President Muhammadu Buhari says in the next four years, his administration will focus on building an inclusive, secure and prosperous Nigeria in line with its change agenda.
He was speaking on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while hosting a delegation from Nasarawa State, Central Nigeria.
He said:“As a government, the responsibility on us is enormous. In the last four years we have focused on enhancing security, inclusive economic empowerment and fighting corruption. In all these areas we have made progress despite the significant challenges we faced.
“In the next four years I want to assure you that we will remain committed to the change agenda. Our goal of building an inclusive, secure and prosperous Nigeria is achievable. However, the federal government cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation and support of states, local governments as well as traditional and religious leaders.”
President Buhari expressed delight at the way government projects are making the needed impact in Nasarawa State.
He used the opportunity to call on State governments to collaborate more with the federal government, in order to deliver more democratic dividends to Nigerians.
“Nasarawa State and its citizens have always been dear to me. Our political journey started a long time ago, in good times and in difficult times and I could always account on your support.
“You are the first and only state to elect a governor under CPC and resisted all the riggings of the power that be at the time. I can never forget your commitment and your love for me from the moment I entered partisan politics. Today, our political movement is now in government at the centre. We have won majority states, we have majority in National Assembly, we must therefore show gratitude to almighty God for all the blessings.
“I am pleased to hear that the federal government’s projects in Nasarawa state are impacting on your citizens. I will like to congratulate the Governor, Deputy Governor and all the newly elected officials from Nasarawa state on your victory in the polls including of course, Senator Almakura.
“I want to use this forum to again soliciting the support of all states to align with those four pillars. We must all have a collective vision for sustainable development,” the President appealed.
The Nigerian leader commended the immediate past Governor of the State, Alhaji tanko Almakura, for doing a good job while in office.
“I must commend the steadfastness, commitment and the enormous hard work of the former governor, who identified with our project from the word go. I wish him well in his new assignment,” he said.
Similarly, he commended the State government and elders for maintaining peace in Nasarawa.
He said: “I must commend you the Nasarawa elders and leaders for maiming peace within the state. In the last four years, you collectively put aside your political, religious and ethnic differences for the interest of stability and prosperity. We must continue to preach peace and understanding in your various communities.
The incessant conflicts between herders and farmers an age long problem, this administration is determined to find lasting solutions. I employ all leaders of opinion to help maintain peace while we are putting in place policies and permanent solutions.”
Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, appreciated the Nigerian government for executing people oriented programmes in Nasarawa State.
“Let me express our most profound appreciation to your administration for executing landmark projects in Nasarawa state, such as the dualization of Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road, the 330 KV and 132 KV power distribution injection transmission stations, the federal government prototype housing estate at Akruba near Lafia and the takeover of the Farin ruwa hydro power project, which is going to generate about 20 Megawatts of power among others geared towards the growth and development of Nasarawa state and the nation.
“This is the first time Nasarawa state is lucky o benefit from the benevolence of the federal government by way of sighting projects and programmes very dear to the survival of our people. We feel highly recognised, appreciated and no doubt, given the sense of belonging,” the Governor stated.
The Governor thanked President Buhari for appointing indigenes of the State into key positions, like the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the National Youth Service corps NYSC.
He therefore pledged the continued support of the people of the State to the Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
The Governor later presented a plague to President Buhari in appreciation of his good gesture to the people of the State.
The powerful delegation included the State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe, Chief Judge of Nassarawa State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, and Senator Tanko AlMakura among others.