Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago, promised the people of Rafi local government yesterday, that he would construct a dual carriageway into Kagara, standardise Kagara township roads, and construct roads connecting other villages.
He stated this at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, HRH, Mal. Ahmed Garba Attahiru Gunna II, when he paid him a Sallah homage at Kagara town.
He said, "Kagara has only one single road going into the town, but I have the intention, by God's will, to construct a double lane into Kagara. This is in addition to standardising the road network inside Kagara town and connecting other villages with roads”.
The governor, who was conferred with the traditional title of Gwarzon Kagara, said the security of the lives and properties of all citizens, wherever they live in the state, was paramount to his administration.
He advised the people to avoid night movements because the military and other security agencies would embark on mop-up operations to rid the local government and other areas affected by banditry.
Governor Mohammed Umar Bago thanked the emir for hosting him and conferring on him the title of Gwarzon Kagara, assuring him that he would work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in him.
He further restated the resolve of his administration to embark on a massive urban renewal programme, informing his host that Kagara will benefit tremendously.
The governor also announced the flag-off of the sale of fertiliser by the government at subsidised rates.
Earlier in his remarks, the Emir of Kagara, HRH Mal Ahmed Garba Attahiru Gunna II, appreciated the visit and commended the efforts of the governor in improving security in the emirate.
He said they were happy with the development, which enabled them to observe Eid el Kabir celebration without any fear, and this will also translate to a bumper harvest because farmers have now returned to their farms hitherto abandoned due to insecurity.
The emir also disclosed that each of the traditional title holders in the emirate has acquired at least one hectare of land to engage in farming, following the strategies evolved by the present administration to promote national policy on food security.
The governor was accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Comrade Yakubu Garba, and other top government functionaries.
The Governor of Niger State, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has reaffirmed his administration's commitment to end insecurity and return all displaced persons to their homes.
The Governor also promised that all schools would be reopened in the areas affected by the insurgency.
He stated this yesterday when he paid a sympathy visit to the Emir of Minna, Alh. Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago, over a recent armed robbery attack at the Emir Palace in Minna.
The Governor said the state will soon witness increased measures to stem the tide of insecurity, adding that a stop and search operation at strategic points of exits and entries in Minna will be mounted.
Governor Mohammed Bago also condemned in strong terms, the bail given to some offenders already convicted for criminal offences, saying the government will investigate the matter. He ordered that any parent, community leader, or village head who sought to bail out any person involved in thuggery should be arrested.
He commiserated with the emir of Minna over the robbery incident that happened in the palace, reiterating his earlier charge to security agencies to do everything to apprehend the perpetrators.
The governor then announced government plans to flag off the sale of fertiliser at subsidised rates to farmers as part of his administration's commitment to helping farmers increase their yields.
He further stated that his administration intends to embark on massive urban renewal projects while soliciting the support of the emirate in this regard.
Earlier in his remarks, the Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago, expressed his appreciation to the governor for the visit and extolled the concerted efforts the governor has been making since he assumed power to address security challenges in the state.
He informed the governor of the several visits and calls by individuals and groups within and outside the country who sympathised with the emirate council over the robbery incident that had left two guards injured.
He called on the governor not to rest on his oars until total peace and security had been achieved.
He bemoaned the activities of youth restiveness that have bedevilled the capital city and urged security agencies not to spare anyone caught in the act.
Governor Mohammed Umar Bago was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial Zone, Mohammed Sani (313), and other top government officials.