29th May 2011 was the day when the third democratically elected Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura takes over the helms of affair of the home of solid mineral, barely three years in office after attaining the exalted political office through a popular mandate that ousted the People’s Democratic Party which ruled the state for three consecutive times it was hopes amidst despair by the people that intoned and paid the crucial worth of bringing the current Governor to fame notwithstanding the power of incumbency.
THE GOOD SIDE OF GOVERNOR AL-MAKURA
Governor Al-Makura without any doubt has put in his best on the sands of Nasarawa state when it comes to infrastructural development like the construction of township road network in the state capital extended to Local Government headquarters, The road construction was asphalt over laying which was not constructed ever since the survival of the state seventeen years after creation.
Other Good side of Governor Al-Makura was the payment of 40bn debt inherited from his predecessor, The disclosure make people of the state to sympathize with the Governor over the financial position of the state, The exposure that Governor Akwe Doma failed to unveiled when he attained the seat of power on the 29 May 2007 .
Lafia, the state which was a overvalued Local Government headquarter is witnessing the presence of infrastructural development,The Governor also succeeded in distributing 40 units of transformers procured by the former Governor, Akwe Doma to selected Local Governments of the state on assumption of office as indigents of the state attributed the distribution of the units of transformers to the sitting Governor.
In spite of the developmental stride of the Shendam road landlord impetus was accorded to the construction of urban and rural road network cut across the length and breadth of the state,.
While others attributed the quality roads network constructed to a join effort of the world Bank, The education sector is fleeting through total transformation as more classrooms were constructed, while old structures were rehabilitated, Governor Al-Makura also succeeded in the establishment of Taal Model schools and desk provided to schools aimed at addressing pupils sitting on bare floor, which was the features of public schools in Nasarawa before the coming of
The Governor also thrived in the payment of the new minimum wage of N18, 900 approved by the Federal Government, AL-Makura also succeeded in revivifying boredom in the civil.
INTRODUCTION OF FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
The stringent measure was aimed at curtailing hardship faced parents in the payment of school fees.Free registration of Neco/Waec to indigent and non-indigent students, This holistic approach was at the right direction, In the history of Governance in the state from 1996 to date no Governor has attempted to construct single kilometer township road in the Local Government headquarters, Massive establishment of Model school cut across the twelve Local Government including Lafia been the administrative head of Nasarawa state, while dilapidated schools were renovated and rehabilitated, The free education policy is death before arrival as stakeholders in the education sector chided the state Government for taking unilateral decision for the introduction of free education.
Majority of public schools in the state are still collecting school fees from students while some of the principals decried absence of chalk and continues assessment booklet in their schools,The policy according to some political analyst and members of the opposition party described it as lip-service.
The incumbent regime under the able leadership of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has embarked on the training and retraining of over 4,152 primary and Junior secondary schools in the state, The effort has gone a long way towards enhancing capacity building among teachers in the state.
The introduction of Al-Makura Educational Disadvantage Intervention Scheme (AEDIS was introduce to complement the already existing National Teachers Institute aimed at enhancing capacity and broadening the horizon of teachers,only one third of the teachers benefited from the training exercise while opposition in the state ascribed the training as selective
THE BAD SIDE OF ALMAKURA
Mass purge of public servants especially employees at the third tier of Government in the name of sanitizing the Local Government system was kicked against by people of the state, It was traumatized dreams amidst hopes by the broad-spectrum masses of the state, It was on record that over 5000 workers listed as unconfirmed workers employed through illegal
means were displaced, The screening, verification and bio-data exercise was mar by favoritism, The affected workers are the beneficiaries of Governor Abdullahi Adamu’s regime on the youth protection scheme and others employed by the immediate past administration of Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma, The sacked workers it was gathered some of them had put in 10 years in service but were displaced without any benefit.
The untold story was that Governor Al-Makura has since reinstated some of the sacked staff who has the backing of bigwigs of the All Progressive Congress, The situation has been devastating to the affected citizenry.
FAVORITISM IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROJECTS
There is no justification in the distribution of projects cut across the 13 Local Governments and Development Areas of the state, The Governor sited Federal Government Girls College at Kwandare, His country home, Other projects is sitting of Airport at the same location of Kwandare.
INCESSANT FOREIGN VOYAGE
On assumption of office in 2011 to date the Shendam road anchorman embark on incessant foreign trips for the often times, It was gathered that the Governor has embarked on 26 foreign trips,Al-Makura in a press briefing tag media chat aired by NTA buttress that he embarked on 11 foreign trips, He further said 9 trips are for progress of the state while 3 trips are on medical ground, Some of the countries visited by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura includes
Governor Al-Makura was rated the most traveled Governor since the inception of the state, if not Governor Abdullahi Adamu whose trips are mostly domestic voyage which consume less with no Estacada as was obtainable under Tanko Al-Makura.
STARVING MINISTRIES, BOARDS, AGENCIES OF FUND
The other bad side of Al-Makura was starving ministries, boards, agencies and parastatals of fund, this also is a major factor that bedeviled public offices, The Governor also slash the overhead cost of the four tertiary institutions owned by the state Government which includes, Nasarawa State University ,Keffi, College of Agriculture,Lafia,College of Education, Akwanga and Nasarawa State Polytechnics
AWARD OF CONTRACT TO SELF, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The renovation, rehabilitation, expansion and furnishing of Government House was awarded on direct labour,This among other factors delayed the completion of the work, The non-release of fund also compel contractors handling Stanbic IBTC -Inec-Kurukyo road to abandoned the project due to non-releases of fund, The delay in the construction of a befitting stadium in the state capital was derailed due to paucity of fund, While the proposal for the construction of 2500 in five urban centers of Akwanga, Doma, Nasarawa, Keffi and Karu, The housing project which was in 2013budget was a mirage
THE WORST SIDE OF GOVERNOR ALMAKURA
80 Percent of appointment into sensitive positions and award of contracts has been the official practice of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s reign ,Other weaknesses is that the Governor attach premise to his tribe (The Gwandara’s ) Gwandara where brought to the limelight as many of them were appointed into key positions which include
1. Mallam Abdulkarim Muhammed,Is Gwandara from Kokona
2. Barrister Clement Ode Magaji,executive secretary, Nasarawa State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board
3. Dr.Salisu Raj, The senior special Adviser to Al-Makura on Millennium Development Goal is Gwandara from Karu Local Government.
To crown it all, the Governor to favored his people created Daddere Development Area out of Obi Local Government while his stool was elevated to second class.
Over 20,000 people killed, many communities displaced in 3 years
The worst of all is the unabated security that trail the state since the inception of the current regime,D.H can authoritatively reveal that over 20,000 people were killed,scores of houses destroyed, and over 28 communities were displaced in the communal and ethnic skirmishes that rock the state,The crisis is a minus to the present administration despite the construction of quality roads and schools in the state,The projects that were hitherto denied the populace of the state.