Amidst pandemic, we achieved some milestones – Bauchi gov

Bauchi state Governor Bala Abdulkadir A. Mohammed has felicitated with people of the state  for coming out stronger in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor stated this in his New Year Message to people of the state.

In the message, a copy of which was made available to Blueprint in Abuja Thursday, the governor said: “I am also proud to say that notwithstanding the lockdown, in 2020, we were able to achieve some milestones in Infrastructural and Social Development especially in the areas of Roads Reconstruction, Mass Housing, Urban Renewal and Education. We have also recorded significant strides in reviving Agriculture, People Empowerment and Youth Development.

“Against the above background, we are moving into 2021 in the firm assurance that we will never let our guards down. I want to make it clear that we are under no illusion at all, that we have either solved or indeed found the solutions to all our problems.

“It will be dishonest of us to so do. The truth is that, despite our best efforts, we still have to contend with the problem of youth unemployment; industrial capacity remains precariously low due largely, to shortfalls in electric power supply and low purchasing power of the people.

“Although the virulent problem of ghost workers has been substantially attenuated, yet it bears pointing out that the magnitude of the problem has called for greater circumspection and out of the box thinking. However, we are optimistic that given the tenacity of our partners and the resolve of all stakeholders who are all on the same page, all the problems associated with the nominal and payrolls are being tackled headlong and with great success.

“ I want to assure our civil servants that we will take a decisive step to free our Nominal and Pay Rolls from fraudsters. By the grace of God, we will resolve this issue by the First Quarter of 2021 and utilize the savings from the exercise to employ our Youths.”

“My dear compatriots, as a Government, we have resolved to raise the bar of performance and push the frontiers of progress as well as socio-economic and political inclusion as our strategy for achieving a resounding victory over the forces of darkness and evil, who would rather see our state wallow in abject poverty and deprivation. 

“We cannot achieve these lofty goals without deepening consultation, stake-holding and community engagement which are essential for good governance and for the provision of the dividends of Democracy. This stakeholder ownership will emphasize the rights and obligations of the citizens. For emphasis also, we consider it the inalienable right of the people to hold Government accountable to the tax payer,” the governor said.

Looking ahead into 2021, he said: Another cardinal Resolution of the New year will be the provision of welfare package for our vulnerable population in order to reduce poverty. If there is anything the pandemic has thrown up, it is the need for improved social safety nets that protect the weak, aged and vulnerable from unforeseen socio-economic shocks of gargantuan nature.

“Notwithstanding the vagaries of our economic life, henceforth, we must strive to honour the maxim of being our brothers’ keepers and to demonstrate, in word and in deeds  that ours is a caring society that recognises the voter beyond the election day.”

Read the full Message 

THE YEAR 2021 MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR BALA ABDULKADIR A. MOHAMMED, CON ( Kauran Bauchi ).

Today, I join millions of Bauchi State citizens and all other residents of Bauchi State, as we mark the passing of 2020 and the beginning of the year, 2021. Given the peculiar challenges of the outgoing year, a year in which we were confronted with daunting health, economic, security and social challenges, I am sure that the good people of the State, indeed Nigerians in general, irrespective of ethnic colouration, political differences or religious persuasions, will be united in ushering in what, hopefully, should be the dawn of a new era, a new year of restoration and revival.

I congratulate the good people of Bauchi State, in particular, for overcoming the myriad of challenges in the year 2020. Never before have the people been so gruesomely tested: from Yellow and Lassa Fevers, to the Covid-19 virus, from the slowdown in the economy and ecological disasters, to ever looming security challenges. But the good news is that you took it all in stride, relying on our historical resilience and a rich heritage of trust, in the Almighty God who, through the intervention of our religious and traditional rulers and all men and women of goodwill, spared Bauchi State the unfortunate ordeal of succumbing to these vicissitudes. I am proud to say that we have persevered. Congratulations!

Looking back, I am convinced that our ability to survive these challenges was due, in part, to elite consensus which helped to galvanise the masses towards the dictates of survival. For, no matter the orchestrations and drama of politics, we can confidently say that Bauchi State is the quintessence of the triumph of politics of engagement, collaboration and stake-holding over the politics of division and rancour. Thus, like adversaries in a shipwreck, we were acutely aware that our survival depended on our ability to confront our monsters together: quite often, hunger, disease, unemployment, natural disasters and insecurity respect no boundaries or recognise any distinctions.

History will recall, even when we would have left the scene that, displaying the hallmark of political sagacity and patriotism, both the Executive Arm and the Legislative Arms of Government buried their differences thereby finding common grounds to jointly navigate the ship of state through turbulent economic and political waters. And that was despite the sharks that reared their heads and tried to muddy the waters, midway. That is why in spite of the second wave, we can say that we contained the Covid-19 pandemic, mitigated the harsh impact of the lockdown on our people and recorded the most peaceful Palliative intervention.

I am also proud to say that notwithstanding the lockdown, in 2020, we were able to achieve some milestones in Infrastructural and Social Development especially in the areas of Roads Reconstruction, Mass Housing, Urban Renewal and Education. We have also recorded significant strides in reviving Agriculture, People Empowerment and Youth Development.

Against the above background, we are moving into 2021 in the firm assurance that we will never let our guards down. I want to make it clear that we are under no illusion at all, that we have either solved or indeed found the solutions to all our problems. It will be dishonest of us to so do. The truth is that, despite our best efforts, we still have to contend with the problem of youth unemployment; industrial capacity remains precariously low due largely, to shortfalls in electric power supply and low purchasing power of the people. Although the virulent problem of ghost workers has been substantially attenuated, yet it bears pointing out that the magnitude of the problem has called for greater circumspection and out of the box thinking. However, we are optimistic that given the tenacity of our partners and the resolve of all stakeholders who are all on the same page, all the problems associated with the nominal and payrolls are being tackled headlong and with great success. I want to assure our civil servants that we will take a decisive step to free our Nominal and Pay Rolls from fraudsters. By the grace of God, we will resolve this issue by the First Quarter of 2021 and utilize the savings from the exercise to employ our Youths.

My dear compatriots, as a Government, we have resolved to raise the bar of performance and push the frontiers of progress as well as socio-economic and political inclusion as our strategy for achieving a resounding victory over the forces of darkness and evil, who would rather see our state wallow in abject poverty and deprivation. 

We cannot achieve these lofty goals without deepening consultation, stake-holding and community engagement which are essential for good governance and for the provision of the dividends of Democracy. This stakeholder ownership will emphasize the rights and obligations of the citizens. For emphasis also, we consider it the inalienable right of the people to hold Government accountable to the tax payer.

Another cardinal Resolution of the New year will be the provision of welfare package for our vulnerable population in order to reduce poverty. If there is anything the pandemic has thrown up, it is the need for improved social safety nets that protect the weak, aged and vulnerable from unforeseen socio-economic shocks of gargantuan nature. Notwithstanding the vagaries of our economic life, henceforth, we must strive to honour the maxim of being our brothers’ keepers and to demonstrate, in word and in deed, that ours is a caring society that recognises the voter beyond the election day.

We have equally resolved to continue to maintain Security by remaining vigilant against the activities of criminal elements. I want to assure you that criminals and their collaborators will have no safe haven in Bauchi State. 

The year 2021 will be for Bauchi State a year of Consolidation on the gains of 2020 by putting our State on the path of growth, development and prosperity. 

We will continue to expand our frontiers of collaboration and cooperation with the Federal Government as well as International Agencies to ensure greater access to opportunities especially in the areas of project exposure and funding.

I appeal to our Citizens to brace up for the Second Wave of Covid-19. We must see and treat this disease as a clear and present danger that requires sacrifice, discipline and commitment to fight it. We handle it with kid gloves only to our collective peril. We must be on the same page with Health Professionals and obey the already known protocols of handling the pandemic.

Finally, I appeal for the prayers, cooperation and understanding of our Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, Stakeholders and Politicians across party affiliations for peace, tranquility and prosperity to reign supreme in Bauchi State and Nigeria.

God bless Bauchi State and

The Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Senator Bala A. Mohammed, CON ( Kauran Bauchi )

Executive Governor 

Bauchi State .

31st December , 2020.

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