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Democracy Day: How governors performed in last one year

T omorrow, May 29 is a day set aside to celebrate democracy otherwise called Democracy Day. President Muhammadu Buhari will lead other state governors in giving their account of stewardship to the people. Speeches will be made where excuses will be given for failure to fulfill promises made and more promises while restating their commitment to the welfare of their people.

Some governors will be celebrating their one year in office while some have spent less than that. Others are in their second term while a few are already on their way out of government house. As they roll out the drums tomorrow in celebration, we try to identify a few areas where the governors have done well in their respective states as well as where they are having challenges.

Delta: 

By Festus Ahon

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Job creation: Over 1,700 youths have been trained and provided with equipment.

Okowa
Okowa

*Road construction: Construction of middle section of Alisimie-ozanogogo road, Ozanogogo; Dualization of Nnebisi road, from traffic light to cable point, Asaba, Construction of Idumu-Ughoh street, Agbor. Reconstruction of the old Oleh/Emede/ Olomoro road; Widening/reconstruction of Owhe-Ologbo/Abbi road, Reconstruction/expansion/construction of Kefas road, Emore road and Uzere road. Dualization of Sapele road, from Amukpe roundabout to AT&P, Sapele; Construction of EJinyere/Orodje street, Orerokpe, Construction of Oteri township roads, Ughelli.

*Education

Upgrade of Sapele, Agbor and Ofagbe Technical Colleges. Upgrade of infrastructure in both primary and secondary schools across the State.

CHALLENGES

*Security

More resources need to be deployed in tackling the challenges of insecurity

*Environmental sanitation

The Asaba Capital Territory, other urban towns littered with refuse. Refuse are now being dumped on major streets unchallenged.

Anambra:

By Vincent Ujumadu
  ACHIEVEMENTS
*Agriculture
N2bn investment was secured for production of rice and maize. The state achieved self-sufficiency in rice production, and plans to export rice
Grants were also given to farmers

Obiano acknowledging cheers from his supporters at a recent function in the state
File: Obiano acknowledging cheers from his supporters at a recent function in the state

*Security
Security committee comprising police, army, navy, civil defense was put in place. Notorious places in Onitsha were cleared of hoodlums.
There was also drastic reduction of crime rate in the state.
*Payment of workers salary
Government pays workers salary by end of every month, while pensioners also receive their pensions; Governor Willy Obiano also increased salaries of workers by 15%; Hundreds of State Water Corporation staff were paid several years salary arrears.
CHALLENGES
*Housing
Many civil servants still come to work from Enugu where they reside due to lack of accommodation in Awka, the state capital.
*Water supply
There is no pipe borne water in any part of the state. All the water projects broke down many years ago and nothing much has been done to reactivate them. Boreholes that were constructed did not last as most of them broke down soon after commissioning.
*Roads
Most road projects started by the past administration have remained abandoned.

ENUGU:

By Francis Igata

When last year Enugu people united to enthrone Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to steer the mantle of governance for a first period of four years following his blistering popularity at the poll, a lot of expectations obviously rested on his shoulders. A prepared Ugwuanyi had during his inaugural address at the Micheal Okpara Square on May 29, assured the tumultuous crowd of his administration’s resolve to roll its sleeves in order to meet the burgeoning yearnings of the people especially now that the nation’s mono-cultural economy is buffeted by crude oil glut at the global scene while grappling with insecurity challenges at the home front.

Ugwuanyi
Ugwuanyi

Matching words with action, Ugwuanyi’s managerial dexterity was put to test when stakeholders, observers and the entire people of the state who were waiting in the wings to witness an epic showdown with his predecessors in office, got the rough end of the stick, as he quietly settled down for the business of governance.

A copious peep at the Governor’s principles of governance showed that he operates a government of consultation such that every segment of the stakeholders are carried along in all decisions affecting the people.  Saturday Vanguard  learned that this strategy is to weed out possible bickering which usually snowballs into political warfare. Such situation equally breeds anarchy, smolders scarce resources which would have been deployed to meaningful ventures that will better the lots of the people.

  • Ugwuanyi, a man of peace

The Governor’s mien, carriage and comportment one year in office have radiated an olive branch to the cleavages dotting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, culminating in the unification of the fragmented party. Until now, political heavyweights in the state rived personal cracks on the walls which threatened its dominance in the state in the days leading to the last general elections.

Rather than melt the mettle, Ugwuanyi’s humane disposition which could be likened to that of a Vatican Bishop who remains unprovoked when bile regurgitates in times of frayed nerves, came handy as a soothing balm that unified the party. This disposition, cutting across party lines, prompted strident calls in various quarters for higher leadership roles come 2023.

Seen by most Igbo as a rallying point, the prevailing peace in Enugu State has endeared the Governor to the innermost recesses of the people’s hearts which has provided a veritable platform for the socio-economic development currently being witnessed in the state. Ugwuanyi’s leadership steps resonate across the South-East geopolitical zone as is evident in the reinvention of the Neighborhood Watch Groups to complement the efforts of security agencies in the wake of last April Fulani herdsmen invasion of Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area (LGA) which other sister states are emulating.

  • Working relationship with first female Deputy Governor

Governor Ugwuanyi’s peaceful stance robs off on all spheres culminating in the robust working relationship prevailing between him and the Deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeillo, first female Deputy Governor of the state. Ezeillo,  Saturday Vanguard  gathered, has been a supportive pillar who brings motherly touch to governance that accounts for the ease with which the wheels of governance throngs to the fulfillment of government promises to the people.

  • Payment of workers’ salaries

Ugwuanyi has sustained in the past one year, the payment of workers’ salaries on the 25th of every month. The N4.207b Federal Government bail-out funds received by the state meant for the payment of arrears salaries and pensions of some public servants owed by the previous administration is currently being disbursed and supervised by a joint committee comprising of representatives of organised labour, government and pensioners.

Also, the welfare of workers has received the Governor’s attention as work has reached advanced stages at the Workers’ Estate at Ogbeke. The government has paid 30 percent equity contribution to enable interested Enugu State civil servants from Grade Level 01 to Grade Level 10, to acquire 100 units of one-bedroom flats at Elim Estate, Ibagwa, Nike, Enugu. The beneficiaries of this scheme have since been selected through an open lottery system held recently at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu.

  • Local government administration

Following the expiration on January 4, 2016 of the tenure of 17 Local Government Council chairmen, Ugwuanyi had summoned a stakeholders’ meeting where he consulted with them saying, “Recall that the State Caucus had in its last meeting at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Enugu, agreed that all activities towards the local government elections be put on hold to enable the committee handling the on-going local government staff audit and other reforms conclude its assignment.”

Stakeholders approve caretaker committees

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Enugu-West Senatorial District; Prof. Barth Nnaji, Enugu-East; and Chief Nnia Nwodo, Enugu-North all led other stakeholders from the three districts to approve the setting up of a caretaker committee. The 17 Caretaker Committees are in place as approved by the stakeholders.

Security

The state government donated 17 Hilux trucks to the police and other security agencies in the past year to support their efforts apart from other logistics provided by the Governor. The Governor has doled out N100 million to the Neighborhood Watch Groups in the 472 communities in the state to serve as vigilante and complement the efforts of security agencies.

Urban, rural developement

In fulfillment of the promise to catalyse urban and rural development and develop new cities in the state to boost economic activities, the government embarked on the massive development of roads across the state. The government flagged off the construction of major roads across the state. These were the Ameke Ngwo-Nsude Junction Bypass, Ninth Mile Corner Bypass, Dualisation of Opi-Nsukka Road, Abakpa Nike Road, Nike Lake Road, Ohom Orba Junction, Imilike Ani-Ezimo, Uno-Ezimo, Agu-Imilike-Ogbudu, Aba-Obollo-Etiti, Amalla-Obollo Afor, Udenu Ring Road, Enugu Road Junction, Umuezebi-Nru Junction, University Gate, Nsukka; Post Office Roundabout, Odenigbo Roundabout, Ogurugu Road, Ikenga Hotel Junction, Obechara Road Junction, Umuakashi Mechanic Village, Ikenga Hotel Junction.

Some of the roads like the Abakpa Nike Road, Nike Lake Road have been completed while others have gone beyond 70% completion. Ugwuanyi’s government, in this one year, has also completed the hitherto intractable Ogbete Market and gone far with the rehabilitation of the Airport Roundabout-Orie Emene-St. Patrick’s College-Eke Obinagu Road Project, Mbanefo II, New Haven. It also directed the continuous maintenance of the roads in Enugu.

  • Agriculture

As part of rural and agricultural development initiatives, the government of Ugwuanyi initiated the construction of a 15-kilometre Inter-Town Connection, ITC, 2.5MVA Injection Sub-Station at Ezi-Nze, Udi LGA just a few days after assumption of office. This initiative will supply electricity to communities in Udi, Igbo-Etiti, and Uzo-Uwani LGAs. It will also activate businesses in these rural communities and power the Adada Dam Project as well as the Greater Nsukka Water Scheme.

Twenty tractors to be hired to genuine farmers at very low rates were procured by government. The release of counterpart funds for the robust participation of the state in the implementation of the N2 billion Staple Crops Processing Zone, SCPZ, programme by the African Development Bank in conjunction with the Federal Government of Nigeria was approved during this one year.

  • Health

The health sector is already receiving a breath of fresh air as the state government has, among other things, continued to sustain the well acclaimed Free Maternal Health and Child Care Programme while ensuring the proper equipment and staffing of existing health institutions in the state. The government also is on the verge of completing the ultra-modern medical diagnostic centre in Enugu and has initiated the construction of three new Specialist Hospitals in the three Senatorial Zones of the state with the flag off of the scheme at Orba, Udenu LGA.

  • Discipline

The Child Rights Act is now before the House as an executive bill and in collaboration with the UNICEF, the Ugwuanyi government has carried out sensitization activities to ensure its successful passage. In response to the persistent complaints of the people, the state government took concrete steps to end touting, illegal collection of fees and undue harassment and intimidation of citizens by unscrupulous persons and others purporting to be working for government agencies in Enugu State.

  • Internally generated revenue

To standardize, streamline and shore up the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, the state government has set up a team to design a blueprint for the collection of revenue which is believed to help eliminate corruption and illegal collections. It is equally working on the promulgation of a Property Tax Law and other revenue related laws that will regulate revenue collection in the state.

Saturday Vanguard  confirmed that some banks and other organizations have been interviewed with regard to this matter and very soon, the state government is to announce the institution that will drive IGR enhancement activities. Investigation revealed that the government equally has plans to reorganize the system of Land Allocation and related matters in order to plug the loopholes and leakages that have been observed in the process. The bottlenecks militating against the take off of the Enugu State Industrial Park has been removed in partnership with Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the DFID.

Employment

In line with the polices on human development, youth empowerment and poverty alleviation, the state government recently appointed 600 Executive Assistants and is on the verge of making other major appointments and reconstituting boards for parastatals in the state.
JIGAWA

By Aliyu Dangida

ACHIEVEMENTS
*Workers salary
Governor Badaru ensures prompt payment of workers salary.

Gov Badaru of Jigawa State
Gov Badaru of Jigawa State

*Health:
Cottage hospitals were upgraded to General hospitals, while General hospitals were upgraded to Specialist hospitals. Establishment of School of Nursing at Hadejia.
*Electricity
The governor restored electricity supply to Ringim town which had been abandoned for eight years,
*Water supply
Over 200 boreholes were constructed in Kiyawa and Dutse towns
*Education
The government recruited 450 teachers to improve quality of education in the state
CHALLENGES
*Housing
Governor failed in his promise to construct 40 housing units across 27 LGAs before January
*Environmental sanitation
Refuse dumps have taken over major public places while most residents in Dutse now patronize private refuse collectors to evacuate their refuse.

 PLATEAU:

By Marie-Therese Nanlong.

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Security

Lalong
Gov. Lalong

The almost daily killings especially in Riyom, Wase and Barkin Ladi local government areas have stopped

*Anti-corruption war

Government has recovered the sum of N2.7billion looted funds through the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB.

*Infrastructure

Government has completed the flyover bridge at the State Secretariat junction.

Construction work ongoing on the dualized Yakubu Gowon Way as well as the Maza – Angware road projects.

CHALLENGES

*Environmental sanitation

Dump sites in the city are an eyesore as there are heaps of refuse begging to be cleared.

*Workers salary

Despite bailout from the Federal Government, the state government is still owing workers salaries. Government workers in the state are being owed between four to five months, local government staff are owed three to four months while pensioners have not been paid in the last eight months.

BAYELSA:

By Samuel OyadonghaAYELSA

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Health

The administration has built new standard health centres and schools across the three senatorial districts and eight local government areas of the state.

*Rural development

•Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa
•Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

Many rural settlements have been electrified and connected to the national grid. Public buildings also constructed such as the state secretariat annexes, state museum and archives, state traditional rulers secretariat, Music school and the Institute of Hospitality

*Road construction

In an effort to open up the state capital, the governor embarked on road network in the outskirts of the Yenagoa metropolis, constructed and extended roads and linked many hinterland communities.

*Environmental sanitation

The state government has also kept faith with environmental sanitation in the state capital especially in the prompt evacuation of refuse dump sites within the state capital.

CHALLENGES

*Workers salary

The state government is presently owing civil servants four months salaries and over seven months in the case of the pensioners. Workers in the local government councils in the state are worst hit as some have lost count of the number of months owed them.

*Housing

The state government has also fared badly in the area of housing. Apart from headmaster quarters and few lodges for medical personnel, the government has not constructed any massive housing project. The low cost housing estates for civil servants at the Okaka suburb of Yenagoa have since been abandoned and occupied by illegal squatters.

 NIGER:

By Wole MosadomiGER

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construction

State government has taken over Minna- Suleja, Tegina and katcha- Baro road, which are all Federal roads Some of the unfinished road projects started by the immediate past administration have also been taken over by the present administration and work is in progress.

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State
Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State

*Health

Government has commenced upgrading seven public Health Centres to the status of General Hospitals to ensure that each of the 25 local government areas of the state have a befitting General Hospital. The sum of N96m has already been approved for the completion of the Maternal/ Neo-natal wing of the Minna General Hospital. N38m has also been released for the completion of the Kutigi General Hospital.

CHALLENGES

*Water supply

There has been acute scarcity of potable water in the state since the incoming of the present administration. The Commissioner of Water Resources Alhaji Idris Abubakar Azozo said the people of the state will have to wait till next year before they can start enjoying potable water.

*Workers salary

Government is owing workers salary while labour has issued a warning to the state government to settle workers salary or face industrial action.

ONDO:

By Dayo JohnsonDO

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Health

Governor Olusegun Mimiko established Abiye Safe Motherhood Programme, the Kidney Care Centre, the Gani Fawehinmi Health Diagnostic Centre and the Trauma centre all designed to bring World Class Healthcare to the People of the state.

Gov. Mimiko
Gov. Mimiko

*Education

No fewer than 50 Mega schools have been constructed across the state.  The state has equally provided no fewer than 100 free shuttle buses for secondary school students across the 18 council areas of the state.

*Urban renewal

The state government carried out asphalt re-overlay of the Oba Adesida road from Fiwasaye grammar school end to FUTA junction. Ornamental trees were planted on the median while electrical lights that run on generator  were provided. Modern bus stops were constructed and a park known as “ democracy Park was constructed and is used as car park and as event centre. Neighborhood markets were also constructed all over the state to replace the shanties and old traditional markets. More than 644 community nominated projects were executed across the state .

CHALLENGES

*Road construction

Many road projects that ought to have been completed and commissioned are still on-going across the state. Of major concern is the Fiwasaye/ Airport road which was yet to be completed in the last seven years. Many intra city roads in Akure, the state capital and other council areas of the state are begging for attention .

*Housing

Nothing much could be ascribed to the state government in the area of provision of houses except pockets of estates it jointly owned with private establishment.

*Job creation

Many unemployed graduates still roam the streets without jobs

*Water supply

The provision of water has also remained a source of concern to the people of the state.

IMO:

By Chidi Nkwopara

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Education

    Gov Okorocha of Imo State
    Gov Okorocha of Imo State

During the last one year of the Owelle Rochas Okorocha government, several schools in the state have either been renovated or new ones built. Similarly, Okorocha readily tells whosoever that cares that school enrollment has doubled since he commenced his free education programme.

  • Skill acquisition

The Governor’s wife has built skills acquisition centres in the three geo-political zones of Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri. The first intakes, numbering over 300, have matriculated.

  • Roads

Another area of focus of the Okorocha administration is road construction. He jumped into several roads at the same time, as well as gave all manners of contractors the opportunity to construct roads in the state, which are meeting the people’s expectations.

CHALLENGES

  • Unemployment

There is no accurate data on the number and classes of jobless individuals in the state. What persisted over the years, was job losses. The first set of people sacked from their offices were the beneficiaries of the 10,000 jobs employed by Ohakim. Economic growth is necessary for sustained reduction of poverty, but how far the growth process succeeds in creating productive employment opportunities, including self-employment of members of the populace living in poverty, depends entirely on their ability to seize employment opportunities or maximize their potentials for self employment.

  • Salaries and pensions

This is one area that has remained a thorn in the administration’s flesh. The controversial 70:30 percent sharing of the state allocations for salary payment, was the outcome of the labour crisis in the state. While the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, maintained that government was not owing the workers a dime, labour however insisted that “so many things are wrong in the civil service.”

ADAMAWA:

By Umar Yusuf

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construction

Gov. Mohammed Bindow Jibrilla
Gov. Mohammed Bindow Jibrilla

The state recorded significant achievement in road construction and rehabilitation as no fewer than 100 kilometers of urban, semi urban and rural roads have been completed within one year. Yola, the state capital is wearing a beautiful look courtesy of the road network that sprang up in all the nooks and crannies of the ancient town. Road construction has been adjudged as the administration’s major achievement as Jimeta, Yola, Mubi, Numan among other local government headquarters have all benefited from road network.

*Workers salary

Payment of workers’ salaries is another area where the administration did well The state does not owe workers’ salaries except some allowances and emoluments that are still outstanding.

CHALLENGES

*Insurgency

The state government has been battling to survive due to insurgency which has affected the economy of the state. Insecurity has been a major challenge as the state government spends over N2bn monthly to ensure security of lives and property of the people as well as take care of the displaced persons in over five IDPs camps in the state.

*Infrastructure

About seven of the 21 local government areas of the state have virtually lost everything to the insurgents. State and Federal Government institutions, hospitals, Local government secretariats, prisons and other Para Military offices as well as all the bridges in the entire southern senatorial district of the state were all destroyed. This is apart from the personal buildings and other property of the indigenes destroyed by the insurgents in the area.

*Agriculture

Insurgency has almost rendered farming nonexistent in the state for the past three years. The rural dwellers, who do the real farming, are the victims of the Boko Haram. Many of the rural dwellers who were the real farmers have either been killed, or maimed and their food items and livestock carted away by the insurgents. In other communities which were not affected by insurgency the fear of farmers/herdsmen skirmishes have kept farmers indoors leading to scarcity of food items.

ABIA:

By Anayo Okoli

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construction

Within his one year in office, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration has awarded over 60 road contracts. Already, some of the roads have been completed and are in use.

Okejie Ikpeazu
Gov. Okejie Ikpeazu

*Agriculture

Another sector the Government has demonstrated huge interest is in agriculture. The Governor directed all cabinet members to be involved in one form of agriculture or the other and they have responded. He also directed that land be made available for planting palm trees in all the 17 councils of the state. Again, the State has been negotiating with Obasanjo Farms for partnership in order to boost poultry business in the State.

CHALLENGES

*Security

The administration has not done well in security. Violent crimes, especially kidnapping and armed robbery are still very high in the state, particularly in Aba and environs. Recently the governor’s convoy ran into a gang of armed robbers in Aba while returning to Aba Lodge where he operates from.

*Environmental sanitation

Okezie’s administration has performed woefully in environmental sanitation, especially in Umuahia, the State capital. Ironically, before he contested for the governorship, Dr. Ikpeazu was the deputy general manger of the State’s environmental protection agency, ASEPA, and was therefore expected to give it good attention. But both the agency and the environment are wallowing in dirt.

*Housing

Also the Ministry of Housing can simply be said to be existing only on paper. Housing projects in the State are done by developers who build only for the rich while civil servants and other low income earners in the state are groaning under high house rents.

BORNO:

By Ndahi MaramaORNO

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Housing

Gov. Shetima
Gov. Shetima

In spite of numerous deadly attacks by Boko Haram that caused severe damage in Borno state, Governor Kashim Shettima has embarked on massive construction of housing estates particularly in Maiduguri Metropolis. The Government has completed the Teachers Village Housing estates, while the multi billion naira Legacy garden is ongoing. Also constructed were Bakassi Housing estates along Biu road, as well as in Gubio, Dikwa and Bama roads. Other Housing estates which were constructed across the state by Governor Shettima were given free to victims of insurgency in the state.

*Health

Government has renovated and equipped Nursing Home, Chest hospital, Eye and Ear hospital while the residents have also commended the government for its free feeding programme in public hospitals.

*Security

Governor Shettima has also continued to complement the efforts of the security agencies in tackling insurgency through provision of logistics such as donation of hundreds of Hilux patrol vehicles, Armoured Personnel Carriers and prompt release of security votes (Funds) to security agencies. The setting up of vigilante youth (Civilian JTF) by the governor has also really assisted in the ongoing counter insurgency.

CHALLENGES

*Education

The education sector is one area the government is facing a challenge as students of public secondary schools have remained at home for the past two years following closure of schools since the attack and abduction of over 219 Chibok schoolgirls who are yet to be rescued. Most of the schools in southern Borno especially Marama Boarding School, Biu Comprehensive Secondary School and a host of others in Hawul, Shani, Askira Uba, Biu, Bayo are operating without any form of support from the state government, as the people from the senatorial zone had to task themselves to ensure their wards continue their education.

*Employment

Another sector considered to have not witnessed positive change is employment. The state government does not have any functional industry or revenue generating companies and this has contributed to the high level of unemployment amongst the teaming youths of the state. Likewise, most of markets across the state have remained closed thereby adding to the socio-economic problems in the state.

KWARA:

By Demola AkinyemiARA

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construction

Gov-Abdulfatah-Ahmed
Gov-Abdulfatah-Ahmed

Despite the huge shortfall in the federal allocations to the State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has done well in the area of road construction as he paid N2.4billion to contractors handling over thirty-five road projects spread across the state. Some of the ongoing road projects in the State include the Aduralere-Isalekoko-Ojagboro-Sanu Sheu Road, Henry George-Agbo-Oba road, Henry George-Unilorin mini campus road, Ita-Alamu village road, Oloro palace road, Share-Oke ode (lot 1), Share-Oke ode (lot 2), Kishi-Kaiama road, Egbejila road, Ilorin, Arobadi Magida road in Moro LG, Baboko market road, Ilesha Baruba-Gwanara road, Rore-Ipetu road, construction of three span bridge in Ilala, Ifelodun LG, Oniju street Babanloma in Ifelodun LG and Anilelerin road, Offa.

*Housing

The state government in March flagged off the construction of a commercial complex known as The Hub in Ilorin that is expected on completion to transform the landscape of Ilorin, create employment opportunities, stimulate commerce, facilitate and attract new investments, which will ultimately add to the economic development of the State. Barely a week after performing the groundbreaking of the construction of the Hub, the governor also flagged off the construction of 1000 housing units at Budo-Osho area of Ilorin. The Housing scheme will comprise 700 three-bedroom flats and 300 two-bedroom flats.

*Security

Since the governor sent a bill to the State House of Assembly prescribing jail terms for offenders to check cultism there had been no reported case of cultism for two months unlike before.

CHALLENGES

*Water supply

The government is however having challenges in the area of provision of potable water as staff of the state water corporation have been on strike for some months now.

*Employment

In the area of unemployment,aside the provision of money to traders through various cooperative societies,there is a serious problem of unemployment of youths in the state with the army of youths always besieging politicians begging for money during various government events.
OGUN:

By Daud OlatunjiUN

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Housing

Gov Ibikunle Amosun
Gov Ibikunle Amosun

The state government has done well by providing some affordable houses for different categories of people in the state.

*Road

Though the Governor Amosun government has done well in the area of road construction, many are still begging for his attention. Some of the ongoing roads seem to have been abandoned following paucity of fund.

*Workers salary

In the area of payment of salary, the state government has been commended for prompt payment of salaries.

CHALLENGES

It is believed that Amosun has not done well in the areas of health, job creation and environment .
CROSS RIVER:

By Emma Una

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construction

Governor Ben Ayade
Governor Ben Ayade

Government has started the construction of 250 kilometre super highway linking the new sea port at Akpabuyo in the southern part of the state to the Obudu Ranch Resort in the northern part of the state.

*Employment

Government has also completed the construction and equipping of the Garment Factory expected to employ about one thousand women, particularly widows. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to commission the factory soon. The Garment Factory would be commissioned alongside the Monorail started by Senator Liyel Imoke and completed by Senator Ayade.

*Workers salary

The area the governor has won the loudest ovation is the payment of salaries of civil servants in the state. Immediately he assumed office, he ordered the payment of the backlog of salaries of civil servants which had accumulated for some months during the era of his predecessor. Subsequently, the workers get alert for their salaries between the 15th and 20th of every month which led to his being awarded the “Most Labour Friendly Governor” by the Nigeria Labour Congress

CHALLENGES

*Environmental sanitation

The heaps of garbage in some areas across the state capital owing to shoddy evacuation by workers of the Calabar Urban Development Authority, CUDA is a cause for concern.

Road rehabilitation

Some of the rural roads which his predecessor constructed have also become deplorable and need attention.

BENUE:

By Peter DuruENUE

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Amnesty programme

Gov. Ortom of Benue State
Gov. Ortom of Benue State

One of the major achievements of the administration was the offer of amnesty to armed groups and individuals in the state who were encouraged to surrender arms in their possession and in turn offered cash as incentives. Over 1,000 assorted arms and ammunition were recovered at the end of initial phase of the programme The government on its part instituted a rehabilitation programme for the hundreds of youths who willingly heeded the call to turn a new leaf.

*Infrastructure development

Another major achievement of the administration in the last one year was its determination to commence infrastructural development in the state. The government has also paid over N5billion as counterpart funding to international organizations for the development of critical infrastructure in the health sector.

*Education

The government has been able to muster close to N8billion as counterpart funding to Universal Basic Education Commission, to commence the construction and rehabilitation of schools across the state. The state renown Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi, which had its accreditation withdrawn several years ago due to lack of facilities has been given a facelift by the government preparatory to the restoration of the institution’s accreditation. The administration also made all the necessary payments and met all the conditions required to effect the accreditation of the courses at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, to enable the medical students of the institution who had spent close to 12 years in the institution graduate after several years of neglect by successive administrations.

*Road construction

Road construction was not left out, despite the cash crunch as the Ortom led government awarded the contract for the construction of the 24kilometer Mobile Police barracks-Welfare Quaters road, the Daudu-Gbajimba road, as well as the Mu bridge and the 40kilometer Gbajimba-University of Agriculture roads. While work on these projects were going on simultaneously, the Governor also mobilized back to site all contractors handling several roads and infrastructural development projects across the state which was awarded by the immediate past administration.

CHALLENGES

*Workers salary

Prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries remains one of the greatest challenges confronting the Samuel Ortom led administration. Benue being a civil service state, the failure of government to effect the payment of wages certainly triggers pain on the social and economic life of the people. Though the government had accessed a N28billion bailout fund of the federal government to liquidate the backlog of salaries owed workers by the past administration, it is presently finding it very difficult to meet its monthly obligation to its workforce for three to four months running.

*Security

Another area the present administration is facing a daunting challenge is the menace of Fulani herdsmen, who have in the last few months ravaged parts of the state. From Agatu to Makurdi, Logo to Tarka, Buruku to Kwande, Guma to Gwer West local government areas, herdsmen have continued to sack Benue communities, killing and maiming hundreds of innocent women and children In fact, the attack of Benue communities by the marauders has taken its toll on the state and the government has become helpless in the matter.
KADUNA:

By Luka Binniyat

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Education

el-Rufai
Gov. el-Rufai

The state government has decreed a free basic education for the first nine years of schooling. Payment of fees and levies in public schools has also been abolished in Kaduna State. There is an ongoing school rehabilitation to repair classrooms, provide water and toilet facilities to 4,254 public primary schools while contracts have been awarded to provide furniture to address the situation where 50% of pupils have no chairs or desks. The government has also recruited teachers in core subject areas. Government has also introduced free feeding in primary schools and provision of free uniforms in secondary schools as well as improving the standard of feeding in boarding secondary schools

*Health

Contracts have been awarded to modernize and equip 255 Primary Health Centres, with one in each ward.

*Road construction

Township roads are being rehabilitated in urban areas of the state side-by-side the installation of solar powered street lights on major roads. Engineering designs and feasibility studies are ongoing for a Kaduna Ring Road project to link Eastern and Western sectors of Kaduna town just as preferred bidders have been selected for two five-star hotels. 18 companies have submitted bids to build a rail-based mass transit system for Kaduna metropolis.

*Housing/water supply

Construction of 20,000 affordable homes has commenced while water resources got an additional N11.4 billion for projects such as Zaria Water and dams across the state.

*Job creation

17,000 catering vendors, each of whom employed people in the school feeding programme, has created about 125,000 jobs while at least 4,000 tailors are engaged in the School uniforms project. Kaduna State Entrepreneur Programme, KADSTEP, is also training 5000 entrepreneurs in business skills and will assist them to develop business plans that can be funded by the Bank of Industry. Also the Kaduna Artisan Training Academy, KADAT, has been approved to train artisans with skills in construction industry

*Security

El Rufa has also waged a successful war against cattle rustling and criminal gangs in the forest ranges around Birnin-Gwari, in collaboration with neighbouring states and with the support of the military, the police and the SSS, it has been largely successful.

CHALLENGES

*Kidnapping

One major challenge the government is facing is kidnapping which has reached an unprecedented level in the state. The government however said it was containing the situation.

*Industrial relations

Governor El-Rufai is said to be anti-workers which prompted the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to converge on Kaduna last March, where they organised a mass rally against the said governor’s “anti-labour” posture, a claim the governor has strongly denied.
BAUCHI:

By Suzan Edeh

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Health

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar
Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

On assumption of office, Governor Mohammed Abubakar launched a five-point health agenda tagged “Lafiya Garkuwa” to promote and strengthen health care services in the state. The five-point health agenda for the state include strengthening primary healthcare and routine immunization in the state, improving funding of health sector, provision of access to quality cost effective, life-saving drugs and motivating health workers for effective service delivery. Governor Abubakar administration also approved the payment of N160 million counterpart funding of the memorandum of understanding with the Bill and Melinda Gates and Dangote foundations for routine immunization.

*Education

A Task Force was constituted under the chairmanship of the Deputy Governor who is the commissioner of education, Engineer Nuhu Gidado to reposition and overhaul education. This was aimed at increasing school enrollment at the basic education level, return school dropouts, especially the girl-child to the classroom, make education mandatory, affordable and accessible to indigent children and increase its cost effectiveness. The present administration doubled its budgetary provision for the education sub-sector where education will take the lion share of 20% of the State 2016 Budgetary allocation”.

*Agriculture

Agriculture is another sector where Governor Abubakar made massive investment to provide employment opportunities to youths and boost internally generated revenue. No fewer than 210 Small Scale farmers had benefited from loan package initiated by government in collaboration with Bank of Agriculture (BOA). As part of efforts to enhance food security in the state, the government entered into partnership with the Czech Republic in the area of agriculture to empower Bauchi indigenes. The MoU signed by the state and the Czech Republic involves the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

*Tourism

Tourism sector received a face-lift after the state government partnered with Czech Republic to boost tourism potential of the state. The partnership between the two parties boosted wild life conservation and anti-poaching measures toward attaining world class practices. The agreement focused on the development of the Yankari Game Reserve, Sumu Wild life Park and other conservation potentials of the state.

CHALLENGES

*Job creation

Unemployment is a major challenge in the state as youths roam the streets without being gainfully employed. Also, there has not been any recruitment in the civil service due to the ongoing verification exercise by the government in its efforts to fish out ghost workers.

*Payment of pensioners

The accumulation of outstanding gratuities and pensions by previous administration, now stands at 19 billion while the new administration is not making any effort to pay the arrears.

*Water supply

Water supply in some parts of Bauchi metropolis has also been a challenge. Suburbs like Yelwa, Wunti-dada, Gwalameji, Bakin Gura and Bayara communities are experiencing water scarcity. A resident of Yelwa community, Mrs Peace Onoja, said that water has been a challenge for many residents in the area and the situation was worse, particularly during the dry season.

KANO:

By Abdulsalam MuhammadANO

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road construcation

 Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s achievements in road construction include the multi billion naira underpass at Sheik Jafar/Modobi junction, the 2.7km Sabon Gari flyover that was almost 80 percent completed, reconstruction of Court Road at Sabon Gari among others.

*Workers salary

Also at a period when so many states across the federation owed workers salaries, Ganduje is paying workers as at when due as a result of an improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR

*Environmental sanitation

Interestingly, Ganduje’s practical approach in the area of environmental sanitation spread consciousness of cleanliness among the city dwellers.

CHALLENGES

*Education

However, despite all these achievements, it was a big let down in education sector where free feeding has been cancelled.

*Health

Similarly, there is general discontent over the inability of Ganduje administration to sustain free anti natal care introduced by the previous regime in the state.

RIVERS:

By Jimitota OnoyumeERS

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Road rehabilitation

Wike
Gov. Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike launched Operation zero Pot hole when he came on board and has vigorously pursued his road rehabilitation program in the state. Most deplorable roads have been fixed in the state capital, Port Harcourt and neighbouring local government areas. Some of the roads include Iwofe , Borikiri, Creek roads, and old Refinery. The governor also rallied some companies operating in Eleme and Onne area of the state to fix about 6 kilometre portions of the East West.

*Workers salary

The governor has also been commended for payment of workers salaries. When he assumed office civil servants were owed about two months salaries while pensioners were also owed by his predecessor. He cleared the outstanding arrears and has been regular with payment of salaries of civil servants.

CHALLENGES

*Security

Insecurity has been a challenge in the state with some killings linked to cult related clashes among rival groups. On several occasions Governor Wike had blamed the frequent changes of heads of the various security agencies in the state for the challenges of insecurity.

*Kidnapping

Kidnapping is another problem. The state Police command has been engaging in battles with kidnappers as there have been several reported cases of abductions in the state.

*Environment sanitation

Residents in some parts of Port Harcourt,and Obio Akpo have enjoined the government to do more in the area of sanitation.

*Power supply

Most residents of Port Harcourt and adjourning local government areas like Obio Akpor, Eleme local government have lamented the epileptic power supply in their neighbourhood.

LAGOS:

By Olasunkanmi AkoniAGOS

ACHIEVEMENTS

*Treasury Single Account

Gov. Ambode
Gov. Ambode

Governor Akinwumi Ambode on assumption of office introduced Treasury Single Account, TSA, to regulate revenue inflow/expenditure as well as restructuring of civil service for effective service Delivery.

*Road construction

The governor also embarked on massive road rehabilitation and reconstruction of inner roads. Some of the roads he rehabilitated include Lagos Badagry Expressway and Lagos Abeokuta Expressway. He also completed Ago Palace way road N10 billion was also released for the construction of 114 Local Government roads for delivery in June

*Education

The state government has employed 1,300 teachers to revive primary education and also released N1bn for upgrade of schools’ infrastructure.

*Electrification

The government also installed street lights on major state roads including the 36km stretch of street lights from Ile-Zik to Sango Toll Gate 67 Ibeju Lekki communities were also connected to the National Grid.

 


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