Malam Nasir El-Rufai: Good Honey……By Bello Ahmadu Alkammawa
KADUNA State is a home to every Nigerian irrespective of their religion; ethnic or political affiliation. Its importance and location in the history of Nigeria has made people from every part of the world see her as a home for all to actualize their dreams in life.
The state was home to the only Premier of the defunct northern Nigeria, late Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto, along with some eminent sons and daughters from the region who played important roles in nation building, particularly the current 19 states.
Kaduna is popularly referred to as a ‘mini Nigeria’ going by her enormous and muscular position in the life span of politics in the country. This is why whoever is appointed to stir the affairs of the state gets so proud because his name will be written in gold historically. Kaduna State is home to every northerner, in fact every Northern elite has either a home or a Guest House in Kaduna. The Centre of Learning is as multi-religious as much as it is multi-ethnic, that is why the followers of the world’s two religions-Islam and Christianity are daily claiming superiority in terms of population. The state is the centre of Northern Establishment especially politicians and traditional rulers.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai on the other hand is an embodiment of nation building through his desire of contributing his quota to the building of a sound Nigeria where everybody is happy to live. In all the places he worked, record shows that his desire of taking his country to greater height is legendary. In the history of development in my country home Nigeria, his name is written in platter of gold due to his giant strides in all the places he worked to date. A good fighter through sound critics is an embodiment of nation building; through his desire of contributing his quota to the building of a sound Nigeria where everybody is happy to live. I come to know about him during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo second coming as civilian president, but only had a one on one recently when I was introduce to him by his nephew, and then he smiled and asked, are you the very person posting such information for humanity? I say yes Sir; we are following your footsteps in telling the truth and making people become current on happenings in our country. I ask him whether he is ready to respond to people who want him to aspire for the post of Governor come 2015, he told me that he is still making consultations. Someone close to us added his voice by saying what type of consultation when the state is dying every day, we want you to come and restore the image of the state destroyed by those in power, we want you to bring your wealthy experience in building new Kaduna state which will be more than Kano state of today. We want you to re-build the home of northern Nigeria, which was left unchecked due to poor leadership, though it is collecting huge sum of money every month from federation account but nothing to write home about.
Before concluding my few lines about your aspiration and desire of governing the former capital of northern Nigeria, I want you to check the following for you to know the task ahead of you:
Poverty: Both object and perpetual become rampant to the generality of his subjects, this has to do with unemployment facing teeming youth who completed their studies but no job to do, other than to become thugs through taking drugs and other items for them to be able to meet the demand of politicians or other unsophisticated elements of the society. Therefore there is need for the government to remove politics and find a lasting solutions to this issue, it can do so through coming out with skill acquisition centers in all the 23 local Governments, after every graduation it will assist them with loans through banks for them to become self-reliant in the society.
Beggars/Destitute: You should consider renovations of all centers of teaching beggars and other person with disabilities skills in order for them to be off the road, those of them who excel in their training should be given loan through appropriate organization to become self-reliant to the society for them to contribute their quota to the development of the state. It is also in order if government through its Ministry of Women Affairs comes out with skill acquisition to those women moving from one office to other, doing so to them is the same as reciprocating their gesture during elections, as well as girls who was idle in the society.
Boosting food production: For your government to achieve meaningful development in food production in order not only to be able to feed its citizens but also earn good revenue, which it can use to come out with good projects that can take its subject to stardom. It must renovate or provide all the necessary tools to dams in the state. One of the reasons why countries like South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Ethiopia are a force to reckon with in food production is because of their giant strides in boosting farming through irrigation, which is known all over the world as a means of accruing sound revenue through farming cash crops. Therefore Kaduna state cannot be an exceptio. Dams of Birnin-Gwari; Matari and Kajuru among others should be looked into; renovating them will not only boost food production or revenue generation, it will also go a long way to create jobs for youth around them.
Tourism: Today tourism one of the strong tool or catalyst of boosting revenue all over the world. This informed the decision of many developed and undeveloped countries to checkmates their potential on this side in order to use them to not only boost revenue generation but to also create jobs as well as to invite investors from anywhere in the world as either joint ventures or partners in progress. Kaduna State is blessed with many historical places that can be used to achieve goals that can go a long way in not only accruing revenue, but can also become avenue for students learning history in our higher institutions and other related subjects to used them in order to excel in their learning. It is timely if government come out with a historical monument after Queen Amina of Zazzau at her palace in Turunku of Igabi Local Government, where her ancient items were left in bad state, many tourist across the world want to know more about her, in fact many are ready to be in the project of lifting her name. Coming out with that historical monument will attract many tourists all over the world and by God’s grace it is going to boost revenue to the high order. Well those students learning history most especially from the North will find it easy for them to acquire knowledge without going far away from the region. Other areas to be given priority are, Kagoro, Nok, Kamuku, part of Kaura town and the water fall in Kafachan and a host of others.
Roads: One of the easy ways of transportation is by road. Unfortunately, Kaduna state is left behind in this area. Roads were only built during Makarfi and Yakowa administration. Extensions of Kawo Bridge is supposed to be done from One Mechanize to Hanyin Banki axis in order to ease congestion of Kawo especially in market days. Another bridge should be built by Leventis roundabout up to Katsina roundabout to ease the traffic jam as well as by Sabon Tasha axis respectively. A ring road should be made to go round the city, so that from Kawo one can reach Zaria road without coming into city. Feeder road should build in all the 23 local government in not only to makes transportation easier but to provide avenue of accruing sound revenue to government.
Security: Peace remain the only catalyst that can be used to achieve tremendous development all over the world. Nothing can be achieved without it. This informs the decision of many countries around the world to do all they can in order to have peace in their environment. For the state to remain in peace, government must re-think in coming back with security houses build during Makarfi administration to curb any disturbances before it goes out of hand in all the nook and crannies of the state, in addition to what Operation Yaki is doing now. Government and local governments should continue to bring mutual understanding between the various ethnic groups in order for them to understand the important of peaceful co-existence between them.
Education: Education they say it is the best teacher, therefore government at all levels should take concrete measures of minimizing the problems facing education today, though the state was blessed with good potentials but there are other issues that need urgent attention in order for the state to be ahead of its peers nationwide. Government can join hands with local governments as well as other relevant agencies local and international in order to boost education of both male and females in the state. Primary and post primaries schools that were affected by either wind or rainfall should be attended to through good renovations and provision of good stationeries for learning, prompt payment of scholarship can also make it mandatory for every student to pay good attention to his/her learning, while their teachers will time by time send back to schools for them to face their work in proper manner. Parents should compliments the gesture made by the government by making sure their wards are always adhering the rule and regulation governing schools, they should do away with anything that can affect government efforts towards making their education very successfully.
Health: It is timely if your government use available means in reducing hardship to its people in providing medicine at affordable cost in all its hospitals as well as dispensaries. It also used its students studying in various Health Institutions in the state to become staff at various hospitals in both urban and rural areas of the state; this will go a long way in minimizing problems facing pregnant women as well as children most especially where there is no hospital or inadequate staff to attend to the need of patient in various localities of the state.
Revenue Generation: Markets such as that up Unguwar Shanu, Kawo, Sabo Tasha, and others in all the local governments should re-model in order to meet good standard of earning good revenue to the government, new ones should build where necessary in order to boost good and sound revenue that can assist government in her quest of providing conducive atmosphere to the live of its citizens. Companies closed due to problems of maintenance or investors should be re-opening in order to bring solution to the cancer of unemployment facing our teeming youth who finished various institutions but were left roaming the streets without a job to do.
Alkammawa write from Sultan Muhammadu Bello Road, 08155092812, email@example.com Kaduna.
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