Governor Tambuwal: Two years after

I am one of those who vigorously campaigned and voted for Tambuwal to win the 2015 gubernatorial election. Perhaps, because I saw in him a man imbued with finest leadership qualities capable of transforming our dear state into a more competitive, commercially advanced, secure and investor friendly state. With his wealth of connections, and the trust he built across the political spectrum of this country, I was almost sure that we stand to benefit tremendously with him at the helms of affairs.

He won the election and was sworn in as the executive governor of Sokoto state on 29th May, exactly two years ago. The very first thing he did after constituting his cabinet was to convene a retreat for all the state executive council members at Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna with the theme: "Effective Public Service Delivery and Policy Re-Orientation as Cardinal Principle of Good Governance for Development".

In declaring the retreat open, he said, "the theme of the Retreat...was well chosen with a view to finding necessary framework that will considerably improve policy enunciation and implementation", in addition to enabling key officers entrusted with the running of ministries, departments and agencies acquire more skills and capacity that would place them in vintage position to fine tune and align public policies and programmes for the development of the citizenry".

There, for the period that the retreat lasted, his Excellency, listened with keen interest all the presentations by renowned academics and seasoned public servants as they diagnosed and laid bare practical solutions that could best address the multidimensional and multifaceted challenges of both governance and public service. What was more interesting to me was the occasional commentaries of his Excellency; his input was, to say the least, the hallmark of the retreat itself. Every single word he uttered was a manifestation of his commitment to address the challenges head on without fear or favour.

Two years after, it is safe to say that, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has remained committed to the task of building a new Sokoto state and has so far succeeded in putting down the basic building blocks for the repositioning of the state to harness and utilise its potentials for the growth and development of all of us.

On this note, I congratulate him. And I pray that God in his infinite mercy continue to bless him with the wisdom and the courage to deliver on all his promises. Happy Democracy Day!

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