el-Rufai tasks political office holders on people’s oriented projects

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufa’i, on Wednesday, urged political office holders to undertake projects that would add value to human capacity development.

The governor gave the charge while speaking at the celebration of the one year in office of Mr Elias Manza, Chairman of Zangon Kataf Local Government council.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the celebration was held at the Government Girls’ College, Zonkwa.

El Rufa’i, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Hadiza Balarabe, said that his administration’s focus was on reforms and other programmes targeted at meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

“I urge political office holders to key into providing an enabling environment to create avenues for our people to have quality education and healthcare delivery amongst other life-impacting ventures,’’ he said.

The governor enjoined the people of Zangon Kataf to continue to support the government’s programmes in order to enhance sustainable development.

“The completed projects will, no doubt, impact positively on the socio-economic well-being of the people, which is one of the government’s statutory responsibilities,’’ he said.

El Rufa’i congratulated the council chairman on the strides recorded and urged the residents to continue to support the present administration to allow for meaningful development.

In his address, Manza thanked the governor for the opportunity given him to serve the people and for the cooperation he had enjoyed in the last one year.

“Today also provides the opportunity for us to present the record of our achievements, including the projects that had been executed in the last one year.

“The over 62 projects included those that were inherited but which have now been completed.

“We have every reason to be accountable and equitable in the discharge of our mandate, irrespective of the challenges,’’ Manza said.

He sought for continuous support from the state government, saying that some projects were beyond the capacity of the local government to undertake.

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The chairman particularly cited the uncompleted Ungwan-Wakili road, provision of educational facilities, especially in primary schools and the welfare of district heads, amongst others.

“Some of these needs are beyond the capacity of the local government,’’ Manza stressed.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Andrew Yakubu, lauded the pedigree and wealth of experience of the council chairman.

Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of NNPC, enjoined residents, particularly youths in the council area, to be patient with the present administration.

He said “I was gladdened and challenged when the chairman told me that one of his targets was to empower 3,000 youths with various skills for self reliance’’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Manza had, in the last one year, constructed primary healthcare centres at Kwankwano as well as culverts at various locations within the council area.

He also undertook electrification projects, constructed home economics centres and bridges, paid examination fees for students and engaged youths in various skill acquisition programmes, among other projects.

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