By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State along with his deputy, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso were on Wednesday morning sworn into office for another four years even as he hinted of plans to enshrine whistle blowing system to forestall cheating and misappropriation of scarce resources in public sector.
The governor had taken his oath of office at about 11:00 in the morning. Earlier, his deputy had taken the first shot as the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ahmed Alhaji Bima led them separately to take their oaths of allegiance to signal the completion of the rituals as elected head of the state executive council.
Governor Sani Bello said since the hydra headed phenomenon of phantom workers on the state’s nominal roll had defied previous efforts at checkmating it, his administration would soon unveil a whistle blowing system with a good reward system to nail all cheats in government businesses.
He called on all citizens in the state to join hands with his administration to chart the way forward for a better Niger state. The governor said his administration would continue to streamline the state civil service for optimal service delivery and build a robust economic for the state.
Governor Sani Bello said his administration would pay closer attention for the improvement of the lots of the state by paying emphasis on projects that have direct bearing on ensuring a viable economy for all citizens and the state.
In his long speech at the inauguration, governor Sani Bello pledged to lay a level playing field for all citizens to engender a an ample atmosphere where citizens could ply their trades without inhibition.
He also spoke on the growing insecurity challenges in the states in north central parts of the country including Niger state. He noted that the last four years had witnessed increase spate of armed banditry, kidnapping and robbery but vowed that his administration was up scaling its onslaughts to ensure security to lives and property across the state.
Abubakar Sani Bello said in response to the challenges, community policing and the use of traditional institution would be stepped up to curb crime waves and check activities of undesirable elements in communities.
He said his administration would not relent on it’s primary responsibilities to beat all criminalities.
The governor said his administration would collaborate with all security agencies in the state as part of the determination to route out men of the underworld but enjoined all citizens to take part in ensuring the security of lives and property.
He paid glowing and posthumous tributes to past governors of the state particularly those who had passed on to glory. They include Police Commissioner Simoen Oduoye, Dr. Musa Inuwa and Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure respectively.
On his plans for the agricultural sector in the state, governor Sani Bello said he was committed to check clashes between farmers and pastoralists herders across the state and noted that efforts put in place so far by his administration towards curbing farmers/herders clashes have been fruitful.
He added that in the next four years, his administration would build on the achievements so far made in health sector by remodeling the hospitals in Suleja, Bida and Kontagora to deliver efficient healthcare delivery services to citizens and particularly to help check Infant and maternal mortality across the state.
The inauguration ceremony was held in the conference centre of the Justice Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre. The event was however hitch-free as invited dignitaries graced the ceremony.
The Police in the state had deployed over 840 of its personnel to mark strategic places in and around the venue of the inauguration to arrest any eventuality.