MasterwebNews 12/12/15 - Congratulatory Message to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor-Elect

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - Your excellency,  Congratulations on your victory during the supplementary election. We look forward to having a governor as loyal and proud as the communities he represents, who believes in Kogi state's assets and potential, and who does his due diligence to support the development of local independent businesses, a growing economy, diverse culture and  sustainable future. 

Just over some months back, you unveiled in Buffalo your Kogi state Works agenda, a plan that will set Kogi State on a path to long-term prosperity. With great conviction, you committed to aggressive business development efforts and unique solutions to both sustain and revitalize the state economy with particular attention to Ajaokuta iron and steel company. Your proposed initiatives included lowering the cost of doing business in the state, cutting through bureaucratic “red tape” and putting Kogi people back to work through programs like the “Jobs Now” tax credits.Your programs are praiseworthy and necessary for creating a “business-friendly” environment in which entrepreneurs have more support and fewer restrictions from the government.


Kogi State can benefit greatly from a newly generated tax base that these plans would produce, enable the filling of budgetary gaps, and significantly reduce the
deficit.But don’t stop there. Set an even bolder agenda and then take swift action necessary to see it through.Make our state a leading green example through legislation and executive actions that promote and incentive real change and long-term sustainability.Good practices should not be mistaken for good marketing – for too long, a good image (often without substance to back it up) has defined the criteria for tax and investment incentives and government purchasing preferences. Instead, these economic tools should be reserved for sustainable businesses that
enhance our community, believe in the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit), and inspire others to do the same.  


Mr. Governor-Elect, we support you as you strive for a local independent economy for Kogi State and hope that a new administration also ushers in a new era – one
of the social entrepreneur. 

Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman,
Chairman Nigeria Community In Ukraine.


*Photo Caption - Alhaji Yahaya Bello

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