- A senatorial candidate, Ladan Saliu, has said Bauchi South is the most neglected district in Nigeria
- The PDP candidate said no new federal government project has been done in the area in a long time
- According to him, infrastructure generally is bad as they don’t have express roads
Ladan Saliu, a senatorial candidate for Bauchi South on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claims Bauchi South is the most neglected region in the country.
Ladan who is contesting in a bye-election slated for August 11, said the federal government has refused to build federal projects in Bauchi south.
The PDP candidate, who is the immediate past director-general of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), vowed that if elected, his priority would be to ensure that the constituency gets a fair deal from the Federal Government in the areas of infrastructure, empowerment and agriculture.
He said: “Take for instance when you leave Bauchi ,the capital of the state, west ward towards Jos, the moment you get pass the NNPC Mega Station, right to the boundary of Jos in Babale, a distance of a 140 kilometres, not a single federal institution, federal outlet or outfit apart from the federal road.
“That is unacceptable. Ditto when you leave the Federal Government Girls’ College which was established over 45 years ago, to the boundary with Gombe, another 120 kilometers, there is no single federal government establishment- a College, a cottage hospital, a mini scale PPP industry, nothing.
“When you leave the Federal University of Technology and the Polytechnic, through Dass right through the border with Plateau State, there is not a single federal government project.
“The only one is the outlet of the National Open University that was done by the PTF. So it is safe to say that since the birth of our nationhood, these areas that I have mentioned have been utterly neglected and they all fall within Bauchi South Senatorial district
“On infrastructure generally the roads are bad. We don’t have express roads as if they are outlawed in these parts of the country. There is no express road anywhere in the north east with the exception of the ones that cut across from Azare getting into Maiduguri done by the Obasanjo administration."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that notable political leaders from Bauchi state have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 elections, insisting that he must work with their son, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
In the open letter written to the president, the Bauchi elders begged Buhari to take steps to resolve the political misunderstanding between different interest groups in their state.
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