Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday commissioned the 4.4 kilomiter Gombe Road – Maiguduri By-pass named after him.
An elated Abubakar while commissioning the project, called on states being controlled by rival All Progressives Congress (APC) to emulate his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku, a presidential hopeful of the PDP., called on governments at all levels to prioritize provision of physical infructure to enhance job creation and economic empowerment.
He said the country needs extra commitments in eradicating the wave of unemployment and insecurity noting that embarking on massive infrastructural development projects is the instrumentl for achieving economic prosperity.
While commending the Governor for constructing the road, Atiku urged him to consolidate on his zeal towards impacting positively on the lives of the people.
The Governor Bala Mohammed said the project was inline with the urban and rural renewal projects initiated by his administration.
According to him, Over 30 strategic roads were so far completed in addition to provision of basic infrastructure in critical areas.
In an address the state Commissioner of works Alh. Abdulkadir Ibrahim said the ministry intensified monitoring and evaluation to ensure the project meets the construct specification.
The former Vice President had earlier paid a homage to Emir of Bauchi at his palace.
He described infrastructural development as catalyst for socio-economic development.
Speaking earlier Governor Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State felicitated with the former Vice President as he marks his 75th birthday today.
The Governor said:
“As one of us, we are proud of your national and international stature, as a colossus and statesman whose bold and indelible footprints, on the effort to deepen democracy and national unity in Nigeria, will always mark you out as an accomplished public servant.
“On behalf of myself, my family and the good people of Bauchi State, I congratulate you on your birthday anniversary and wish you long life, sound health, peace and strength to continue to serve Nigeria and humanity “.