,,,”You are my mentor and role model,” Gov. Bala tells Jonathan
On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the government of Bauchi state, named the Sabon Kaura to Miri Road after former president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Jonathan was also conferred-with the title of Jigon Bauchi during the visit by the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu
In response and appreciation to the Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed and the people of Bauchi state, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan said:
“Today, I joined the State Governor, Senator Bala Mohamed and other distinguished sons and daughters of the state at the official commissioning of the Goodluck Jonathan Bye Pass. I am pleased that the Governor is implementing people-oriented projects with the aim of improving the lives of the citizens.
“I thank the Emir of Bauchi Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu and members of Bauchi Emirates Council for the warm reception and for conferring on me the title of Jigon Bauchi during the visit.”
Speaking earlier, Governor Bala Mohammed, while commissioning the road, said that naming of the road after the former president was the least that he can do to honour him as his mentor.
He described the road as his legacy project among the numerous ones being executed, saying that it was completed within six months after its flag off.
The Governor said that the road measuring 6.2 kilometers was awarded to Habib Nigeria Engineering Ltd at the total sum of N2.2 billion.
“I am very grateful to Allah for giving me this privilege to host someone I greatly respect for the role he has played in my life, the former president, my mentor, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR”, he said.
Governor Bala told the former president that he is in Bauchi to see in practical terms some of the results of what he taught him in art and signs of leadership.
“At the inception of this administration in 2019, we hit the ground running, embracing good governance as a deliberate policy for our development administration to create the desired impact”, the Governor added.
According to him, his administrations’ policy trust is predicated on global best practices of formulation and implementation of programs with targets and milestones that are development oriented to improve the quality of lives of Bauchi people.
Bala who said at inception in May 2019, his administration met Bauchi in a sorry state of infrastructural deficit in both urban and rural areas noted that his government has created urban renewal and developmental projects as a way to reversing the ugly trend.
He said that his administration has within two years of inception constructed more than 100 kilometers of roads in both urban and rural roads across the geopolitical spread of the state, adding that the Bauchi urban water scheme has been completed through the help of world Bank.
While performing the commissioning of the road, the former president thanked Governor Bala for the honour, adding that Bala is truly the servant of the masses.
The former president who said he was pleased with what Bala is doing in Bauchi, added that that is what is expected from all the Governors to do for their people.