Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Right Honourable MomohJimoh Lawal, has bemoaned the relegation of Lokoja by agents of negative political intrigues, whereas the city, which hitherto was the first capital of Nigeria, still suffers national neglect.
This is coming just as the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada, has assured he will take the demands of the house of assembly to the Presidency to request for federal government’s attention for the progress and transformation of the state.
Speaker MomohJimoh Lawal in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Augustine Akubo, recalled how Lokoja served as Nigeria”s seat of government from 1914, hosted the first primary school in the old northern region as well as other educational developments; missionary activities; seat of the first bank; the colonial prison and hospital, among other major institutions, played significant roles in the administrative history of the country.
“It is however unfortunate that the frontline position and the importance of Lokoja in the history of the country has been played to the remotest background, he lamented, adding that the indelible role of Lokoja, in the political profile of Nigeria should be appreciated as it is being celebrated on the platform of democracy.
In a special Motion of the House, presented by the Majority Leader, Hon. Yakubu Yunusa, appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgent economic priority, complete the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, and climax the celebration with Lokoja as the focal point.