Addressing Jigawa’s Developmental Index | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Addressing Jigawa’s Developmental Index

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abdullahi Shugaba

During his electioneering, Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, promised to take the state to the next level in terms of development.



According to him, the major achievements of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will be to create a strong economy for Jigawa through agricultural development, agro processing and boost trading activities.

“This is because the people are predominantly farmers; and the administration will start by focusing on agricultural development in a large scale.

“Then, the government will study and identify where it has advantage to improve on the areas that can create jobs for the youth.

“ We have to adopt sustainable development plan to develop the state economy so that the state can sustain itself and continue to run without depending sole on federal allocation to run the affairs of the state,’’ he said.

In his acceptance speech as the governor of the state, he also assured the people of the state that his administration would give priority to security and improvement of the living standard of people.

“The administration will also give attention to education and human capital development, water and sanitation, primary healthcare and women empowerment for the benefit of our people.

“Tomorrow has come, and today is the beginning of a brighter future, so be rest assured that we will remain steadfast and committed to building the Jigawa of our dream,’’ he assured the residents.

Speaking on how to manage Dutse International Airport bequeathed to his administration by the former Gov. Sule Lamido’s administration, Abubakar said the airport would be maintained.

“I know that we can transform the airport by providing green houses around the airport so that the state can export agricultural goods to Europe.

“The second option we are looking at is creating a hanger for Jigawa where aircraft can be fixed or repaired in Jigawa.

“These are the two options that we believe at this moment will make the airport viable,’’ the governor said in an interview.

In the light of these promises, Malam Bello Zaki, Special Adviser to the governor on media and publicity, said that the governor, shortly after he assumed duty, invited an industrialist of repute, Alhaji Aliko Dangote to the state, to discuss methods of developing the state.

He said that the industrialist reiterated his resolve to invest in rice production, sugar development, power generation, ethanol production and animal feed processing, among others.

He quoted Dangote as saying that the proposed investment in agriculture alone would provide more than 200,000 direct jobs and an estimated production of two million tonnes of sugar, 377 million litres of ethanol and 1.5 million tonnes animal feed per year, among other benefits.

Zaki stressed that the administration held the belief that one of the methods of tackling poverty and providing jobs to the teeming unemployed youth was to invest in agriculture, education and security which it has taken seriously from its inception.

In his view, Mr Yusuf Suleiman Suleiman, Media Relations Officer in the state government house, opined that recent visit of African Development Bank (AfDB) officials to the state was another indication of Abubakar’s plan to take development in the state to the next level.

According to him, the visit, at the instance of the governor, provides a platform for evolving a synergy with relevant institutions to promote economic diversification in the state.

During the visit AfDB Country Director, Dr Ousmane Dore, said that their visit was hinged on the desire of the bank to support the new administration in achieving its vision for the state.

He said with the current revenue shortfall occasioned by the dwindling oil revenues from the federation account, the bank would partner with the state to boost Internally Generated Revenue.

Considering the importance of power supply to development therefore, the governor recently paid a visit to the Jigawa State Rural Electricity Board where he gave directive for the resuscitation of some power projects.

The governor directed the immediate resuscitation of the moribund independent power project in Dutse which, he said, would generate four megawatts of electricity.

“I want to assure the people of Jigawa of our commitment to do our best under very difficult circumstances to create a local economy that will eventually emerge as a self subsistent model leveraging on our greatest natural asset –agriculture,’’ he said.

He said he had planned a roadmap towards achieving agricultural-based economy through incentives that would be given to interested investors in agriculture and agro-allied industries.

Commenting on the performance of the state governor within 100 days, Malam Yishau Suleiman, a trader in Dutse market, noted that the governor focused on human development contrary to the former administration that embarked on massive construction of infrastructure.

“In the last 100 days, this administration has touched the lives of Jigawa people positively in the areas of healthcare, education, water supply, electricity, youth empowerment and poverty reduction.

“Gov. Abubakar tows the line of the humanists and views development as a way of enlarging people’s choice to live a healthy life, acquire knowledge and have access to the resources needed for decent standard of living, among others,’’ he observed.

Appraising Abubakar’s performance during the same period, Alhaji Ahmed Shatatti, a resident of Dutse, said the governor provided support for many civil servants and women in the state to boost workers’ morale and enhance productivity.

“I observe that the new governor has prioritised ongoing projects initiated under the previous administration and that all high-profile projects embarked upon by his predecessor would not be abandoned.

“The governor also sees the need to lend credence to the issue of taxing the taxable as a way of enhancing the revenue profile of the state government.

“One of his stunning feats during his one hundred days in office is in the area of urban renewal and beautification to give Dutse clear identity of a true city.

“Jigawa citizens received Abubakar with high expectations and they expect him to take governance of the state to greater heights on account of the giant strides of the former governor,’’ he observed.

All in all, a cross section of the residents of the state note that with these promises and developments witnessed within 100 days of Abubakar’s administration, the state is on a good platform to promote enviable developments for the residents.

News Agency of Nigeria