Open memo to Vice-President: Jigawa is open for business

Your Excellency,

As you touch down in Dutse Airport to officially launch the 28th Edition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Clinic, road commissioning and distribution of empowerment items to the downtrodden today, Thurday, July 1, 2021, I write to give you a glimpse of the silent revolution under Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar in Jigawa state in the last six years, opening the state for huge local and foreign direct investments.

Badaru has demonstrated an unequal skill in his revolutionary drive of transforming the entire institutional framework of governance , employing in its wake, the reports of various transition committees whose articulated roadmap and blueprint have accounted for the phenomenal developments 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 emphasized that “no one that does not see vision will ever realize 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”.

From the time he assumed office as fourth democratically elected governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, MON, mni has introduced numerous programmes of action aimed at furthering the socio-economic progress of the people, particularly rural dwellers .

The programmes covers fields of socio-economic development such as agriculture development, massive industrialization via direct local and foreign investments, massive infrastructural development particularly roads, urban planning and water projects across the state. Other key priorities of governor Badaru’s administration are educational development, health care facilities and rural development.

The glaring achievements of an administration like that of the Peoples Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar during its sixth year in office shall, from all intents and purposes, bring into view a rare leadership mettle especially in a period beset with myriad of problems especially leakages in public finance and dwindling allocation.

With fortitude, perseverance, focus, financial prudence, accountability, transparency and high integrity, Governor Mohammed Abubakar came to steer the ship of the state. Ever optimistic and confident in God’s guidance, the governor summoned his leadership acumen coupled with accounting precision –qualities he acquired right from his days as accounting student at famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and in matter of some months things began to be in their right perspective. This is, however, in addition to his foresight and ability to put people of the right caliber as his lieutenants in various ministries, departments and agencies.

The story of Badaru’s stewardship of Jigawa State is unique in that the administration’s six year achievement will present an extra –ordinary ability to blend human and material resources available to government in the execution of services. The ability has made possible only through wise management of scarce resources and ensuring accountability on the other hand and the involvement of the people at large who are always only ready to cooperate in complementing the efforts of the government through local direct investment by businessmen and physical communal participation in development projects by the masses.

It must, however, be stressed here that the administration’s recognition of priorities has largely contributed to the governor’s achievements during his first term and now half way into his second term as the chief executive of the state. 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 way for the state’s economic self reliance as well as the epicenter of agric-business production, processing and export.

The key achievements in the Jigawa state MSMEs since 2015 cut across accelerating growth of the industrial sector, creating an enabling environment for investment and accelerating growth of MSMEs being the engine room of the economy.

The Jigawa state government is all attracting foreign and local investors to the various investment opportunities in the state as the state under the captainship of Governor Badaru Abubakar offers quick wins for a meaningful difference. The governor is forging a visionary path to set Jigawa State apart.At Jigawa state, we see transparency and an open playing field as competitive advantages for attracting investors to Jigawa State and we are committed to making sure investors feel welcome. With exciting investment opportunities in agribusiness, renewable energy, manufacturing, and solid minerals.

Your Excellency Sir, Jigawa state ranks second in Nigeria in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business Report. With solid minerals and prospecting mining licenses ready for investors to off take, ample land and a favourable climate for year-round crop production, Jigawa state is a strategic location providing unique opportunities for international trade. Peace, stability and tranquility are some factors attracting massive investment in Jigawa state. Jigawa is the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

We are hopeful that the official launch of 28th MSMEs in Dutse would bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare, explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. The Clinic would connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Barka da Zuwa Jigawa: The New World. Enjoy your stay Your Excellency.

Danyaro, the Senior Special Assistant to Jigawa State Governor on Print Media, writes from Dutse via [email protected]