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Bauchi has benefitted much under Buhari, says governor

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
26 May 2022   |   3:42 am
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that the state “benefited so much” under President Muhammadu Buhari. During his thank-you visit at the Presidential Villa, yesterday...

President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and a delegation from Bauchi to the Presidential Villa, Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO:NAN

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that the state “benefited so much” under President Muhammadu Buhari. During his thank-you visit at the Presidential Villa, yesterday, he highlighted significant projects in the education sector, youth development, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), agro-processing, infrastructure and housing scheme.

The visit followed the inauguration of the N23.5 billion World Bank-Assisted Upgraded Bauchi Township Water Supply Scheme by the president.

He commended the President for establishing the Federal College of Education, Jama’are; Air Force Institute of Technology Complex, Tafawa Balewa; Federal Government Science and Technical College, Misau; Federal University of Health, Nutrition and Medical Sciences, Azare as well as support for primary education through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The governor declared that through the support of the Federal Government, Bauchi received N12 billion to build 2,500 houses across the state.

“This is the first time we have a housing scheme running across the emirates, and I know our royal fathers here with me are most grateful to you and the Federal Government for this gesture,” he said.

Mohammed told Buhari that despite party differences, he “is loved and cherished” in Bauchi because of his patriotism and insistence on prioritising the development of infrastructure in the country.

He appealed to the Federal Government to construct the road from Alkaleri to Gombe-Abba because of oil exploration in the area as well as the dualisation of Jos–Bauchi–Gombe road.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who represented the President, commissioned the Gubi Water Treatment Plant in Bauchi on May 19, 2022.

Buhari thanked the governor for assembling a high-powered delegation for the visit and promised to look into requests by the state government to complete ongoing Federal Government projects in need of urgent attention.

Mohammed has also said that former President Goodluck Jonathan is not running for the country’s exalted seat, adding that Buhari’s failure to sign the amended Electoral Act 2022 will favour aspirants like him.

He said: “I have said this severally that my boss is my boss. I have that feeling of gratitude. Even, there are people here that I have so much gratitude for; if they’re running for something I will not run. I believe in respect, because mentorship is the main thing that we should respect.

“The system of apprenticeship that is being deepened by the Igbo is what we should learn. People should know that you have a boss who will set you free and give you the resources and the capacity. If he (Jonathan) had not fished me out from where I was, I wouldn’t have been in the national limelight. That is why I said that if he was running I will not run, but certainly that time is over because he’s not running.”