Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Senator Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has pledged to use his renewed mandate and take the state to where it ought to be in the next four years of his second tenure.
The Governor who made the promise shortly after taking oath of office and oath of allegiance at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa memorial stadium on Monday, promised to used the second term given to him by the good people of Bauchi and take the state to greater heights.
“I want to assure you that by the grace of God, the mandate you have renewed will be deployed to position Bauchi State where it ought to be”, he said.
“A position that, if I may repeat, is characterized by good governance anchored on transparency and accountability, an inclusion and diversity management policy, founded on the principles of equity, justice and fairness, prudent management of resources, peace and security, all leading to shared prosperity for all”, the Governor stated.
While stating that Bauchi State has no reason to be poor, Bala Mohammed said “with the election over, we have to now prioritize governance over politics, the collective over the personal, principle over ego, consensus over conflict and turn challenges into opportunities”.
According to him, “no matter where we stand, we can and should never disagree on one point: the primacy of Bauchi over each and every one of us. That is the bond that holds us together”.
The Governor who re-emphasized that without a critical mass of the elite agreeing to set aside their differences and deliberately pull their intellectual, material and social capital together, “achieving the Bauchi of our dream will remain a mirage”.
“Therefore, with all humility, I am calling on all and sundry who mean well and who, like me, have benefitted from our dear state, to put aside our differences, place our agenda on the table and work together with the present administration to advance the interests of the state”, he appealed.
On the digitalization of state’s own radio and television stations, the Governor noted that apart from satisfying extant regulatory requirements, the digitization of the television and radio stations has stimulated an effective flow of information between the government and the people.
“On account of that, we shall continue to invest in digitization of the state-owned television and radio stations as well as the expansion of community radios across the 20 LGAs”, he vowed.