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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Bauchi: Yahaya, other Northeast governors join VP Shettima in commissioning of govt house

Bauchi: Yahaya, other Northeast governors join VP Shettima i

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and his counterparts from the Northeastern states have joined Vice President Kashim Shettima to commission the newly constructed Bauchi State Government House.

The event also saw the unveiling of the Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu Square, along with other new structures within the Government House premises. 

The occasion also witnessed the presence of top government functionaries at both state and federal levels, and traditional rulers, including the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III among others.

In his address, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed appreciated the Vice President for honouring the invitation to commission the project.

He said VP Shettima "has shown himself as a patriot who prioritizes the broader and nobler demands of national unity and progress over narrow and destructive partisan interests that dot the shifting quicksands of our political landscape."

While appreciating the Northeast governors for their support during the event, Governor Mohammed revealed how the project came into being.

He said: "Your Excellencies, it would be recalled that at the inception of this administration during my first term in 2019, we had enunciated a clear policy thrust, under the My Bauchi Project agenda, aimed at improving the welfare of our people, orchestrating a robust and diversified economy and upscaling both the social sector and infrastructure in all ramifications.

"The remodelling of the dilapidated, badly run down and inadequate Government House fell under our infrastructure remediation programme, even as we also identified it as a strategic cornerstone of our ambitious urban renewal agenda.

"Your Excellency, I want to say without equivocation that even before I contemplated running for the office of Governor, I had always considered the previous Government House as an affront to the state, a disservice to the men and women who, due to the tedium of governmental administration, were compelled to spend long hours in the hardly conducive environment. 

"And what about our visitors, those guests, our development partners who have been privileged to interact with other nations and sub-national entities?

"My tenancy of the Government House, from 2019, provided instant and compelling justification for my earlier feeling and indeed brought to the fore the urgency of holistically resetting the architectural and psychological milieu of the Bauchi Government House.

"Characterized by inadequate office space for the critical staff of the Government House, lack of meeting rooms, vulnerability to security breaches, an unconducive residential environment and the ever-present risk of de-branding the state, I needed no further conviction that the question of re-modelling the Government House had been overtaken by whether it should be done. The pertinent question had become: when, indeed, how soon?

"That I kept it on hold was borne out of the dictum that what concerns us comes last, that as the pilot of our dream reconstruction effort. I and my family could afford to suffer personal inconvenience if that was what was needed to achieve the ambitious vision espoused in the My Bauchi Project document.

"But it was a delicate balancing act between, on the one hand, self-denial and on the hand, operational efficiency, minimum convenience, the image of the state and the security of both the Governor and all those working in the Government House, due to rampant incidents of security breaches. We decided to act. What you see today is the outcome of that ACTION!

"Standing on this hallowed turf of our Government House, where generations of patriots, living and dead, diligently served the state, Your Excellency, I feel a sense of fulfilment, not just because we dared but that we dared in a big way."

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