the government shall be fair to all.
“We are monitoring the screening exercise . I share the pains of the civil servants and I wish to assure them that the exercise will at the end serve their interest.
“I urged them to cooperate with the administration to rid the civil service of ghost workers so as to conserve enough fund to pay actual workers.
“For the payment of LGC workers, we are waiting for the allocation performance Report from some councils. I assure you that the moment the directives is complied, they will commence payment” he explained.