Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Bauchi State has reiterated the determination of his administration to commence the rehabilitation of all dilapidated public primary and secondary schools in the state, as well as the dualisation of all major roads linking the state capital to other parts of the state.
Governor Abubakar stated this yesterday while playing host to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, who paid him a Sallah homage, pointing out that the significance of these roads to the people of Bauchi needed no emphasis, considering the roles of the roads in the social and economic well being of the people of the state.
While lamenting, the dilapidated state of the roads that have subjected the people to untold hardships, especially during the rainy season, Governor Abubakar said five kilometres of each of the major roads leading to the state capital were to be dualised to ease traffic and vehicular movement, and reduce recurring accidents on the roads that had claimed hundreds of lives.
He said the construction, rehabilitation, renovation and reconstruction of all dilapidated public primary and secondary schools in the state would make qualitative education free, accessible and mandatory.
“All these are in line with my covenant with the people of Bauchi state which is also in line with the manifesto of our great party, the APC. It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in power with empty treasury and lots of public expectation, but we remain resolute and committed to our electoral promises of changing the lives of our people for the better in spite of paucity of resources,” the governor said.
Abubakar explained that proactive measures introduced by the administration with relevant security agencies, which encouraged community policing and intelligence gathering from the local communities, had so far resulted in the arrest of 117 suspected kidnappers and cattle rustlers in some forests in the state, and assured that government would continue supporting neighbourhood committees that had contributed in eliminating youth banditry in most of the urban centres.
The governor revealed that government had concluded arrangements for the establishment of an agency called Bauchi Road and Transport Agency, BAROTA, for the promotion of adherence to motor traffic regulation, especially in urban centres, hygiene as well as ethical refuse collection and disposal, while providing hundreds of youths with employment opportunities.
He urged traditional leaders to encourage their subjects to support security agencies with information that would enhance their operations and assured that his administration would within available resources ensure that all sectors of the society were accorded attention in line with his electoral promises and the APC manifesto.
Earlier, the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu thanked the governor for executing infrastructural projects in the state in spite of difficulties and appealed to the governor to support local community vigilante groups and security committees with logistics, and look into the possibility of setting up a task force for refuse disposal and collection to ensure the elimination of communicable diseases.
Alhaji Adamu enjoined politicians in the state to team up and move the state forward, stressing that “dispute among leaders does no one any good.”
Governor Abubakar had flagged off the construction of Bauchi township and inter-town road projects at the cost of over N6 billion, pledging improved standard of living, with his 2016 budget focusing more on life-touching programmes like construction and rehabilitation of urban and rural roads, improvement of health facilities, total overhaul of the education system.
The road construction in Bauchi metropolis consists of scarifying the entire length of the existing surface, construction of 150mm laterite sub-base, 150mm stone base, priming, lying of 60mm binder course and 40mm wearing course.
The road will have four standard lanes separated with central medium fitted streetlights, concrete walkways as well as reinforced concrete drains on both sides.
The section from the Federal Low-cost – Railway roundabout will be dualised to have same features with the CBN Federal Low-cost segment of the road.

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