It is gradually becoming clearer how Governor Badaru intend to govern Jigawa state after having spent three weeks as governor. Though his emergence was least expected from most political pundits. Largely due to the "incumbency factor" which is seen going against him having the person at helm of governance in the state is political heavy weight and is also backing another grassroots politician in the person of Aminu Ibrahim under the platform of ruling Party, PDP. Many people from within and outside jigawa state have not Governor Badaru any chance before the contest. Their reason was premises on Badaru's lacking the required experience and political cloud to do the job. While some held that it would be impossible for him having been excelled as successful businessman to abandoned it for the service jigawa people.
On the other hand, there is general belief that Dr Sule Lamido has succeeded in raising the bar in leadership, at least, he has laid a solid foundation for Jigawa through provision of critical infrastructures that help in transforming the state from hitherto a glorify village to state with the most modern physical infrastructures. This perhaps the reasons why many people were interested in the capacity of whom to succeed him. Dr. Lamido's critics however, condemned his policies due staking poverty that ravaged the people in the state. The reason for this according to them was because, most of the Lamido's policies are centred around the beautification of town and villages and expansion of roads and other physical infrastructure at the detriment of the main occupation of the people - Agriculture. In other word, the former governor paid leap service to Agriculture which the main occupation of over 80% of the jigawa pupation. The mistakes that the the present government Badaru Abubakar promise to correct.
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Few weeks after the swearing in of Governor Muhd Badaru Abubakar, there was skepticism on weather or not he would be able to deliver the expected outcome, because his critics sees him as a Businessman who come to cash on the state and to promote his business interest without reckoning to overall interest of the people. Though, Governor Badaru's body languages does not portrayed him as such but a goal getter. His calm and humble disposition have give him an edge over his predecessor. His ability to use his numerical knowledge and economics of world is another advantage that, perhaps informed his criticism on the economic policies of his predecessor, Dr Sule Lamido as it where in his inaugural speech.
Having took the mantle of leadership at very critical economic downturn, Governor Badaru's articulation of most jigawa challenges in his Inaugural address has raised hope of many and also made his critics have begun to show interest on what would be his style of leadership. His administration, he said would be anchored on Job creation and poverty eradication and transformation of Agriculture which is main stay of jigawa people. He made it categorical to a one that cares to listen that, for the state to move forward and achieve prosperity, a deliberate policy must be put in place to move jigawa state from oil dependent to a more viable state with economic and industrial prospects, that according to him can be achieved on transforming whole farming system from the current subsistence as it where to mechanised one. He said, in few month to come, he would rollover his roadmap toward achieving Agricultural based economy through incentives regime that would be given to interested investors in Agriculture and Agro-allied industries. To match word with action, Governor Muhd Badaru's first major outing was the visit to moribund independent power project (IPP) initiated by former Governor Ibrahim Saminu Turaki with aim of generating 4MW of electricity to Dutse Metropolis where he directed for its turnaround within one month.
A week after, Governor Badaru paid for the second time, an unscheduled visit to the IPP site to asses the progress of work. " When completed the steady supply of electricity to state capital is guaranteed" said Engr Abdulkadir Nakore, the executive Chaiman of jigawa state Rural Electricity Board.
The third week of Governor Badaru was more significant, considering the number of activity that took place in the week, first was the hosting of senior civil servants to a parley where burning issues that would transform the service to be proactive and responsive to the challenge of new policy direction of the government was discussed. Governor Badaru was expressly clear on what he want from the civil servants- obedience, dedication, efficiency, accountability and improvement on internally generated revenue. He also want a civil service that is proactive to the yearning and aspiration of the people's welfare. The civil service that is beyond parochial selfish and regional consideration on the scheme of things. To that effect, the governor also directed the setting up of eight man committee to advise government on the best way to achieved aforementioned objectives.
On the same week, he also directed for the immediate implementation of Free Education to male child, an improvement from his predecessor's policy of Free girls education.
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Nevertheless, the highpoint of what can describe a major milestone in the three weeks administration was the hosting of the Richest Black man in the world, a business magnet and industrialist per excellence, Alhaji Aliko Dangote in Dutse. I stand to be corrected, the visit of Dangote to Jigawa state with aimed of discussing business and investment was the second of its kind since the Inauguration of new Adminstration in Nigeria. First, he visited Lagos where he is undertaking the establishment of a 600,000 petrochemical refinery, fertiliser bleeding plant and Second was Jigawa state where he reiterated his resolved to continue on the investment interest in Rice, Sugar, power generation, ethanol production and animal feed. Dangote said when the project is completed, it would provide over 200,000 direct jobs from permanent, to out-growers to seasonal with estimated production of 2m tons of Sugar, 377m litres of ethanol, 650MW of Con Generation of electricity and 1.5m tons of Animal feed per year. While similar production is plan to achieve in Rice production as well with an estimated investment portfolio of $180m in Jigawa state.
The business Mogul Aliko Dangote maintained that, the best way to tackle poverty and provide jobs to our teeming Unemployed youth and also achieved economic stability, and food food security is by focusing attention on Agriculture. Maintaining that oil will soon become a liability to those countries like Nigeria. This according to him, was due to its discovery by many countries in the world and its declining demand by major consumers like US and China. Emphasising that the earlier Nigeria diversify its economy, the better for its as in the next couple of years oil would no longer have any value to those that have it. The declaration of Dangote was was an endorsement of Governor Badaru Abubakar's administration policy direction, thus, is on track must be pursued vigorously.
At the point, let me urged supporters of both Governor Badaru and Dr Sule Lamido to stop drumming wars. That they should Stop bickering ! Yes, the Dangote projects was initiated during former Governor Sule Lamido, but then, the assurances of Dangote to continue proposed investments come at better time of Governor Muhd Badaru when policy thrust of the government is diversification of the Jigawa economy through development of agriculture and agro-allied industries. Certainly, both Lamido and Gov. Badaru deserve our accolade. they have made Jigawa State proud. Soon, poverty and unemployment will disappear and prosperity will takes it place in our dear state.Therefore, who is saint between former Governor Dr. Sule Lamido and the incumbent Governor Badaru?. They are our all leaders and deserve our respect.
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