BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN
Group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna APC Youth Stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the Governor Nasir el-Rufai led administration in Kaduna State and passed a vote of confidence on the governor.
The group while addressing newsmen at a press conference which held in the party secretariat in Kaduna said, “Our attention has been drawn, on a statement by some group of youths, who are pretending to be members of our ruling party which claimed to regret misleading people into voting for the APC led administration due to lack of projects”.
Responding to the allegation, the spokesperson of the group, Sabo Douglas Garba who signed the text of the briefing which was read by the Secretary of the group Joy Akut stated that “we wish to state categorically that we, the youths of APC in southern Kaduna, who have been with the party even from its campaigning days, do not know them.
“We may wish to remind the good people of Kaduna state that in just two years of the Nasir el-Rufai led administration, the APC Government has brought about several investments in Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Education, Environment, Rural and Community development, investments and promotion, Natural resources, Financial prudence, improvement in education, infrastructures to mention but a few.
“It is worthy of note that this administration is one of only four states in Nigeria that pays its wage bills as at when due and carry out developmental projects alongside despite the limited federal allocation that was caused by the inability to save from monies accrued when oil price was quite high.
“May we remind the good people of Kaduna state that sometime back before we got into power, Kaduna state was getting as much as Seven Billion Naira Monthly as federal allocation. Today, the state has to make do with as low as Two Billion Naira, our financial prudence and an improved IGR, ensured that Governor Nasir el-Rufai performed astoundingly within this short period of time.
“In this last two years, the government has upgraded 6 Business Apprenticeship Training Centers (BATC) Schools, to Community Skills Development Centers (COSDECs) and will be equipping each with a minimum of 100million Naira worth of training equipment.
“Today, we have ongoing road projects in all Local Governments of the State, we have schools undergoing renovation, School desks and chairs are been supplied even as we speak, We have acquired and distributed assorted fertilizers in this farming season at a rate as low as 5,500 Naira per 50kg bag.
“So far, a record 294 projects are ongoing in Schools around the Southern Region of the state, these projects range from rehabilitation of dilapidated school structures, construction of solar boreholes, construction of toilets, and the supply of furniture to these schools. We are also renovating and upgrading 255 Primary Health Care (PHC) centers one each in every ward across the State.
“Southern Kaduna has multiple government projects going on in Clinics and Hospitals, these projects includes procurement of surgical equipments, Procurement of Dialysis Machines, Upgrading of Laboratory and Procurement of Containerized modular TB Lab, Supply of Hospital Furniture, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Central Sterile Supplies, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Emergency Intervention Patient Transport Equipment for A&E, and a Proposed fencing for each Rural Hospital.
“The APC led administration has engaged in partnerships to transform Kaduna into an industrial hub by facilitating the establishment of OLAM (Crown Flour Mill) a multi million Dollars investment in Chikun Local Government and facilitating the establishment of VICAMPRO in Manchok. To Fulfill His Excellency’s promise to establish a Ginger corridor in Southern Kaduna, a commodity aggregation centre has been established which will be upgraded to a Ginger platform to empower the people of Kachia Local Government, Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and Nigeria at large
“Sometime ago, we held a press briefing to condemn the vandalism of the Military base that was commissioned by our Governor Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai and the 26th Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai. We want to use this opportunity to thank the government for ensuring that we now have a formidable military base in Southern Kaduna; we also wish to thank the Nigerian Air-force for deploying fighter Helicopters in order to beef up security.
“We therefore uphold a vote of confidence on the Nasir El-Rufai Administration. We are proud to be associated with him. We hereby call on the Government and good people of Kaduna State, to continue the pursuit of giant developmental strides” the group stated.