Gov. Tambuwal, Secondus flag off construction of N13.6 billion roads in Bauchi (Pictures)

Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus have flagged off a multi-billion naira road construction projects awarded by Bauchi State government.

The 13.6 multi-billion naira road construction contract of four different roads measuring about 26 kilometres were awarded under Bauchi State urban renewal development project.

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The roads are the dualization of the 17.7km Giwo Academy to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport along Kano road; Awala Hotel roundabout to Bauchi State University campus which is about 7km all federal roads; Mobil roundabout to Fire Service junction and Dogon Yaro roundabout to Zaranda Hotels.

Flagging off the road the PDP National Chairman commended the State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for impacting positively on the lives of the citizens of Bauchi State since he was sworn in as the Governor in 2019.

Secondus said that he was not surprised with the good things the Governor is doing in Bauchi State considering his past track record when he served as the Minister of the FCT.

“What is the secret of the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislative arms in spite of the political differences? The Chairman asked rhetorically.

“If you don’t have the answer, I do, it simply means that for democracy to thrive, we don’t need to fight. Development does not know politics, development is all-encompassing. I salute the Speaker for the cordiality,” Secondus said.

He said that at completion, the road network will boost economic activities, particularly in the tourism sector as the famous Yankari Resort and Safari will be opened up stressing that it will further endear the state to the outside world.

Secondus said that by the time the roads were completed, Bauchi will take its centre space in the North East subregion because according to him, the status of the International Airport will improve while personnel of the Nigerian Airforce will have easy access to the town and their base just as the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University community will also benefit from the road project.

He assured that the PDP will continue to support any performing Governor like Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir because according to him, “We in the PDP are developmental oriented people, our focus is developing the infrastructure and the people. Bala Mohammed and others are doing that, we hope others in other political parties will take a cue.”

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described the roads to be constructed as life-saving, considering their strategic locations within Bauchi metropolis adding that it will also boost the economic growth of the state as more people will come in for businesses.

Tambuwal who is the Chairman of PDP governors also observed that good road networks are very essential in the development of a people because according to him without good roads, communication will be difficult and ineffective to an extent.

He urged government at all levels to as a matter of necessity, embark on massive construction and reconstruction of roads across the country because according to him the major problem facing the country is dilapidation of almost all the roads in the country.

Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir while speaking lamented that Bauchi as a state capital is lagging far behind in terms of infrastructure development compared with its contemporaries created in 1976.

The Governor added that even states that were created many years after 1976 including Gombe that was carved out of the state have all gone far ahead of Bauchi a development he said necessitated the massive urban development his administration embarked upon in order to turn around the fortune of Bauchi.

He said that the administration is not performing any magic to get funding for all the capital projects embarked upon saving, “all we are doing is being prudent in our expenditures, we avoid frivolous and extravagant spending as well as try to jerk up our IGR.”

Governor Bala explained that his administration contacted and got approval from the Federal Ministry of Works through the Department of Federal Highways to be able to embark on the projects because according to him, “it is for the good of the citizens of the state. The projects are to cost over N12 billion and will be completed within the next 24 dry months.”

He said the commitment of his administration to continue to embark on people-oriented projects and programmes and assured that every sector of the state will be touched before the end of his tenure.

Governor Commended the State House of Assembly for supporting his administration in spite of the political differences between them assuring that he will not betray the trust reposted in him by the people of the state.

The Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman said that in spite of the political party differences among members who are APC majority and the Governor who is of PDP, the legislative arm is always in the support of developmental aspiration of the Governor.

He said that “we have 21 APC members, nine PDP members and one NNPP member all working together to support the PDP led administration because our focus is the state, not an individual or political party. Let me assure you that even these projects, the House of Assembly legislated for them.”

During the end of the groundbreaking ceremony of the road’s construction, Secondus also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in Nigeria.

He said the President must change and overhaul the Nigerian security system which is not working as everything is in disarray.

He berated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for being insensitive to the challenges facing the country especially on the issue of insecurity.

The PDP National Chairman said that Nigerians have been thrown into a dark atmosphere because President Muhammadu Buhari’s led APC Federal Government has failed woefully and can no longer govern the country.

He said, “today is a day we never looked up to, it is a moment of grief, pain and sorrow in our dear country. You know that Nigeria is currently undergoing serious distress and now in Bauchi, the Governor is putting smiles on the faces of the people by embarking on a massive transformation of the state capital and other cities.

“Let us take a minute to remember the innocent farmers that were killed and also pray for the safe return of our children who have been terrorised and traumatized in Katsina state,” he added.

He said that “it is mourning everywhere, innocent farmers were murdered in broad daylight, now our children have been abducted from their school, until now no news about them and yet, the government is not saying anything about the situation, what a failed government.”

Secondus said that “All we are saying is that, Buhari should bring back our boys, enough of wanton killing of innocent people across the country, nowhere is secured now, the government must rise up to its constitutional function of protection of life and property.”

He said that while the APC led government is making Nigerians cry and mourn, the PDP is busy putting smiles on the faces of the people.

“The PDP is executing projects that have a positive impact on the lives of the citizens across the country, that is the reason for the good governance of the PDP.”

The Chairman then assured that having tasted the bad governance of the APC, Nigerians are wiser now and will never vote for the APC again.

“Come 2023, the PDP will reclaim the federal government and put smiles on the faces of all Nigerians irrespective of political parties affiliation,” he said.

He added saying, “you can see the situation we found ourselves now in Nigeria, crisis and confusion, the only way out is that the PDP will rescue Nigeria when the time comes by the special grace of God.”


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