The Man: Governor Badaru Abubakar
By Habibu Nuhu Kila
It may not be easy to explain the genesis of the name “Baba Mai Calculator “to someone who does not know the governor at close range, except, of course, for those who knew him before he became governor.
Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has achieved for himself resounding and highly respectable personal credits and qualities that his service to humanity in public and private life are known for.
Badaru has been an international businessman long before he joined politics. In fact, his business acumen and successes were the propelling factors that friends, relatives and associates saw in him that made them encourage him to become a partisan politician.
Their thinking was that he could bring into governance of Jigawa State the same careful and meticulous financial discipline that he used to build and sustain his business empire and could be done when he is at the highest office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
So far, the governor has not disappointed those who vouched for him into politics. Since he became governor, Jigawa State has moved from a pauperized state to one with abundant recourses for developmental projects.
The goal is to educate people to produce better believers, law abiding, responsible citizens with high morals and characters living peacefully in the society as community members having strong faith, performing good deeds, and having a sense of accountability to Almighty God.
The journey began on the 29th, May 2015. Of course, it has not been that easy, for it was like attempting the impossible with nothing. But through God’s guidance, Governor Badaru’s calculator lights through the dark tunnel and gives hope to the people of Jigawa state.
The financial liabilities and contractual commitments on ongoing and new capital projects at that time was more than the annual budget of the state which was about N110 billion. The inherited liquidity was only N16 million in the state treasury.
To make things worse, the monthly federal allocation dropped from an average of about N5 billion to N3 billion.
But Governor Badaru did not panic. In his effort to effectively face the challenges despite the economic situation at that time, he adopted several measures in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate whose hope was to have the dividends of democracy at their doorsteps. In this regard, the tenets of good governance, particularly accountability and transparency, were adopted with the aim of having the principles of prudence and value for money, became the binding ethic under his watch.
That was the point at which the calculator came into reckoning. Money no longer came out of the state coffer without due scrutiny. The businessman in the governor was unleashed on those who thought state money could be recklessly wasted.
The high cost of administrative governance was addressed, running costs of ministries and departments was reviewed and reduced in addition to the review and verification of all inherited contractual liabilities and commitments.
The governor was able to save as much as N8.28 billion through discount and other cost saving measures which made it possible to complete all inherited projects and new ones,
as according to him it will be a waste of resources to abandoned projects that gulf huge amount of tax payers’ money.
Timely completion of the annual financial statements by the state ministry of finance made a significant progress in the implementation of the fiscal sustainability plan which is precondition for accessing Federal Government’s Budget Support Facility.
Civil servants active and retired are receiving their salaries and pension as and when due a situation which attracts almost twenty states to visit Jigawa and learn how to implement the most successful system of the administration of pension and gratuity.
In jigawa State under Governor Badaru administration initiated One Village One Project it’s a product of an all-inclusive governance. This earned the state the status of the most transparent and accountable Government throughout the federation. The state is the first and best in road network as over one thousand six hundred kilometers of roads were constructed thus making access easy to all parts of the state through road network.
One health care facility in every political ward throughout the state that provides affordable and accessible health care in the state is one of the initiatives of Governor Badaru.
Jigawa state is first and best in the provision of water supply throughout the country under Governor Badaru. Every sector is being given considerable attention in Jigawa State. The government is so much concerned about value for money in all its programmes and projects.
Comrade Badaru of Jigawa State is the friendliest labour governor in Nigeria, an award bestowed in him by the National Association of Local Government Employees (NULGE).
The benefits of good governance have continued to earn Governor Badaru the capacity to strengthen democracy and promote economic prosperity and social cohesion, reduce poverty, the sustainable use of natural resources and deepen confidence in government and public administration.
Badaru is the answer as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Muhammad Badaru Abubakar MON, mni was born on the 29th day of September 1962 in Babura, the headquarters of Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
He enrolled in Babura Central Primary School in 1970, proceeded to the famous Rumfa College Kano and completed in the year 1981 where he obtained General Certificate of Education.
He went to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for his Advance Level and later got admitted into the University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy in 1985. He was employed into Kano State Civil Service as auditor with audit department of the Ministry of Finance, Kano State.
Mohammed established his own business with Talamiz Company. The company, after years of work, was developed into Talamiz Nigeria Limited. The company has become successful and developed in many subsidiaries as a vast conglomerate with diverse interest in automobiles, manufacturing, agriculture, animal husbandry, as well as commodity distribution.
In the year 2006, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar went to the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.
An international businessman, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, after his graduation, established his business, the Talamiz Group, a conglomerate with diverse interest in automobiles, manufacturing, agriculture and animal husbandry, as well as commodity distribution.
After this business success, Badaru Abubakar became the Chairman of such companies as Socar Talamiz Limited, AML Bonded Terminal Oil Mill. He is the holder of traditional titles such as Wali of Jahun in Jigawa State and Sardauna of Ringim Emirates and Dokajin Machina in Yobe State.
He was the President, Jigawa state Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture; President, Nigeria Association Of Chambers Of Commerce, Industries, Mines And Agriculture (NACCIMA); president Nigeria–Niger chambers of commerce; President, Northern States Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Board Of Trustees Northern States Chamber Of Commerce; and Chairman, National Association of Road Transport Owners Jigawa State.
Alhaji Badaru Abubakar had equally being a member in various organizations and institutions that are mostly industrial which include Presidential Advisory Committee on Industrial Revolution Plan, Nigeria/America Chambers Of Commerce, Nigeria Institute Of Industrialist & Corporate Administration, Belgium Chambers Of Commerce, National Privatization Council, National Council on NSME and served as Member National Conference of 2014.
He once served as a Director with the Africa Merchant Bank Limited and Bank of the North Limited, now Unity Bank Plc, and the patron of the Rice Farmers Association, Kano and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Jigawa state.
Apart from being a member of the National Institute (mni), Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants Of Nigeria (FCNA) and a holder of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) conferred on him in 2006. During these past years, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar attended various courses within and outside the country.
He is a member of the National Council on Privatization, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Second Vice President of the Federation of West Africa Chamber of Commerce (FEWACCI) which is the regional body of Chambers of Commerce in the West African region.
He served as an Auditor with the Audit Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Kano State, in 1987 and resigned in 1991 to establish his business outfit Talamiz Company.
Talamiz Company was later incorporated as Talamiz Nigeria Limited, which later gave birth to subsidiaries such as Talamiz Motors, Talamiz Consumer Company, Talamiz Transport, Talamiz Commodities, Talamiz Properties, Talamiz Poultry and Farms, and Talamiz Petroleum. Talamiz Oil Mill Limited, Socar Talamiz Limited, RMR shipping Bv, AML Bonded Terminal, ALUAFRIC Cairo and a Director of Sahih Nigeria Limited.
Badaru Abubakar ran unsuccessfully for election as the governor of Jigawa State on April 26, 2011 but lost to Sule Lamido of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
In April 2015, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress (APC) ran for the post of the governor of Jigawa state.
He won and was declared winner of the elections. He was sworn in on May 29, 2015.
Governor Badaru Abubakar is the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Fertilizer and also the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Non-oil Revenue. He chaired The National Election Convention Committee of the APC and was the Chairman Election Committee of the APC of the current leadership. This is in addition to his leadership in various victories at the primary and general elections of some states as well as leading some state governors to decamped to APC.
To be continued.
Habibu Nuhu Kila is the Special Adviser Media and Public Relations to the Governor of Jigawa State.
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