President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to be in Jigawa State on May 7 for a two-day working visit during which he will commission some projects including flagging off a social security scheme introduced recently in the state. According to Jigawa Governor Muhammad Badru, the government through its social security committee would give each of the 287 polling units across the state a token of between N50, 000, and N100, 000, monthly as stipends to rehabilitate critical infrastructure including health care, education and other facilities in the area.
The governor said the President will also inaugurate the revived dairy products processing company in Birnin Kudu as well as commission one of the 80 newly constructed health care facilities in the state.
He said facilities were put in place by the state government in line with the Federal Government’s policy of providing at least one health care facility in each political ward of the country.
Badaru, therefore, urged residents of the state to come out enmasse to give Buhari a rousing welcome.
The visit is believed to be a response to the opposition PDP's claim that the state is its stronghold. It is home to the influential PDP leader and 2019 presidential hopeful Sule Lamido.
Lamido who in the past had held multiple ministerial portfolios is currently facing a graft trial. His sons were also indicted in the alleged theft of state funds and are equally facing charges. Previous political rallies held by the PDP in the state were greeted by large turnouts, a development many opined would make the state a battleground for both ruling APC and the PDP it dislodged from its 16-year stranglehold on power in 2015.