Ji­gawa: Avoid­ing a road to nowhere

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Mahmud Muham­mad Binyaminu Us­man Polytech­nic, Hade­jia daniya­jatau@gmail.com

Af­ter 27 years of the cre­ation of Ji­gawa State and the ap­proval given to M.B. Abubakar to con­test for a ticket of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in 2019, there is the need for the gover­nor to per­suade the po­lit­i­cal elite to shelve sec­tional politics and over­come sus­pi­cion and mis­trust among the peo­ple. We should be will­ing to make changes in the way we cur­rently think and op­er­ate. He should be guided by a well de­fined blue­print for a mean­ing­ful and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the state. Ji­gawa needs the col­lec­tive ef­forts of all its pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens to sal­vage it from poverty, ig­no­rance and so­cial deca­dence.

Gov­ern­ment should im­prove on the pro­vi­sion of health care in or­der to erad­i­cate com­mu­ni­ca­ble and pre­ventable dis­eases. The cit­i­zenry should be prop­erly sen­si­tised on heath ed­u­ca­tion. There should be fair and eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of heath care fa­cil­i­ties and per­son­nel among vil­lages and towns in the state.

The issue of chil­dren roam­ing the streets and the now de­graded al’ma­jiri sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion must be ad­dressed. There should be ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion to con­trol them, just as it is nec­es­sary to make it com­pul­sory for ev­ery child to be en­rolled into pri­mary schools.

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