Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has said that his administration will ensure the contracts awarded by the federal government for the reconstruction of Minna-Tegina and Tegina-Kontagora roads are completed.
The governor stated this during Sallah homage to the Emir of Kontagora, Muhammad Barau Mu'azu II, at his Palace in Kontagora.
He noted that the two contracts were awarded during the last administration and emphasised that the contracts were on course and that his government would put pressure on them until they were completed.
The Governor, who was conferred with the traditional title of Gamji Kontagora, called on the people of the emirate to rally around his administration to achieve the desired objectives for the benefit of all.
The Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Muhammad Barau Mu'azu II, had earlier expressed his appreciation to the governor for the visit and for showing commitment to collaborating with traditional rulers with a view to providing good governance.
The monarch prayed for the success of the Umaru Bago-led administration and later visited the cemetery of the late Emirs of Kontagora Kingdom, where he prayed for the repose of their souls.
Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has reiterated the resolve of his administration to make a positive impact on the lives of the citizens.
The governor stated this when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Haliru Dantoro IV, at his Palace in New Bussa.
Governor Umaru Bago explained that the visit was aimed at demonstrating his respect, portraying the importance of recognising and involving traditional institutions in governance, and changing the usual approach where the Emirs visit the governor after the Sallah celebration.
He further stated that his new approach would foster an inclusive and collaborative relationship between government and traditional institutions as well as serve as a platform for interaction to feel the pulse of the people.
The governor said his administration would ensure that insecurity and the issue of water scarcity, among other challenges affecting the people, would be addressed headlong.
"We want to bring governance closer to the people at the grassroots, and we have decided to now change the course to visit the Emirates.
"We have discussed with the leadership of the Emirate issues affecting them ranging from insecurity and water to sanitation. We are going to hit the ground running immediately ", he said.
He used the opportunity to encourage the people not to neglect farming as the government was making a deliberate effort to support farmers with necessary tools that would increase yields and guarantee food security, adding that women would be empowered to become self-reliant.
While maintaining that the emirate would also benefit from the urban renewal plan of the government, he appealed for their continued support and understanding.
Earlier, the Emir of Borgu, Bar. Muhammed Sani Haliru Dantoro IV, requested the governor equip the New Bussa General Hospital with modern equipment and increase the staff strength for efficient and effective service delivery.
The Emir, who was represented by the Wazirin Borgu, Abdulhameed Nuhu Sa'ad, also appealed to the governor to assist in ensuring the speedy completion and take-off of Shagunu Naval Base, as it will boost the security of the emirate.
He appreciated the governor's visit and promised to provide all the needed support for his administration to succeed.
The governor was accompanied by his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi, and other key government officials.