From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Niger State Governor, Umar Muhammad Bago, has said that his administration remains ambitious for the development and progress of the state.
He stated this at the grand reception in honour of ministers, senators, members House of Representatives, members of State House of Assembly, commissioners and special advisers as well as other political appointees at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Center, Minna on Saturday.
Governor Bago who used the occasion to charge local government chairmen to organise town hall meetings quarterly in order to bring about togetherness, and understand the yearnings of the citizens of the state in their respective local government areas
The governor added that the town hall meeting would also afford them the opportunity of discussing important issues affecting their communities.
“This event will be observed every quarter to provide a platform for meaningful discussion on issues that affect the state and how best to address them”.
In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Comrade Yakubu Garba, said the state government will continue to fight insecurity, youth restiveness and other challenges facing the state for a better Niger.
Secretary to the Government of Niger State, Abubakar Usman advised Nigerlites irrespective of religion, tribe and political differences to key into the new Niger agenda for the development of the state.
In their separate goodwill messages, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Senator representing Niger South, Peter Jiya Ndalikali, spoke on behalf of members of the National Assembly, and the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, AbduMalik Mohammed Sarkin Daji, all applauded Governor Umar Mohammed Bago for finding them worthy of celebration and assured him of productive and progressive government through a joint effort that welcomes criticisms and collaborations.
Also, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik and the Emir of Kontagora, Muhammad Barau Mua’zu II, both pledged the support of the judiciary and the traditional institution to the well-being of the state by ensuring effective and efficient judiciary processes, as well as giving of useful advice.