DAILY FILE, KADUNA – Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna state, on Tuesday, called on residents to pay tributes to the suffering of the people by saying never again to the Kaduna four decades of violent conflict.
In his new year message to the people of the state, El-Rufai,urged everyone to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly during the campaigns and elections.
The governor assured that Government will deploy additional policing and military assets throughout the state to enhance security and surveillance from now until the end of the election season to enable everyone to canvass for support, campaign and vote freely and peacefully.
The message reads “In this new year, let us work together to advance and uphold peace in our state. In 2018, we witnessed sad episodes of violence, including the loss of lives and property. Over four decades, violent conflict in our state has taken an awful toll in lives lost and shattered. Let us resolve to make 2019 the year that we overcome the baleful legacy of strife. Let us pay tribute to the suffering of people by saying never again. Violence shatters, but only peace can build and develop societies”
“2019 is an election year. Peace is an important condition for enabling our people to express their democratic preferences in a free and fair manner. I urge everyone to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly during the campaigns.
Election is a democratic exercise. It must not be construed as an exercise in division. We must all respect the right of our people to choose and vote freely”
“We will vigorously apprehend and prosecute any person that plans, executes or sponsors any disruption to the orderly conduct of the campaigns and elections in 2019.
Preserving the peace is a collective undertaking. Citizens should report all suspicious conduct to the law enforcement and security agencies. The government is determined to arrest and prosecute anybody, no matter their standing, that threatens the right of our people to live in peace and security”
The governor added “This government takes seriously its security obligations, even as it reminds our citizens that the ultimate guarantee of peace is the willingness of our communities to live in harmony. In the last three and half years, the Kaduna State Government has provided vehicles, communications and other logistic support to our security agencies”
“After decades of clamour, there are now permanent security detachments stationed in the southern part of the state. The army has a forward operating base in Kafanchan, with another battalion planned for the Kachia-Kajuru axis. We have also provided accommodation and facilities for a mobile police squadron in Kafanchan. We are building more police stations, security and Civil Defence outposts across the state”
“In addressing the sources of conflict and violence, we have established the Kaduna State Peace Commission under the chairmanship of Reverend Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the former Anglican Archbishop of Kaduna, and current Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion”
“To deal with the menace of gangsters, we have gazetted the Unlawful Societies Declarations which prescribe a seven-year sentence for people convicted for membership of unlawful societies like the El-Zakzaky movement and the Sara-Suka gangs.
Conscious of the challenges imposed by the shortfall in police numbers deployed to our state, compared to requirements, we are strengthening community involvement in policing and security through the Kaduna Vigilance Service, and our traditional institution at all levels. The civilian security volunteers were especially helpful in maintaining order during the recent crisis in Kaduna metropolis and environs”
“In the same period, we have been relentless in implementing our governance agenda, which has at its core Putting People First. This government is promoting equality of opportunity by building human capital. We have made tremendous investments to improve access to Education and Health care”
We have recruited over 25,000 qualified teachers for our public primary schools, of which we have renovated hundreds. In areas of high population density, we have commenced building high-rise schools using pre-cast concrete to enable faster construction. We have supplied more than 200,000 units of furniture to solve the problem we inherited where at least 50% of Primary School pupils sit on floors due to absence of desks and chairs. For our secondary schools, we are recruiting 7600 new teachers, to join the over 2000 Science, Mathematics and English teachers we recruited in 2016″ the governor said.
“To reduce maternal and infant mortality, we decided to strengthen the primary health care system. We developed a programme to renovate and refit 255 primary health centres, one in each political ward. We have upgraded, equipped and staffed about 150 of the 255 PHCs we planned. Many of our 23 secondary health centres have received their delivery of General Electric equipment to ensure improved diagnosis, treatment and safer surgery” El-Rufai explained.
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