Taraba State governor Agbu Kefas has cautioned against any form of sabotage in his efforts to develop the state, especially the transformation of the education sector through the implementation of the free education policy of his administration.
The governor, who interacted with journalists yesterday as part of activities to mark his first 100 days in office, said he is well prepared to implement free education in public primary and secondary schools in the state as well as provide school uniforms and other learning materials for the students.
Kefas said he was looking at the bigger picture rather than rushing to celebrate 100 days without a clear plan for sustaining the tempo of the development of the state.
He said, “When I took office 100 days ago, I made a commitment to bring positive change, progress, and prosperity to our beloved state. Today, I stand here to report our progress and to set the course for the future. In these first 100 days, we have achieved significant milestones.
“We have initiated key infrastructure projects across the state, with a focus on improving our road networks, health care facilities, and educational institutions. Progress has been made, but there is more to be done to ensure access to quality services for our citizens.
“Also, in our ongoing journey to re-vitalize Taraba State, I am delighted to share with you our plans for the reopening and upgrading of critical infrastructure, including the Suntai Airport in Jalingo, to meet higher standards of air operations. The Suntai Airport in Jalingo is a gateway to our state, and its reopening and upgrade are critical for fostering economic growth, tourism, and improved connectivity.
“Taraba State is blessed with fertile land, and we have taken steps to revitalize our agricultural sector. We have provided support to farmers and introduced modern farming techniques. However, we acknowledge that there is room for improvement in terms of food security and agricultural productivity. We have invested in education and skill development programmes, to empower our youths and equip them for the challenges of the future. While we have made strides, we understand the need for continued investment in our educational institutions.
“Access to quality health care is a fundamental right, and we have made plans of expanding health care services to reach more communities. Still, we must work harder to ensure that every citizen has access to timely and affordable health care. Our state security remains a priority. We have collaborated with security agencies to address security challenges, but there is more work to be done to ensure the safety of our people. Our state shares borders with neighbouring regions, states and countries like Cameroun. As such, we will invest in modern surveillance technology and increase the presence of security personnel along our borders and curb illegal activities to ensure the safety of our communities.
“Let me warn that I will deal decisively with anyone tasking students needlessly because I will see them as saboteurs trying to sabotage this initiative. I made a commitment to bring positive change, progress and development to the state and I will not let anyone sabotage my efforts. We must reposition our dear state on the right path,” he said.