Governor Bauchi State
It can be said that Governor Bala Mohammed’s service as the Honourable Minister for the Federal Capital Territory for five years provided the springboard for his eventual emergence as Governor of Bauchi, his home state. Perhaps, it should be placed on record that, for the second time, he defeated an incumbent Governor, who was running for re-election!
So, here is a gentle giant-killer of sorts who, today, is leading an administration that has promised to create the impetus for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), through the rejuvenation of the educational system; prosecuting a ‘Marshal Plan’-scale infrastructural development program; the revival of agriculture, people empowerment and access to health care, among other lofty measures.
Of course, Governor Bala Mohammed’s commitment to security is second to none as he strives to insulate the state from the menace of banditry, through the creation of jobs for the over one million youths who were roaming the streets by the time of his inauguration.
Revamping healthcare, the Bala Mohammed administration in Bauchi State launched a major campaign to upgrade the healthcare delivery systems in the State. His administration began with healthcare infrastructure.
Within the first two years, 323 primary healthcare centers were either constructed, renovated, upgraded, or fully equipped across the rural communities under the BASG/NSHIP program. Within the same two-year period, the Governor Bala Mohammed’s administration constructed, renovated, upgraded, and fully equipped secondary healthcare centers such as the General Hospitals located across the various local government areas [LGAs] – ranging from the construction of a new General Hospital at Warji, Warji LGA, construction of new General Hospital at Dambam, Dambam LGA, construction of new cottage at Yelwan Duguri, and others spread across the LGAs of Bauchi State.
To ensure no project was left abandoned, the construction and completion of four major road construction projects initiated and abandoned by the previous administration were approved – comprising Mararrabar Ganye – Gwalfada road in Toro LGA, Darazo – Gafchiyari road in Darazo LGA, Giade Juguda – Kurda – Gulka road in Giade LGA, and Dass – Gajiwal – Bangim – Falantulu – Bununu in Dass & Tafawa Balewa LGAs. Swift action was taken and these projects commenced immediately.