President Buhari was in the state for a two-day working visit. While here, he commissioned various projects bordering on agriculture, infrastructure and security.
The President arrived yesterday morning and was received by Governor M. A. Abubakar. The first port of call was the Nigerian Air Force Base where he commissioned the Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital Bauchi. The Hospital is ultra-modern and can cater for various medical needs.
Mr. President then proceeded to Awala roundabout to commission the Giwo Academy-Awala Roundabout-Gidan mai roads. The road was rehabilitated and dualised by Gov. M. A. Abubakar in fulfilment of his campaign promises to the Bauchi people.
The Presidential entourage then moved to the Emir’s palace to pay a courtesy call to HRH Suleimanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi. The Emir welcomed President Buhari to the state. He thanked him for his efforts especially in terms of security, tackling corruption and social welfare for the poor. He presented the President with a gift of the Holy Quran.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his team, led by Governor Abubakar then progressed to Gombe road o commission the rehabilitation of the road. The Gombe Gate-House of Assembly axis was carried out by the Governor M. A. Abubakar-led administration.
The highlight of the visit was at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, were agricultural equipment was distributed to aid the Agro sector in the state. Governor Abubakar welcomed the President to the state. He reiterated that his administration has continued to key into the policies of the Buhari-APC led Federal Government, to ensure the dividends of democracy is felt in the state. He maintained that Bauchi has benefitted from the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, the School Feeding programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer to the poor to mention a few.
Governor Abubakar stated that the President’s visit is to commission some road and infrastructural projects as well as give the agro sector in the state a boost. He thanked the President on behalf of the good people of Bauchi.
In response, President Buhari said Bauchi was his second home and the reception was warm and rousing. He thanked Governor Abubakar and commended him for the development strides in the state.
The President said he remained resolute to tackle corruption and punish those who steal from the public purse. He urged the youths to embrace education and seek knowledge. He also asked that agriculture be taken serious as both Bauchi and the Federal Government has given the sector priority.
President Buhari concluded by saying desperation should be eschewed in politics. He applauded Governor Abubakar for doing well, and prayed for more wisdom to lead the people. The President also lauded the Governor’s prudence in managing the state resources, saying the Governor has proved to be a trustworthy companion. He also commended him for prompt payment of salaries while many states couldn’t.
Attending the event was Governor of Adamawa state, Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Political leaders, top civil servants and the masses who thronged the stadium to greet Mr. President. The people broke out in a song after the President was done with his speech.
Governor M. A. Abubakar later hosted President Buhari to a dinner event later in the day.
The President left the state this morning after a successful working visit.