By Adamu Muhd Usman
I write to comment or disagree with his plan to emulate some techniques or agendas of the former governor of Jigawa state, Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki to transform Jigawa by paying Polling booth fund (Kudin Akwati) to few politicians neglecting or abandoning the roles or responsibilities of councilors, local government chairmen and perhaps commissioners and other M.Ds and E.Ss and making them redundant and inactive.
The governor, for his past and present experience as a governor he needs no extraordinary research to know the problems of the poor masses because as we all know, the demands of Talaka (citizen/poor), right from the 60’s has always been the same. Such demands are qualitative and free education, good health care, portable water, electricity, good roads, shelter, agricultural production, job opportunities, security, poverty alleviation, industrialization, and desertification control, most especially in the Northern parts of Nigeria.
To be candid If governor Badaru is truly serious with his agenda of transforming Jigawa and he means well for the people of the state, he should not ignore the reality of knowing, planning and attending the suffering of the masses not until he gives or awards unconstitutional money to each polling unit across the state as a free gifts to politicians because of 2019 elections are fast approaching and we can term this agenda as a bribe to electorate instead employing hundred of thousand youths roaming the street in Jigawa, supply drugs to hospitals, provide fertilizer to the rural farmers at an affordable price, construction of boreholes, prompt payment of scholarship to Jigawa indigenes, giving loans to the small and medium scale traders etc.
Looking back to posterity, one could easily relegate the period 1999-2007 in the annals of Jigawa state history as being one of the worst in the state since its creation. The attempted resurrection some of those policies or agendas could be described as a denouement of monumental proportion politically and developmentally of Jigawa state. The previous regime of former governor, Turaki who couldn’t show a single project in the entire state in the eight years because of that money been allocated to few politicians as polling unit fund (Kudin Akwati) which hindered the provision or execution of any meaningful developmental project in the state like construction of roads, attending to educational and health sectors, provision of potable drinking water, agricultural production, etc so, is such maladministration governor Badaru will emulate?
So, governor Badaru still believes that the good and honest people of Jigawa state will succumb to these archaic and unproductive idea that halt Jigawa to progress and stagnation under that nasty and fruitless agenda of Kudin-Akwati? One can even ask, which kind of alliance these two individuals want make? After Jigawa have been liberated and transformed with all the needful things of human existence by Sule Lamido administration which Jigawa turns just like small London or Paris and to think that someone will come and claim any credit for misruling Jigawa state beats anybody’s imagination. But come to think of it.
The people of jigawa state are blessed and have realized their potentials and are determined to keep it that way. As the Hausa put it “Kan Mage ya Waye”, and if anyone is in doubt, the present experience should be the warning signs.
Lastly, the state assembly members should as well think twice on this planned and borrowed idea, checkmate the affairs of the governor and know their responsibilities as lawmakers. They should try not to be toothless bulldogs. Governor Badaru needs to pattern your belt very well and very tight to rule with speed and forget that idea of Kudin-Akwati because time is going and it waits for nobody. We wish you God’s guidance and we pray to God to save you from this predicament. Your Excellency, what people care and mind is honesty, transparency, accountability, equity and commitment for Jigawa to reach a greater height. May God come to our aid, protect and bless Jigawa and Nigeria as a whole. Amen.
Adamu writes from Kafin-Hausa, Jigawa state.