By Tina Akannam, Dutse
“Our programmes, pronouncements and actions will bear the unmistakable stamp of the moral and ideological character of the political background we come from.” Eight years after, any visitor to Jigawa can truly testify to the new path Governor Lamido has taken the state through.
The governor has made remarkable impact on the people, the state and the 27 local government councils of the state in all sectors of the state.
In the opinion of some, the greatest achievement of the Lamido administration may be the construction of brand new office complexes for the three arms of offices for the executive, judiciary and the legislative arms of government.
Yet for some, Lamido’s greatest achievement is the opening of the state to the aviation world with the construction of a brand new airport in Dutse that has allowed the state’s farmers to export their produce. But for many others, the laudable landmarks of Lamido are in the many social provisions dispensed through the various government agencies.
One of the first things Governor Lamido did when he came to office was to complete abandoned hospitals and health care centres in the state.
The Rasheed Sekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, the state capital is one of the models of Lamido’s impact in Jigawa. The hospital used to be a rodent’s haven. Today, it has been transformed to a modern and well-equipped hospital and a referral hospital attracting humans in need of medical care from various sections of the North. The rodents have long disappeared.
The administration has also introduced the monthly payment of N7,000 social security allowance to disabled persons, free maternal and child health care; payment of monthly allowances to students of schools of nursing and health technology.
The Lamido administration also established the Jigawa State Medical Supply organization and Jigawa People Health Initiative to serve the people better.
In order to close up the disparity between male and female education ratios in the state, Governor Lamido declared education free for all females and the disabled from primary to university level. He introduced the public-private partnership programme “PPP” on schools to improve performance, backing it up with the introduction of “rescue our schools” programme for improvement of all learning institutions in the state.
Governor Lamido’s administration re-introduced the schools inspection and monitoring programme, sponsored hundreds of students to study ICT in Singapore, under the Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, while annually, 100 best students are sponsored to study abroad and graduates that excel in their first degree programmes are automatically given scholarship for post graduate study abroad. Similarly, the E-payment of students’ scholarships was introduced, and scholarship and students’ feeding was increased by 100%.
The government also constructed 31 new hostel blocks for 62 boarding secondary schools, 38 new blocks of 3 classrooms each and 70 blocks of science laboratories. He completed the renovation of 48 schools, while 169 blocks of 6-seater toilets where constructed. Qualified teachers were employed and those already employed were retrained. Learning materials worth millions of naira were purchased for schools including furniture, beds and beddings.
Works & Transport
The Lamido administration also embarked on the construction and rehabilitation of multi billion naira roads projects across the state. According to Governor Lamido, poverty alleviation of the people can’t be achieved without the transformation of road network for enhanced economic activities. To this effect over 75 per cent of the roads in the state have been developed.
“One may not be far from the truth if one says Jigawa State has the best road network in Nigeria today as our roads are comparable to roads anywhere in the world”, he said in a recent speech.
Today over 80% of people have access to good drinking water due to the improvement of existing water schemes in urban, semi urban centres and even the settlements of pastoral nomads. The past eight years have also witnessed improvement of the water supply system, establishment of water schemes at new estates in the state capital, construction of hundreds of hand pumps and borehole water schemes in towns, villages and schools and the installation of solar powered water schemes in towns, villages and schools.
The state’s 3 major markets namely Maigatari, Gujungu and Sara have been renovated. The Export-Processing Free Zone (EPZ) at Maigatari local government area has been provided with essential facilities such as roads, light and water to make it more functional.
The ministry has provided support to women groups as part of effort to boost economic empowerment among them.
Lands & Housing.
In an effort to address housing the problem in the state, the government has constructed 500 units of houses at the Inuwa Dutse Housing Estate, 400 units Fatara Housing Estate, 50 units of housing estate at Shuwarin; all projects are 100% completed.
Similarly, the state constructed nine commissioners’ quarters, new Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s residences in the state capital, the Chief Judge and Grand Khadi residences, the renovation of legislators’ quarters and the construction of houses for Local Government elected leaders in all the 27 Local Government headquarters. He also constructed the G9 Quarters, while the construction of 27 Local Government’s Guest houses is still ongoing.
Information, Youth, Sports & Culture
The ministry has constructed and equipped a multi-million naira Jigawa State Radio and Television broadcasting house in the state capital, improved and upgraded the state government printing press and constructed the Permanent NYSC Orientation Camp.
The administration has achieved 90% completion of abandoned electricity projects and initiated new ones. The administration also initiated the installation of solar powered street lights in all the state local government headquarters and all the new housing estates.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Before now, the state agricultural sector which employs over 90% of the population was in a state of collapse. A lot of schemes and programs were introduced to move agriculture forward in Jigawa State. The implementation of mechanised farming commenced with the provision of tractors to medium and large scale farmers at affordable prices in partnership with the Federal Government. The state government also offers free animal vaccination to farmers including dogs in the state and establishment of vaccines storage facilities in special centres.
Women Affairs & Social Development
The administration gave priority attention to safe motherhood initiative which now covers 214 communities, and provided vehicles as well as other means of transportation for hard-to-reach areas for safe motherhood coverage. There was also massive renovation and refurbishing of reformatory homes, Girl Child centres and children playgrounds.