Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has unveiled plans to award contacts for expressways in a move to open up the frontiers of the state for positive development.
The Governor unveiled the plans last night at a birthday dinner hosted by the state’s First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed as part of the Governor’s 62nd birthday anniversary held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Bauchi.
Governor Bala said in line with his administration’s infrastructural development, Bauchi will be a centre of excellence in the area of infrastructure by overcoming the challenges affecting the progress and development of the state.
The Governor who regretted that Bauchi has been left behind in terms of urban and rural development said his administration will change the negative narrative for better with the support of major stakeholders.
“I don’t know what to say today, but let me thank Almighty Allah for giving me the opportunity now to be a leader in our state. Having clocked 62 years in life, this is the largest notice of leaving the earth and I am humbled over the statements made by the speakers on me.
“I always plan on how I will succeed and people have so many expectations over me, but all of you here are my partners in my Bauchi project. I am always looking to do something that was not done before, especially difficult things,” the Governor said.
Governor Bala described agriculture as one of the key sectors of economic development and assured that his administration will harness agricultural potentials of the state in order to improve on revenue generation.
He declared interest to execute the abandoned projects of the past administration as currently, a number of such projects are about to be completed.
“It is a great pleasure for me to stay in Bauchi so that I can deepen monitoring and evaluation, this is not a time for me to benefit from anything, we are working for the benefit of the system. I already denied my cabinet unnecessary spending just for us to provide the required services to the citizenry.
“I need the support of all the Bauchi state indigenes, because you know I have suffered a lot because of blackmail, but I want to tell you that, there is nothing I am looking for now, I have got a lot with the blessings of Almighty Allah.”
He further stated that the state government will continue to work with the Federal Government and other investors so as to bring positive development and changes to the state.
The Governor who stressed the need for tolerance and understanding among politicians for leaders to perform optimally promised to deepen stakeholding by giving an opportunity to all in an effort to minimise political conflicts in the state.
“I believe in loyalty to the people who gave us this opportunity for a person coming from the Duguri community, 120 km away from Bauchi to be given the opportunity to lead Bauchi state. I think it is a challenge that I will shoulder and I hope you will continue to support me so that, together we can take Bauchi to the next level,” Governor Bala said.
On her part, the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed who felicitated with the Governor on his 62nd birthday anniversary, prayed Almighty Allah to continue to grant him good health and abundant blessings as he continues to pilot the affairs of Bauchi state for the benefit of all.
During the celebration, notable ulamas in the state offered prayers for the Governor and for the stability, development and peaceful coexistence of the state.