Nasarawa 2015: For re­demp­tion, look no fur­ther


Since the in­cep­tion of demo­cratic rule in Nasarawa State in 1999, suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions have strug­gled to meet the as­pi­ra­tions of the people, be­gin­ning from that of Ab­dul­lahi Adamu through Aliyu Akwe Doma’s to the present Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s.

The fun­da­men­tal ques­tion is whether these ad­min­is­tra­tions made re­mark­able im­prove­ment in the day to day lives of the people, in terms of pro­vi­sion of farm in­puts and the ac­cel­er­ated de­vel­op­ment in farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the state.

Apart from en­sur­ing sus­tain­abil­ity of food pro­duc­tion in the state, ev­ery cit­i­zen of Nasarawa needs to en­joy so­cial se­cu­rity and pro­duc­tion of his life and poverty to be able to co-ex­ist peace­fully. This is a so­cial con­tract the govern­ment has covenanted with the people. No mean­ing­ful progress and de­vel­op­ment can take place in an at­mos­phere of ran­cour or cri­sis.

Nasarawa State has its taste of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who have all demon­strated their ca­pac­i­ties to or not to be able to gov­ern the state ef­fec­tively by bring­ing about de­sir­able change in all facets of life. The onus now lies on the people of Nasarawa State to take stock and de­ter­mine, as we ap­proach 2015, whether change is not in­evitable

Change is per­ma­nent and de­sir­able so long as it will bring about im­prove­ment and progress in our lives. 2015 is by the cor­ner and, per­son­ally, I think we need a change, and that change can be pos­i­tive I be­lieve if Al­haji Yusuf Agabi, the Durbin Lafia, be­comes gover­nor. He has ev­ery­thing that is re­quired, in­clud­ing a for­mi­da­ble plat­form in the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, to redeem the people of Nasarawa state by leading them to the Promised Land.

The time for change is now. There is no school of pol­i­tics but lead­ers who have un­shaken track record of ex­cel­lence ei­ther in the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor could be en­trusted with the man­date to pi­lot the af­fairs of their people. Af­ter all, they have been in charge of people and re­sources in their vo­ca­tions and the ex­pe­ri­ence they have gar­nered will now be po­lit­i­cally chan­nelled to trans­form their so­ci­ety. People of Nasarawa State should unite this time round and bring the change that all of us, in uni­son, have been clam­our­ing for.

Ubu­lu­abgu Agabidu, Lafia

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