We’ve Done A Lot In Electrification Under Gov Buni – Hon Kukuwa

We’ve Done A Lot In Electrification Under Gov Buni – Hon Kukuwa

The Commissioner, Yobe State Ministry of Transport and Energy, Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa in this Interview with senior correspondent Northeast, HASSAN JIRGI speaks on Governor Mai Mala Buni’s achievements, activities of his ministry and others. Excepts:

Can you tell us, some of your achievements of the Ministry of Transport and Energy?

Well, we have achieved a lot under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni in the past one year.  First of all, I will like to commend Hon Buni for his activities in the rural area especially in electrification. He rehabilitated and upgraded electrification at six (6) secondary schools, which comprises GSTS Gaidam, Gashua, Nguru, Jajimaji, Potiskum and Nganzarma.

Moreover, the electrification and connection to national grid of villages like Garin I Phase, Koriyel and also extension of electrification to some communities within Damaturu – the state capital. Those areas are Pompari Bayan Poly, Nasarawa phase 1, Malummatari phase 1, Sani  Daura and Abba Ibrahim. Also the state government under my ministry extended electrification to communities within the city of Damaturu and others town, Nguru town-Lawan Ngoma.

In addition, the rehabilitation and reactivation of 33KV transmission lines along two routes Damaturu-Nganzarma and Damaturu-Yunusari, re-electrification and upgrading of power supply at 5 Housing Estates, 3 Bedroom Gashua road, Ali Marami Housing Estates, White House, Ministry of Works, Forestry Quarters and also provisions of generators to various hospitals, agencies and government officers.

How will you describe the establishment of the cargo international airport in the state?

The international cargo airport is significant in several respect; it world provide a window for Yobe to the world, because it could serve as a refueling hub for aircrafts going to and fro Europe and other parts of the world. Also the Damaturu International Cargo Airport would boost agriculture because over 80 per cent of the people are farmers. This would attract foreign investors to the state.

We’ve Achieve A Lot In Electrification Under Governor Buni - Hon Kokuwa
Governor Buni

Having a cargo international airport in the state will open economic activities of the state and expose business partners and investors to the state; it is a welcome development. Yobe, being one of the eight states created on August 27, 1991, 80 per cent of its citizens are farmers, which grow crops like groundnuts, beans, sesame, rice, wheat, corn and have economic potentials of potash, gum Arabic of high grade. Transporting these will become so easy when the cargo airport starts its operation fully.

Yobe being the largest producer of livestock in the country and also has the largest livestock market in west Africa, the airport will connect the state to international businessmen and women who can come to buy livestock at larger scale and still go back the same day. The revenue generation of the state will be boosted. It would also create job opportunities to the teeming youths and also serve as source of revenue to the state.

It is also a fact that Yobe is known as the chemical mineral supplier such as gypsum, diatomite, limestone and substantial kaolin, quartz among others which as result of non existence of the airport, the mineral sector has remained untapped. With the huge amount spent on these sectors, the Yobe State Government establish the international cargo airport is a wise decision that will put smile on the faces of future generations across the state.

On Boko Haram attacks, do you believe that Buni’s government is improving the security situation in Yobe State?

First of all, my governor is trying day and night to see that the security situation is improved in order to protect the lives and property of the people. Governor Buni has provided 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles for operation HABA MAZA and other security agencies in the state. I therefore call on the people of the state to continue giving their support and cooperation to the security operatives in the state for the interest of our people with useful information at any given time.

The people of this state have suffered for so long and Governor Mai Mala Buni has such a reputation for uprightness and the rest of it. He should be given time and support for him to succeed. As a commissioner of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, I appreciate all government policies and programmes, particularly in the areas of reconstruction, rebuilding and rehabilitation, construction of township roads, agriculture, education, youth empowerment, security and many others.

Generally, how will you rate the performances of Governor Mai Mala Buni in office?

I thanked Almighty Allah for bringing Buni to Yobe, even an Almajiri on the street of Yobe can tell you that Governor Mai Mala Buni is a leader with humanitarian disposition, at the same time a uniting figure behind a number of progressive ideas and policies during his one year in office.

I don’t want to talk too much, for now, it is time to stop giving into a political fight, it is time to stop following misleading political leaders, it is time to look each other through the common thread of politics disregarding all political differences. Let’s come together and form a strong and united society where everyone will strive. Everyone across the state believes Buni’s one year in office is symbiotic and significant. The immense and tremendous achievements recorded just within one year; he touched in all sectors of human endeavours which are too numerous to mention.

I am a living witness to these giant strides recorded which are glaring for everyone to see. I want to use this medium to pray for Almighty Allah to give Governor Mai Mala Buni good health, long life and prosperity. I pray for all the best and success for the preceding years ahead and even beyond 2023, by God’s grace.

Buni’s achievement in the past one year as the governor of Yobe State started by traversing the length and breadth of the state to have the first-hand assessment of the giant stride projects that had taken place in the state by his predecessor and then forge ahead to consolidate on it. But this can only be achieved through effective application of the four pillars of the administration’s development agenda, which are, social investment, knowledge economy, infrastructural and industrial development, and agriculture and rural development; together we can make it to the next level of engagement.

Some of his projects, which comprise the construction of township road and concrete drainage in Jajimaji, construction of township road and concrete drainage in Babbangida, construction of township road and concrete drainage in Damagum, construction of township road and concrete drainage in Buni Yadi, ongoing construction of Ultramodern Potiskum Trailer Park, Electrification of Pawari and Nayinawa communities in Damaturu, construction of township road with concrete drainage in Malummatari ward in Damaturu, the state capital.

In addition to that, the state government has electrification of Buni Yadi town, Gujba, electrification of Sumsumma community in Damaturu Local government of the state capital, massive construction of social infrastructural facilities at Sabon Garin Mai Mala, in Gujba procurement of Modern Buses to Yobe Line for transport services, continuation and completion of 4.5km Damaturu-Potiskum dual-carriageway, the continuation of 25.5km dual carriageway from Damaturu to Kalallawa (Airport Road), ongoing construction of ultra-modern market in Damaturu, rehabilitation and expansion of Yobe state secretariat, Damaturu, construction of the road with a bridge linking Garin Bingel-Bula-Danchua in Potiskum local government, Provision of vehicles to traditional rulers across the state, prompt response to Damaturu water scarcity with massive deployment of all needed equipment.

There is an ongoing rehabilitation and expansion of Specialist Hospital Buni Yadi, Gujba, rehabilitation and expansion of Primary Health Care in Gadaka, Fika Local government area of the state. Others are reconstruction and expansion of Specialist Hospital Kumagannam in Yusufari local government, construction of classes and offices at School of Nursing Damaturu, distribution of 28 customised tricycle ambulances at YSUTH in the state

However, it is on record that, the state government had touched lives in every sector, almost all the schools burnt down by the insurgents in both primary and post primary including the construction of new ones were put in place. The Mai Mala Buni administration had also established a multi-billion naira university teaching hospital which is fully equipped.

The state has witnessed the mass construction of roads which have now brought the rural communities closer to Government. The state is proud of having two universities and nine other tertiary institutions. In fact Yobe hasn’t ever had it better than now in the annals of history of its existence.

Since the creation of the state, many houses were built and allocated to individuals and civil servants. Almost all government offices were renovated while some were constructed to meet the modern office complex. The payment of civil servants’ salary, gratuity and pensions which is an epidemic in some states, in Yobe there was no a single month the state failed to pay its workers and the retired civil servants.

The Governor has supported hundreds of young petty traders, Tea sellers, vendors at GSM market, vulcanizers, received cash support from him to expand their businesses. I also want to tell you that, 150 young enterprising men and women of Yobe State have been trained and enrolled as money agents under the SANEF scheme through Social Development Goals (SDGs).

Let me tell you that, we are conscious of the need to provide the business community, farmers and the general public with a conducive commercial environment to fast track commerce and trade, facilitate a ready market and add value to agricultural products. The new Modern Market in Gashua, Nguru and Potiskum would create employment opportunities and promote self-reliance to impact positively on the economy of the community, state and the country.

In fact, the Resuscitation of both Alluminual and Yobe Flour Mill Industry in Potiskum, Resuscitation of Yobe Polythene and Woven Sack Company Damaturu. Governor Buni, has  Distribution of 103 to farmers across the state to improved the agricultural sector.

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