Ishaku assumed office in May 29, 2015 with a clear resolve to make positive difference in the lives of the people of his state. His development blueprint aptly christened “Rescue Agenda” is focused on aggressive transformation of the socio-economic and political landscape of the state.
Towards this end, Governor Ishaku identified agriculture as the main plank of the Rescue Agenda. Two and half years into his four-year tenure, Arc Ishaku has recorded tremendous success in the agricultural sector. His star project in Jalingo, the Taraba Green House in which he invested about N1billion was commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his state visit to the state on August 25, 2017.The 5-hectare ‘Green House’ is serviced by Onida Agri Solutions and produces a wide variety of vegetables including 250 tonnes of tomatoes per hectare. The project offers dozens of jobs directly and indirectly to the people of the state just as it provides agricultural produce for export markets.
In line with his commitment to develop agriculture, Governor Ishaku supplied water pumps worth over N100 million to dry season farmers across the 16 local government areas of the state to boost rice production. The rice production initiative has created thousands of jobs and boosted food supply in the state as well as incomes of small holder farmers.
The Governor promptly carried out the rehabilitation Highland Tea company at the Tea estate in Kakara, Mambilla Plateau committing over N1billion in the rehabilitation work.
By far, Governor ishaku’s most outstanding contribution to the agricultural sector is the enactment of the law for the Anti – open grazing law which is aimed at addressing the incessant clashes between pastoralists and farmers across the state with the attendant security implications including destruction of lives and property. The law also aims to boost livestock production through the use of ranches.
As part of the measures to boost agricultural production, the governor in the course of 2017 provided funds for early procurement of assorted brands of fertilizers and other farming inputs and implements to farmers committing over N1billion. Governor Ishaku could be said to be an all round achiever as his footprints can be seen in the sectors like water supply, provision of infrastructure and development of the education and health sectors. His commitment to peace in the state has endeared him to the people. His mantra ”give me peace, I will give you development,” has become the very popular with most Tarabans.
For his single-minded commitment to the development of the agricultural sector as a major employer of labour and revenue earner for Taraba State, while at the same time working assiduously to enhance the state’s development in other sectors, the Editorial Board found Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku worthy for nomination for the award of Governor of the Year on Agricultural Development.
Alhaji MA Abubakar, Governor of Bauchi State
Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed A. Abubakar is certainly not one of the vocal Governors in the country. But he is surely a well focused leader whose commitment to the governance of his state can hardly be faulted even by his political adversaries.
In the last two and half years since assumption of office, Governor Abubakar has learnt to balance the diversities in the state in terms of religion and ethnicity to deliver on his campaign promises. In a country where payment of workers salaries has become a major headache for some Governors, Abubakar stands out a reference point for prompt payment of salaries. Not has he cleared arrears of salaries he inherited on assumption of office, the Bauchi Governor paid January 2018 salaries in advance, in December 2017 to enable workers start the new year on a sound financial note.
In his determination to address the gross infrastructure deficit in the state, Governor Abubakar has turned Bauchi into one construction yard as he has embarked on several projects at the same time. His approach shows clearly that he is in a hurry to make difference. While some of his peers are only about initiating road projects, Governor Abubakar has completed the 300 KM Misau-Bulkachuwa- Udubo- Gemawa road to ease movement of goods and people in that axis. He has also constructed the Misau- Azare road which he finished within record time.
In Misau town, Abubakar has initiated 12 road projects which he is executing simultaneously a d ata8ned various stages of completion.
Bauchi, the state Capital has all benefitted from the infrastructure revolution taking place in the state. Governor Abubakar has initiated the construction of CBN round about- Railway Round About road as well as the Fadama Mada road within the Bauchi metropolis.
The most striking road projects are three external arteries from Bauchi – Jos, Bauchi- Kano and Bauchi to Gombe, all of which he is dualising 5KM each to ease entry into city.
Other road projects executed by the Governor are Kume theSule Katagum road in Katagum town, the Zaki LG bridge which construction was promised by almost all previous administrations in the state and actually appeared in all annual budgets was never constructed! There is also te 6.5 KM Toro- Barkin Kogi road which has also been completed by the administration.
Other roads includes 62KM in Darazo LGA, 45KM in Jama’are LGA respectively.
But it is not only in the area of road construction that Governor Abubakar has made positive impact on his people. In the health sector for instance, he has completed 332 Maternity centres in 20 LGAs of the state to address the challenges faced by pregnant women who lacked access to health facilities during labour.
He has also commenced renovation of General hospitals in Katagum, Tafawa Balewa, Udubo, and Alkaleri LGAs of the state.
Governor Abubakar has also renovated 400 primary and 45 secondary schools accross the 20 LGAs of the state.
Against the background of the economic recession which negatively affected the Nigerian economy for much of 2017, Governor Abubakar excelled through the judicious application of the state’s lean resources to people-oriented projects with impressive results.
For the great success recorded in the delivery of quality road projects and other infrastructure facilities to the people, thereby changing the narrative of governance in Bauchi State, the Editorial Board nominated Alhaji Mohammed A. Abubakar as DAILY ASSET Governor of the Year.