Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi on Wednesday said the state, in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Finance is to embark on construction of 500 units of houses for the people.
He described the programme aimed at engaging mortgage finance institutions to assist Nigerians with loans to own their houses through the construction of 10,000 units for Nigerians, as worthy of emulation.
The governor however urged beneficiaries of such loans to endeavour to work hard and pay back the loans to enable other Nigerians benefit from the programme and fast-track development.
Wada said that the state government’s Youth Advancement Programme for Kogi (YAD4KOGI) had taken quite a number of youths off the streets and aided the reduction of youth restiveness and drug abuse among others.
He hinted that over 7,000 youths had been trained under the programme with many of them positively engaged adding that the programme must be sustained.
On security, the governor commended security agencies in the state as well as the traditional institution for their cooperation with government to stamp out political and communal clashes that inundated the state before his administration.
He urged Kogi people to be united to ward-off any attempt by the dreaded Boko Haram to infiltrate the state saying, “All of us working together can drive out insecurity.
“We should not allow Boko Haram to rear its head in Kogi.”
On Ebola, Wada thanked God that the disease was not in any part of the state and cautioned Kogi People against bush meat delicacies urging them to allow the Ebola storm to calm saying: “There is danger in the air.
“Don’t eat bush meat for now, you can eat other things but don’t eat bush meat”, he cautioned as he advised them to avoid shaking of hands but should wash their hands frequently saying that though sanitizers may not be readily available in the Loc al Governments, soap and water were not hard to come by.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives of the area at the National Assembly, political and traditional leaders, commissioners, special advisers and assistants and elective office seekers graced the occasion.