By Bashir ya’u
Presently, Malam Mannir Yakubu is the Deputy Governor,commissioner Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chairman KTSG MSMES, Chairman Economic Development Comission, Chairman polio Eradication Committee and Chairman State Tenders Board.
At these capacities, he proved to be a man of honor and integrity under the able leadership of the Katsina State Governor Rt.Honorable Aminu Bello Masari and our political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He is often describe by many as a Man of utmost loyalty to his leader and the Party. There is no doubt, the deputy Governor is endowed with rare qualities among politicians in the political history of Katsina state and Northern Nigeria at large.
This can be seen in the journey of his political career as he demonstrated and upheld political principles with clear allegiance to party ideologies with mission and vision centred around the development of the society. In fact,Malam Mannir is among the very few politicians that turned against all kinds of temptations that carried away many in the course of constructive opposition during the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Malam Mannir Yakubu was in the opposition party under the defunct APP, ANPP and the CPC.
He suffered a lot of injustice during the PDP government especially when he contested and won the Katsina Central senatorial seat in 2011 and 2017. His mandates were shamelessly denied by the PDP government.
This did not force him to either decamp from the opposition party to the PDP which became the order of the day among the politicians as a result of greed for appointments or contracts. He did not betray his thousands followers, but rather, became more determined for the success of his party.
This distinguishing character no doubt made Malam Mannir a unique politician of Northern Nigeria. This is also a lesson in ‘politics of principle’ to be learned by the upcoming politicians. It is a rare quality that was practicedbby people such as Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, Malam Aminu Aminu Kano, Mudi Sipikin,Malam Lawal Dambazau to mention but a few.
Knowing the credibility of the man and in an attempt to fulfill the campaign promises to the good people of Katsina state, His Excellency Rt.Honorable Aminu Bello Masari, the executive Governor of the state, appointed Alh Mannir Yakubu to take charge as the Commissioner of agriculture, saddled him with the responsibilities of the following assignments;
- Chairman, MSME Council;
- Chairman, Tenders Board;
- Chairman, Economic Development plan Commission; and
- Chairman, Polio Eradication Committee.
In our efforts towards educating the general public, attempts will be made to enlighten them on who is Qs Mannir Yakubu as he took the leadership of each assignment.
We will however start with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
1 MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
On assumption of duty, he pursued a transformation agenda vigorously by ensuring that the local farmers did not suffer but benefit immensely in improving their occupation Under the giant stride of His Excellency Governor Aminu Bello Masari. The deputy Governor set up various committees and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring adequate, timely and above all equitable distribution of fertilizer to the farmers at the grass-root levels in the 34 local government areas in the state.
The deputy Governor also quickly embarked on restructuring both the farmers Agricultural Supply Company Of Katsina state (FASCOKT) and Katsina State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KATARDA) as well as the reconstruction of stores in order to bring about the desired development or Changes.
The deputy Governor/Commissioner for agriculture also changed the pattern of fertilizer supply and its distribution which has been politicized by the previous government. He ensured that, the farmers received fertilizer as at when due at affordable prices in each ward and polling unit across the state.
Despite some few challenges recorded in the exercise, the new strategy enabled the farmers get fertilizer well ahead of its scheduled application period for rainy and irrigation seasons. This effort, no doubt, assisted greatly in boosting the production of both food and cash crops across the state and reduced food insecurity and its consequences.
The deputy Governor also played an important role in the development of animal husbandry such as livestock production, poultry and fishery among others in the state.
In conclusion, one important thing to note with Malam Mannir Yakubu is his versatility and expertise in good governance. For instance, despite his numerous commitment as dual administrator as the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner of agriculture, he also played a crucial role in the Dallatu “Restoration Agenda”.
In other words, he works with his Governor harmoniously with mutual trust and respect for each other. This is a key factor that enable them to deliver their campaign promises being enjoyed by the good people of Katsina state as the dividends of democracy.
Long life General Muhammadu Buhari President of the federal Republic of Nigeria!
Long life His Excellency Rt.Hon.Aminu Bello Masari,the executive Governor of Katsina state!!
Long life His Excellency QS Alh Mannir Yakubu,the deputy Governor of Katsina state!!!.
Comrd Bashir Ya’u
Media Assistant, Chairman Katsina State Masari Media Enlightenment Forum.