Why Kaduna State Needs El-Rufai By Amiru Halilu
Any country or state that turn out to be like a dilapidated building who is about to collapse any moment from now must need an agile and assiduous man who has the capacity to tread where others are too timid to act to rescue it from collapsing. Any discerning observer must agree with me that Kaduna state has been made to look like a rickety car whose engine is about to knock any moment from now. It has been subjected to unnecessary retribution, bearing the brunt of PDP’s corruption for over a decade.
Malfunction or failed nervous system is the most appropriate phrase that fit the description of this present administration of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero who is currently at the helm of the state’s affairs. Nervous system includes: – Brain, spinal cord, Sense organs and nerves. And this is highly essential to the sustainability of human life. When the aforementioned system malfunction or failed, the chances of surviving is very slight. The administration of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero cannot be said to be different from malfunction or failed nervous system as it is today.
Fear Allah (Aji Tsoron Allah) has been the mantra of this administration end up being delusion. The fear of Allah does not in any way neither reflects a judicious implementation of budget nor reflects a judicious execution of it beguiling agenda. Should we asses this administration base on its own parameter I.e. the eight point agenda, it can hardly obtain a pass mark. Peace and Security: The numbers of people that have been killed by unknown gunmen in Birnin Gwari alone cannot be quantify not to talk of Southern Kaduna where people lost their lives virtually on daily basis by the same unknown gunmen. A day hardly passes without a case of armed robbery been reported along Kaduna high ways. Shops have been broken; houses have been invaded virtually every day by small armed thieves within Kaduna metropolis.
Qualitative Education: Almost all the primaries and secondary schools in the state are in a shambles; absence of conducive learning environment is conspicuous. Libraries are more of rest rooms than book rooms or information centers. Laboratories metamorphosed into store where broken chairs have been kept. Lack of adequate classes, chairs and qualify teachers is no longer news. Not long ago, Kaduna state university medical students protest non-accreditation of courses.
In its attempt to earn our plaudit and vote come 2015 election and to show case its lack of focus and foresight, this government misplaced priority – injected Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N250, 000.000) in taking some of the KASU medical students for one year clinical in Uganda due to lack of teaching hospital. In addition, Eight Hundred Million Naira (N800, 000.000) has been set aside for every set of students that is due for one year clinical. If you ask me, I will say this is insensitive and myopia! Any sane and serious Government, who mean what it always says, will give more priority to the speedy completion of the ongoing project of Barau Dikko teaching hospital before any other thing.
Enhance Agricultural Development and Poverty Alleviation: The enhancement of agricultural development and poverty alleviation goes along with the installation of mechanize farming equipments and provision of adequate fertilizer. To think of enhancing agricultural development and alleviate poverty among the populace without the said equipments is delusional to the first degree.
Improve health care delivery: The fact that there are a lot of problems with Kaduna state health delivery system is not debatable; the health care system is very bad. The hospitals look like abandoned properties with broken windows, outdated vehicles and ambulances.
You may be surprise to hear from a medical doctor that there are no drugs in the hospital. The medical attention given to hospitals patients is nothing to write home about not necessarily because the personnel are not well trained but because there are inadequate equipments to take care of the patients. The use of outdated equipments and tools is a common phenomenon in the state hospitals. You cannot find standby generators, no blood bank not even well equipped pharmacies, and most of these hospitals are overcrowded, some patients receive treatment in hallways due to non availability of space. Doctors come to work the time they like and do their job as they deem fit and go. Leaving patients on the queue, waiting from morning to evening.
Infrastructural development (Roads, water and power): When the fill of potholes with earth and asphalt is mentioned, this administration will readily comes to mind because that is its remarkable achievement in terms of roads construction. It is indeed sad to talk about power! The rich ones among the populace generate their electric power via generator and solar energy system, while the
poor resort to rechargeable lamps and candles. Lack of access to constant electric power supply resulted to the collapse of numerous industries in the state. What about pipe born water? Just like electricity, the poor among the populace have been living at the mercy of water vendors while the rich ones resorted to providing water for their domestic use through the construction of boreholes. This alternative source of water for domestic, agricultural and industrial purpose portends a looming danger for the state.
Civil Service Reform: The best can only be expected from a man whose take home pay can afford to put a decent meal on his table. You cannot talk about civil service reform when you have the poor salary scale-when the salary is not adequate enough for obtaining the basic necessities of life. Enhance Revenue Generation: Revenue increases when there are various means through which tax are being paid or collected. The major industries that pay reasonable tax in the state were completely short down owing to epileptic power supply.
Job creation for youth and women employment and empowerment: For the last Fourteen years of PDP rule, there has been significant collapse of infrastructure. The development has been so bad that most businesses groan under intense pain due to over head cost incurred in providing power. In fact power has become an albatross to the state manufacturing sector. However, with this ugly development, job creation and employment is a forlorn hope.
If one is ask to juxtapose the worthless fourteen years achievement of PDP in Kaduna state and the valuable Four years achievement of Mallam Naseer El-rufai as FCT Minister, you will find out that that worthless Fourteen years will not match one third of that valuable Four years. Change we need!
Amiru Halilu is the Secretary Doka Youth Development Forum Kaduna and can be reaching through firstname.lastname@example.org
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