The gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State, Dino Melaye, pledged on Thursday to transform the state into a tourist destination if elected as governor. Melaye specifically committed to constructing three-star hotels on water, aiming to attract foreign investment to the state.
Speaking at the PDP’s mega rally in Lokoja, the state capital, Melaye, said his vision for Kogi State as a hub for tourism, emphasizing plans to collaborate with global partners to develop the necessary infrastructure. He assured that the construction of three-star and five-star hotels on the water will attract investors from all over the world.
In addition to his tourism-focused agenda, Melaye promised to facilitate the establishment of world-class schools in the state if granted the mandate. He expressed a commitment to innovative thinking, educational development, and curriculum reform, with a particular emphasis on providing ICT and technology to all schools in Kogi State.
Melaye further pledged to reinstate all civil servants who were unjustly dismissed during the tenure of Governor Yahaya Bello within the first three months of his administration. Additionally, he assured the restoration of autonomy to local governments, highlighting a plan to reduce tollgate deductions in Lokoja, ensuring that 75% of local government funds from Abuja would be retained locally.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye outlined a comprehensive vision for Kogi State, encompassing tourism development, educational excellence, civil service reinstatement, and local government autonomy.