An unprecedented but silent revolution never envisaged even by the most optimistic patriots of Jada local government is currently taking place courtesy of the pragmatic, prudent and frugal leadership of Hon. Abdulkarim Bakala.
Despite dearth of resources occasioned by the twin effects of economic recession and the incursion of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic which further excercabate global economic turmoil, Jada local government has witnessed robust and steady developmental strides never seen in its checkered history.
The sheer developmental projects being rooted by the Bakala’s led administration has left no one including the pessimists and even opponents in doubt about the chairman’s altruistic mission of launching Jada into the committee of elite local governments in Nigeria.
Such remarkable feats have warmed the chairman into the hearts of the residents who have already endorsed his second tenure in office through their strident calls and subtle pressures urging him to continue in office so that the solid legacies he has entrenched, and the robust gains recorded will not be frittered away.
A public affairs commentator Sani Jada while elucidating the gigantic progress made in the local government since the inception of the Bakala led administration simply said, “this is the best administration in history.
” There is no sphere of human endeavor which the administration has not touched in a very little time and with very little resources.
“Because of the excellent and satisfactory conduct of the chairman, we have resolved that there is no vacancy in the forthcoming local government election in Jada local government as we will not be foolish to let the successes gained to be frittered on the alter of crass political partisanship.”
These sentiments which have been reechoed by many sons and daughters of the land have gained so much currency and traction to the extent that youths in the area say they will launch 10,000 man march to ensure that the chairman heed their call to continue in office.
A youth leader in the local government, Bello A Jada said, the best contribution they could give towards the development of Jada local government is to ensure that Bakala continues in office to consolidate the giant strides he has instituted in his short but eventful tenure for posterity sake.
“We the youths of the local government have already settled for the continuation of Bakala in office because of the glaring achievements on ground.
” We’ll ensure his continuity in office whether he likes it or not. In the mean time, we are proposing to launch a 10,000 man march to compel him to continue.
“If he didn’t heed our calls, we may be forced to take him to court to ensure that he heeds the clarion call of the people to do the needful in the interest of our dear local government,” he said.
A catalogue of achievements made by the chairman in the last two years of his excellent stewardship which straddles every facet of human endeavour is both overwhelming and enchanting.
In line with his drive to ensure equity, probity and good governance which is a central ingredient of the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led state government, Bakala’s administration has taken its time to catalogue all its major policies and programs for all to see.
Such unusual display of candour, opaqueness and transparency, can only come from an administration that is not afraid of being scrutinized, an attitude which is in very short supply in our contemporary political space.
To buttress its sincerity, the administration has produced a compendia of 50 major programmes and policies for scrutiny cutting across all the spheres of human endeavour.
The list include;
1. Provision of water supply from Ma- Mbulo river to Jada town to address decades of acute water shortage in the area.
2. Construction of chairman’s residential quarters (ongoing).
3. Procured furniture and office equipment for Jada LG secretariat.
4. Rehabilitated and installed streetlights in Jada town to enhance security and beauty of the town.
5. Rehabilitation of Mbangan Tiren road (ongoing).
6. Controlled erosion at Mbulo.
7. Rejuvenated police patrol vehicle for Jada division.
8. Construction of two cell boxes at Tudun Wada Jada. (Ongoing).
9. Construction of drainages at both ends of the roads in Tudun Wada, Jada. (Ongoing).
10. Construction of double cell culverts at Dalaba stream along Mbagan Tiren road. (Ongoing).
11. Construction of double cell culverts at Duta Era, Jada. (Ongoing).
12. Upgraded Jada cattle market.
13. Renovated one block of 16 lock up shops in Kojoli market.
14. Renovated one block of two classrooms and office at Gangwaja Nyibango ward.
15. Constructed one block of two classrooms and office at Mbulo Kombuwal, Mbulo ward.
16. Construction of a health post at Samlo, Koma II ward. (Ongoing).
17. Connection of Balama electrification to national grid (ongoing).
18. Renovated police station at Nassarawo Koma I.
19. Relocated sheep and goats market from Jada to Gawalong.
20. Renovated Nyibango clinic.
21. Construction of Atiku Abubakar mini stadium at Wuro-Kuna (ongoing).
22. Constructed drainage and culvert at fresh air clinic Wuro-Kina.
23. Constructed fresh air clinic at Wuro-Kina.
24. Rehabilitated an ambulance at Jada PHCA.
25. Provided safe delivery kits (SDK).
26. Purchased corps drugs across all the wards of Jada LG.
27. Purchased and distributed COVID-19 safety kits to schools. The items include; buckets, soaps, sanitizers, etc.
28. Purchased drugs for Jada I primary healthcare center.
29. Support the distribution of insecticide treated nets.
30. Procured an ambulance for Jada general hospital.
31. Recruited contract staff to boost operations of Jada general hospital.
32. Purchased and supplied teaching and learning materials through UBEB Yola to various schools in Jada LG.
33. Rehabilitated fresh Air clinic and provided equipments and drugs.
34. Provided a cow across the three boarding schools (GSS Jada, Special Education, Jada and GSS Koma I), in support of feeding programs at the local government once every month.
35. Donated a complete football sports kits, items and cash to Mangla Kpati FC, Mbangan Tiren FC and Banche Mbulo FC for their outstanding performances in various football competitions within Jada LG.
36. Rehabilitated tractors belonging to the LG to boost agriculture.
37. Procured fertilizers to farmers at subsidized price of N3,000 an amount far below the government’s benchmark of N5,000.
38. Procured and distributed 10,000 assorted seedlings and tree planting campaign in 2020.
39. Launched campaign for the vaccination of small ruminants against (BPP and PPR) in 2020.
40. Procured and distributed gas cylinders to reduce deforestation.
41. Distributed food items in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown.
42. Jada LG was selected to participate in the arts and crafts expos as a result of purposeful leadership by Bakala.
43. The LG settled its counterpart of WASH in the purchase of Hilux van.
44. Facilitated opening of VLOM cooperative society limited of WASH account with First Bank.
45. SATO PAN TOILET SYSTEM was constructed by WASH unit in the LG secretariat as a result of harmonious working relationship between the local government and WASH unit.
46. Constructed and rehabilitated more than forty hand pumps boreholes in various villages in Jada local government to reduce water scarcity in collaboration with UNICEF.
47. The LG sponsored three youths who participated in NPC on demarcation of locality for the upcoming census. Jada is the only LG that participated in the activity in the chiefdom.
48. The chairman employed 418 youths, widows, aged, people with special needs and women under the LG poverty alleviation programme to reduce the rate of unemployment and poverty within the local government. Benefits that accrue to the various beneficiate range from N5,000 to N30,000.
49. Refunded payment of JAMB fees to students.
50. Trained JAMB students.
The youth who was impressed by the deluge of landmark projects achieved said with such qualitative leadership, “we will go the whole hog to ensure the return of Bakala for purposeful continuity.”