The condition of the nation’s political parties has been variously described with such derogatory words as decline, decay and demise; not sufficiently energised in ideology.
Furthermore, campaign for election are increasingly becoming more candidate-centred rather than party-centred (a spiritual warfare of some sort), which compelled individual presidential aspirants to rely more on personal organizations and political (third party) consultant as against the use of party machinery and manifesto in line with party programmes.
Decades of anti-people policies and mismanagement of resources have resulted in Nigerians, who should have no business with being poor, ending up in government-induced penury.
Successive governments have had similar mindsets in terms of profligacy with state funds and a paucity of economic ideas that has seen them open the doors to all sets of foreign-packaged economic programmes that have only served to increase the plight of Nigerians.
In simple economic terms, a country’s greatest resource is its manpower. People are the most valuable resources of any nation because they constitute the primary producers.
Human population should be given special prominence and attention in formulating new revenue allocation formula on addition to the various states’ poverty indices.
Consequently, Nigeria, a country that ought to be a global economic powerhouse is now tied to the apron string of foreign countries and their institutions, limiting our options to explore the economics models such as that of the Asian Tigers – China and their micro-economic variables.
However, powered by a peerless pedigree of outstanding antecedents and impeccable credentials not just as a fast-growing leading politician and administrator from Nigeria’s north east sub-region, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassn Dankwambo is offering his wealth of experience, exposure and exemplary attainments to engender a paradigm shift from the status quo, in order to provide Nigerians with a new brand of leadership that would make life worth living in the country.
A repository of knowledge, endowed with a new political philosophy and social order, Governor Dankwambo’s entry into the nation’s presidential race in 2019 presents Nigeria with an infallible guarantee, relying on his antecedents as the head of government in Gombe State and an arrowhead in the quest for qualitative change in the State’s education system from 2011 till date.
The first proof of Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo’s leadership ingenuity is inherent in his passion for competence and his comfort level, with having the best around him, in his method and style, in its most descriptive fashion. If we cannot describe a political process or event, we cannot really hope to understand or explain it.
The concept of governance and structures of the Dankwambo-led administration in Gombe State are presented at two analytical levels; the macro and micro-level analysis. Besides the assessment of performance, there is need to highlight crucial policy issues in public consciousness and create minimal standards of performance on core areas of consensus.
“His philosophy of good governance is about humanity; protecting people; providing economic opportunities bothering on wealth and job creation, providing education and healthcare, depending on the complexity of the problem from place to place and influencing decision-making for the good of the citizenry”.
His administration in Gombe has marked a spectacular improvement in scholarship (education) guided by the basic principles of universality in educational advancement.
Among the interesting scenarios to consider in his candidature for presidency include his great liberalizing force within the various segments of the polity and his advocacy in the field of education and knowledge, an effervescent programme in all his policy formulations.
Dankwambo’s depth of knowledge in Data Management and Information Communication Technology, ICT marked the underlining parameter for his successful tenure as Gombe State Executive Governor so far.
His political philosophy draws widely from applied structural, functional, theoretical framework, undaunted by difficult assignments and challenges of life while his vision of new politics share a conviction of the institutionalization of policies and programmes as a necessary condition for the attainment of democratic government in the modern society;
the practical application of all relevant knowledge on the social, physical and natural realm to specific problems identified well ahead of time.
From transactional politician to principled intellectual, Dankwambo’s entry on the nation’s presidential realm signifies a complete change in the country’s body polity, again, with advantage of age and intellectual leaning.
The situation analyses and policy targets of Dankwambo’s manifesto in all the sectors of the economy, i.e. security, economic boom with attendant job creation, education, road construction, industry and commerce, health programme amongst others with a wide range of corresponding strategies outlined as facilitative factors, his struggle of the attainment of complete socio-economic transformation of the country, as president is a struggle worth all our efforts, and not the short-circuit desires and monetary benefits of a parochial few.
In coming to judgement with Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo’s character, the philosophy of thought should be found in his distributive disposition and Project Implementation Index, as Gombe State head of government and his leadership acceptance within his growing population of supporters.
It calls for robust discourse and constructive dialogue. His entry into the nation’s presidential race must call on our collective attention and critically address the managerial truism that “what is not measured cannot be managed”, given the dip from the statutory allocation from the federation account which almost all the states of the federation faces as a resource-dependent mono-cultural economy.
The thrust of Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo if elected as the People Democratic Party (PDP) nominee for president is about signposting the roads not travelled before by erstwhile governments in the country, viz, the pursuit of sustainable growth and human development strategy by devoting massive resources to education and commerce in order to eliminate poverty through the creation of wealth.
Junaidu Usman Abubakar
Senior Special Assistant, Press,
to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo
writes in from Gombe.