Gov Namadi delivering on Greater Jigawa Agenda

Leaders require some attributes to be able to attain unrivalled positions. These include courage, intelligence, foresight, maturity, compassion, etc. Well-positioned and revered leaders normally possess such attributes and, therefore, the ability to carry along not only their lieutenants but the entire followership. In political context, the ability of a political leader to wield much power and influence is measured on the basis of the soundness of his policies and programmes towards the people’s welfare.

Governor Umar Namadi on arrival to the seat of power in Jigawa state demonstrated a rare skill in his revolutionary drive to transform the entire institutional framework of governance, employing in its wake, the reports of various transition committees whose articulate roadmap and blueprint accounted for the phenomenal development landmarks widely acclaimed by political pundits as best-ever in the state’s history.

There is no doubt that many aspects of development by individuals and nations have been fired and propelled by vision which is regarded as an indispensable ingredient and catalyst in the dynamics of human existence. This is why Woodrow Wilson once emphasised that “No one that does not see vision will ever realise any high hope or undertake any high enterprise”, a pragmatic statement reinforced by that of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Where there is no vision, a people perish”.   

Fortunately, the state under Governor Namadi has a development plan and steadily but surely building a foundation for the progress of the state with varied futuristic public policies targeting development of state’s public infrastructure and utilities and at the same time focusing on putting an end to anything that could blight the development plan of the state. The governor uses education as a veritable tool of socio-economic development. Surely, Jigawa is presently moving in the right path and the future, no doubt, looks bright.

The youths of any nation are the bedrock of its development. They possess the skills, knowledge and energy to champion any nation’s progress, hence the need for these qualities to be rightly channeled. Jigawa state’s solid foundation for youth growth as cherished by Governor Namadi’s Greater Jigawa 12 point agenda Policy Thrust, was designed with the motive of sharing ideas, opening up possibilities, inculcating state consciousness, harnessing creative and innovative mindset, and empowering you to success with modern skills. 

Governor Namadi served notice quite early of his desire and determination to change the narrative on the economic status of Jigawa for the best through industrialisation. While pursuing development of all the relevant sectors like health, agriculture, education, roads, etc., he made industrialisation the cardinal programme of his administration. The focus on industrialisation was meant to create a strong, private sector-collaborative economy that would guarantee sustainable development of the state for the present and future generations.

The cardinal principle of the greater’s administration is to create a domestic economy that will derive its fiscal component from a sustainable and consistent source that is within our power to nurture, instead of relying on a monthly handout from a mono product whose vulnerability to external influence has been the talk of the town in Nigeria.

The current administration operates on a policy of inclusiveness which is anchored on the principle that no part of the state is neglected in its developmental strides. In its economic transformation blueprint, the current administration is keen to leverage on agriculture and industrialisation to create a buoyant economy for the state. The administration also pays high premium on public security and it is not only supporting federal security agencies.

The numerous achievements recorded in agriculture sector is an indication that Jigawa stands tall among equals and it is in clear leading position in this era of diversification. Leading in agricultural activities at the time the economic situation in the country compels a re-direction is indeed beyond a mere coincidence. It is of course a rare sign of foresight in governance.

In fact it is the knowledge of the basic necessities for the state that prompted the state government to introduce innovations that will be far reaching in their impact on the life of the people in the long term. These innovations, on their socio-economic and politico-cultural levels and in both short, medium and long term applications, have already begun to pave the way for the state’s economic self-reliance as well as the epicenter of agri-business production, processing and export.

With his performance in the last six months, Namadi has earned the trust and confidence of many people within and outside the state as well as his party. He is charting a new course for the state and his work simply speaks for him. There is a consensus that the government is working for the good people of Jigawa.

Ahmad writes from Dutse, Jigawa state.