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Governor of Niger State; Umar Bago’s Meteoric Rise

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Governor of Niger State Umar Bago

Climbing the ladder of success in any venture of life, It’s a gradual process as you must cross every T’s and dot every I’s especially in a venture like politics. For the Executive Governor of Niger State; His Excellency Umar Bago who happens to be the 6th democratically elected Governor of the Power state, has paid his dues and also played politics at the grassroots level before getting to his current status. The banker-turned-politician started with a stellar career in the banking sector having worked at the United Bank for Africa, First City Monument Bank FCMB and Afribank before heeding the calls of his people to delve into politics in 2007.

For him, he had always said his sojourn into the murky waters of politics was humanity is driven and one thing he has come to realize is that he is a fulfilled man serving his people and also bringing succour to their pains and making life better for them. In 2010, He contested and won a seat at the House of Representatives representing Chanchanga Federal constituency in Minna where he was until he was sworn in as Governor of Niger State.

As a member of the Green Chamber; Bago was cosmopolitan, refined, cerebral, and socially savvy and was adjudged a great guy by his colleagues. He was a force in the chambers that speaks with confidence, and authority and knows his onions. As chairman house committee Maritime Safety Education and Administration; the Political science graduate from the Usman Danfodio University Sokoto ensured he discharged his duties diligently this placed him on the map and made many people notice his strides. This paved the way for him when he showed interest to lead the just concluded 9th assembly when he wanted to contest for the Speakership position. A very resilient Bago didn’t give up on his dreams despite pressure from his colleagues to back down and allow an experience and long-term Femi Gbajabiamila to go unopposed. He didn’t bow to pressure rather he gave a good fight but was defeated at the election by Femi coming in second place. Although he collaborated with the speaker and worked closely with him accepting defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship.

When he contested and won the Niger State guber election earlier this year it’s coming as no surprise to many because he has prepared himself for the joy for a long time. As a seasoned administrator and legislator, he has mastered the art of bringing development to his people. As a member of the representative; he had occult followership. His followership base is quite enormous which also played a pivotal role in his victory defeating his closest rival Isah Liman Kantigi of the People’s Democratic Party PDP.

When he was sworn in as Governor; he made his intention known that he is here to work tirelessly to put the shining glory of Niger State back to public consciousness and also cover revenue leaks by creating and generating more revenue to boost infrastructural development. The Governor listed security, agriculture, education, commerce, tourism, health, infrastructural development, and women and youth empowerment as the priorities of his administration. He has hit the ground running seeking partnerships with security chiefs to secure Niger State and also place it as a tourism destination and also an investment destination in terms of Agricultural development due to its large land mass which will aid massive mechanized farming that can further aid exportation of agricultural produce to attract more forex into the economy and give the Naira more strength. Sources say; the action governor will take some harsh decisions that will put the state back on track and has promised to ensure all Nigerlite enjoy the dividend of democracy.

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Farmer Governor, Umar Bago’s Impeccable Strides

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For the Executive Farmer Governor of Niger State; His Excellency Umar Bago who happens to be the 6th democratically elected Governor of the Power state, has paid his dues and also played politics at the grassroots level before getting to his current status.

From his actions, he seems to have prepared for the job ahead as he is in the quest of making history as a governor who takes food security and farming to the next level taking advantage of the fertile and vast landmass Niger state currently has also banking on the current challenges affecting agric business in Nigeria as an opportunity for Niger state to create revenue and also empower its local farming population.

The banker-turned-politician started with a stellar career in the banking sector having worked at the United Bank for Africa, First City Monument Bank FCMB and Afribank before heeding the calls of his people to delve into politics in 2007. For him, he had always said his sojourn into the murky waters of politics was humanity is driven and one thing he has come to realize is that he is a fulfilled man serving his people and also bringing succour to their pains and making life better for them. In 2010, He contested and won a seat at the House of Representatives representing Chanchanga Federal constituency in Minna where he was until he was sworn in as Governor of Niger State.

As a member of the Green Chamber; Bago was cosmopolitan, refined, cerebral, and socially savvy and was adjudged a great guy by his colleagues. He was a force in the chambers that spoke with confidence, and authority and knows his onions. As chairman House Committee Maritime Safety Education and Administration; the Political science graduate from the Usman Danfodio University Sokoto ensured he discharged his duties diligently this placed him on the map and made many people notice his strides.

In his bid to make Niger state regain its lost glory as one of the biggest food-producing states in Nigeria; he acquired over 300 tractors and other mechanized farming equipment as he also allocated thousands of hectares of land for farming. President Bola Tinubu was on the ground to flag off the pilot phase which would see the prices of food crash drastically and also bring about food security in the country. Apart from his giant strides in Agriculture, he has committed a whole lot to road and infrastructural development, security, education, commerce, tourism, health, infrastructural development, and women and youth empowerment he also rebuilt and remodelled the moribund Minna Airport with modern equipment and also renamed it Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The farmer Governor is indeed not relenting on his oars as he also signed a partnership with Lagos state to supply the state which already has the ready-made market for farm produce which will ensure that farmers get to sell their goods in real-time and also make profits to be reinvested as he also plans to synergize with more state who are ready to key into the massive food production chain.

 

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Senator Solomon Adeola Yayi’s Workaholic Nature

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If Distinguished Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola FCA, CON were to be like Nostradamus; the man who sees tomorrow; he would have predicted what the future holds but unfortunately he is not one and he has never met a soothsayer who told him what  the future holds but he is a man who believes in the spirit of hardwork, resilience, doggedness and passion. More reason he was able to climb the ladder of success early in his career as a politician and a seasoned accountant.

While growing up, he learnt the art of working hard and smart from his parent but he also ensured he was in tune with his immediate environment which provided him and molded him into the man he has become today. His influence and political capacity in Lagos and Ogun his filial relationship with President Bola Tinubu and also the Senate President Godswil Obot Akpabio is a testimony that he has indeed done well for himself to have commanded such respect.

As an assembly member in Lagos, Member of Representative and Senator representing Lagos West and now Ogun West; Yayi as he is fondly called has remained consistent and is known for being a progressive-minded person. He is also a kind man who puts his people first. Often time many people ask him why a successful accountant like him would be looking for the political terrain a game perceived to be dirty by many, but he often answers them that; His love and passion for service to the people has been a driving force. Today, calling Yayi anywhere in South West Nigeria is synonymous with; success, political power, philanthropy, intelligence, brilliance and hard work.

Last December during the yuletide season when many of his colleagues had retired back to their constituency to spend time with their constituents and family; Yayi was deprived of his luxury of time as he was so enmeshed with the national assignment that is billed to move to Nigeria to the next level. While he resumes in his office at 8 am he closes in the wee hours to ensure a smooth budget passage and meeting the needed budget cycle. He worked tirelessly forgetting his meals most times. Despite his exceptional delivery of the budget process; he still made time to host his people in the New Year at his country home in Ilaro. Last weekend he also empowered several of his constituents with empowerment facilities worth millions of Naira to ensure financial stability despite the biting economy. He is currently one of the most experienced lawmakers in Ogun as he is focused on attracting more development to his region and state at large.

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Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s Strategic Moves

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Senator Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah made the headlines last week when he announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress APC from the moribund Young Progressives Party YPP where he won the senate seat of Anambra South twice. To some, the news came as a shock but to those in the know it’s a move to better the lots of his people after he had consulted widely with his supporters and constituents.

While many said his move was to help him solve his multibillion naira case with the EFCC those close to him disclosed that the issues had long been resolved even before his defection that the court just officially made the pronouncement which comes as a coincidence after both the NNPC and Capital Oil have reached an agreement to settle out of court.

Those in the know and other political pundits say the move is chess-like which will be a game-changing venture in his political sojourn haven built an occultist followership within his district. Sources say his move will solidify the ruling party APC in Anambra state where Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA is currently ruling. Sources say his move will put him at an edge to oust Governor Soludo from office in the next Guber election to make Abambra an All Progressives Congress State. The move will give Senator Ubah the needed support in other to mobilize votes in the next election and also make him the leader of the party in the state.

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