By; Bala B. Bitrus, Minna.
The true essence of governance is to address development needs of people and close the ranks between the governed and the government, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has said.
He said no government can claim to be responsive without addressing such problems and needs of it’s people adding that government exist because of the people who voted it into power.
Governor Bello stated this during the continuation of his working tour to local government councils in the state.
Worried about the decreasing sources of potable water supply to most communities, the Governor directed the establishment of an agency that would ensure regular and routine maintenance of all Bi-Water Towers and facilities across the state.
He said the agency would operate under the state’s Ministry of Water Resources. It is to carry out routine maintenance of the facilities to guarantee their functionality so as to prolong their life span to ensure sustainable, constant water supply to the communities where such facilities are located.
He decried the poor maintenance culture on public utilities and infrastructure and noted that the bane of development in the state is the carefree attitudes to public property.
While at Ibeto town, Governor Bello directed the construction of a 9.8km road in the community as well as the renovation of the Ibeto Police Station in the town to enhance security for lives and property.
The Governor also directed that the Salka Central Primary School, one of the oldest primary schools in the zone be included as beneficiary of the state’s Whole Schools Renovation Scheme. He directed that solar street lightening facilities be provided for the town.
And during a brief stopover at Auna hospital, Governor Bello expressed concern over the poor sanitary condition of the health centre just as he condemned the lackadaisical and carefree attitudes to work by staff of the centre.
At Nasko town, Governor Bello reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to make life better for the people of the area. He said plans were afoot to provide the town with good roads, enhance sources of water supply and step up rural electrification as dividends of democracy to the people.
Governor Bello directed the immediate commencement of work for the provision of potable water sources to wards in the village. This he noted is the first step intervention by the state government towards alleviating the problems besetting the area.