Story from Beatrice GONDYI, Bauchi
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has flagged off the construction of 11 township roads in Bauchi state just as he declared his support for Governor Bala Mohammed’s led administration to work for the wellbeing of its people.
Governor Wike who made the declaration during the flagging off at Gombe road within Bauchi metropolis on Saturday, observed with satisfaction the foresight of his host, Governor Bala Mohammed in embarking on the construction of various roads across the state despite the economic status of the state.
“It is not easy for a state with less IGR to embark on the execution of developmental projects and that is the reason for my coming to Bauchi today.”
“Because of my relationship with the Bauchi Governor and his desire to work for his people, Rivers State Government will continue to support him to work for the happiness of the entire citizens of Bauchi state,” Wike said.
He congratulated the Bauchi Governor on the achievements recorded in infrastructure and urged him to sustain it for the betterment of the citizenry just as he used the medium to call on the people of the state to continue supporting the Governor for more positive programmes and projects.”
Nyesom Wike said that “On behalf of the government and people of Rivers state, it is my honour and privilege to be in Bauchi to perform the flagging off ceremony of township roads in Bauchi metropolis. These roads project is a welcome development and will contribute to improving the living conditions of the affected beneficiaries.”
On his part, Bauchi Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed said that the flagging off for the construction of the 11 township roads was an opportunity to demonstrate the readiness of his administration towards promoting the relevance of infrastructural development in the state.
The Governor also said that the present township roads and drainages flagged off were carefully chosen based on scrutiny and stakeholders consultations at grassroots.
He said that when completed, the roads will not only provide the needed accessibility in the towns but will double up in draining them from a stormwater phenomenon which hitherto, has been the main contributing factor to urban dwellers living in squalor.
Bala Mohammed told the visiting Governor that urban centres and historical towns in the state have suffered neglect and therefore his administration is left with no option than to reverse the ugly trend.
He declared, “My Government is being responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of its people thus resolute in fulfilling all campaign promises. I am glad that, Your Excellency, has accepted my invitation to flag-off these roads projects. As you can see for yourself, Bauchi is very happy to receive you.”
Bala Mohammed at the ceremony reiterated the commitment of his administration towards continued intervention in the infrastructural provision at both urban and rural areas of the state.
The roads flagged off are Gwangwangwan to Bakaro to Kofar Dumi, Malamgoje to Bakin Kura linking Muda Lawal market covering a distance of 3 kilometres, Bununu township roads, 2.65 kilometres and Sade township roads, 2.5 kilometres.
The rests are Disina township roads project and stormwater drainages as well as two major roads with a distance of about 1.65 kilometres to solve the aged long flooding problem.