The lawmaker representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency of Niger State in the House of Representatives, Rep. Mohammed Bago, has described the challenges posed by the scarcity of the new currency and fuel scarcity as generic issues.
Bago in stating this during a book launch in Abuja opined that those in support of the naira redesign policy are not considerate of the people’s plight.
“People who are advising for the redesign of the naira and the implementation of the policy are not being considerate of the plight of the people. Politicians who have money are not raising funds, so they don’t care whether you change money or you don’t change money.
The fuel scarcity is purely sabotage, and there is a need for the government of the day to make sure that it enforces or puts agencies in charge of this industry at work so that there will be availability of fuel. But this is short-lived because you know the triumph for evil is short lived anytime, so we are sure by the grace of God,” he said.
The Niger lawmaker, who is the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his State, also expressed commitment to focus on the security, infrastructural, as well as socio-economic development of Niger State if elected into office.
While speaking on his manifesto, Bago said: “In a nutshell, we want to bring new change to Niger State. We want to rebrand Niger State so that we can be part of the newest economy in Nigeria. As you are aware, Niger State is the largest State in Nigeria in terms of land mass.
We have 76,000 square kilometers of arable land, we have 4 hydro power stations in Niger and yet we do have Irrigation Dams in Niger; so we only wait for raining season. So we want to be Agric giant in this country and an industrial giant for that matter.”
In reeling out his strategic plans toward the provision of security across the State, he said: “We are already talking to and want to collaborate with the Traditional Institutions very importantly to curb insecurity. We have travelled around Niger State for the campaign and we’ve seen how people live and how our bushes are, and how our Local Governments are.
There is need for the government at the centre of the State to connect with traditional institutions and the local Institutions to curb insecurity, and by the grace of God, it will be a thing of the past,” he assured.
On his part, Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was present at the event, threw his weight behind the candidature of Bago and his running mate, Comrade Yakubu Garba, expressing optimism that the APC would record a landslide victory during the forthcoming elections.
“Some of us mentioned earlier on that things are difficult, fuel scarcity, cashless this cashless that. Yes, it is true. But with determination and the will of the people, we will make it. Fuel scarcity and all these issues will stop at some point. It will stop.
All the Governors of Nigeria are concerned about what is going on. We will for our citizens, but it will stop. So that shouldn’t distract is, we should be very optimistic, we should go to our polling stations and vote for Hon. Mohammed Bago as Niger state governor and Comrade as his Deputy Governor,” he urged.