Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has advised Nigerians to seize the opportunity presented by the new Students Loan Scheme introduced by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The governor shared this advice during the official opening and first-ever matriculation ceremony at Kogi State University in Kabba on Tuesday.
He expressed satisfaction that his dream of establishing a university in Kabba had come true.
Reflecting on the state of affairs when he took office, Governor Bello acknowledged the challenges but expressed gratitude to God for the positive transformation he has witnessed.
He confidently stated that he would be leaving the state in a better condition than he found it.
“Today I’m fulfilled. I promised to be part of the ceremony for the first set of matriculating students. I feel fulfilled and satisfied that we achieved our dreams.
“Nigerians now have no reason not to acquire a university education. I call on Nigerians to latch on to the students loan scheme of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to acquire education.
“I urge the people of Kogi State to play politics of inclusion rather than adopt the pull-him-down style of politics. When we started this university, there were many distractions. But because I remained focused, I refused to be distracted.
“We made education one of our thematic areas on assumption of office. I’m happy that we are rated the best in our geopolitical zone in the area of education.
“Today, we have the best health facilities in Nigeria. Rather than travel to seek medical attention outside the country, I urge our people to take advantage of the Reference Hospital, the best in Nigeria, to seek medical attention,” he stated.
Governor Bello expressed gratitude to the people of Kogi State for their unwavering support, which transformed his administration into a commendable benchmark. He remarked, “I came hale and hearty and I’m happy I’m leaving fulfilled.”
In his comments, Kehinde Eniola (Prof), the Vice Chancellor of Kogi State University, characterised the official opening of the university and the matriculation as a realisation of Governor Bello’s passion for education.
The Vice Chancellor highlighted the institution’s commitment to citizenship and leadership training, emphasising its digital approach to prepare students for the future.
He commended KSU as the preferred and superior brand for academic excellence, applauding Governor Yahaya Bello’s relentless dedication to education.
Obaro of Kabba, Oba Owoniyi, showered praise on the Governor, acknowledging his exceptional efforts in revitalizing the Traditional stool of Kabba and establishing a University in the area.