As Mai Mala Buni-led government completing one year in office, it is imperative to compile some of the key achievements recorded in the first year of Buni. Prior to the coming of the Buni administration, Yobe state maintained policies that kept the state economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient and relatively isolated from the Nigerian economic ranking.
In Nigeria today, most state attain a certain economic level but begin experiencing a sharply diminishing economic growth rates because they are unable to adopt new sources of economic growth, Gov Buni inherited the challenges of the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), as Yobe state holds the ace as the least state with the IGR of N2.2 billion. Against the backdrop of these challenges, Gov Buni refused to be daunted and gallantly embarked on a phased and methodical approach to breathe new life into a system that was tottering towards hopelessness and despondency, as he embarked on an aggressive mission of salvaging the state through innovation which is a central plank in achieving Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation and Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable of the United Nations SDG’s target. These holistic approaches sees Yobe’s economy matured through innovation, and the series of initiates laid by the innovative leader saw the state in the right direction.
Gov Buni has embraced the global economic system for a slower economic growth of the Sahel state and acknowledging the needs for Yobe to embrace new growth model that relies on the commerce sector thereby resuscitating the dying industries, building ultra-modern market, construction of a modern Truck Transit Park in the heart city of busiest Potiskum and the Governors current effort in completing the International Cargo Airport in which test landing is put in place at the Runaway in celebration of the Democracy Day and Buni’s one year in office
Building jobs is the top priorities of this regime and with climax achievement recorded in just twelve months, more are yet to come as Gov Buni is using every slight opportunity in partnering with public and private investors cum Family Homes Fund Ltd to construct 3600 housing units in each of the senatorial district in Yobe which will provides over 200,000 jobs by that economic growth and development will be chronicled.
Gov Buni political will has reshape Yobe economy and supercharged when comparing with the past data statistics, borrowing some of the ideas in the book Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth-and How to Fix it, authored by the Zambian Economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo. The book which presents a radical framework for change in order to galvanize growth and ensure the survival of democracy in the 21st century was embraced by the current Governor of Yobe state Mai Mala Buni in his effort to breathe new life into the economy of Yobe state.
Buni government started his second innings on May 30, 2020, with this latest development of road to economic prosperity, one most admit that a new bride of governance is in the helm affairs of Yobe State and in the nearest possible time his plans for Yobe will be a reality in unleashing the full potentiality of the Sahel state.
Damaturu, Yobe state
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