Mohammed Umar Bago, the governor of Niger state, expressed his desire to be referred to as the “Farmer Governor” instead of titles such as ‘Excellency’, ‘Honourable’ or ‘Mr Governor’.
This declaration was made during the presentation of the 2024 budget to the state House of Assembly.
The governor stated that this change in title is meant to emphasize the government’s focus on agriculture.
He said: “I want to inform the people of Niger state that from today, my nomenclature has changed and I wish to be addressed as Farmer Governor Bago from henceforth.”
During the presentation, the governor wore a tee-shirt and trousers, although he clarified that he has not prohibited civil servants from wearing agbada attire as reported by some media outlets.
However, he did stress the importance of appropriate dress for civil servants working in physically demanding ministries such as works and agriculture.
Additionally, the governor decided to transform the state Trade Fair Complex into a multipurpose facility for sports and recreation, renaming it the Bola Tinubu Square (BTS).