Few weeks ago NEWISSUES Magazine did an analysis on the five worst governors in Northern Nigeria. Today we are going to look at the five best governors so far. This is as a result of polls we have conducted last years on social media, phone calls we made to journalists, opinion leaders, and random people residing in states in Northern Nigeria. We would start from Number 5.
THE FIFTH (No. 5) BEST GOVENOR IN NORTHERN NIGERIA IN THE PAST ONE YEAR IS GOVERNOR MAI MALA BUNI
Governor Mai Mala Buni is one interesting character who has surpasses all expectations in one year with his team of youthful and educated young men who are running Yobe State. Governor Buni may not make too much noise but most people in Yobe State think he has done beautifully well and he is being praise both by critics and admirers alike. He is being lauded by his people in the area of Road Constructions to local governments, investment in education, health, social development, reviving Yobes’s Aluminum and flour/feed mill which will create thousands of jobs, distribution of tractors to all local government, sale of fertilizer and ensuring it gets to all the farmers. Governor Buni has before the COVID 19 traveled to several countries in search of investment for his state. Despite the Boko Haram crisis, Governor Buni has done remarkable well. In area of housing Governor Buni has step up too with plans on the way for 3, 600 housing estate across the state.
Dr. Mohammed Goje, one of Governor Buni’s appointee who is Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has done so well to compliment the work of his boss. SEMA handles most of the humanitarian issues of Yobe State, a State that has been the epicenter of Boko Haram attacks since 1999. Governor Buni has been praised for his appointment of brilliant minds like Dr. Goje. With a team like that of Yobe, a lot of people in Yobe expect much more and they believe they will get the real benefit of good governance.
Congratulations to Governor Mai Mala Buni.
THE FOURTH ( 4th) ON THE LIST OF BEST GOVERNOR IN NORTHERN NIGERIA IS GOVENOR ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE OF KANO.
Regardless of what they tell you, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is among the best Governor in Northern Nigeria. You may have seen the Daily Nigerian video when the Governor of Kano was seen collecting dollar from some people, yes, we watched it too. But this has nothing to do with what the man has done in the past one year. NEWISSUES team were in Kano in February and people would definitely tell you that Governor Danduje did well. Even Ganduje critics cannot tell you they don’t see the massive infrastructures going on all over Kano.
Ganduje has invested so much in infrastructure, continuing the massive job in Kano metropolitan, now putting a finishing touches the the massive job left by his predecessor. Even the Northern State Governors voted Ganduje as they best governor in the North.
People say when Governor Kwankwaso focused more on urban areas, Ganduje extended his work to the rural area, providing infrastructures, there is huge investment in Agriculture in Kano, and in attempt to stop herders farmers clashes, Governor Ganduje has quickly built a cattle rearing area for Fulani nomads. Kano State Governor has also improved the health infrastructures in the state.
In every sphere of government, Governor Ganduje has done remarkably well and the people of Kano can attest to that.
THE THIRD (3rd) BEST GOVENOR IN NORTHERN NIGERIA IS GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU OF KEBBI STATE.
Kebbi lead in the area of rice production of the nation and in the diversification process of the economy. Thanks to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who has ensured this his state lead in the area of rice production in Nigeria.
The rice revolution in Kebbi State has provided thousands of employment. This is however with the support of the federal government.
Governor Bagudu has also kept Kebbi State safe despite the bandit problems all around his state with the mass killings all around.
THE SECOND (2nd ) BEST GOVENOR IN NORTHERN NIGERIA IS GOVERNOR BALA MOHAMMED.
When Governor Bala Mohammad, former FCT Minister, may not advertise, he has done fantastically well in all sphere of human and infrastructural development. He started immediately with road constructions, rehabilitations of schools and building new ones.
In less than a year, tremendous achievements have been made, with more than many being executed by the present administration.
Governor Bala Muhammed has awarded the capital projects of over N45 billion Naira ranging from roads construction, rehabilitation and dualization, building thousands of classrooms in primary and junior secondary schools, rehabilitated laboratories and furnishing offices as well as fencing some of the public schools in the state.
Governor Bala Muhammed has awarded and construction several roads, including Burga-Yelwan Duguri, about 58.8-kilometer; Muda Lawal Road, about 1.1kilometer, and the Gombe Road-Maiduguri Bypass, about 4.2 Kilometers.
Others are the Yakubun Bauchi-Raji Quarters road, about 1.7 kilometer; 6.2 kilometer Sabon Kaura-Mir road, Sade-Akuyam, 16 Kilometers, Tafawa Balewa Road, Azare, 1.7 Kilometer; Jamaare Byepass Azare, 1.3 kilometer, among others.
Many of these projects have been completed, some are at the stage of completion, others being executed.
The governor also succeeded construction of over 700 Boreholes and Hand-pumps across the twenty Local Governments Areas of the state.
Hundreds of Demo-Toilet have been built in schools and PHCs across the state.
In health sector, succeses recorded by the governor cannot be compared with any of his predecessors, in less than a year, all the 26 General Hospitals, 1,117PHCs and the Specialist Hospital have been rehabilitated, additional laboratories have been built in many, beds were provided and nurses have been retrained.
…AND THE FIRST (No. 1) IN THIS CATEGORY IS PROFESSOR BABAGANA UMARA ZULUM, THE GOVERNOR OF BORNO STATE
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is notably the best Governor in Northern Nigeria in the past one year. His style of governance of standing by his people endeared him to the whole nation. The no nonsense professor started seriously and has even consistent continued to work for his people. Professor Zulum, a workaholic governor who wants to see things done, would himself to to hospitals and suspend or sack people who are neglect their job. Everyone remembers that day he went to a primary school and saw an Igbo last who was the only staff that early morning in school. Governor Zulum promoted her to assistant head mistress. Suddenly the Governor image became that of a detribalized Nigerian, most Southerners said then that he should be an example to Northern State Governors.
Governor Zulum is everyone’s dream Governor. The people of Borno State have all but praise for him.
Despite the insurgency problem that has ravaged Borno State, Governor Zulum continues to perform excellently in every sphere. He would visit a village that has been attacked. He mixes with his people and he even fights the Nigerians Army for negligence that led to the killings of people.
Zulum is everyone’s hero. Not even for all the infrastructures, but for being his people’s Govenor. It is a remarkable one year for the people of Borno State.