Bauchi State governor-elect, Bala Mohammed, has confessed that the path his government will tread towards the rapid development of the state will be long and rough, but that it is the task he will accomplish.
Bala Mohammed, who won the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Saturday’s supplementary election, defeating the incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said in his acceptance speech after INEC eventually declared him winner: “I shall be honest with you about the challenges we would face because I know the road will be long and rough.”
He said that his government’s priority will be more on human capital development even as he promised to carry out his duties as governor with “dignity and honour.
“Contrary to popular belief, our greatest strength is not our lands or our businesses but our own human capital. I shall consider it not only my duty, but it will be my ardent desire to labour for the empowerment of our teeming youths. It also goes without saying that saving the lives of our women and children remains close to my heart.
“We are indeed at a historic cross road. From 29thMay 2019 and beyond, we shall be even more tested to the utmost. But I am persuaded that we have come to this task better equipped than many; and I promise you that we shall not fail you for want of determination and ideas.
“I pledge to execute the duties of the high office of the Governor of Bauchi State with dignity and honour for the benefit of all our people. As your Governor, I propose to work to earn your respect; I will engage men and women that are best qualified to run an efficient and transparent government, and I shall hold them responsible and accountable to my administration.”
The governor-elect said that he will engage the out-going administration on how to move the state forward, adding “in the coming days and weeks, we shall be engaged with officials of the outgoing government with what would hopefully be a hitch-free transitional exercise. Once we have a clearer picture of the enormity of the task of rebuilding our State.”