Central), National Youth
Council of Nigeria, NYCN,
Comrade Usman Danjuma, said
the Nasarawa State Governor,
Tanko Al-Makura, has put
structures in place that will
drive development and ensure
the wellbeing of citizens beyond
his tenure, thereby making
governance easier for his
In an interview with Nigerian
Pilot in Abuja, he noted that
the governor has succeeded in
putting the state on the path
of economic and structural
development despite the
financial crunch facing the
He explained that the coming of
Al-Makura helped to reposition
Nasarawa that was generally
regarded as a rural state due to
stunted development, adding
that despite his efforts, some
persons are bent on discrediting
him for peculiar reasons.
“How can you discredit
a governor who has set the
path for development and
the economic recovery of a
state which was saddled with
visionless leadership over time?
Governor Al-Makura inherited
the state in a comatose stage and
quick fix measures were required
to address the infrastructural
deficit. At the initial level,
roads were constructed and
rehabilitated with sizable
bridges and drainages to link
up communities in the 13 local
government areas.
“He also constructed cottage
hospitals and equipped them
with modern equipment to
service the health demands of
citizens in the three senatorial
districts namely: Akwanga for
Nassarawa-North, Nasarawa-
Toto for Nasarawa-West and
Kwadare for Nasarawa-South
“In view of his desire to
have a viable economy, he
embarked on the construction
of a high class international
cargo airport which will
facilitate trade and investment
in agro-products, minerals and
textiles which is now above
60 per cent completion. This
is to complement the financial
management of the partly
owned rice-plantation (Olam
farms located in Doma),” he
On education, Comrade
Danjuma stressed that
priority was given to the 13
local government areas to
accommodate the intellectual
needs of an emerging society.
“In addition to the
rehabilitation and construction
of classroom blocks, the governor
built modern e-libraries in
all the senatorial districts. In
Akwanga, Keffi and Lafia Local
Government Areas, teachers
were engaged, promoted and
given the necessary incentive to
boost their morale.”
Danjuma noted that the
governor was able to achieve this
feat because of the competent
team that he assembled,
particularly his deputy, chief of
staff and the SSG and urged him
not to relent in his service to the
state and humanity in general.