Bauchi People Have No Reason To Be Poor – Gov Mohammed Says 

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BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has declared that residents of the state have no reason to be poor even as he promised to improve upon the achievements recorded in the last four years of his first tenure.

Mohammed, who stated this on Monday shortly after taking the Oath of Office and Oath of allegiance with his deputy, Muhammad Auwal Jatau, which was administered by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar for a second term of four years, said that he accepted the call to serve, not because he sees himself as the most qualified but because it is a divine mandate over which he has no choice.

In his inaugural speech titled; “My Bauchi Project: Consolidating the Mandate to Place Bauchi First!”, said that he appreciated the trust that has been reposed in his administration by the majority of the people who voted for him.

Mohammed further said; “Looking into the faces of the exuberant crowd of our patriots here present, I recognize the overwhelming significance of this moment. I am conscious that my re-election signifies the endorsement of the manifesto of our great party and the “My Bauchi Project” agenda on which platforms I ran for election in 2019.

“I am honoured that today’s inauguration represents a validation of the performance of our Administration during the first term. I wish to recall with extreme joy and gratitude that, on this day four years ago, I stood at this podium to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance as your Governor and to deliver my first inaugural address to a mammoth crowd like this one.

“I find it indeed humbling that 48 months, (that is, 208 weeks or 1,460 days) later, here I am again to deliver my second and, by the provisions of our constitution, final inaugural address on the auspicious occasion of my swearing-in as Governor of our great state for another four years.

“But it goes beyond that. I see it as a summons to do more. Not as Governor of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) under whose platform I ran or any partisan or sectarian interest but for everyone residing in Bauchi State: indigene and non-indigene, citizen and foreigner, rich and poor no matter one’s station in life.

“Yet, while acknowledging the neutrality demanded of me in my position, it is only proper that I acknowledge with gratitude first, my political party that gave me the platform to run. Secondly, also deserving of my gratitude are members of my team: the SSG, my Chief of Staff, Commissioners, Special Advisers, and Special Assistants who brought their expertise and competencies and stood by me, all through both exciting and challenging moments, producing the performance that culminated in my re-election.

“I would like to say that, for me, the dissolution of the State Executive Council will not put a stop to the virile relationship that we cherish. On that note, should circumstances dictate the return of any of you, It is my sincere wish that you will avail the state of the benefit of your patriotic service.

“As the sages have aptly remarked, unless you understand the take-off point of your journey, the chances are that you may never get to your destination. So, to fully appreciate the journey you and I are about to start, let me take you back a little.

“In the course of the visioning process that produced our strategic document and action plan in 2019, our environmental scan revealed both the remarkable opportunities as well as the profound headwinds that we must astutely and courageously navigate to either steer the ship of state to a stable trajectory or drift in disarray into political oblivion and irrelevance. We chose the former.

“Those headwinds included: Insufficient cash flow, a huge loan portfolio; accumulated outstanding liabilities, dearth of critical infrastructure, collapse of educational institutions, ineffective healthcare delivery services, high rate of unemployment and drug addiction and gangsterism.

“Equipped with this knowledge, our 2019-2023 Programme of Action and the Medium-Term Plan had sought to tackle wide-ranging challenges characterized by low and fragile economic growth, insecurity, weak institutions, inadequate public service delivery, gross infrastructural deficit, climate change, and the attendant weak social indicators,” Mohammed said.

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