Atiku Carpets FG Over Underperformance, Wants It Emulate PDP States



Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has carpeted All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government for plunging the country into more hardship thereby making life more difficult for Nigerians. 

Atiku while celebrating his 75th birthday in Bauchi Thursday with commissioning the 4.2km Gombe – Maiduguri by-pass road constructed by the State Government said, “it is only in PDP controlled states across the country that you hear about commissioning of projects that have direct bearings on the lives of the people”. 

Commissioning the road, the former Vice President empathetically said, “The Federal Government should take a cue from what PDP Governors are doing, work for the people in order to ensure development of the country”. 

He commended Governor Bala Mohammed for embarking on developmental projects in all the sectors, stressing that it will go a long way in checking the rate of unemployment, as well as create room for starting petty businesses. 

Atiku opined that the Federal Government can effectively fight insecurity in the country by creating enabling environment that will make the youth engage in useful venture that will yield daily income for them which will in turn take them off the streets. 

At the occasion which was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council, State PDP officials, Traditional rulers and State legislators, former Senators in the state, Atiku commended the governor for delivering dividends of democracy to the people, and urged him to sustain the momentum, as well as accelerate the pace of good governance in the State.

Atiku urged people of the state to give the governor the much needed support to move Bauchi forward, adding that the infrastructure achievements recorded in the state was worthy of emulation.

“The more support you give him, the more he will perform and deliver dividends of democracy to you. He deserves your mandate again for a second term, I am very sure that you will give it to him when the time comes”, he further told the people.

Atiku commended the cordial working relationship between the PDP led executive and APC controlled legislature, saying, “you have demonstrated that development of the state is the major thing ahead of you”. 

While receiving a white horse and a bull from the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu to mark his 75th birthday, Atiku became emotional saying, “You people of Bauchi State took me by surprise. I don’t normally celebrate birthdays but today, you have brought back sweet memories. I really appreciate your kind gesture”. 

Also speaking, Governor Bala Mohammed said that his administration is committed to delivering dividends of democracy to the people of the state in line with the campaign promises made stressing that, “We are committed to changing the narrative of the Bauchi”. 

Mohammed enumerated the importance of the 4.2km Gombe – Maiduguri by-pass, saying it would among others, decongest the city center and reduce risks of accidents caused by heavy duty trucks that were always loaded. 

The Governor explained that the Commissioning of the road project was a milestone in the history of Bauchi as the state government decided to immortalize the former Vice President by naming the road after him.

He also said that the Gombe Maiduguri bye pass road project was named after the former Vice-President in recognition of his contributions to the evolution of the nascent democracy in the country, as well as one of the founding fathers of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mohammed recalled that his government made promises at its inception in 2019 based on developmental road map, which he tagged “My Bauchi Project”, laying out an ambitious plan to take Bauchi State out of back waters of development to the front seat of human progress despite dwindling resources at all levels of government.

He added that his administration did not take the confidence reposed on it by the people for granted, stressing that public office is the secular trust that should be held with a high sense of responsibility.

“For us, the equitable distribution of resources should be the corner stone of government business as a deliberate strategy, not only to deepen inclusion stakeholder ownership of projects, but to significantly reduce to the barest minimum the feelings of marginalization and exclusion that is a threat to national unity” he said

The governor also recalled that within the last two and a half years, his government has initiated and completed 30 road projects in urban and semi-urban areas of the state, adding that the improvement in the road networks have ameliorated the sufferings of commuters and facilitated the movements of goods and services. 

Also speaking, Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Yakubu Suleiman assured that the Legislative arm is ever ready to work with the executive arm because, as he puts it ‘the Bauchi project is our priority’. 

Speaker Suleiman stressed that members of the Assembly are proud to be associated with a working governor, saying “together we are working for the good of the people of the state, Bauchi is our state and we must join hands together to develop it”. 

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim Mohammed had earlier in a welcome address, said that the construction of the Gombe to Maiduguri Bye-pass road was in cognizance of Governor Bala Mohammed campaign promises to make the state capital and other major towns more accessible, not only to ensure free flow of goods and services, but to bring development to all the satellite towns and villages across the state.

He explained that the state government is determined and committed in changing the already laid down narratives by providing and increasing access to roads and other basic amenities, particularly to the poor and vulnerable as demonstrated by the construction of roads that is aimed at easing transportation, both in the rural and urban areas, thereby enhancing socio-economic development.


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