By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North District in the Senate, has said he empowered more than 500,000 unemployed youths in the state in various skills during 2007 and 2015 when he was Governor of the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani and issued to newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday.
The statement said that Wamakko spoke on Saturday night at his Gawon Nama, Sokoto residence when he addressed the members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state.
Senator Wamakko was also reacting to a recent publication in some national dailies indicating possible investigation of his administration and that of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The report had hinted the planned invitation of the duo by the Economic and Financial transactions Crimes Commission (EFCC), over an alleged mismanagement of over N 18billion when they were the Governors of their respective states.
In the same vein, Senator Wamakko said that he had distributed over 10,000 vehicles and 75,000 motorcycles as loans. Similarly, he disclosed that he had empowered hundreds of thousands of traders and farmers with multi billion naira loans between 2007 and 2015.
Wamakko also said that, as a Governor, he had built five ultra -modern tertiary educational institutions in the state, noting that the institutions included a world class state University that had blazed the trail as the only University that commenced operations on its permanent site, with some of its graduates now undergoing the mandatory one year national service (NYSC).
He further recalled that such merchants of doom and retrogressive elements had hitherto petitioned the EFCC to the effect that the University never existed, adding ‘’But to their utter dismay, the EFCC came and saw formidable structures of the institution, fully in successful operations.
“Such frivolous petitions had also been sent to the commission that, I have never built the five hundred housing units each at Kalambaina and Mana, but the commission also found such allegations to be untrue. In fact, the five hundred houses at Kalambaina were even commissioned by no less other person than President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ he added.
Senator Wamakko also said that he had built over 5,000 houses in the eight years of his administration, constructed over 1000 kms of tarred roads, while 5kms of asphalted roads were constructed in each of the 23 local governments of the state.
In the same vein, he said he had built a General Hospital in each of the 23 local governments of the state, while each of the 244 wards got a type B, 20-bed capacity Primary Health Centre, with a new Ambulance, as well as staff quarters.
“I had also redoubled all the shares of the state in some firms, while I bought 20million new shares for the state. On assumption of duty, only about 6000 indigenes of the state were registering for the UTME examinations annually, but the figure soared to over 35,000 in the first four years of my administration.