The former governor of Kano State Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has advised Niger State Governor-elect, Umar Bago to hit the ground running immediately after his swearing-in for the socio-economic development if he must be a performing governor
Kwankwaso stated this at the inaugural lecture of the Niger State Governor-elect with the theme, ‘Addressing the challenges of socio-economic development at the sub-national level in Nigeria held in Minna’.
He revealed that lack of competence and knowledge has made some elected governors who claimed to know all to failure and have nothing to show in their states after four or eight years of governance.
He told the governor-elect to shun stealing and syphoning of public funds but should embark on empowering the people for good and genuine governance, while investing heavily in education and security for the betterment of Niger state or would regret his future.
Also, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega stated that good governance is supposed to be driven by selfless and visionary leaders to address the needs and aspirations of the populace.
He said Nigeria does not only need good governance but good democratic governance which is an indispensable phenomenon in our society, while he expressed worry that money has been used to undermine the Nigerian electoral process.
Jega who said bad governance is responsible for the present economic woes in the country called for the need for public officeholders to be transparent and accountable at all times.
In his remarks, the Niger State Governor-elect pledged to surpass the expectations of the people by raising the bar in governance, assured to operate an open door policy for a renewed Niger State.
Bago stated that the lecture has provided inputs and a foundation for a renewed hope for the state, hence calling for advice, counseling for a successful administration.