From Raji Bello, Sokoto
A governorship aspirant in Sokoto State on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Faruk Malami Yabo, has promised to uplift the State from its current socioeconomic woes if elected as the governor in 2019.
Yabo, a two time commissioner of Finance and then Local Government Development and Community Development under the immediate past government, also promised to deploy technology in tackling social vices and other crimes in the State.
He stated this on Thursday during an audience with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Sokoto State council, led by its Chairman, Comrade Isah Abubakar Shuni.
Yabo decried that the socioeconomic development of the state remained stagnant under the present administration due to lack of vision at the inception.
He argued that the government of the day was not prepared to govern but was handed the state on the platter of gold, hence it could not have anything tangible to show in the last three years.
Yabo also noted that the incumbent Governor came in unprepared and without a vision and viable policies and programmes that could generate wealth, create jobs and enhance revenue generation.
He wondered why the present administration would earmark an unrealistic budget plan and expect good result. “The state is generating about N70 billion annually and someone is making a budget of over N200 billion which is unrealistic,” he said.
He disclosed that he had understudied the state and knew how best to uplift it, both economically and in agricultural potentials long before now. The aspirant therefore promised the people of the state of his vision to salvage the state from its current situation to greater heights.
Yabo said that when his government is put in place, would engage professionals, as well as academics to deploy their research works to improve the standard of the state, especially in the area of job creation, industries development and agricultural revolution.
“There must be deliberate policies and platforms from which these research works done by academicians can be commercialized and you can do that when you link them to industries that are available in the state.
“We do not really need only technology to solve our problems. We can equally deploy research works to tackle some of these issues like election malpractices and the rest. This may just be constructed ideas from an academician which can benefit the state and the country at large”, he explained.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the achievements his administration has recorded within the last three years, which he listed to include improved security, fighting of corruption and agricultural development.
He advised the electorates to partake in the ongoing voter registration exercise and also urged those in possession of valid voter’s card to come out en mass and vote for APC in the forthcoming general elections.
Speaking on his agricultural blueprint, Yabo admitted that the sector must take a transition from the traditional method of farming but in a gradual process.
“I agreed that there must be a transition from where we want to be. In other countries, institutional farming had always been part of them but we will gradually modernize the process to merchandise method because of the economy security we have where only locals involve in farm productions”, he said.