Bagudu seeks stakeholders’ consensus against retrogression
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State yesterday sought a stakeholders’ consensus that could resist agents of retrogression who do not want things to change in the state.
Reeling out his programmes and policies during an interactive session with academics of the state extraction at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, he said these agents resorted to social media to destroy his government over its policies that were meant to change things for the better in the state.
“They want government to be run using the old ways and because we are resisting that they resorted to social media making unsubstantiated allegations to destroy our government. Therefore, there is the need for a stakeholders consensus and advocacy so that our actions can get a critical support,” he said.
The governor cited example with his verification exercises which generated criticism but which he said had exposed a lot of wrongdoings in the public service.
On why he retained public officers appointed by his predecessors at the detriment of his party (APC) supporters, he said he wanted to break the circle of vengeance as sacking them would only breed enmity in the state.
He lamented over what he called ‘systematic erosion of civil service’, as according to him, there was capacity problem in the state civil service which needed to be tackled urgently.
The Governor said they were developing Urban Renewal Programme for the four Emirates in the state.
He therefore appealed to the academics to offer innovative solutions to their problems, saying that collectively they could make the state better.
Speaking, Professor Tijjani Bande said the Governor could only succeed with the quality of support he receive from the academics.