Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State yesterday unveiled a new 8-point pledge to forge ahead with his determination to consolidate on the gains of the past four years.
Masari unfolded the critical areas after he was sworn-in for a second term alongside his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, at a low key ceremony witnessed by hundreds of dignitaries and members of the public at People’s Square, next to the gate of government house Katsina.
The new 8-point pledge, according to him, included sustaining investment in education; increasing investment in agriculture; consolidating the gains of the health sector; increasing investment in water resources; facilitating wider political inclusion and youth engagement; entrenching good governance, political accountability and transparency; promoting greater public-private collaboration; and bequeathing secure and prosperous Katsina State.
He however vowed that only persons of integrity that would add great value to his administration’s agenda for security and development would be appointed into his next cabinet in line with his commitment to the full realization of his pledge.
“And I am assuring you that the persons that will be invited to join in ensuring this success are capable, dependable, reliable, competent and trustworthy,” he said.
This, according to him, is the only way to ensure the consolidation of the state’s restoration gains and to guarantee quick results as his administration moves to the next level.
He spoke further: “My dream I must admit at this juncture is to see a Katsina State that is secured from all manner of security threats, a Katsina State that is financially buoyant and a Katsina State with a happy and prosperous populace.”
Looking back at the efforts of his regime in the last four years, he reeled out striking successes recorded since 2015 as they pertained to the five areas: security/good governance, education, health, water and agriculture considered to be the state’s top priorities.
On the challenges encountered in the course of the journey, he lamented that quite a number of them were due to the failure of previous administrations to plan ahead or respond vigorously to these challenges as they emerged.
“In some cases, they were due to the indifferent posture of successive administrations to the realities of our social and economic conditions. Insecurity and reduced revenues were the most pressing challenges with far-reaching implications to the development of our dear state,” Masari stated.
He therefore appealed to the people of the state for calm and continued prayers as they have received “the assurance of the federal government for drastic action to degrade these inhuman marauders.”