By Abdullahi Faruk Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Governor, Comrade Dr Nasir Idris has directed the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Umar Abubakar to go ahead and decongest prisons across the state.
He gave the order on Saturday while swearing-in the Acting Grand Khadi, Khadi Sadiq Usman-Muktar at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.
The swearing-in followed the retirement of his predecessor, Khadi Tukur Sani-Argungu, who clocked 60 years by birth.
The governor said the directive became necessary in view of serries of complaints about prison congestion being experienced in prisons across the state.
Equally the governor tasked the newly sworn-in Acting Grand Khadi on justice, equity and fairness to all manner of people also informed him that his appointment was based on his track records and implored him to sustain the tempo to for the good of his staff and the state at large.
He than assured that his administration would do everything humanly possible within the little resources at government disposal to cater for the judiciary workers welfare.
While promising to operate an open door policy, the governor said his government will welcome advice, suggestions and constructive criticism that would bring positive development to the state, “so that we adjust as leaders.”
“Going by my background, all of you knew that I am a teacher, a unionist to the core and a labour leader who grew from Local Government to State Chairman to President of the largest trade union in Africa.
“In spite of that, I have never left you people, wherever I am, I have never spent two weeks without coming back home. I want other people that have the interest of Kebbi to emulate this attitude,” he advised.
He said the yearnings and aspirations of Kebbi people was to see change, adding that the work started by his administration testified to the fact that resident of Kebbi would have a cause to smile very soon.
The governor assured that his ambition was to transform the state capital from “a glorified local government headquarters to a full-fledged state capital.”
Dr. Nasir Idris announced that the road contracts recently awarded covered construction and reconstruction of major roads in the state capital, adding that while some roads would be dual carriage, others would be converted to triple carriage way with interlock and modern roundabouts.
He added that flyovers would also be constructed in some places to reduce congestion, ease traffic and ensure smooth vehicular movement.