Adamawa and Jibrilla’s commitment to change
BEFORE May 29, 2015, when Senator Muhammed Umar Jibrilla took the oath of office as Adamawa State governor, expectations from the people were high. These cut across political parties, ethnicities and senatorial districts. But their desire was unified on the platform of a common goal: the development of Adamawa State in all ramifications.
The state has been adjudged as one of the poorest in the federation in spite of its abundant opportunities. Over 35 road projects are ongoing, among other accelerated reforms.
Bindow’s effort to right the wrongs perpetrated by the previous regimes has earned him many friends as well as enemies. But his focus in rebranding Adamawa and repositioning it for greatness deserves more than just commendation.
The Jubrilla-led administration evaluated the indices used in measuring development in terms of infrastructural growth and attacked headlong the lack of accessible roads in the heart of the state capital and environs.
No sooner than these road projects began that questions started to emanate on where the resources were coming from. In addition, the condition of some major hospitals in the state were reviewed after an on the spot assessment carried out by the governor and his deputy.
All major hospitals in the three senatorial districts were in a dilapidated state, forcing residents to travel as far as Gombe and Taraba states to access adequate health care. Bindow-led administration took a bold step to correct by awarding contracts for the rehabilitation of major hospitals in the three senatorial districts, including the specialist hospital in Yola.
Other projects embarked upon by the governor are people-oriented projects aimed at easing the suffering of the people and providing a platform for the revamping of the state’s economy.
To encourage civil servants who are the vital resources of the state, the government has ensured that the outstanding three years leave and transport grant allowances of civil servants have been paid.
However, sympathisers of former regimes are crying foul over every activity of a government that has denied them the undeserved free government money they enjoyed earlier.
The story of Adamawa was so bad that many politicians found themselves in office undeservedly at a time when roads had been dilapidated, no potable water for the people, boreholes in rural communities not functioning and the living condition of the average citizen deteriorating.
The general condition before the coming of Bindow was such that there was a ruling class and a new serf class being created. Government ministries, paratatals and agencies were placed under inept administrators that grounded simple administrative procedure to a standstill.
It is important that the Adamawa people remain resolute in their resolve for a positive change that will last long enough to benefit generations yet unborn. The government is a people’s government in which the Adamawa people have a say and they should not allow themselves to be swayed away by mischief-makers and those who want the state to remain perpetually underdeveloped.
• Dickson, who is senior adviser to Governor Jibrilla on Press and Media Affairs, writes from Yola.
No comments yet