Bagudu seeks stake­hold­ers’ con­sen­sus against ret­ro­gres­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal and Ab­dul­fa­tai Ab­dul­salami sokoto

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.

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