News Analysis: Al-makura In The Eyes Of Critics, Supporters

BY RAYYANU BALA
Wednesday May 29, 2019 will go down in history of Nasarawa state as
the date which Umaru Tanko Al-makura otherwise known as Ta’ al or UTA
handed over the mantle of leadership of Nasarawa state to Engr
Abdullahi A. Sule amidst pomp and pageantry. Before Wednesday May 29,
2019, our cyber space was awash with all sorts of insinuations
regarding whether or not Umaru Tanko Al-makura would be present in
Lafia squire to personally hand over the mantle to Engr Abdullahi A.
Sule. Those who insinuated that Umaru Tanko Al-makura would not
personally be at Lafia squire to do the hand over alluded ‘fear of the
unknown’ as main reason that would prevent him for participating
physically in the handing over ceremony.
The critics jam-packed our cyber space that Al-makura’s
‘underperformance’ would prevent him from making personal appearance
at the Lafia squire. Elucidating further on this ‘underperformance’
critics said his eight years was steered by a ‘cabal’ to the detriment
of the entire well-being and progress of the people of the state.
They also held that Al-makura’s reign was characterized by ‘reckless
avarice’ and mal-administration, a result of which they maintained,
was what made the people referred his government as exclusively for
the family.
As that was not enough, this set of critics further noted that through
out Al-makura’s eight years in office, his personal interest and the
interest of the ‘cabal’ always came first, second and third in all
decisions concerning governance in the state.
They (critics) also rubbished Al-makura’s achievements, saying that
when juxtaposed the achievements with the monies accrued to Nasarawa
state in the last eight years from federation accounts, bail-out/Paris
club refunds, budget support funds, ecological funds, bond/loans
and internally generated revenues among others, one will shudder in
bewilderment at the level of sharp- practices that went under his
watch. These critics then described Al-makura as a kind of person who
always appreciates those who ‘gets up to his nose’ than those who
protects his ‘mustache’
While on the other side of the divide, Al-makura supporters who
expressed confidence that he (Al-makura) would personally appear at
Lafia squire, hinged their arguments on the fact that Al-makura has not
done anything that could make him not to appear at the squire to
personally hand over to his successor. They argued that the ‘fear of
the unknown’ which the critics cited exist only in their infantile and
senile minds. They pointed out that Al-makura remains the architect of
modern Nasarawa state regardless of what his enemies would do or
insinuates.
They also stressed that in the history of Nasarawa state, we have
never had a governor who provided to the people of the state the
needed infrastructures the way Al-makura did, reasoning that the
coming of Al-makura in 2011 has changed the whole deplorable
narratives of the state. They further argued that Al-makura came up
with many policies and programmes which helped in lifting substantial
number of people out of poverty which his predecessors saddled them
with.
They asserted: ‘For the first time in the history of the state, the
people started seeing asphalt roads, constructed by the state
government. All the headquarters of the 13 local government councils
have benefited from Al-makura’s policy on construction of township
roads hitherto abandoned by his predecessors in the state’.
Continuing, Al-makura’s supporters also argued that under his policy
on road constructions, no fewer than 150 roads have either been
constructed or rehabilitated across the state, covering more than 2000
kilometers, adding ‘under this policy, all intra-state roads have
either been constructed or presently under construction’
‘There was no state road that Al-makura left untouched to the
betterment of the people of the state’ they further stressed.
They cited Awe- Tunga road, Obi- Keana road, Agyaragu-Doma road,
Adudu- Azara- Wuse road, Toto –Umaisha road and Gitata-Panda- Kugwaru-
Karu road as well as Unguwar Hashimu- Karu road as some the roads
constructed by Al-makura led administration.
Al-makura’s supporters further posited that Lafia the state capital
was not left out as the city also benefited immensely from Al-makura’s
policy on road constructions, saying that even a visitor to Lafia can
attest to the changes that took place in Lafia in terms of road
expansions.
‘Candidly, Lafia the state capital was transformed by Al-makura’s government
and can now compete favourably with older state capitals in the
country. They added
They went further to argued that the successes of Al-makura’s government
in Nasarawa state did not only stop at roads construction alone but
transcended to other areas like, health and education, youth
empowerment, rural water supply, etc.
‘On health for example, Al-makura constructed/ renovated 101 primary
health care facilities across the state. This is besides construction
of 160-bed ultra- modern hospitals in Lafia, Akwanga and Nasarawa as
well as renovation of general hospitals in Awe, Toto, Mararaba, Doma,
Gurku and Keana, and provisions of other medical equipments to boast
the health care of the people of the state’ They also stressed.
They further maintained that the giant stride Al-makura made in areas
of education in Nasarawa state was overwhelming. Renovations/
constructions of class room’s blocks in primary schools as well as
constructions of hostel blocks in our higher institutions were a
common sight in the state. All these they noted, were in addition to
welfare of civil servants in the state.
‘It was on record that Al-makura was the governor in the whole
federation who first implemented the 2011 new minimum wage’ the
supporters further pointed out.
‘The achievements recorded by Al-makura’s government in Nasarawa state
were, inexhaustible as time and space can not permit us to highlight
them all here, but one fact that can not be disputed even by
Al-makura’s so- called critics was that the government under his
leadership has in the last eight years paid it dues to the people of
Nasarawa state through provisions of dividend of democracy’. They
concluded.
Of-course, Al-makura’s eight years in Nasarawa state has the good and
the bad side, depending on how one decides to look at it. We can not
in one breath say Al-makura has not achieved anything in his eight
years in office; equally we can not in the same breath say, he has
achieved all.
However, since we all witnessed the presence of Al-makura at Lafia
squire and physically handed over to Governor
Abdullahi A. Sule contrary the insinuations of his critics, we can say
here that the supporters of Al-makura ‘have it’

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