The Senator representing Niger South senatorial district of Niger State, Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed, has warned former governor Babangida Aliyu to stop casting aspersions on the activities of the incumbent governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello and other public office holders from the state.
The lawmaker advised the former governor not to allow his party’s (Peoples Democratic Party) ambition of governing the state again becloud his Sense of fair judgement and appreciation of the good deeds of the present All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.
Senator Mohammed added that ex-governor Aliyu did not do enough during his eight-year tenure on the platform of the PDP, hence his party does not deserve a come back in the state.
He advised Aliyu to rather appreciate the good works of the incumbent governor in transforming the state within a short period of time, rathet than casting aspersions on the APC-led government.
He noted that Niger State between 2007 and 2015 under former governor Aliyu received about N7 billion in allocation from the federal coffers every month, totalling N672 billion in eight years.
” With this huge sum, including the billions of naira of external borrowing and the ones raised from the sales of government’s properties, one would expect a monumental infrastructural and human development in the state.
“But at the end of the day, the state rather became grossly under-developed, the people became poorer than Aliyu met them, institutional structures were in various state of extreme decay and the state tottering in debts that many generations of the people of the state have to struggle to settle.
“Even though he is an intellectual who should know the importance of education to development, Gov. Aliyu only gave a disdainful consideration to education in the state during his administration, hence the rot he allowed to fester in the sector,” he said.
Senator Mohammed said the incumbent governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who is barely three years in office, has totally changed the fortunes of the state in spite of the relatively low allocations that have been accruing to the state, compared to Aliyu’s administration.
He pointed out that Aliyu sent many pensioners to early graves by not settling their entitlements but Governor Bello has settled pension backlogs in the state.
“During Aliyu administration, almost all the roads in Niger State were totally not motorable, yet our people had no choice other than to ply them at the risk of their lives and goods. Bello is making sure that the roads are getting rehabilitated or totally reconstructed. Suleja-Minna road, Kontagora-Makera road, Kontagora-Rijau road, Kagara-Kaduna road and Bida-Minna road are proud examples, not to talk of the construction of new roads and rehabilitation of new ones in Minna, Bida, Suleja and other urban areas in the state.
“Rehabilitation will begin on Lambata-Lapai-Bida road in a matter of weeks, thanks to my intervention as a member of Senate Committee on Works. No PDP Senator could bring such a gargantuan project to the state.
“Secondary and primary schools in Niger state are now wearing new good and 21st century looks, courtesy of Governor Bello’s Whole School Rehabilitation policy. In the past, one would not wish even his enemy’s child to learn in the classrooms in some of our schools.
“Niger has also suddenly become a choice investments haven, unlike in Governor Aliyu days, and the state is enjoying an IGR that is unprecedented, besides the rank of unemployment that has impressively reduced,” he added.
On his own legislative achievements as a Senator of Niger South, he said “I am proud to announce that, in the history of the zone, no Senator had ever executed physical projects that have impact on the lives of the people the way I have done in only two years. And APC is my party.
“From Lapai to Mokwa, within two years, I executed almost 50 projects. The people for whose use I executed them are now using them and can testify. They are all also on ground for everybody to see.
“The projects range from rural electrification, urban power-consolidation, quality healthcare delivery, provision of potable water and renovation of schools to consolidate the programme of the state government. These are beside the scholarships I have been issuing in their thousands, the ICT trainings and skill acquisition programmes,” he said.
He added that the people of Niger state know that the governing APC in the state, as it is at the centre, is only out on a rescue mission from PDP’s 16 years of violations.
“The people know that in just two years, APC has performed excellently and the pefromance is far beyond what PDP did in 16 years, right from the federal to local government level.
‘In view of the above, governor Aliyu and others in his league should rather busy themselves with their corruption cases in court, instead of ‘dreaming’ to stage a comeback. Nigeria’s wealth are no longer for a few people but for every Nigerian,” he cautioned.
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