Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has put in place an architectural machinery that will drive the development of the state and well being of its citizens beyond his reign in office thereby making governance easier for his successor.
Comrade Usman Danjuma, Vice President – North Central: National Youth Council of Nigeria ,NYCN, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja noted that the governor in his six years’ reign has succeeded in putting the state on the path for economic and structural development despite the financial crunch facing the country.
He explained that the coming of Al-Makura helped to reposition the state that was generally regarded as a rural state as a result of stunted development since its creation adding that despite his efforts, some persons were bent on discrediting him for peculiarly reasons.
“How can you discredit a governor who has set the path for development and economic recovery for the state which was orphaned in custody of visionless leadership over time? Governor Al-Makura inherited the state in a comatose stage and quick fix measures were required to address infrastructure deficit. At the initial level, roads were constructed and rehabilitated with sizable bridges and drainages constructed to link up communities costing billions of naira in the thirteen local government areas of the state.
“He also constructed cartage hospitals and equipped them with modern equipment to service the health demands of the citizens in the three senatorial districts of the state namely: Akwanga for Nassarawa-north, Nasarawa-Toto for Nasarawa-west and Kwadare for Nasarawa-south respectively. This is in a view of having a health and energetic youth grade that can handle and drive the projected productive economy”.
In view if his desire to having a viable economy, he embarked on construction of a high class international Cargo Airport which is to facilitate trade and investment in Agro- products, minerals and textiles which is now above 60% completion. This calculation is to complement the financial management of the income from the partly state owned rice-plantation (Olam farms located in Doma) outputs.
On education, Comrade Danjuma stressed that priorities were given to all the thirteen local government, areas of the state to accommodate the intellectual need of the emerging society.
“In addition to rehabilitation and construction of class room blocks, the governor built modern E-libraries in all the senatorial districts. In Akwanga, Keffi and Lafia local government areas,teachers were also engaged, promoted and given all the necessary incentives to boost their morale in order to give in their best”.
Danjuma further submitted that the governor has been able to achieve this feat because of the competent team he assembled particularly his deputy, chief of staff and the SSG and urged him not to relent in the service to the state and humanity in general.