Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna state, has said he will continue with his government’s reforms for the good of the residents despite the imminence of 2019 elections.
In his remarks during the signing of N157bn budget for 2019 fiscal year at Government House,Kaduna, El-Rufai, explained that the reforms have started yielding positive results as the local government autonomy in the state has empowered council chairmen to embark on projects in the grassroots which was not possible in the past.
In the security sector, the governor said,the state and local governments will cooperate to expand the footprint of security agencies in the state,adding that more offices and facilities for the police, the SSS and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps will be provided across the state.
El-Rufai said: “The principles will not be forsaken; they are at the core of governance. Despite the imminence of elections, we shall continue to discharge our responsibility to lead the state by Putting our People First”
“For markets, the plan is to involve the private sector in financing the much-needed expansion and upgrade of many of our markets. The Kaduna State Market Development Company will take the lead in this effort to make viable commercial projects of markets, expand access to them and thereby remove them as a trigger for strife in many of our communities”
The governor added: “This government has worked to promote equality of opportunity, expressed in concrete action to give ordinary people and their children a fair chance in the race of life. We have taken necessary action to ensure that only qualified teachers are in our public schools. We have reformed our local government system to deliver real service. We are reversing the aging of the civil service, creating spaces to introduce younger persons. Undeterred by the shrill cries of the selfish elite, we are putting our people first, making lives better across our state.
“Our purpose in government is to promote equality of opportunity, to give every child the prospect of surviving pregnancy and infancy, with sound health; to absorb decent education and develop the skills to make the best of life. It is to ensure that pregnancy is not a death sentence for our women, and that they have access better life chances. It is to secure for our young people employment opportunities in a vibrant economy, regulated by a competent public service. It is about giving everyone a fair chance in the race of life! It about being for the people and seeking to empower them, not creating and exploiting dependency” the governor said.
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