Govs, Lawan, Gba­jabi­amila pre­dict pro­gres­sive change in 2020

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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

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