Bauchi State Governor-elect, Bala Mohammed has spelled out his plans for the state when he is sworn-in as the executive governor of the state.
Mr. Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday, March 26, in his acceptance speech after he was declared winner of last Saturday supplementary polls in the state.
The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Muhammed Kyari pronounced Mohammed who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the gubernatorial elections after polling a total of 515,113 votes to defeat the incumbent governor Muhammed Abubakar of the APC, who scored 500, 625 votes.
“At the core of this mandate is the crucial drive to give Bauchi State citizens a better prospect and greater opportunity for a prosperous life. Reducing poverty and empowering our citizens in the areas of Agriculture, Education, urban and rural infrastructure among others.” the governor-elect said.
Mr. Mohammed however took a swipe at the incumbent government, stressing that the administration failed to fulfill virtually all its electoral promises which has led to their rejection by the citizens of the State.
Speaking on his plan for education, the governor-elect said his administration will revamp the education sector in the state to give the citizens an efficient citadel of learning. “There was a time when every child in Bauchi state was guaranteed a functional education in our schools, and we will work to restore all our educational institutions to their glory again.”
Mohammed further said he will empower the youths while ensuring that the health sector is revitalize to guarantee the safety of women and child during childbirth.
“I shall consider it not only my duty, but it will be my ardent desire to labour for the empowerment of our teeming youths. It also goes without saying that saving the lives of our women and children remains close to my heart. We shall establish a system which can deliver on our priority of ensuring that pregnancy is generally safe and has a happy and healthy outcome.”
The governor-elect said he will revamp the economy by launching pro-business, pro-market agricultural and economic revolution within four years.
He however acknowledged that the developmental strides are not going to come without challenges. “Once we have a clearer picture of the enormity of the task of rebuilding our State, I shall be honest with you about the challenges we would face because I know the road will be long and rough.” He stated.
Mohammed said he will run a meritorious and transparent government devoid of nepotism and favoritism. “I pledge to execute the duties of the high office of the Governor of Bauchi State with dignity and honour for the benefit of all our people. As your Governor, I propose to work to earn your respect; I will engage men and women that are best qualified to run an efficient and transparent government, and I shall hold them responsible and accountable to my administration.”
The governor who promised to operate and inclusive government extended an olive branch to his opponents saying there is gain in unity.
He thanked the 2.4 million voters who exercised their civic right noting that they have restored the State’s political culture to higher pedestal of integrity and credibility.