… flags-off campaign with 10-point-agenda
…vows to take Gombe to greater heights
…tackle unemployment and poverty
… promises to build 250 world class pry and Secondary schs in first 100days
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Gombe guber candidate Jibrin Mohammed Barde has alleged that the outgoing APC government has frittered away N300billon on virtually nothing.
Barde while speaking at the party’s flag-off gave a catalogue of woes bedeviling Gombe despite its many natural endowments.
He explained that the outgoing administration had frittered away over N300billion without anything tangible to show for it despite not servicing any inherited loan but accumulated loans for the state.
“Yet the economic prosperity is absent, the situation is still in very bad shape, there’s no guarantee for life, our farmers struggle to farm, herdsmen have no where to graze.
“Our traders are losing their capital and resources everyday without support from government.
” It’s not the case of no resources and not Abuja question, it’s the question of governance and lack of leadership.
“Unfortunately the public service the last stabiliser of governance has been weakened and disenfranchised with accountability mechanism being ignored and flouted.
“Several loans obtained and 62percent of our indigenes are wallowing in poverty and hunger staring the citizens and this is a question of leadership.
“As we speak now over 700,000 children are out of school and 69percent of our youths are currently unemployed.
“As we witness this unprecedented mismanagement of of our common wealth where’s is then the foundation of of our future and future of our children and as part of our vision we will put ten concrete things into place.
“As such we are here offering ourselves not with the desire for power or ambition but to provide accountable and pragmatic leadership to our people to which you can hold me to account.
“Create an education task fund to enable us galvanise education within 100days.
“In the first 100days of our administration we shall provide 250 world class primary and secondary schools each to world class standard.
” This will reduce the number of drop out children from our schools for the benefits of our children.
“Open all tertiary institutions in our State, including State University of Technology in Kumho immediately for the benefits of our people and children within the first day of our administration.
“We will fix the dilapidated health care services in the State, with a focus to get good health equipment, reduce child and mother mortality rate, restore government bond with medical students on day one of our administration, tax breaks to big businesses and small scale businesses to ensure they grow.
“We will create modular factories in mining, cement production turn Gombe into a regional agricultural hub of the north east.
“Expand Gombe north Water supply and implement Gombe south regional Water supply in the medium and long term.
“Provide policy to support for farmers and return all lands illegally taken away from our indigenes.
“Provide transportation for our farmers as this will reduce the cost of produce.
“Pay all outstanding pensions to pensioners and restore the rule of law in Gombe and by the time we leave office we will be leaving behind a world class state.