The governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said governors in the country are seriously worried over the lingering scarcity of the naira and fuel supply across Nigeria.
He stated this amidst worries over the possible threats of the development, to the success of the fast approaching general elections.
Speaking in Abuja during a book launch and fund raising dinner in honour of the Niger state gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, the governor appealed to people of the state to be determined in spite of the challenges.
“We’re all worried. The governors are all worried over what is happening, but all these will end one day. Where there is a will, there is always a means”, Bello said as he tasked citizens to turn out massively to vote Bago and his running mate, Comrade Yakubu Garba.
He stated that he opted not to interfere in the party primaries that saw the emergence of Bago as candidate of the APC because he wanted the people’s will to prevail against any personal interest.
In a chat with journalists on the sidelines, Bago stressed that they are in the race for the people of Niger state and explaining the rationale behind the event.
“As you know very well, our candidature is for the people. So we need to raise funds. Our supporters who are the masses don’t have fund, we need to come out and look for those who will help us with fund so we will be able to take care of logistics for the campaign.
“We will want to bring new change to Niger state. We want to rebrand Niger so that we can be one of the strongest economies in Nigeria. As you are aware, Niger state is the largest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass. We have 76, 000 square kilometers of arable land, we have hydropower stations in Niger and yet we don’t have irrigation dams in Niger. So we only wait for raining season, we want to be an agriculture giant in this country and an industrial giant for that matter,” he said.
Also on the worrisome scarcity of fuel and the naira notes, he said “It’s generic. Of course, we are concerned. People who are advising for the redesign of Naira and implementation of the policy are not being considerate. Politicians who have money are not releasing funds so they don’t care whether you change money or you don’t change money.”