Abuja – The 2019 governorship candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), in Bauchi State, Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, has expressed commitment towards enthroning a new vision that will make the state to become the best place to live, visit and work in Nigeria.
The PRP candidate also assured that if elected, his administration will tackle headlong the endemic extreme poverty plaguing the state.
Pate, a former minister of State for Health further assured that he is committed to ensuring a new dawn of unprecedented development for the state, which he noted is presently at a cross-road.
The Bauchi state PRP governorship candidate, who stated these in a statement made available to Persecond News, called on the electorate to carefully work and decide on March 2, 2019 at the ballot on the future direction of the state by making a choice between two contrasting future directions.
In his words; “The choice is between truth versus falsehood, justice versus oppression, progress versus backwardness, shared prosperity versus mass poverty, prudence versus corruption and light versus darkness.
“Today, I ask for your support and vote in the 2019 elections. I am joined in this solicitation by a dynamic deputy Governor nominee, Barrister Ahmed Farouk Gwadabe.
“Our Party, the PRP, and our candidacy, represents a clear choice for truth, justice, progress and prosperity. Its golden key will unlock the potentials of Bauchi State, so that all its citizens will enjoy decency, progress and prosperity.”
Pate said the PRP administration intend to achieve this vision by focusing on the agendas outlined in the party’s promise which include a promise to fight endemic extreme poverty in Bauchi State by increasing household incomes over time.
He further said; “We would focus on creating high-quality jobs for the teeming unemployed youth. We would empower small-holder and large-scale farmers to boost their productivity and access to markets. We intend to build agro-industrial infrastructure, including dams and irrigation schemes. We would revive discussions of the Kafin Zaki dam. We would create innovative micro- and meso-finance arrangements for artisans, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to have access to capital to grow their businesses.
“We would also promote and attract small and large-scale manufacturing, creating at Industrial parks in each Zone, hubs in each LGA, while transforming our State’s social welfare, education and health systems to be the best in the country.”
Pate also said that his administration is prepared to submit a full list of nominees for all Cabinet positions within one week adding that all Boards and adviser appointments would be completed within one month from May 29, 2018.
He further assured that he would establish of a dedicated ministry for jobs creation responsible for matching unemployed young men and women to quality jobs; establishment of Innovative State Micro-Finance Institution to Finance SMES and Cooperative Societies while kicking off regulatory reforms to enable the small entrepreneurs to thrive; Increase of the Basic Minimum Wage within the State’s fiscal envelope; immediate commencement of defraying backlog of pensioner and civil service entitlements; Local Government Elections completed with elected local Councils in place as soon as feasible and routine Publishing all Government Budget/Expenditures and FAAC Funds received by the State Government starting from July 1, 2019.
According to him; “We will kick-off Massive Health and Education Reforms to ensure guaranteed access to basic health services for all citizens and access to quality education for all. This will include infrastructure and welfare of health workers and teachers and restitution for Unfairly treated Hakimai, Dagatai, Civil Servants, Teachers, Health Workers and others who suffered injustice in the present administration, among other measures.