Govs, Lawan, Gbajabiamila predict progressive change in 2020
GOVERNORS Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara) are backing Nigeria to make more progressive changes in 2020.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the house of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila; and his deputy Ahmed Wase echoed the governors’ optimism in their own messages.
In their New Year messages, the governors called for Nigerians to pursue common interest and dedicate themselves to maintaining peace and harmony in the country.
Ex-governors Peter Obi (Anambra) and Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu) in their messages, urged Nigerians to enter the new year with a renewed hope.
Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase on New Year’s Eve, expressed confidence there would be more opportunities for the people of the state and Nigerians in general.
“I have faith that 2020 will be a better year with greater opportunities for our people, the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by Akase.
“Let me reassure our people that we will not relent in our resolve to make Benue a safer place and create a better environment for businesses to thrive so as to encourage more investors to come to the state.”
Ortom urged the people to go into farming, promising that the state government would support families to invest in animal husbandry, particularly pig farming.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Olisa Ifeajika on Tuesday, Okowa expressed gratitude to God for the grace granted Delta and its citizens in 2019.
he urged the people to continue to support the state government, saying peace remained the bedrock of meaningful development in any society.
he said, “I am optimistic of a stronger Delta in 2020, because of the support I enjoy from the legislature, judiciary, civil service, traditional and religious leaders and my team.
“As one of the first states to sign the 2020 budget into law, we are prepared for the onerous task of governance as we are set to hit the ground running as the new year commences.”
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Bala Dan-abu, Ishaku congratulated the people of Taraba for making it to the new year.
he called for peaceful coexistence in the state, cautioning against violence in the country.
The governor said, “I urged all Tarabans to show tolerance, eschew bitterness and forgive one another.
“Our diversities should be seen as a source of strength, not a reason to promote hatred and bitterness.
“Taraba State needs peace to grow and develop. Our resources may be inadequate to meet all our needs for rapid economic and infrastructural development, but peace can make all the difference. Peace will pave the way for strategic planning for development.”
Obi told Nigerians to use 2020 as a springboard to work towards recovering and refocusing the country to find its bearing in the comity of nations, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election urged political leaders to refocus their economic policies for growth and development, especially in education and job creation through small and mediumsized enterprises.
Abdulrazaq called for more support from the people of the state, promising them a better life in 2020.
he said, “Kwarans must know that we are still up against a pocket of groups that are reeling against either their lack of access to the public till or those who regard public office as an avenue to feather their own nests. These forces will throw in everything in the new year, including blackmail and fake