Mr. Dino Melaye, a Nigerian Lawmaker from Kogi state who is aspiring to be the next Kogi state governor under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has hinted on his intention of becoming Nigeria president after his tenure as the state governor.
The lawmaker made this known on Wednesday in a meeting with PDP officials at the party secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital.
Melaye has vowed to fix Kogi state in for years when voted as the state governor in the November 16 governorship election.
“I do not wish to end my political career as Kogi state governor, after my tenure as the state executive, I will aim to be the Nigeria president”
He regretted that despite the huge mineral resources deposit in Kogi State, the state is characterized with poverty, starvation, and predicament as a result of bad administration under the leadership of Mr. Yahaya Bello, the Kogi State Governor.
Dino promised to focus on internally generated revenue to run the state and not to depend on allocation from the federal government.
The senator said he will focus more on reviving agriculture as a major employer of labour.
“In four years, we will revive the economy of Kogi and the state will become the envy of others. I have gone around the world and I am sure that I have the necessary capacity and exposure to achieve this.
“I am talking about Kogi State and the generations yet unborn. Let us have public nursery schools, develop education, health and other core sectors to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, and restore the middle class.
“The paradox of Kogi is that in spite of our abundance, we are poor. Kogi is too rich to be poor. We have to prepare our youths for the future through ICT. Today, ideas have overtaken oil.
“We are focused and intellectually mobile with a vision and mission to drive the process.
“I will operate Kogi like an independent country. Kogi occupies 30,354 square kilometres of land, with a population of about 4.7 million people,” he said.
“I am an emissary sent to emancipate the people of Kogi State from economic cowards and financial scavengers,” he declared.