By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has restated the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects initiated by the previous administrations.
Engineer Sule stated this while delivering a state-wide broadcast, in commemoration of the first anniversary of his administration, on Friday.
The Governor maintained that this course of action, was aimed at turning around the fortunes of the state, even as he stressed the resolve of his administration to diligently and selflessly serve the people, through deliberate policies by executing programmes that will bring development to all the nook and cranny of the state.
Accordingly, Engineer Sule said his administration is committed to the continuous upgrade of physical structure, particularly, roads, upliftment of educational standard, enhancing agriculture, upgrading of health sector and market facilities, as well as other social services.
The Governor, while pointing out that as a responsive administration that has imbibed the culture and principles of transparency, accountability and due process in the management of the resources of the state, said it has become necessary for the administration to present to the people of the state its score card during the past year.
Engineer Sule however noted that the journey has not been all rosy as the administration has had its own share of daunting challenges.
“As you are aware, Nasarawa State is among the least in the revenue allocation chart.
“This state of affairs was further worsened by the recent global pandemic of coronavirus and its attendant toll on the scarce resources not only in Nasarawa State but the country at large,” the Governor stated.
He stressed however that his administration remains resilient and focused on meeting the development aspirations of the people, in spite of the challenges.
Thereafter, Engineer Sule reeled out the sectoral achievements recorded by the administration during the past year, to include among several others, security, youth and women empowerment, public service restructuring, provision of healthcare facilities, educational, infrastructures/facilities and provision of rural/urban roads.
Others are, Lafia Cargo Airport, provision of 2km solar powered street lights, agriculture/water supply, prompt payment of pension to retirees and the constitution of the state economic management and investment advisory council.
The Governor used the opportunity of the broadcast to urge the people of the state to continue to comply with the directives of government in its determination to contain and control the further spread of COVID-19, adding that government will continue to provide palliatives to cushion the hardships.
On the journey ahead, Engineer Sule cautioned the people that there is yet a long way to go, in the collective task to build a Nasarawa State in line with the dreams of the founding fathers of the state.
“We have no other state than Nasarawa State. It is for this reason that the need for us to unite and secure the future and that of our children becomes sacrosanct,” he said.
The Governor then congratulated the people of the state, as well as Nigerians, on the attainment of 20 years of the return to democracy and the first anniversary of his administration.