In quest of assuring good governance by intimating the leaders as being citizen-based executives, and to also be excellent service providers and promise keepers in a growing state like Jigawa.
Assessing the activities of the Jigawa State government under the conduct of Malam Umar Namadi is dignified.
We should remember that, before he assumed as governor, he came up with his 12-point agenda, which he titled “My Development Agenda for Greater Jigawa.”
More so, we should remember that the citizen of Jigawa, through their Civil Society Organizations, has developed an agenda charter to address the challenges facing the state.
The question now is, how far from the inception of the administration to date, does the commitment of Malam Umar Namadi contest to the agenda?
In analyzing the engagement and commitment of the administration on the two of the agendas, education, and health, which to me is more significant in terms of the citizen’s needs of Jigawa state.
Education and health are the critical issues that hinder human capital development in the state. Though, not only Jigawa but all the northern states.
Teacher quality, quantity, and improper monitoring are the key issues of the education system. The problem has been a long time, and the previous efforts failed to fully address it.
But, the coming of this administration with appointments being made for monitoring of the system and current recruitment of teachers, can address the issues of teacher quantity and quality.
The action of the governor of unexpected visits to monitor the schools is a signal of making the education sector one of his key agendas. The commitment has exposed the zeal and the lust of the administration in addressing the problems.
Likewise, the health sector, especially the primary healthcare system has the problem of attaining its objectives.
Inadequate health personnel and equipment, poor supervision, and monitoring have also accelerated the problem.
The starting point of this administration for adequate reformation of the health system, by giving more priority to primary health care will help in reducing the burden of the tertiary health system.
If this administration strengthens its commitment and takes necessary action in these areas, it will instigate human capital development and will make Jigawa a greater state.