What I saw Gov­er­nor Yari do­ing

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By: Bashir Kabiru Ah­mad

When Gov­er­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar as­sumed of­fice, the state was al­most eco­nom­i­cally crip­pled with no ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture in place, in ad­di­tion to high pro­file debt fa­cil­ity of over N50 bil­lion.

This al­most made the state dif­fi­cult to be gov­erned as the ex­pec­ta­tion of the pop­u­lace re­mained so high.

Tak­ing into cog­nizance of the high ex­pec­ta­tion of the peo­ple, Gov­er­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar had care­fully uti­lized his God-given wis­dom by en­sur­ing strict ap­pli­ca­tion pol­icy of pru­dent man­age­ment of state mea­gre re­sources and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity as im­me­di­ate step for at­tain­ing a suc­cess.

As stated ear­lier of debt bur­den of over N50 bil­lion, over N20 bil­lion had been paid to var­i­ous banks and over N15 bil­lion had also been paid to con­trac­tors han­dling var­i­ous projects in the state.

These projects had suc­cess­fully been com­pleted and com­mis­sioned.

Dur­ing the last four years, Agri­cul­ture had en­joyed top pri­or­ity con­sid­er­a­tion of Gov­er­nor Yari’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion as he in­tro­duced a unique and pop­u­lar pol­icy through­out his ten­ure of sell­ing a bag of fertilizer to farm­ers at N1000 per bag.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion spent the sum of N12.6 bil­lion in the pro­cure­ment of over 122, 000 met­ric tones of as­sorted fertilizer which were sold to farm­ers.

With nu­mer­ous and quite wor­ri­some prob­lems in ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, Gov­er­nor Yari did not hes­i­tate to res­cu­ing the most im­por­tant sec­tor from to­tal col­lapse.

He es­tab­lished a vi­brant feed­ing agency with the man­date of en­sur­ing that stu­dents were not only fed well but also with nu­tri­tious meals for healthy body and mind.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion spent over N18 bil­lion in the feed­ing of over 154, 198 stu­dents at 191 schools in the state from 2011-2015.

The lead­er­ship of Gov­er­nor Yari re­leased about N5 bil­lion as gov­ern­ment’s coun­ter­part con­tri­bu­tion to the UBE pro­gramme.

This un­doubt­edly made the state among the top rank­ing states in terms of ac­cess­ing UBE funds.

In the same vein, 265 pri­mary schools across the state have been ren­o­vated at the cost of over N3 bil­lion in ad­di­tion to mas­sive con­struc­tion of new class rooms across the four­teen lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state at the cost of N510m.

Health sec­tor has equally cel­e­brated mer­ci­ful touch of Gov­er­nor Yari as many pri­mary health cen­tres across the state are be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated and ex­panded.

The Ya­ri­man Bakura Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal com­pleted by the present ad­min­is­tra­tion has since been a ref­er­ence point for a team­ing pop­u­lace within and out­side the state.

Se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty of peo­ple of the state has never been com­pro­mised by his ad­min­is­tra­tion as about 500 Toy­oto Hilux and other lo­gis­tics sup­port have been dis­trib­uted to se­cu­rity agen­cies with a view to check­mat­ing cat­tle-rustling, armed-ban­ditry and other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in the state.

For the eco­nomic up­lift­ment of the state, roads net­work has been ac­corded top most pri­or­ity by Yari’s ste­ward­ship as over Eight Hun­dred kilo­me­tre of roads across the state have been con­structed at the cost of over N86 bil­lion.

Sim­i­larly, town­ship roads projects at the head­quar­ters of all the 14 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas and other towns are at the age of com­ple­tion.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of Yari has been in the fore-front in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion; over 1000 ve­hi­cles and over 12,000 mo­tor­cy­cles were dis­trib­uted to peo­ple across the state as well as 150 buses to mem­bers of Zam­fara State Chap­ter of NURTW.

A pro­vi­sion of por­ta­ble drink­ing wa­ter is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment hence ru­ral dwellers in Zam­fara State are be­ing pro­vided with SemiUr­ban Wa­ter Sys­tem.

De­spite the eco­nomic crunch be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in the coun­try Zam­fara State in­clu­sive, Gov­er­nor Yari has ob­vi­ously demon­strated his abil­ity to mov­ing the state for­ward.

His com­mit­ment to­wards a bet­ter Zam­fara State has been ap­plauded by the peo­ple of his state and some na­tional lead­ers which in­clude Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar, Se­na­tor Bola Ah­mad Tin­ubu, among oth­ers who were in Zam­fara for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of var­i­ous de­vel­op­men­tal projects he ex­e­cuted.

Pres­i­dent Buhari, who was in Zam­fara State in 2014 where he in­au­gu­rated over N7 bil­lion project, has made it again as he was on Wed­nes­day July 13, 2016 in Zam­fara State to com­mis­sion yet nu­mer­ous projects ex­e­cuted by Gov­er­nor Yari. Ah­mad can be reached bashomm11@gmail.com at:

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