For many in Nasarawa, governor Abdullahi Sule’s administration has restored hope and raised the bar of expectations of better things to come in the last two years of his first term in office.
Umih Sulaiman, a resident of Shabu in Lafia, while speaking with our correspondent said the governor’s achievements had surpassed many across the country. She enumerated prompt payment of workers’ salaries, rural and urban roads construction, provision of water, youth empowerment among others as the key areas the governor has changed the lives of Nasarawa people in the past years and some months.
For Abdullahi Sodangi, the many kilometre road network commissioned by the Governor Sule’s administration was one of the best things that happened to him in the life of this administration in the state.
Sodangi said driving on the township roads before governor Sule searchlight was beamed on the roads used to be a nightmare because of the deplorable condition of the roads in the area.
Governor Sule, took over the mantle of leadership as the 4th elected Governor of Nasarawa State on May 29, 2019 amidst high expectations from the teaming citizens of the state. So far, he has spent two years and few months of his four years term with the economy of the state and the overall wellbeing of the people as the main thrust of his administration.
It would be recalled that in his inaugural address, Gov Sule pledged to focus on Security, Power, Education, Healthcare, Business and Industries, Economy and Agriculture. Other areas of focus according to him include infrastructural and rural development, Youths and Women, traditional institutions as well as civil service and labour relations.
This was even as he declared that he would give priority to completing projects left by his predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, rather than embarking on new projects, because abandoning such projects, he said, would not augur well for the state. Some of the uncompleted projects left by his predecessor included Kilema – Shinge road, Lafia International Cargo Airport, Agyarag Tofa road, Kwandare – Keffi road, Fertilizer Blending Company, among others.
However, the heartwarming result is that two years after assuming office, there are good feelings among citizens of the state on the developmental efforts of the governor, whose slogan is “Exceeding All Expectations.”
To many political pundits in the state, the policy direction and focus of the APC administration under the watch of Governor Sule, has rekindled the hope and aspiration of the people of the state.
The immediate past Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Nasarawa state, Dogo Shamma, in a press conference heralding the activities marking the two years in office of the governor, while serving as a commissioner said the present administration has achieved a lot within two years.
Listing some of the achievements of the Governor, Dogo Shammah, said there has been remarkable progress made in several sectors especially infrastructure and health.
“As we all know, in just two years in office, His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule has brought joy and happiness to our people and even beyond. In two years, the administration of Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule in the State is celebrating many physical projects that were either initiated by it or completed by it; especially those left by previous administrations that are of immense value to our people.”
“We are also celebrating the sustenance of peace and security of lives and property achieved through the dogged effort of His Excellency not only in the State but also in the entire North-Central geo-political zone of the country.”
“Consequent upon this peace effort and other friendly economic measures, investors are already making the State their destination. For instance, the likes of Azman Group of Companies and Flour Mills Nigeria, are in our communities engaging in various agro-allied businesses.”
“As Government, we are also proud to tell our story of many impactful successes so far achieved. For instance, in the health sector the government has completed and commissioned the Infectious Disease Centre in Lafia; the School of Nursing also achieved full accreditation.
“It has also carried out renovation and equipping of Primary Healthcare Centres across the state. We are proud of the way and manner His Excellency has been able to handle the Covid 19 pandemic in the state, this has resulted in the low prevalence rate recorded in the state.”
“In the area of rural development, His Excellency, has also been able to achieve so much within two years. For instance, there is construction of Sisimbaki-Kwarra road in Wamba LGA, which was commissioned as part of activities marking two years in office and the ongoing construction of Mararaba to Udege rural road in Nasarawa LGA. There is also the completion of the urban road construction in Shinge, Lafia as well as the ongoing construction of modern motor parks in Karu, Keffi, Akwanga and Lafia, which were inspected.”
In addition, the former commissioner said, Gudi market has been constructed and commissioned; the Engineering Faculty of Nasarawa State University Gudi, has attained 95% completion as well as the Technical and Vocational College Lafia.
He said students of Nasarawa State origin in higher institutions across the country, have also been paid their bursary allowances running into hundreds of millions of naira.
Speaking on the achievements of governor Sule, The president Tiv Development Association TID, expressed confidence in the governor’s performances so far.
He said it was a good start, adding that the achievements of Sule’s administration is worthy of note.
“Governor Sule has done very well within his first two years. He has kept to his promises and we pray he will sustain the tempo because it is a good start. When you have a leader that makes these kinds of promises and fulfills them, I think much is expected from him in the future.
“If this much could be achieved in two years then you should expect that the life of his administration, which is four years, the people of Nasarawa state are going to be happy with him at the end.”
“As you can see, in the last two years, he has so far shown he is a man of his words and a forward person by ensuring that all ongoing projects inherited by his predecessor are being completed,” he said.
”The governor means business, and as you can see he is providing good governance to the teaming people of the state.”
Ahemba called on the people of the state to support Gov Sule to enable him to serve them even better.