Stalliontimes repoter Khadijat Saidu, x-rays of some ongoing and completed development programs in Kebbi State.
Alh. Atiku Bagudu since his assumption of duty as the Governor, Kebbi State in 2015 under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), said the entire Kebbi State is his constituency, and no stone will be left on turn.
The Matawallen Gwandu, as he is popularly called, and Chairman, Progressive Governor’s Forum also the Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council of Nigeria has vowed to ensure that people of Kebbi irrespective of their political affiliation, religious or ethnic background, civil servants, women, youths as well as retirees must be positively touched with dividends of democracy, with myriads of formidable infrastructural development as well as economic empowerment for a better standard of living.
Kebbi state under the leadership of Govenor Atiku Bagudu has been placed on the global map as the Beacon of Hope for the country in agricultural production, especially rice revolution and security of lives and property. All these and myriad of other tangible and invaluable achievements have been recorded for the state.
One therefore, wonders and ponders how Bagudu the rescue mission governor whose penchant for hard work, dedication, patriotism, transparency and delivery of the direly needed dividends of democracy to the electorate perform the magic of achieving myriads of development unparalleled within five years with meagre financial resources.
However, the governor recently approved the release and payment of over N3bn gratuity to retired civil servants for both the state and the local government.
Another N2bn for constituency projects across the state with full involvement of the state lawmakers was approved for Empowerment and projects worth over 464 million naira was air mark for the vulnerable, women, youths and orphans in other to improve their lives through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, he also approved the release of over 600 million naira for the payment of NECO, WAEC and NAPTIP for secondary school students in the state.
In his efforts to bolster women and youth’s participation in federal government’s youth’s employment as well as other interventions programs, the governor approved the establishment of Kebbi State Data Portal. (www.dcp.kebbistate.gov.ng) with the aim of collating accurate data of all unemployed, educated, and uneducated youths in the state in a smooth and transparent manner free of charge.
The data portal was also to ensure the people of the state especially women and youths are not left out in all productive sectors and to benefit from the myriad of interventions from the federal government and other organizations in the country.
The workaholic governor as been popularly called in the state have also approved the allocation of 22,000 plots of land across the state under the Accelerated Residential Plots Program, (ARPP). The program was initiated by the Governor to enable first time land owners to build their own houses in line with his aspiration for affordable housing to all. This is in a bid to drastically reduce the housing deficits across the state and make housing affordable to people in the state.
These achievements are within five months.
For theses who wonders why Govenor Bagudu routinely move in and out of his state to other parts of the country or world, the movement are all in the bid to attract more developmental projects to his dear state. This is usually achieved through mutual collaborations between nations, and indeed, federating states in Nigeria.
Any patriotic follower of events in Kebbi State can also attest to the fact that, the numerous trips of Governor Bagudu had yielded a lot of tangible fruits for the people of the state who have never had it so good in the past. Many dividends of these trips are glaring across the state.
Among which are the flourishing large and medium scale rice mills dotting the landscape of the state, helping to reduce unemployment and restiveness, as well as bolstering food security in the state, apart from the chain multiplier effects on the economy of the state and that of Nigeria, in an era of economic down turn, occasioned by the raging global Coronavirus pandemic and other salient and intrinsic factors.
The establishment of the Tomatoes Paste Factory in Ngaski local government area of the State is attracting world acclaimed investors like the Dangote Sugar Factory, the Kebbi/NNPC Ethanol Project which is ongoing in Zuru Emirate, as well as the signing of many workable and plausible Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs), between Kebbi State Government and many private and international investors that are expected to invest more in the state, soon.
Also, in his desirable quest for a united peaceful Nigeria, in his capacity as the Chairman of the APC progressive Governor’s Forum, Bagudu never gets tired in leading his counterparts crisscrossing the nooks and crannies of the country from North to South and East to West in search of peace and national cohesion.
It is on record that more than any other governor, the Progressive Governor’s Forum Chairman, has made several trips (Known and Unknwon) in an effort to douse tension and search for peace across the country.
Recently, Bagudu and governors of Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, and Jigawa States held a meeting with the national leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association at the International Culture and Events Centre in Akure, Ondo State capital in an effort to broker peace on the issue of Fulani eviction.
Again, the Peace Ambassador, Atiku Bagudu with other two governors met the leadership of the Fulani and Igbo communities in Owerri for truce and peaceful coexistence in an effort to mend the fragile relationships between different ethnic groups and religious divides. In that meeting were the Governors of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma the Governor of Jigawa State Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, the Deputy Governor of Imo state, the speaker, Imo state House of Assembly, Miyetti Allah National President Abubakar Kiruwa and his Secretary, Miyetti Allah branch chairmen of Imo, Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States, religious and community leaders.
The intent of the meetings was to reconcile the Fulanis and host community (Igbos) and to also foster peace and trust between the ethnics.
Any avid observer of the colossal transformation that has been going on in different sectors in Kebbi State, from 2015 to date, cannot, but vehemently commend and support Governor Bagudu’s quest for formidable development in the State.
Without doubt, in the last five years, Bagudu had made tremendous efforts towards improving the living standard of workers, with the resultant multiplier effects on the workers’ psychology, leading to improved productivity, which the Governor has always acknowledged and commended in many public gatherings.
Beyond the timely payment of workers salary and monthly pensions, Kebbi State Government is also gradually defraying the gratuity of retired civil servants.
However, it is on record that, from inception of this Government, to date, a total sum of N20.052 Billion (Over Twenty billion naira), was approved and was paid as arrears for gratuities to the State and Local Government retirees in the State.
According to the State’s Commissioner of Finance, Hon Ibrahim Muhammed, Kebbi State is among the elite states that pays both salaries and pensions regularly, without any outstanding arrears, from inception in 2015, to date.
In order to bolster cordial labour relationship and reassure the public of sustaining continuous welfare of civil servants and retirees in the state, it is also pertinent to state that, Governor Bagudu had settled all the backlog of gratuity arrears he inherited.
This Government met a liability of N4,376,242,726.93, which was not only liquidated, but an additional sum was provided, which beefed up the amount of the money to N20,052,000,000.00 Billion.
It is also important to state that unlike in other states, Kebbi State Government did not go to any bank to borrow money to pay pension and gratuity.
“We all know the implication of borrowing or incurring debts to fund the economy, especially, if resources are not but managed prudently by any government.”