Since Aminu Tambuwal emerged as governor of Sokoto state on May 29 last year he has been working all through to overcome some challenges confronting the state. Our reporter MAHMOUD MUHAMMAD, takes a look at the journey so far ahead of first anniversary of the present administration in the state.
Since when Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal took over the mantle of leadership as Sokoto State Governor on May 29, 2015 activities of government have been going slowly but steady.
Tambuwal took over the leadership of the state at a time when governance was at its lowest ebb, which is a common factor in every state when all government activities are virtually put on hold at the peak of electioneering campaigns. This situation, however, did not in any way suggest that Tambuwal’s predecessor, Aliyu Wakkako, did not do his best for the state. He did and his performance has been duly acknowledged by leaders and indigenes of the state across political divide.
Senator AliyuWammakko is regarded as a silent achiever in the state and no one can under rate him or accuse him of performing below expectation. Wammakko left a very credible record in the state in terms of transforming of Sokoto and also uplifting the standard of living of populace and society.
Besides, it is also widely acknowledged across the state that the former governor impacted positively in terms of infrastructural developing the State. In fact, analyst are of the view that Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko survive the fience political battle, as well court case between him and ex-governor Bafarawa because he endeared himself to the people of the state through his performance as governor.
Now the ball is in Tambuwal’s court to maintain the tempo of development in nthe state and, if possible, surpass what his predecessor did for the people of Sokoto in the past eight years back.
During the electioneering campaign Aminu Tambuwal, expectedly, promised to raise the bar and came in with the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on whose platform he contested and won the election.
While at the federal level a lot of Nigerians are already complaining that they are yet to start feeling the impact of the change mantra, the situation is different in Sokoto state where the governor hit the ground running immediately he was inaugurated and he is already delivering on his campaign promise to positively improve the situation in the state despite the dwindling resources at the disposal of the state government.
One of the biggest challenges the governor inherited in the seat of the Caliphate was issues of street urchins, commonly referred to as “Area boys” and those that vandalize government projects in the state. The governor has taken several measures to rid these urchins from the streets of Sokoto and one of the strategies he employed was to give them access to education which is free in the state.
Because of the situation he met on the ground Aminu Tambuwal declared State of Emergency in education started with recruitment of five hundred (500) teachers across the State, uplifting the standard of populace, addressing unemployment, creating conducive atmosphere for business as well as elevated government workers that were due for promotion to up to Permanent Secretaries and Director Generals.
Aside from that, he also create room for investors in to the state, which in the next few years hopes to compete favorably with others states with booming economy like Lagos and Kano states.
Against this background, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Spokesperson, Malam Imam Imam said recently at one of the seminar organized through his office that the speculations going round in the state that Tambuwal does not stay in office is lie.
Imam Imam described the allegation as baseless, saying his boss is up and doing and the outcome of his travelling is yielding positive result for the state.
He said his boss believed in the change mantra of APC aimed at changing the attitude of people to embrace business, while the youths who are leaders of tomorrow are agents of change but needs to go through training in different skills to make them useful to society and self reliant.
He also added that, “Waziri is only interested in showing one how to catch fish” saying even after living office the youths would have been equipped to boast of something to survive on.
“Similarly, the entire workers of Sokoto are not complaining of salary as their salaries are coming as at when due, even with the critical economic situation in the country.”
In appreciation to efforts and steps taken by the Tambuwal administration to improve the welfare of the people of the state, a teacher, who is earning only N18,000 minimum wages monthly, Habu Altine kyadawa, said there is no vacancy at government house for now. He said teachers are his (Tambuwal’s) top priority but he should address the issue of promotion and arrears of salaries of teachers in the state.
However, one other challenge facing this present administration is issuing soft loan to traders union and also revive agriculture.
It will be recalled that during the handing over speech, Governor Tambuwal pledges to continue from where Wamnakko his predecessor stop by uplifting the living standard of the populace, even as he made similar statement during flagged off campaign for 23 local government election scheduled for 12 March.
Governor Tambuwal is a legal practitioner before he ventured into politics. He bagged an LL.B (Hons) Degree from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 1991 after which he completed his one year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, obtained his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992.
Tambuwal worked as personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali the then senate leader from 1999 to 2000.
In 2003, he ran for and was elected into the House of Representatives representing Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
He however defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa before the 2007 elections. But when the DPP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.
Aminu Tambuwal has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. He was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip upon his re-election.Aminu Tambuwal has also been a member of several committees.
Aminu Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to the opposition All Progressive Congress(APC) on October 28, 2014. He contested for the Governorship in the April 2015 elections and won under the Platform of the APC.