Former Financial Controller of the Economoc Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Dr. Muhammad Sani-Bello has joined the Kaduna gubernatorial race under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sani-Bello while officially declaring his intention to contest for the number one seat in the 2019 governorship election at the PDP State Secretariat promised to run a transparent and peoples oriented government, if the party gives him the mandate to fly her flag.
He also promised to rescue the state from what he described as vagaries of pervasive mal- administration and restore public trust and confidence in government if the PDP gives him its ticket to run.
“I am here to declare my intention known at the state party office with the promise, if given the mandate to be the people’s servant, that would lead a people oriented administration and transparently run on the rule of law and fully accountable to the public.
“My mission is to restore peaceful coexistence and provide adequate safety and effective security of lives and property.
“Prioritize economic growth and development for all; where everyone has equal access to jobs, regardless of sex, gender, religion, age or physical conditions.
“Pursue increased community cohesion and civic identity through societal re -orientation programmes and representative participation in social, political and cultural spheres,“ he said.
He explained that the vision of his government is to make the state secure, more prosperous with a robust economy built on agriculture, mining and industry through good governance underpinned by justice and fairness to all.
“My mission is to develop agriculture and agro – allied industries through provision of the necessary enabling environment, infrastructure and facilities to make Kaduna State one of the five most productive states in the country.“
He lamented that the advent of the present administration had grossly alienated the over seven million citizens of the state.
“To date, tales of woe whether from hundreds of communities destroyed and displaced by spate of insecurity and demolitions or the sacking of tens of thousands workers and their families.
“This was because we accidentally voted in a governor who was never a part of the people and could never be expected to really understand where they are or where they wish to be.
“Kaduna State has not had it so bad on these two fronts since its creation in 1976. The number of lives and property lost to insecurity in the past three years surpasses the total for the rest of its existence.
`What is worse is that the government’s disregard for the rule of law as well as justice and fairness remains a continuous source of fresh conflicts among our diverse and heterogeneous communities.
“Economically, Kaduna State has moved from an agricultural and industrial hub to land of abandoned farms and graveyard for factories.
“Neither farmers nor herders in most parts are able to carry on the business of helping to feed our nation.
“Accountability and transparency in public administration and finance are no longer core values as the few contracts and appointments by the state government are now reserved for a tight circle of family, friends and cronies.
“ The result is a plethora of unfinished projects, increased debts and intensification of mass poverty and unemployment,“ he said.
According to him, the All Progressive Congress, APC, government in the state has completely dis-located the entire fabric of the society.
“The revered traditional institution that prides itself as source of enhancing harmonious coexistence, preserving our heritage and traditions has been decapitated.
“The civil service which is the engine room of implementation of government policies and a symbol of continuity has been systematically destroyed.
“Such severe shortcomings could have been avoided or be overcome if the governor as the chief executive was not so all – knowing and had kept arrogance at bay,” Sani-Bello aspirant said.
Responding, the state chairman of PDP, Felix Hassan-Hyet said Kaduna State was looking for a governor that would build not destroy as well as a governor that will create job opportunities not the one that will send thousands to the streets of the state jobless.
He assured of equal level playing ground for all those aspiring to contest for the Governorship seat on the plat of the Party.
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