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Ronke Bello: Kogi Calls Her National Icon Home To Serve



Since the appointment of Ronke Bello PhD as STRATEGIST on Investment-Policy and Communication to the Kogi State Government by His Excellency,  Alh. Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, there has been encomiums from across Nigeria and the international community as professional colleagues, associates, friends and clients all hail the appointment as a masterstroke in the right path particularly bearing in mind the current global economic downturns.

So many analysts and economic enthusiasts has opined that Kogi being so much endowed with huge investment potentialities has no reason whatsoever to be poor. Hence it is strategic to look for new ways of moving ahead in policy formulation that will create the much needed atmosphere for investments to flow in, abide and thrive. As a Policy Analyst, Investment -Branding Advisor and Communication Expert with more than twenty five years experience in top level management both in the public and private sectors, Ronke Bello has what it takes to help reposition Kogi State and is expected to bring her wealth of experience to her new role.

Ronke’s career began with the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR, where at a tender age she was thrust onto the stage with a responsibility to make presentations at the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU) with more than fifty Head of States seated. Since then she has not rested on her oars in garnering experiences from top notch trainings and jobs in her area of expertise offering her talent to create contents that were needed in leadership.

From that ebony TV girl that started her career with NTA, she bloomed over time and her career navigated the military, democracy, public and private services as her numerous Ad-Hoc duties and responsibilities saw her through the regimes and governments of Badamasi Babangida, Earnest Shonekan, Sani Abacha, Abubakar Abdulsalam, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan.

One will recall that it was Ronke Bello’s words and presence that held the world spellbound during the swearing in and inaugural dinner that heralded the historic transition of Nigeria to modern democracy from military and ushered in President Olusegun Obasanjo. Her responsibility in the tenure continued first as a member of the investment drive team and then to the handling of so many high powered national events such as the hosting of President Bill Clinton and George Bush of United States of America among several others. Alongside all these, she was able to author two award winning books, ‘Standing Tall’ and ‘Image: Who Cares?

Well groomed in Arts from the University of Ilorin and consolidated in Public Administration & Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja before proceeding to the University of London and later to Harvard Business School Boston-USA for International Public Relations & Marketing and Strategic Leadership respectively. She earned her PhD twelve years ago and would have been a Professor by now if she had gone into structured academia.

I am glad that our nation and state is joining the global community in recognizing and appointing technocrats to contribute their bits in serving political dispensation, and that is why democracy is bigger than politics. In the light of this, it is reassuring that numerous Nigerians home and in Diaspora have in no small measure saluted His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State for matching his words with action that he indeed means well for Kogi State and will continuously search out the best for Kogi State particularly in areas that can boost the commonwealth of the good people of  Kogi State.

Samuel Elere; Poet, writer and author of two books holds a Degree in Geography from Bayero University Kano, a Masters degree from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Ibadan, a certificate in Conflict Analysis from United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and a Professional Certificate in Effective writing and Communication from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Ogba Ikeja Lagos.

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