Kogi State Governor, Cpt. Idris Wada (rtd) on Tuesday denied that his frequent visits to Abuja, the nation’s capital were for holidays or jamboree, saying it was in the interest of the state and Nigeria in general.
The governor made this known in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital in an interaction with journalists as part of activities to mark his second year anniversary in office as governor.
According to him, “When the nation is shaking and you stay at home, that is a height of irresponsibility; because if there is no Nigeria, there will be no Kogi State. Some of us are basically summoned at very short notice to appear for certain duties”.
Wada said some of the recent crises, including that of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), required the meeting of governors to brainstorm and fashion out ways of resolving them in order to move the nation forward.
“You know, in the last eight months we have had issues in the PDP which is the ruling party. Anything that affects the PDP affects Nigeria as a nation. That is why it is important to pay attention to party issues. I would not be here if I was not on the platform of the PDP. Therefore, if PDP has a problem I must show interest and work towards getting a solution to that problem”, the governor said.
He added that another reason why governors throng the nation’s capital frequently is to lobby federal agencies to execute projects in their states, adding that Kogi in particular, has a lot of ongoing federal government projects.
As a result, Gov. Wada stressed that it was important for him to interact with the ministers and heads of federal government agencies to ensure that the projects were implemented uninterruptedly.