Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has said that his administration faced the most challenges since the creation of the state, but still succeeded in its projects
The governor stated this during a press parley with journalists in Lafia on Sunday.
He said his administration was faced with challenges of insecurity, poor infrastructure, and paucity of funds.
Mr. Al-Makura said his administration inherited a debt of over N37 billion in 2011, but has committed to infrastructure development while lowering the debt.
“Nasarawa people can attest to the level of progress we have made so far despite the challenges and one can only imagine where we would have been now without those crippling challenges?” he said.
On the state’s finances, Mr. Al-Makura said his administration took a loan of N10 billion and a bond of another N10 billion. He said N7 billion had been paid out of the N10 billion loan assuring that the balance of N3 billion would be repaid before the expiration of his current term on May 29.
On the bond, the governor said government had only accesses N5 billion of which N2.5 billion had been repaid.
“So, if I am to pack my files and leave office today, whoever is taking over from me would only be inheriting a debt of about N2 billion with a substantial number of infrastructure in place,” Mr. Al-Makura said.
On his re-election bid, Mr. Al-Makura said it was a response to the yearning of the people for him to continue the work he has done so far.