POLITICAL PUNDIT SERIES: INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
By Jeffery Igbinigie
In as much that we all agreed that entire infrastructural development nationwide need serious attention. Trunk A roads need urgent attention and mostly interstate routes. Some state governors actually did well with their resources to develop Trunk B roads in their axis .
Special mention will go to Gov Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe State,the state is very small, I think just about 11 LGA’s but its amazing how with meager resources accruing to the state,he is able to achieve so much development. My eyes were opened when on a visit to the state in 2011 under Danjuma Goje during the construction of Gombe International Hotel,plus what has been achieved by his successor since then with the state of the art Civic Centre plus massive infrastructural development executed and ongoing in the state .
I don’t seem to understand how states that are deemed poor and low in IGR are able to execute good development. When you travel on Kabba,Kogi State to Omuo Ekiti, you will notice marked difference as soon as you get to the border town. Moreover i saw during recent visit to Ekiti State,all the 5 LGA’s Ikole,Oye,Ifaki,Gbonyin and Moba in Ekiti North Senatorial District are blessed with good,well paved and tarred road networks under the famed “Ponmo Eating Governor” Ayodele Fayose derided by many sustaining his predecessor Kayode Fayemi efforts
When you arrive at Omagwa International Airport in Port Harcourt and in your entire drive into the city,you are welcomed with good infrastructure and well lit roads even the villages along your route like Igwuruta and others are blessed. I had to admit to some friends we are together on the trip that Gov Nyesom Wike surprised me and his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi did well and laid the foundation of sustainable development from what obtains under Peter Odili between 1999 – 2007
Funny enough people don’t give much credit to Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his predecessor Peter Obi,but my eyes popped when i saw regeneration and infrastructural development of Onitsha and few towns under them when i went to the state.
Kano State under Rabiu Kwankwanso was massively developed and regenerated same way Akinwunmi Ambode is also doing a fantastic job in Lagos,Godswill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom State is “infrastructural transformer”, the whole idea started with his predecessor Victor Attah and his successor Udom Emmanuel is sustaining that legacy. Anyway those are the few positives,i can easily recollect,although there are more, space will not permit me now .
Now to the few ones,that need to up their game. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State need to roll up his sleeves and get to work on his state infrastructural development,no story. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is regarded as a technocrat with midas touch he needs to give serious attention to the whole Edo North Senatorial District axis,many of the roads are collapsing and impassable .
Rotimi Akeredolu is from Akoko region of Ondo State,so I am a bit surprised that the main route Owo -Ikare Akoko road is almost washed away. In Bayelsa State and for reasons best known to the political stakeholders , like they so decided the state should remain underdeveloped,reason i cannot fathom.
In conclusion, its safe to believe infrastructural development in any state and the whole country is tied towards political exposed persons attitude,responsive and responsible behaviors and not necessarily what accrues to the coffer from internally generated revenue or federal allocations.
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