Abuja - Alhaji Umar Nasko, immediate past
Chief of Staff to Niger Governor, said that the state could not be neglected
because it had a lot to contribute to the country`s development.
Nasko, who is aspiring to be the state`s next governor in
2015, said this while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
He spoke at the PDP National Secretariat after submitting
his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the state`s
governorship election in 2015.
"We believe that Niger State has a lot to contribute
towards the development and growth of this country, especially in terms of
unity and security,’’ he said.
He added that if elected, he would build on the legacies of
the state`s current government to drive it to the next level of development.
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"I have been in class, learnt from a legendary teacher in
the person of Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu; I have sat in front roll and I believe
I have been a very good student.
"I have come out top of my class and I believe I am ready
and I believe I have the blessing of my teacher to ensure that I carry out this
assignment,’’ he said.
The aspirant said the vision of the state was to be one of
the top three best economies in the country by the year 2020.
According to him, the foundation to achieve the vision has
been laid by the state`s current administration based on accountability,
transparency and participatory democracy.
"We are going to build on this and we hope that by the year
2020, we will achieve our vision; we have a long way to go but we have made
remarkable achievements,’’ he said.
He added that if elected, he would give priority to security
of the state, to ensure that acts of insurgencies were not experienced.
"We have been able to contain threats of insurgents in
Niger State and I make bold to say that Niger State is one of the most peaceful
states in Nigeria today.
"I have been part of whatever was done to ensure that peace
was achieved. I assure that I will build on this to ensure the best security in
the state. This is one of my top priorities,’’ Nasko said.