By Victoria Ikeano
Preparations are in top gear for the official handing over of state power from the outgoing governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to his successor, Engr. Abullahi Alhaji Sule who hails from Akwanga local government area. It is the first time that the northern senatorial zone is producing the state’s governor. All previous governors were from the two other zones, namely, Western zone (Senator Abdullahi Adamu) and southern zone (late Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura. All of the aforementioned state chief executives completed their two term tenures of eight years each save late Doma who lost his reelection bid.
The streets of Lafia, the state capital are being cleared of sundry refuse, cleaned up for the D-Day, May 29 while Government House itself, the seat of power is wearing a sombre look with activities at a rather low ebb, Governor Al-Makura having relocated to his private residence in readiness for the change of baton.
Lafia square venue of the ceremony is expected to be filled to capacity with people from all walks of life, all 13 local government areas of the state to witness the historic event. They would be most likely entertained by the State’s cultural troupe and other impromptu singing/dance groups.
A cross section of people interviewed score Al-Makura high in the area of infrastructural development especially opening up the State capital Lafia to shorn it of the appellation of “a one street capital”.
The incoming governor is expected to take the state to a higher level of development, laying emphasis on establishment of industries. He is expected to lay out his agenda to the pin his inaugural address to the people at the Lafia square and this would include creation of employment through attraction of investors to the state, women and youth development.
He is also expected to urge for unity and support from the citizenry while extending his hands of fellowship to friends and opponents alike to join him the onerous task of making the state rank amongst the best in Nigeria. The governor-elect is also expected to pursue an agenda for sustainable peace and peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups in Nasarawa state, amongst others.
By Victoria Ikeano