Governance Report (GR) is a research and fact-based governance organization that Observes and Reports activities of governments and governance across the African continent for the advancement of public good. In line with our mandate of holding leaders across-board accountable on behalf of the people, we have decided to create a dedicated special platform to report on the performance of Nigeria state governors on an ongoing basis, in different sectors, and rank them according to their performance.
With this, we hope to engender public debate, media intervention, and a positive competitive spirit among the governors that may lead to better results for the public good.
This month we are looking at how the governors have performed in the area of infrastructure development in their various states.
The reports will be published weekly according to the six geo-political zones. This week we are publishing that of North-East governors.
Summary: The citizens of the region are angry about the poor infrastructural development in the region. But, it seems they are restrained from doing so publicly apparently due to cultural and religious considerations.
However, there have been some efforts to rebuild the region and regain lost ground. Out of these efforts, a state like Bornu stands out due to Governor Babagana Zulum. Taraba is crawling behind.
In general sparks of improvement are evident in the region which can be enhanced with improved security and more investment in critical infrastructure.
Adamawa State – Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is doing his first term in office, but he served out the tenure of his impeached former boss, Nyako.
He is said to have invested in constructing some roads in the state, especially in Yola the state capital and it is on record that he is building the first flyover in the city. There are a few ongoing hospital rehabilitation projects, in places like Madagali, Mubi, etc. He has also done some work in renovating some schools in the state; as well as some rural electrification projects.
Overall governor Fintiri has done a bit but there is still a lot to do.
Verdict – Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is on AMBER on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Bauchi State – Bala Mohammed
Bala Mohammed is a first-term governor, and given the length of time he has stayed in office, he has reportedly performed better than his predecessor, in terms of bridging the infrastructure gap in the state.
For instance, he apparently completed some of the road projects started but not completed by former governor Mohammed Abdulahi Abubakar. Most of the roads in Bauchi, the state capital have reportedly gotten a facelift. Roads outside the state capital are also getting his attention and he is also doing a couple of water projects in some communities.
He has also brought a form of vibrancy in the primary health care sector in the state. However, the governor needs to step up his game in education and health infrastructure. The residents of the state wish he will continue the way he started.
Verdict – Governor Bala Mohammed is on AMBER on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Borno State – Babagana Umara Zulum
Babagana Zulum is a first-term governor. The residents of the state are of the opinion that in less than two years has done more than his predecessor did in eight years.
Governor Zulum is said to have made some substantial investment in education infrastructure, he has constructed some of what the state termed ‘’mega schools’’. However, some of these schools are empty of students, and the residents are saying there are not even enough teachers to go round the schools.
From what GR saw and interviews with residents, the governor has also performed relatively well in the area of road construction, especially in Maiduguri the state capital. A flyover is being constructed at custom round-about. Other parts of the state are not left out: roads are being constructed from Maiduguri to Ngala, Bama to Banki, and several other communities in the state. However the people are having concerns over the quality of work, they are of the opinion that the contractor(s) handling these road projects are not known and there is nothing to show who they are.
The infrastructure in the health sector is also getting attention. But according to the residents they are not sure between the governor and some of the international organizations in the state, who is doing the work in this area. There is a case of a center at the state specialist hospital, which they said the work was started by UNICEF and at completion, the government launched it as their project, even the Gordon Brown project.
From GR’s investigations, the governor seems to be doing most of the work. However, it will be good if the governor and his team can step forward and make some clarifications.
One thing that is working for the governor is that he is in touch with the people; he goes around the state often to feel the pulse of the people and understand firsthand what is happening
So far the governor seems to have done well, even though some section of the residents believe that his media team makes him look larger than normal.
Verdict – Governor Babagana Zulum is on GREEN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Gombe State – Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya
Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya is a first-term governor and seems to have performed fairly well, in the almost two years he has been in office. However, the people of Gombe state are saying they expect more.
In the area of road infrastructure, Governor Inuwa Yahaya seems to have pulled his weight a bit. In Gombe, the state capital, he reportedly has fixed the inner city roads that were largely ignored by past administrations in the state. Some roads in communities outside the state capital also got attention.
In the education sector, especially in primary schools, he has also done a bit. Through SUBEB he has renovated some schools and provided them with furniture. Same with the health facilities, he renovated and added some new wards in the state, specialist hospital. Other government-owned health facilities were not left out, especially in the state capital. The governor puts a signature on all his projects by painting them with lemon green or dark green.
In two years, the governor has added to the infrastructure needs of the state. However, there are certain situations within the state, which require his urgent intervention – Residents in not a few LGA’s complained that they have not had electricity in a long while, some as far back as 2011 and they are pleading with the governor to come to their aid.
Verdict – Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya is on GREEN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Taraba State – Darius Dickson Ishaku
Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku is in his second term as the head of the government of Taraba state. He seems not to have pulled his weight, as most of the infrastructure projects we saw in the state were the ones done by the late Danbaba Suntai. There has not been any substantial progress made on the projects the late governor started.
At the inception of his administration in 2015, he promised to fix the road from Mararaba to Baisa in Komi LGA, he actually started it but till this point, almost six years later, that project has not seen any significant progress. When he went to campaign for his second term election in the area, the women came out and reminded him of his failed promises, even telling him that they don’t want to listen to him.
He has rehabilitated and covered potholes in some interior roads in the state capital, Jalingo. He is also currently dualizing the Road-Block road and constructing a flyover to decongest traffic in the area. There are a few short kilometer road projects in some other areas of the state, but according to the residents, the progress of road infrastructure development under his watch is very slow.
The progress in infrastructure development in other sectors is the same as in roads, but the residents are of the view that the health sector is a nightmare. Most health facilities in the state, especially the general hospitals are dilapidated, the one in Bali is an eyesore.
According to the residents, there is an urgent situation that requires the governor’s attention and immediate action – Apart from the headquarters of Gassol LGA, all the other five LGA’s in the central zone of Taraba state are in utter darkness, till date they have not been hooked to the national grid. We were not able to confirm the reason for this strange situation. But the people of the area are calling on the governor to come to their aid so they can feel what it is like having electricity.
Verdict – Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Yobe State – Mai Mala Buni
Governor Mai Mala Buni has made some effort in fixing Buniyadi, to enable the IDP’ return home. He has built some schools, hospitals/clinics, and roads in the area.
Also some comprehensive health centers in the state and about three mega schools in Gasua, Gaidam, and Damaturu. But the mega schools are yet to take off. He has also spent resources in resuscitating the Yobe Aluminium Company. Also completed some road networks in a few local governments
The governor is investing in mass housing estates, which the constructions are ongoing.
There is also ongoing construction of modern markets in Guru, Portiskum, Damaturu, and Gasua.
Verdict – Governor Mai Mala Buni is on AMBER on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
1. Governor Babagana Umara Zulum – Borno
2. Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya – Gombe
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku – Taraba