By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed has expressed regret that Bauchi State has been left behind in terms or urban and rural development, and assured that his administration will change the negative narrative for the better.
The Governor who solicited the support of major stakeholders in opening up frontiers for the speedy progress and development of the state, vowed that Bauchi will be a centre of excellence in the area of infrastructural development.
Bala was responding to a dinner hosted in his favour by the State’s First Lady and his wife, A’isha Bala Mohammed as part of the activities marking the governor’s 62th anniversary.
He told the celebrants, “I always plan on how I will succeed and people have so much expectations from me, but all of you here are my partners in my Bauchi project. I’m always looking to do something that was not done before, especially things”.
Governor Bala described agriculture as one of the key sectors of economic development, hence his administration’s resolve to harness the agricultural potentials of the state in order to improve on revenue generation.
In addition, the governor assured, his administration will continue to work with the Federal Government and other investors so as to bring the much needed development and positive changes to the state.
While declaring interest to execute abandoned projects of the immediate past administration with a number of them in various stages of completion, the governor unveiled plan to award contracts for dual-carriage ways to link up with states in the federation.
He stressed the need for tolerance and understanding among politicians for leaders to optimally perform, and assured of deepening stake-holding by giving opportunity to all in an effort to minimize political acrimonies in the state.
Bala stated, “I believe in loyalty to the people who gave us this mandate, for a person coming from Duguri community – 120km away from Bauchi to be given the opportunity to lead the state. I think it is a challenge that I will shoulder, and I hope you will continue to support me so that together we can take Bauchi to the next level”.
“I need the support of all Bauchi state indigenes, because you know I have suffered a lot because of blackmails, but I want to tell you that there is nothing I’m looking for now, I have got a lot with the blessing of Almighty Allah”, he said.
Bala, overwhelmed by attaining the 62th birthday, thanked Almighty Allah for giving him the opportunity to now lead Bauchi state, adding “Having clocked 62nd years in life is the largest notice of leaving the earth, and I’m humbled over the statements made by speakers on me”.
The governor while expressing pleasure to stay in Bauchi to deepen monitoring and evaluation, as it is not time for him to benefit from anything, added “We are working for the benefit of the system, I already denied my cabinet members unnecessary spending just for us to provide the required services to the citizenry”.
The First Lady has earlier felicitated with her husband, Senator Bala Mohammed on his 62nd birthday anniversary, and prayed Allah to continue to grant him good health and abundant blessings as he continues to pilot the affairs of Bauchi state for the benefit of all.