From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Acting Governor of Niger state, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso has said that the people of the state deserve to give the state governor, Abubakar Bello another chance in 2019 hence he has performed creditably well.
Ketso made the declaration during an interactive session with journalists after inagurating the office of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Correspondents Chapel of Niger State Council in Minna.
He however appealed to the people of the state to reflect on the governor’s achievements and re-elect him come 2019 to consolidate on his past records.
“If there is anybody that the cap fits to contest in 2019 election is Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello. Nigerlites should look backward and see what was there before and what is there now.
“I can confidently say that Mr governor has performed excellently well in roads construction, health, education, women and youths empowerment and deserve second term.
“That is why the party has endorsed him for 2019.He is qualified to contest again and he needs our maximum support,” he said.
The Acting Governor hinted that there was plan by the state government to organise seminar for women and youths across the 25 Local Government Areas to sensitize them to participate actively during electioneering process.
He added that women and youths would also be sensitise on the need to avoid being used by some desperate politicians to cause chaos and disrupt elections and should be resisted.
He however said that government was concerned about the welfare of journalists and pledged conducive environment for the media to operate.
He urged the media practitioners to be fair and balance in their reportage as well verify information before going to the press while charging for support of the present administration to succeed.
Ketso further appealed for the intervention of the federal government to resettle communities prone to the perennial flood disaster in the state.
Ketso lamented that although the resettlement of affected Muregi communities began several years ago during the administration of Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, the exercise has since stopped due to huge financial requirement too expensive for the state government to handle.
He said the state government has already sent appeal letter to the federal government seeking for prompt intervention to save the lives of millions of people that are affected by flood every year in the state.
“We have started sensitizing the people living within the disaster areas.
We are however hoping that the federal government will soon to assist us in the resettlement efforts towards permanent solution to the problem of flood disaster in the state.