By Daure David

The conferment of a prestigious award to Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State with a prestigious award for Urban Renewal from the Best Strategic (TBS) Media in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at the 2024 Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS) is not surprising. This is a testimony that beyond pen and paper, He is the architect of the modern Bauchi State since its inception in 1976.

Democracy may be a word familiar to most, but it is a concept still misunderstood by many. Yet the power of the democratic idea has also evoked some of history’s most profound and moving expressions of human will and intellect: from Pericles in ancient Athens to Vaclav Havel in the modern Czech Republic, from Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence in 1776 to Andrei Sakharov’s last speeches in 1989. Democracy has been rewarding to the good people of Bauchi State with him Bala at the helm of affairs. To Governor Bala, it is about service to humanity and the people to whom the power belong.

He has the profile of a risen phoenix, a cool, calculating executrix who appears to have plotted almost with precision. His surgeon into politics began when ,he convincingly won to represents the good people of Bauchi South in 2007 and three later, he was appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR. One unique quality of him is his political acumen that is admired both by his mentees and mentors is his simplicity despite his rich CV.

However , his election as the Governor of Bauchi State will remain in history as one of the best decision and choices made by the State electorates. For decades, money politics and political power has failed to induce Bauchi electorates, the only reason why Governor won his election in 2019 and 2023 was as a result of his documented success stories as a reputable public servant and politician. Bauchi State have continued to witnessed remarkable transformation in the urban centres, with the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure, the revitalization of public spaces, and the creation of thriving communities that cater to the diverse needs of the people in all spheres of human endeavours.

His political sagacity and pedigree have assisted him to rebuild the state’s ties with the outside world both nationally and internationally just like the late Prime Minister Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of blessed memory did. Both coming from the Bauchi State is never a coincidence rather a blessings done to us by the Almighty Allah. 58 Years after the death of late Balewa, Bauchi State been lifted higher according to principles of service to humanity and excellenc under his watch. Gov. Bala’s vision for Bauchi expansion to compete with other cities of the world is one of his many trajectories and unwavering commitment to service delivery.

He has acknowledged that ,the Security of lives and properties of the citizens is the primary objectives of all Government. He remained extremely motivated and focused in advancing a working relationship towards improving the lives and well being of the people through conducive environment. As the State’s chief security officer, Bala leverages his vision to strengthen Yan Danga security groups and collaborates closely with the Army, Nigerian Police, and DSS to address security issues both inside and outside the city centre. Currently the most tranquil state in the nation, Bauchi State continues to draw in foreign and domestic investment.

Consequently, this national service award presented to him His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a testimony of his dedication and displayed of exceptional leadership and efforts to restore back Bauchi State to pride of place. It is under his administration that , the state witnessed tremendous urban renewal projects which includes the construction of hundreds of kilometers of township roads and drainages, expansion of Bauchi Urban Water Scheme, reconstruction, rehabilitation and remodeling of the Bauchi State new Government House, and over 2,500 housing estates.

The presence of all great sons and daughters that matters in the affairs of Bauchi State during the dinner organised in his honour in Abuja spoke in high Volume, his reconnection by all irrespective of tribes and religious lines.
Former SGF, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, Emir of Bauchi, State PDP chairman, Senator Abdul Ningi, Professor Elias Bogoro, Rep Mansur Manu Soro, Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service, Alhaji Adamu Duguri among others were flip faces during the event. The Acting National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Umar Damagum described him as as a reliable pillar in the party.

Few out of hundreds of his infrastructural development are worth scrutinizing for posterity and documentation to serve as a furnish facts upon why this national service award to Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed cannot be contested. Construction of modern markets in Bauchi and Azare towns, the establishment of the Bauchi Markets and Terminal Company, tree planting and beautification programs, construction of a new judicial complex, establishment of the Bauchi Infrastructure Maintenance Agency and the Bauchi State Road Traffic Maintenance Agency , ongoing Kauran Bauchi modern city , Wunti and Central Market flyovers.

Recall, He was awarded Distinguished Award in Rural Development under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and nothing more can ever be done to the good people of Bauchi State more than the current wave of development been exhibited by Gov. Bala. Educational facilities have been upgraded, and classroom blocks constructed across the State. The action of the State Government to evacuate containers from major Bauchi roads, he has continued to bring the state into order, reducing ongoing security risks and enhancing the city’s already stunning natural beauty, positioning it as the tourism pearl.

Considering the roles of Agriculture in the economy of Bauchi State, He has increased its production capacity by 50% by providing Fertilizer and farming implements to farmers at subsidized rates. His commitment to innovation, social responsibility, and collaboration with stakeholders has made the State a safe destination for farming attracting both national and international farmers. One out of many to mention is Tiamin Rice which has cultivated over 5,000 hectares of land in the State.

These aforementioned legacies have been achieved with a little available resources, one thing that make the work easier is his policy to appoint highly skilled, energetic, qualified, dynamic, and competent individuals as commissioners and heads of agencies. For instance,The Commissioner of finance Hon Yakubu Adamu has been instrumental in managing the limited State finances for greater accountability and transparency in line with the Governor’s mandate to boost the State’s IGR and create employment. In the next three years, Bauchi will be place among the most developed and beautiful cities in Africa and the world at large.

It is save to concludes that ,this National Service Award is one of too many awards received by Gov. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed in recognition of his service to humanity through good governance. It is the reason that , I pen down this to celebrates with the Governor and the entire people of Bauchi State over his recognition and honour done to us.

Daure, Writes from Bauchi,

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