North-Central Governors Performance & Ranking on Infrastructure Development
Summary: The majority of the current governors of the north-central states, have not been able to adequately demonstrate that they understand the responsibilities placed on them, in terms of physical infrastructure development. The citizens of the region also seem not to be interested in how they are governed and have completely refused or lack the will to hold their governors accountable.
Benue State – Samuel Ortom
Regrettably, the state governor who is in his second term seems to have advertently neglected the area of physical infrastructure development in the state.
And so saddening is that Makurdi, the capital city and one of the oldest cities in Nigeria is still plagued with a massive infrastructure deficit.
According to residents, he has failed in bridging the rural infrastructure development gap including his own rural community.
However, he has to his credit the expansion of drainage system around river Benue axis, installation of traffic lights at GRA, B Division, Wurukum roundabout axis, reconstruction of some section of Makurdi-Gboko Road, construction of Mobile Police Barracks road up to Welfare Quarters, construction of Road leading to Jamb Office, rehabilitation of some portion of Oturkpo internal roads, construction of fewer than 60 kilometers stretch of Roads across all the localities in the state.
Virtually all the infrastructure development you see in the state is the handiworks of past administrations mainly Suswan and Akume.
Verdict – Governor Samuel Ortom is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Kogi State – Yahaya Bello
The majority of the physical infrastructure, in Kogi state as of today are the ones done by the past governors of the state – Late Prince Audu, Ibrahim Idris, and Idris Wada.
Ibrahim Idris did the water scheme; he built numerous intercity roads, the first 200-unit housing estate, the Kogi state specialist hospital, rural road across the state, and a host of other infrastructure projects.
While Idris Wada, built the state secretariat, the link road between Otokiti and Ganaja, the first modern motor park in Felele, and a host of rural roads across the state.
Considering that the current governor, Yahaya Bello is the youngest of all the governors that have presided over the affairs of the state, not a few people expected more from him, in terms of developing the state, but the facts on the ground say otherwise.
According to citizens of the state, the only projects that can be attributed to the governor are the rice mill in Omidam and the building housing the state board of internal revenue and a few rural roads.
But in the face of his abysmal performance and negligence of responsibility, the governor seems to be warming up to jump into the ring for the 2023 presidential election contest.
But unfortunately, the people of Kogi State, appear to be sedated by an unknown substance in the midst of criminal reign of decay
Verdict – Governor Yahaya Bello is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Kwara State – AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is doing his first-term in office. According to reports, he has made construction and repair of existing roads across the three senatorial zones of the state a major priority, though there are some completed and ongoing road construction projects, the assertion seems not to match what is on ground.
He has upgraded some primary health care facilities in the state by adding new facilities to them, but more still needs to be done.
The governor has an ongoing plan to make some investments in renovating some primary and secondary schools in the state, through a counterpart funding arrangement.
Verdict – Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is on AMBER on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Nasarawa State – Abdullahi Sule
Engineer Abdullahi Sule, is doing his first term in office as the executive governor of Nasarawa state. Reports have it that, one of the things he did when he came into office in 2019 was to complete and continue some of the projects not completed by his predecessor, which may sound strange in our clime.
He initiated his own flagship projects, which included providing infrastructure at the primary, secondary, and tertiary school levels, road construction projects in the state capital, Lafia, and some local government headquarters within the state.
In the area of health infrastructure, the governor has also made some investments in upgrading some primary and tertiary health care facilities in the state.
Verdict – Governor Abdullahi Sule is on GREEN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Niger State – Abubakar Sani Bello
Governor Sani Bello is a second-term governor of Niger state. According to residents of the state, in the area of physical infrastructure, he has done just a bit and needs to do a lot more.
He has an ongoing road project from Minna to Bida. In Kantagora there are some visible road projects, also the same in Suleja where he is building some new roads and expanding others. He also completed few roads he inherited from the previous administration.
Governance Report did not see much in the area of health infrastructure and the residents we spoke with also confirmed that he has not done much in that area. But they confirmed that he started well in the area of education infrastructure. In his first term, he had what was known as ‘’Total Educational Infrastructure Transformation’’, where he identified schools according to political zones and rehabilitated them. But it seems he has abandoned that policy.
Verdict – Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is on BROWN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Plateau State – Simon Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong is doing his second tenure in office. His administration developed good policies around health, education, and other infrastructure development needs of the state. However, it seems the governor and his team have not been able to translate those intangible policies into tangible physical infrastructure.
Verdict – Governor Simon Lalong is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
1. Governor Abdullahi Sule – Nasarawa
Unfortunately only Abdullahi Sule made it to this ranking
1. Governor Yahaya Bello – Kogi
2. Governor Simon Lalong – Plateau
3. Governor Samuel Ortom – Benue