By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday, regretted the bad culture of Nigerians who show no appreciation to former leaders.
Jonathan said however that such ruthless culture or negative attitude was not so or alike to the former FCT Minister, now Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed whom he described as a good brother who is worthy of emulation.
The former president was speaking while commissioning the 6.2 kilometer Bauchi metropolitan Bye-pass constructed by Messers Habibu Engineering Nig. Ltd within a period of six months at a cost of N2.2 billion and named ‘Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Drive’
He said, “It is a very big day for me, and you know why, because it is not easy for someone to work with you in Nigeria, then after leaving you, that person to continue with that kind of strong cultural relationship with you”.
The former president recalled, “I have been in government for a good reasonable time and have served in various capacities, starting with the deputy governor and most of the experiences were that after leaving office, the people with whom you lived closely together normally forget you at ease”.
Jonathan expressed delight with Governor Bala Mohammed for inviting him to perform the commissioning of his administration’s first mega project, describing it as a big honour, not only for the commissioning but also the immortalization by naming the road after him.
“My coming to Bauchi today is a double blessing, I paid a courtesy call on the emir and he gave me a title, then we came here for the commissioning it was named after me, so what should I say to the people of Bauchi state. Let me thank all of you for working with the governor and for so many reasons”.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan observed that the people so much loved the governor, hence their resolved to vote him during the last general elections, stressing “You voted him to be a governor and that’s why he was the governor today, and I appreciate it that he would do good things for the state”.
Jonathan said he was surprised that Governor Bala Mohammed was able to made giant strides during a short period of time, especially in the execution of development projects despite the strict rules of procurement
He conclusively told the governor, “My brother, I will commend you for the good strides and your total commitment to change the face of Bauchi state, and not only the change but the human capacity building and the various programmes that would economically empower the people”.
Governor Bala Mohammed said that his administration at its inception in 2019 embraced good governance with policy thrust predicated on global best practices of policy formulation and implementation of programmes to improve the quality of lives of the generality of people.
“What we met in 2019 was a sorry state infrastructural deficit over the years in both urban and rural areas and confronted the situation by embarking on accelerated urban renewal and developmental programmes as the only way to reverse the ugly trend”.
To this end, the governor revealed, his administration constructed over 100 kilometers of both urban and rural roads, as Bauchi Greater Water Supply Scheme was also completed to provide portable drinking water to the inhabitants of the metropolis through the assistance of the World Bank.
Governor Bala Mohammed explained that his administration is overhauling the education and health sectors by ensuring that the needed infrastructure and manpower are provided to secure the future and wellbeing of the children.
He said that the newly constructed 6.2 kilometer road provides vital access to Sabon Kaura, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa communities and link Jos road with Dass roads in Bauchi metropolis, describing it as legacy project first embarked upon by his administration at a cost of N2.2 billion.
I seek your kind consent to recognize your indelible contributions to the progress and development of our dear nation, Bauchi state and indeed my humble self to name this road after your good name as Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Drive
Governor Bala pledged government and people of Bauchi support to the former president, assuring that the state will never have conflict with his aspirations, what he want to become, do in politics or in life.
Senator Bala Mohammed, while pledging his unalloyed loyalty to the former president, also described his as his father, mentor, elder statesman, a bridge-builder, father of African democracy.