David Mark flags off construction of rural roads in Bauchi, Stresses need for inclusive governance for development

Segun Babatunde in Bauchi

The former Senate President, David Bonaventure Mark has emphasised the need for an inclusive governance that has welfare of the citizenry at heart if democratic government is to thrive in the country.

Similarly, the Former President of the Senate also commended the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadri Mohammed for embarking on road constructions in the state, saying that he has replicated the same legacy in Bauchi state when he was Minister of the federal capital territory.

Mark who made the assertion while flagging off the construction of three rural roads in Bauchi on Monday advocated that for construction of accessible roads particularly to open up rural communities .

Our Correspondent reports that the roads include the construction of Warji-Gwaram, Bogoro-Lusa Andrews Boi-Tapshin.

While speaking at the ceremony held in Katanga Warji for the construction of the 13.5km Warji – Gwaram rural road, the 2 term President of the Nigerian Senate said that opening up the rural areas will bring development closer to the people.

The two term President of the Nigerian Senate recalled that when Governor Mohammed was a senator during his tenure as President of the Senate, he always made constructive and nationalist contributions in the Senate, adding that he was not surprised that he had achieved so much feats within a limited time in his first year in office.

“I did not hesitate to accept the invitation for the flagoff of road construction projects in bauchi state, because I know who was inviting me.As most of you will understand, you have only one boss, but when I was the president of the Senate, the senators were my bosses because if you don’t allow them to be your bosses, they will remove you in no time.They did not remove me for eight years because they were my bosses”

“When you see a Governor of a state like Bauchi, that has limited resources, accomplishing so much, you begin to wonder where he is getting the funds from.I have asked him, how does he get the funds?But I am not surprised because he was a radical personality when he was senator and he has now become my Governor.So I am not surprised that he is doing very well” he said

He therefore commended Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed for embarking on construction of roads particularly rural roads urging him to do more until all rural communities were linked up to development.

Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir in his speech declared that roads are pivotal to development because accessibility is key to effective governance the more reason his administration has embarked on massive construction of roads across the state.

The Governor added that the priority of his PDP led administration is change the perspective of governance in the state in order to make it rank among its contemporaries in the country.

Bala Mohammed explained that the 3 roads will cost government a total of sum N7.3b and will be completed within 24 dry months expressing confidence that the contractor, Habibu Nigeria Engineering will deliver as expected.

The Governor who was full of appreciation for the cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government stressed that without such collaboration it will be difficult for any democratic government to succeed.

Earlier, Commissioner of Works and Transport, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said that roads are a measure of the development of any area stressing that without good access road a state cannot be regarded as developed.

The Commissioner who disclosed that so far since coming on board, the Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir led PDP administration has completed 10 roads across the state while 19 others are at various stages of construction with the aim of opening up the rural areas for grassroots development.

Chairman, Bauchi State House Committee on Works, Yusuf Inuwa Dadiye stated that the Legislative arm is proud to be associated with the Executive arm because according to him what they want is development and the executive is doing well in that area.

He said that they were surprised to see that 23 different roads are being construed across the state within a short period assuring that the Assembly will continue to collaborate with the executive.

Chairman of Warji LGC, Adamu Mohammed Danjumai commended the construction of the road which he said will further connect the area to the rest of the Northern part of the state as well as neighbouring states of Kano and Jigawa. END

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