A A Sule’s Administration Started On A Good Footing- Sulaiman Wambai

Being Full Text of the Interview granted by the National Vice Chairman, APC, Hon. Ahmed Suleiman Wambai with Managing Editor, Nasarawa Eye, Ibrahim Habu Suleiman as the APC-led administration of Engr Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, Executive Governor Nasarawa State clocks first hundred days in office.
Question: Sir, as you are aware, the new APC-led administration in Nasarawa State of Governor Abdullahi Alhaji Sule will clock a hundred days on September, 5. What is your assessment of the administration so far?
Answer: First and foremost, the administration has started on a good footing.
The primary responsibility of any administration is to provide security of lives and property. So far, this administration has achieved a lot on that score, because without peace, all talks about development would be a mirage. The administration has built upon the community-based conflict resolution started by the previous administration.
Secondly, the administration has within the first one hundred days been able to ensure the smooth election of the principal officers of the State House of Assembly. Although the executive did not directly interfere with the exercise, the administration impacted on the election of officials that the executive can work with in peace and harmony so as to achieve what we want to achieve.
The administration has equally set up an economic platform that would look at the ins and outs where the economy would be opened, and where internally generated revenue would be enhanced, investment would be made and productivity would be recorded, so that there could be large revenue accrued, other than the revenue coming from the central government. So also has the administration given priority to education, which is anchored on every sector of the society. When there is sound education, there will be sound basis for political, economic and social integration with government.
Furthermore, the administration has continued the process of carrying traditional rulers along. The governor has pallied with the traditional rulers – all of them are made signatories to the enhancement of peace and harmony within and outside the state. Similarly, the administration is putting all hands on deck to see the commissioners and advisers that would be appointed to the executive council are men and women of integrity. So when the government is infused with credible people, then the system would be holistically reinforced and there would be due process.
Question: Sir, all you are saying appears to be that the new administration is simply carrying out projects started by the last administration. Now, the people are already worried that the new administration may not bring something new. What can you say to that?
Answer: I will disagree. Government is a continuous process. Even if there was a process, the new government can truncate it for a fresh one. But putting additional value by the incoming government, while embracing the projects started by the previous government which are germaine, those that are good for the generality of the people is much better. For instance, when Engr Abdullahi Sule came to power some people thought that the Cargo Airport at Kwandere, Lafia local government area of the state should be revoked or discontinued. But Governor Abdullahi Sule declared that it is indeed a laudable project, because it would open the state to the outside world. That project was started by the government of Almakura, but because of its economic importance, the new government has embraced it. People might not see it now, but it would open the state to other parts of the country and the world at large.
Question: Will the airport not be too expensive to maintain when completed?
Answer: It will not. Already work at the airport has reached eighty percent completion. It will also catalise economic investment for the state and people would be ready to come and work and invest in the state. The airport is there for transportation of goods and services as well as men and resources. So the airport is a laudable project and we know the Governor will come and start serious work when all the commissioners and advisers are on board.
Question: What do you think should be the priority of the new government?
Answer: Firstly, for the APC, our main priority is maintenance of law and order, security of lives and property; then economic prosperity; and finally, fighting corruption. And by extension, making government to be able to reach out to the masses who voted the party, ie. APC. Our government will be transparent and accountable for every item. APC’s programme of action is planned for posterity – not the one that will die before it takes off. Within a scope of time, the economy will be okay, there will be employment, there will be investment and industries will spring up all over. And then the government will be seriously recognised, that it is the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
Question: Sir, in Nasarawa State, majority of the population consists of farmers. Some people believe that as an agrarian state more attention should be given to agriculture. What can you say to that? Secondly some people are saying that the state government has abandoned the Fadama project as a result of non-payment of counterpart fund. If so, why?
Answer: Well, let me start by saying, we need constructive criticism in the state to develop. But you don’t expect the opponents of the administration to say we have done well. They have even taken us to court. So if Nasarawa State is agrarian, should we continue to be agrarian without advancing to modernism? However, on the Fadama project, government will not accept a project that is holistically used as a conduit pipe to syphon the state resources. If you understand the operation of the APC, we are committed to fighting corruption, to economic prosperity and also committed to ensuring peace and tranquility, with security as the foremost objective. Let me say again, the economy in Nasarawa State is so germaine, because of the fact that agriculture is the mainstay of our economy.
You know, Governor Abdullahi Sule, before he ascended the exalted position was the chief executive of the famous Dangote Sugar Company. When he took charge of that company he was able to turn around its fortunes for the better. And today, the production of sugar has been brought to the state as already several hectares of land have been acquired for the cultivation of sugar cane, the main raw material for the production of sugar. By so doing we would be able to eradicate a lot of unemployment and the sugar would also be sold within the community. Awe Local Government Area of the state would possibly become a holy Mecca for the buyers and sellers. All these are catalysts to economic prosperity. So the fact that we are agrarian cannot stop us from bringing industries. It does not mean that we should remain like that. We should advance, look forward to become like Lagos or Kano states as well.
Again Nasarawa State has solid minerals, so instead of only allowing the mining of the minerals to be done by people locally, the government should come and put capital, inject some resources and erect industry where these minerals can be turned into valuable finished products. And the state can become a haven for industrialisation. But this does mean that farmers will not continue to farm, the government can go ahead to supply farmers with fertilizers. Already the government is supplying fertilizers to farmers at the subsidized rate and by and large encouraging mechanisation through provision of tractors. This would serve as impetus to the development of agriculture.
So, by and large, it is too early for anybody to criticise this government in the first one hundred days. The government came and met a programme on ground, so it has to study the programme and look at where there is omission or commission. We are not in a hurry and we don’t want garbage in garbage out.
Question: What will your advice be to the people and government of the state?
Answer: Well, my advice first to the people who have given us the mandate. The people need to continuously be advising government sincerely on the way forward. Government cannot do it alone. That is why government appoints commissioners and advisers. So the people should also find time to advice government and with the support and cooperation of the people government can work together as a team. The projects are for everyone and not everybody would be commissioner or adviser. So definitely some people would play the role of advisers whether they are in or outside the government.
Then my call to the government is for both the government and the governor to tread the path of honour based on the ideals and principles of the APC from the centre down. APC believes in change for the better on the three cardinal principles of ensuring security of lives and property; economic prosperity; and fighting corruption as propounded by President Muhammadu Buhari when he took the reigns of power. So the state government should tread the path of honour and do everything with decorum, decency and transparency. You see, this government is for the people. The people gave us the mandate so we should reciprocate and appreciate the mandate given to us so that by the time we come back for the second tenure the people would cooperate with us. As politicians we use to say that first tenure comes by the grace of the people, but second tenure comes by the grace of yourselves. What you have been able to do would fetch you second tenure irrespective of whoever likes it or not. When you have done the right thing you don’t have to go for campaign again, people will come. In any case, it is a two-way traffic. Politicians should respect the people who have given us the mandate. If we respect them, we would do what is needed of us. You do what the people want to see done not what they want to hear.
Above all, people of Nasarawa State should continue to maintain peace, to love one another. There is no distinction between this tribe and that one or between this religion and that religion. God Almighty has created us male and female, He has made us nation and tribe. The most noble among us is the best in conduct.
So on the whole, the people should cooperate with the government. They brought us to power, so they should cooperate with us by giving us maximum support. And on our part we shall do our best to keep the flag flying in sha Allah.
Question: That’s all for now. Thank you for your time.
Answer: Thank you.Govt should tread the path of honour – Hon. Suleiman Wambai
Being Full Text of the Interview granted by the National Vice Chairman, APC, Hon. Ahmed Suleiman Wambai with Managing Editor, Nasarawa Eye, Ibrahim Habu Suleiman as the APC-led administration of Engr Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, Executive Governor Nasarawa State clocks first hundred days in office.
Question: Sir, as you are aware, the new APC-led administration in Nasarawa State of Governor Abdullahi Alhaji Sule will clock a hundred days on September, 5. What is your assessment of the administration so far?
Answer: First and foremost, the administration has started on a good footing.
The primary responsibility of any administration is to provide security of lives and property. So far, this administration has achieved a lot on that score, because without peace, all talks about development would be a mirage. The administration has built upon the community-based conflict resolution started by the previous administration.
Secondly, the administration has within the first one hundred days been able to ensure the smooth election of the principal officers of the State House of Assembly. Although the executive did not directly interfere with the exercise, the administration impacted on the election of officials that the executive can work with in peace and harmony so as to achieve what we want to achieve.
The administration has equally set up an economic platform that would look at the ins and outs where the economy would be opened, and where internally generated revenue would be enhanced, investment would be made and productivity would be recorded, so that there could be large revenue accrued, other than the revenue coming from the central government. So also has the administration given priority to education, which is anchored on every sector of the society. When there is sound education, there will be sound basis for political, economic and social integration with government.
Furthermore, the administration has continued the process of carrying traditional rulers along. The governor has pallied with the traditional rulers – all of them are made signatories to the enhancement of peace and harmony within and outside the state. Similarly, the administration is putting all hands on deck to see the commissioners and advisers that would be appointed to the executive council are men and women of integrity. So when the government is infused with credible people, then the system would be holistically reinforced and there would be due process.
Question: Sir, all you are saying appears to be that the new administration is simply carrying out projects started by the last administration. Now, the people are already worried that the new administration may not bring something new. What can you say to that?
Answer: I will disagree. Government is a continuous process. Even if there was a process, the new government can truncate it for a fresh one. But putting additional value by the incoming government, while embracing the projects started by the previous government which are germaine, those that are good for the generality of the people is much better. For instance, when Engr Abdullahi Sule came to power some people thought that the Cargo Airport at Kwandere, Lafia local government area of the state should be revoked or discontinued. But Governor Abdullahi Sule declared that it is indeed a laudable project, because it would open the state to the outside world. That project was started by the government of Almakura, but because of its economic importance, the new government has embraced it. People might not see it now, but it would open the state to other parts of the country and the world at large.
Question: Will the airport not be too expensive to maintain when completed?
Answer: It will not. Already work at the airport has reached eighty percent completion. It will also catalise economic investment for the state and people would be ready to come and work and invest in the state. The airport is there for transportation of goods and services as well as men and resources. So the airport is a laudable project and we know the Governor will come and start serious work when all the commissioners and advisers are on board.
Question: What do you think should be the priority of the new government?
Answer: Firstly, for the APC, our main priority is maintenance of law and order, security of lives and property; then economic prosperity; and finally, fighting corruption. And by extension, making government to be able to reach out to the masses who voted the party, ie. APC. Our government will be transparent and accountable for every item. APC’s programme of action is planned for posterity – not the one that will die before it takes off. Within a scope of time, the economy will be okay, there will be employment, there will be investment and industries will spring up all over. And then the government will be seriously recognised, that it is the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
Question: Sir, in Nasarawa State, majority of the population consists of farmers. Some people believe that as an agrarian state more attention should be given to agriculture. What can you say to that? Secondly some people are saying that the state government has abandoned the Fadama project as a result of non-payment of counterpart fund. If so, why?
Answer: Well, let me start by saying, we need constructive criticism in the state to develop. But you don’t expect the opponents of the administration to say we have done well. They have even taken us to court. So if Nasarawa State is agrarian, should we continue to be agrarian without advancing to modernism? However, on the Fadama project, government will not accept a project that is holistically used as a conduit pipe to syphon the state resources. If you understand the operation of the APC, we are committed to fighting corruption, to economic prosperity and also committed to ensuring peace and tranquility, with security as the foremost objective. Let me say again, the economy in Nasarawa State is so germaine, because of the fact that agriculture is the mainstay of our economy.
You know, Governor Abdullahi Sule, before he ascended the exalted position was the chief executive of the famous Dangote Sugar Company. When he took charge of that company he was able to turn around its fortunes for the better. And today, the production of sugar has been brought to the state as already several hectares of land have been acquired for the cultivation of sugar cane, the main raw material for the production of sugar. By so doing we would be able to eradicate a lot of unemployment and the sugar would also be sold within the community. Awe Local Government Area of the state would possibly become a holy Mecca for the buyers and sellers. All these are catalysts to economic prosperity. So the fact that we are agrarian cannot stop us from bringing industries. It does not mean that we should remain like that. We should advance, look forward to become like Lagos or Kano states as well.
Again Nasarawa State has solid minerals, so instead of only allowing the mining of the minerals to be done by people locally, the government should come and put capital, inject some resources and erect industry where these minerals can be turned into valuable finished products. And the state can become a haven for industrialisation. But this does mean that farmers will not continue to farm, the government can go ahead to supply farmers with fertilizers. Already the government is supplying fertilizers to farmers at the subsidized rate and by and large encouraging mechanisation through provision of tractors. This would serve as impetus to the development of agriculture.
So, by and large, it is too early for anybody to criticise this government in the first one hundred days. The government came and met a programme on ground, so it has to study the programme and look at where there is omission or commission. We are not in a hurry and we don’t want garbage in garbage out.
Question: What will your advice be to the people and government of the state?
Answer: Well, my advice first to the people who have given us the mandate. The people need to continuously be advising government sincerely on the way forward. Government cannot do it alone. That is why government appoints commissioners and advisers. So the people should also find time to advice government and with the support and cooperation of the people government can work together as a team. The projects are for everyone and not everybody would be commissioner or adviser. So definitely some people would play the role of advisers whether they are in or outside the government.
Then my call to the government is for both the government and the governor to tread the path of honour based on the ideals and principles of the APC from the centre down. APC believes in change for the better on the three cardinal principles of ensuring security of lives and property; economic prosperity; and fighting corruption as propounded by President Muhammadu Buhari when he took the reigns of power. So the state government should tread the path of honour and do everything with decorum, decency and transparency. You see, this government is for the people. The people gave us the mandate so we should reciprocate and appreciate the mandate given to us so that by the time we come back for the second tenure the people would cooperate with us. As politicians we use to say that first tenure comes by the grace of the people, but second tenure comes by the grace of yourselves. What you have been able to do would fetch you second tenure irrespective of whoever likes it or not. When you have done the right thing you don’t have to go for campaign again, people will come. In any case, it is a two-way traffic. Politicians should respect the people who have given us the mandate. If we respect them, we would do what is needed of us. You do what the people want to see done not what they want to hear.
Above all, people of Nasarawa State should continue to maintain peace, to love one another. There is no distinction between this tribe and that one or between this religion and that religion. God Almighty has created us male and female, He has made us nation and tribe. The most noble among us is the best in conduct.
So on the whole, the people should cooperate with the government. They brought us to power, so they should cooperate with us by giving us maximum support. And on our part we shall do our best to keep the flag flying in sha Allah.
Question: That’s all for now. Thank you for your time.
Answer: Thank you.

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