The Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello, has said that his government has appointed a consultant to put all the necessary documents together in other to recover all the benefits his state deserve from theFederal Capital Territory (FCT).
The governor also assured that his leadership will continue to push until the state get the last dime of what is meant for Niger state, even as he lamented the neglect by the FCT.
Addressing newsmen last night after he returned his nomination and expression of interest to seek re-election, Bello revealed that the most important promise FCT made to Niger state is to improve the infrastructure of the state with hope to reduce hardship in Suleja.
“At the moment we have formed a committee, a pressure group that would interface with the government to enable us recover some of those commitment. The most important of those promises then was to improve on our infrastructure in Suleja, to provide tertiary institutions, access roads to reduce pressure in the main Suleija road itself. Doing this, would reduce hardship in Suleja LGA. So, you are right, we havent yet reaped the right benefit of been close to FCT.
“I hope once we compiled all our documents together, we have a consultant working on all the benefits and compensations but unfortunately, I know most of those for compensation must have died but it is better later than never, so we would continue to push until we get the last dime of what is meant for Niger State.”
While commenting on the recent flood disaster in the state, the governor said: “Thousands of hectares of lands submerged with water, and more than 100 communities are experiencing this. So, this year unfortunately, the production would be less than last year which was close to 540000 metric tones of rice.
As regards to education, this is something we need to take seriously.
“We have put in place a framework to guarantee the educational system in Niger State, to improve on the quality. Unfortunately when we came in, most of the infrastructure were completely worn out, as you are aware, education requires a lot of capital, you also know the investment of education is not immediately but we have decided to moved on.
“We have started picking up our schools, the whole school system approach system with the secondary schools, we have also started working on the primary schools, through UBEC and at thesame time, we are given some spot to our tertiary institutions.
“We have started a teachers training center to reduce the teaches gap which is functional now and few years from now, we would start yielding fruit when we start producing good quality teachers. So, those are the main problems we found in education, infrastructure and technical issues as regards to the classrooms, dormitory, materials and the technical side is the quality of teachers that we lack.”
On why he is seeking reelection, Bello said: “Why I am seeking for a second time is simply, we have started some good works and most of them are near completion and we must do our best to complete those project in the interest of our people. These are projects that are of high impact to the citizens of Niger State, so we have at the moment invested alot in the platform to ensure condusive economy and social environment in the future, so 4 years is not enough, 8 years is a bit tough but even with 8 years, we hope that the predecessor in 2023 would maintain the temple to continue with the infrastructural development.”