A Nigerian man, Bolale Cole, who travelled through Kogi, specifically Lokoja, has shed light on the state’s infrastructure challenges and sparked conversations about the state’s governance and spending priorities.
Cole, who was en route to Abuja, shared his observations on social media, expressing astonishment at the state of the roads and infrastructure in Kogi.
According to him, the roads were dilapidated, raising concerns about the accessibility and safety of the region’s transportation network.
Adding to the traveller’s astonishment was the sighting of a convoy of over 50 SUVs, purportedly belonging to the governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.
”Drove pass Kogi State (Lokoja) this afternoon on my way to Abuja; I must say Kogi does not have a governor nor a functional government. Bad roads everywhere, only to see the convoy of their governor, more than 50 SUVs.”
Critics and concerned citizens have seized on this account to highlight what they perceive as a disconnect between the state’s leadership and the pressing needs of its residents.
The social media post also garnered significant attention, prompting conversations about the role of the government in addressing critical infrastructure issues, such as road maintenance and development.
One of the respondents, Akobi Gusau, wrote:
”The poorest state in Nigeria. As a matter of urgency, someone has to rescue that state.”
Farouk Simpa, a public commentator based in the state, wrote:
”I am glad you could see for yourself. It’s time to vote out APC here in Kogi.”
Like many parts of Nigeria, Kogi State has been grappling with various challenges, including inadequate infrastructure and services.
The traveller’s account has served as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for investment in public infrastructure and effective governance to improve the quality of life for the state’s residents.