Niger state Governorship ticket for2015 is not for sale says Gov. Aliyu
The Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu has made it clear that the Governorship ticket of the ruling People’s Democratic Party PDP will be given to a PDP member from the Niger North Senatorial District but insisted that the party will be fair and just to all the aspirants gunning for the slot.
He gave the assurance in Kontagora on Friday at the inauguration of the Kontagora township road and street light as well as 10 kilometers of roads projects constructed in the 11 wards of the local government area.
While the Kontagora road and township light projects cost the government over N1.9bn the 110 kilometer road projects were executed at over N710m. The projects were inaugurated by the Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora Alhaji Saidu Namaska.
Aliyu assured all those gunning for the ticket that the slot is not for sale to the highest bidder just as he maintained that the PDP will not buy votes during the election proper insisting that the right of the people to make their choice freely will be respected.
The Governor however advised the people of Kontagora and Borgu emirates which make up the Niger North senatorial district to be wary of people going round the communities seeking their support just because they have money.
“I warn you to be wary of some people who want to buy you because their parents are rich, examine those seeking your votes and see their contributions to the state because taking a decision”.
The governor also used the occasion to dispel the claim of non performance levied against his administration by the opposition in the state saying that since the administration came on board in 2007 it has continued to pay as at when due the salaries and allowances of all category of workers’ from cleaners to the permanent secretaries’ apart from other projects that have been executed for the benefit of the average nigerlite.
He claimed that some states in the country under the opposition party have not been able to pay workers salaries for upward of 18 months submitting that when workers are not paid as at when due it will create opportunity for fraud in the public service.
Governor Aliyu also defended the decision of the government to go to the capital market to collect loan explaining that the N15bn already collected has been used to provide basic infrastructural facilities in the 3 senatorial districts thereby fast tracking their developments.
Government has been paying back the loan as at when due while all the projects will be completed on schedule and according to specifications, he said.
Earlier the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Alhaji Muazu Bawa had told the gathering that government embarked on the construction of 10 kilometers of roads in each of the 25 local government areas of the state to open the areas to development and boost the economic lives of the people.
He said the state recently awarded the Badeggi-Katcha road project contract adding that the contractor has already mobilized to site.
Meanwhile the Governor has renamed the old Lagos road the Nagwamase drive and the FCE kontagora road as Mamman Kontagora road in honour of the former Minister of Works Major General Mammam Tsoho Kontagora.