The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has joined the November governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
A former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe and Abubakar Suleiman also picked up their nomination forms yesterday.
In his address, Melaye said there was high unemployment rate, insecurity and poverty in the state, stating that he would harness the abundant human and mineral resources to eliminate these challenges.
He also promised to transform the state by improving the quality of life and standard of living of the residents of the state.
He also said women empowerment, skill development, educational and health care improvement as well as tourism development would be among his agenda for the state.
“There is the dire need to recover our state which has been completely battered, shattered and destroyed. Today, the magnitude and intensity of killings in Kogi State surpasses any other time in the history of our state. The insecurity in the state we have never experienced such. Unemployment is on the high side, retrenchment, sacking and non-payment of salaries and pensions are now a tradition in Kogi State. The economy and the economic activities in Kogi State have completely depleted.
“We will go into the issues of the economy of the state. We will revive all the ministries, departments and agencies in the state. We will look at tapping the over 200 mineral resources in Kogi. We will look at the environment, agriculture, we will tap into mining. We will look at education that is the bedrock of our people that has completely collapsed.
“Our children have spent more time at home than in school in the last four years. Our workers, elders, and pensioners are dying for not being able to pay for their daily drugs. Many are hypertensive and diabetic but they cannot service these ailments because government has refused to pay salaries and pensions. The situation in Kogi State is outrageously calamitous. It is begging for immediate palliation and amelioration and I am here to fix Kogi State.