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Governors urge unity, sacrifice, pledge greater service

| January 1, 2013 More

AS Nigerians join others worldwide to usher in Year 2013 Tuesday, governors across the country in various messages have urged citizens to be more patriotic just as they pledged greater service to the people.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), prayed for a better year for all, even as he implored residents to stay safe, healthy, shun the temptation to cut corners and be security conscious.

He urged sustained vigilance and compliance with law and order, which represents the measure of civilisation in every society and the only way the society can identify and put pressure on the few people who are making life difficult for the majority.

Also, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State assured of new lease of life, which he said would be brought to the state through aggressive infrastructure development. He said the infrastructure provision, which would be unprecedented in the history of the state, would cut across all sectors of the economy.

For Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, more sacrifices are required from residents for development projects, just as he assured that his administration would continue to lessen the pains of those adversely affected by such projects through prompt payment of due compensation.

In the same vein, Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, assured the people that the year would be for consolidation on the gains of the past even as he promised to tackle unemployment and provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

And for Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the people have a lot to thank God for in the past year and they should look forward to a more prosperous new year. According to him, “Year 2012 was good for Edo State. In the year, we were able to execute a number of capital projects, which had direct meaningful impact on the lives of people of the state.

“Also in the year, we held our gubernatorial election, which has now been adjudged the freest and fairest ever held in the country and is now being used as template for elections in the nation. I urge our people to remain vigilant to ensure that evildoers are not given free hand in our state in the new year.”

Meanwhile, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has pledged to accelerate the tempo with which he had governed and developed the state. His neighbour in Ebonyi State, Governor Martin Elechi, has described the myriads of challenges ranging from unprecedented natural disasters to unnecessary killings as a passing phase in the nation’s history.

He charged Nigerians to face the future with hope and fortitude, stating that from his background, ordinarily, he sees the calendar division of time as artificial, but “even though it is artificial, it enables us to plan our activities within given time frame.”

And from Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State came the affirmation that in 2013, most ongoing projects would be completed, just as he urged Imo people and Nigerians to shun vices such as kidnapping and armed robbery.

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State said: “I wish to call on every citizen of the state to make his or her new year resolution towards a peaceful co-existence among our brothers and sisters irrespective of religious, cultural or political differences. We should also continue to fervently pray for the security challenges to come to an end and for peace to reign throughout the country.”

In Kaduna State, Governor Bamallan Yero has urged citizens to unite and support his administration’s development drive in the new year. Yero said that as the world bids farewell to 2012, the people in the state must ensure that they jettison religious and other social vices that inhibited development drive, which affected the state negatively in the past.

He also urged more prayers for the state and the nation at large for political stability and economic growth.

Category: Bauchi State News

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