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Niger: Bago’s One Year Of Uncommon Achievements

DANIEL ATORI writes on the giant strides of the Governor Umar Bago-led administration in Niger State in the past one year

Niger State governor, Umar Bago’s journey from the historic Nupe Kingdom to the helm of governance is a testament to his dedication and multifaceted expertise. After his roles as a banker, political strategist, and legislator, his ascent to the governorship was not merely a career progression but a reflection of his commitment to public service and societal development.

Governor Bago’s tenure, which commenced on May 29, 2023, marked a new era for Niger State as he pledged to revitalise the state’s fortunes, which is rooted in his deep-seated faith and a profound sense of duty towards humanity. This pledge was not just a ceremonial gesture but a prelude to series of transformative initiatives aimed at urban renewal and rural transformation.

These initiatives were launched with a sense of urgency, reflecting the governor’s resolve to effect immediate change. The infrastructural developments under Governor Bago’s leadership have been both ambitious and comprehensive. The expansion of the Chanchaga-Minna road from four to six lanes, coupled with the construction of two significant fly-over bridges, symbolises the administration’s commitment to modernising the state’s transportation network.

The simultaneous rehabilitation of the Western and Eastern Bypasses further underscores this commitment, enhancing connectivity and facilitating smoother transit within the state. Education and healthcare, two pillars of societal well-being, have received particular attention from Governor Bago with the approval and commencement of the IBB University Lapai Teaching Hospital project that demonstrates his dedication to improving tertiary education and healthcare delivery.

This project, rapidly progressing beyond its initial stages, is poised to become a cornerstone of the state’s medical infrastructure.

The revival of the Three Arm Zone Commissioner’s Quarters stands as a testament to Governor Bago’s zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. By rescuing this project from the brink of abandonment, he has not only salvaged a valuable asset but also sent a clear message about his administration’s ethical standards.

Governor Bago’s vision extends beyond the capital city of Minna, encompassing the entire state. The comprehensive renewal of internal roads reflects a holistic approach to development, ensuring that progress is evenly distributed and benefits all citizens.

This approach is further exemplified by the planned transformation of township roads across all 25 local government areas, a move that promises to restore and enhance the state’s road network Agriculture, a sector vital to Niger State’s economy and the well-being of its people, has been another focal point of Governor Bago’s administration.

The acquisition of over 1,000 tractors is a strategic investment in the state’s agricultural capacity, positioning it as a leader in mechanised farming. This initiative not only aims to bolster food production within the state but also contributes to the broader goal of food security for the nation and the continent. The challenge of insecurity, a national concern, has been met with decisive action by Governor Bago.

The procurement of two hundred Hilux vehicles represents a significant investment in the state’s security apparatus, enhancing the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to combat crime and maintain public safety. In the area of transportation, the renaming and commissioning of the Minna Airport as the Bola Ahmad Tinubu International Airport is a move that reflects both respect for national figures and the ambition to elevate the state’s profile in the aviation sector.

The Bago administration’s achievements in education are noteworthy, with improvements to the school feeding policy and boarding facilities aimed at creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning. These enhancements are expected to have a lasting impact on the state’s educational standards and outcomes.

Effective communication is crucial for governance, and the Bago-led administration has recognised this by empowering key media outlets such as Radio Niger, NSTV, and the Newsline newspapers. This emphasis on public communication ensures that the government’s efforts and achievements are transparently conveyed to the people.

The numerous projects and policies implemented within a short span reflect a deep commitment to the state’s development and the welfare of its citizens. The phrase “BAGO, sayen na gari, mai da kudi gida” encapsulates the sentiment that Governor Bago’s leadership is a valuable investment that brings prosperity back to the community.

In a nutshell, the narrative of Governor Bago’s administration is one of proactive and impactful governance with a focus on infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, security, and communication, the administration has laid a solid foundation for the continued growth and development of Niger State. The collective efforts of the government and the people are crucial in realising the vision of a thriving and prosperous state for all its inhabitants.

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