The new Kogi state inherited a share of both assets and liabilities of Benue and Kwara states. Zakari had to quickly establish the administrative structure from scratch, creating ministries of Justice, Works, Health, Agriculture, Education and Finance, and agencies such as the Local Government Services commission, the Judiciary and the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board. He also set up a committee chaired by the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland to create a blue print for economic development of the state. Little was done to realize this plan by his successors. On 16 December 1991 he established the Kogi Agricultural Development Project, a continuation of programs from Benue and Kwara states. The program was to provide assistance to farmers in the form of input subsidies and infrastructure development.