The Niger State governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Dr Joshua Bawa has pledged that if voted as governor in the 2023 elections, insecurity and welfare of residents of the state will top his agenda.
Aside from that, he disclosed that as the governor of the state his salary will be N30,000 in line with the minimum wage.
Bawa who stated this during an interaction with journalists in Minna said the security and welfare of people is a constitutional requirement for any government to succeed.
The LP standard bearer explained that if elected, his priority areas are Security, Education, Economic and Digital connected economy (SEED).
Bawa argued: “Security and welfare of Nigerlites is a constitutional requirement for any government to succeed and that’s one of the areas we want to look into, if you secure Niger State, if you secure our communities or rural areas, it means you can strive.
He lamented the state of the education sector, saying a random check carried out revealed a lot of infrastructural decay in the system across schools in Niger State.
The LP governorship candidate noted:” If you take a random visit of primary schools in Minna, you will find out that some students are still studying under the trees, sitting on the bare floor, sitting on stones, or unroofed infrastructure that is unacceptable. That is one of the areas we want to immediately tackle when we come in.
“These are things bothering us as a state and as a people. All these are against the Child Right Act and any government that wants to provide that has to rejig the system to get the desired results.”
According to him, his administration will provide an enabling environment for businesses such as Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMSE, to thrive in order to reduce the economic hardship being experienced.
” We are aware of some discrimination in the payment of taxes by people, some are made to pay more due to the area they are coming from. We have received some complaints about that and all those issues are going to be addressed,” he noted.
Speaking further on his emolument, he said: “Since N30, 000 is the minimum wage of workers, if elected I will take N30, 000 as my salary. In LP, all we are after is offering services to the people. Government has done so much for us, so we have to give back.”