• To continue, consolidate achievements of predecessor
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassador Babagana Kingibe has said the governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, would bring his wealth of experience managing the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to run a successful administration in his state.
Yobe is one of the three core states of the North East affected by Boko Haram terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.
Buni, who was the National Secretary of the APC until his election as the governor of Yobe State, according to Kingibe as the understanding of politics and statesmanship.
Kingibe, who was the running mate to Alhaji Moshood Abiola in the annulled June 12, 1993 Election, made the comment during a courtesy visit on the Yobe Governor, at the weekend.
Kingibe, who said he was in Damaturu to congratulate the governor on his victory and successful inauguration, said: “The people of Yobe have called on you to serve.
“I know your capabilities and I am very sure that the people have made an excellent choice and you will prove yourself in no time, i have so much confident on you.”
Kingibe, told the governor, that “as someone who has mastered the politics of Yobe and has ran the secretariat of the APC as national secretary very well, Governor Buni will provide a solid leadership in Yobe that will take the state to greater heights.”
He expressed the confidence President Muhammadu Buhari has in the governor, he said: “The president always speaks well of you and has confidence in you.”
Kingibe assured the governor that he is always available to assist in every way possible to make his administration a success.
He said: “ I will like to use this medium to tell you that, you can consider those of us in Abuja as your ambassadors. Whenever there is anything we can do to facilitate your government and your effort, it will be a great pleasure to continue to render service to our people and our states.”
Responding, Buni said that the people of Yobe and Borno states are very proud of Kingibe’s accomplishments and achievements and his continuous role in solidifying our nation’s democracy.
He thanked the President for conferring the honour of Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) on Ambassador Kingibe and for declaring June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day.
Government of consolidation
Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni on Monday said his administration is out to continue and consolidate his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam.
He promised that all ongoing projects would be continued and completed in order to bring succour the people of the northeast state.
Buni gave this promise on Monday during an inspection tour of ongoing projects within Damaturu Metropolis.
Among the projects inspected include road projects and the Yobe International Cargo Airport.
He said among the projects he will be given priority attention include the road 25.5 kilometres Damaturu-Kalallawa Dual Carriageway, the 3.3 kilometres Pompomari road, and the 5.7 kilometres Don Etiebet Estate road network.
He noted that his administration is that of continuity and consolidation and “in our determination to improve on the living conditions of our people, we will complete all ongoing projects.”
The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of progress of work so far, but tasked the contractors handling the projects to delver on time and according to specifications and other contractual obligations.
He asked them to ensure speedy completion and strict adherence to specifications.
He said: “We don’t want any obstruction or delay in delivering the projects, especially as the contractors themselves have confirmed that their payments are being made as and when due.”
He disclosed that the Yobe International Cargo Airport project is now at 59 percent stage of completion and that the state government has so far paid 61 percent of the total project cost to the contractor.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mallam Abdullahi Jawa who briefed the governor, said the 25.5 kilometres Damaturu-Kalallawa Dual Carriageway is at 65 percent progress stage while the 5.7-kilometres Don Etebet Estate road and the 3.3 kilometres Pompomari road are at 99.6 percent and 98 percent completion stages respectively.