By Luka Binniyat
The last one year of Patrick Yakowa’s administration in Kaduna has been largely successful in the area of infrastructure development. However, despite his strong efforts, not much can be said of the Peace and Unity legs of his agenda.
NOT even veiled Muslim women in purdah agreed to be left out of the celebrations that day as the motley crowd consisting of men, women and young boys and girls turned out for the commissioning of the N589 million bridge in Hayin Danmani. The new bridge recently commissioned by Governor Patrick Yakowa connects the community which is only about five kilometers from the Government House with civilization.
It was as such not surprising that as the people celebrated their linkage with civilization that the community which just over a year ago voted strongly against Yakowa in the gubernatorial election, were now praying to God for his sustenance.
Following the commissioning, Yakowa went on to inspect the N1.6 billion fourth bridge to cross the Kaduna river in the capital city.
In the provision of infrastructure, Governor Yakowa may have scored far above average given the focus on road constructions and rehabilitation, provision of potable water and housing.
As the Commissioner of Finance, Barr. Sunday Marshal Katung, told newsmen recently, the state government has spent N27 billion to make Kaduna State the leading state in supply of potable water.
Given his three point agenda of Peace, Unity and Development, PUD there is little doubt that the last leg of the agenda, to wit, Development has been the most successful anchor that Yakowa can hold on to.
Peace and unity, however, remain very volatile trophies for the governor. Not too long ago as an international delegation on a fact finding mission visited the governor bitterness among the different sectarian tendencies was obvious as Christians and Muslims bitterly pointed accusing fingers at each other in the presence of the dignitaries over who was to blame for last year’s violence that shadowed the presidential elections.
The visitors comprised officials of the World Council of Churches and renowned Islamic Clerics from the Royal Aa-Al Byat Institute of Jordan , led by Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad (PhD) of Jordan, said to be a direct descendant of Prophet Mohammed. Both sides accused each other of gory crimes, and said they were yet to get justice, denouncing government’s several peace initiatives as lame and ineffective.
An hour before then, Governor Yakowa had hosted the visitors where took about an hour to lament the gulf that the post election violence created. “My focus remains Peace, Unity and Development (PUD)”, he told his guests, “and I have been doing everything within the law, resources and time available to me to achieve that in the past one year”, he said.
But, the encounter later that afternoon showed that much work needed be done on the Peace and Unity legs of his agenda.