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As Kaduna Residents Eagerly Await El-rufa’i

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 5:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gabriel John, Kaduna


People in Kaduna State have expressed their anxiousness to see their Governor-elect, Malam Nasir el-rufa’i, take charge of the affairs of the state without delay.

In fact, some of them have tasked him on some areas of development they want see make a priority in his first 100 days in office.

They were of the view that urgent attention should be given to people oriented projects in the state.

Their anxiety is rising to the peak less than six weeks to the handover date from the incumbent government to the incoming one on May 29.

Daily Independent spoke to cross sections of the people across the 23 local government areas of the state whose demands centred mainly around infrastructural development and completion of some projects started by late Governor Ibrahim Yakowa but which were abandoned by incumbent Governor Ramalan Yero.

The residents expressed their total support to Governor whom they described as “the last hope of the common man”.

According to Ibrahim Auta in Zango Kataf Local Government area of the state, el-rufa’i should immediately embark on creating employment opportunities for young school leavers who presently constitute some nuisance to the people after assuming office.

“I want the Governor-elect, Malam Nasir el-rufa’i, to tackle the unemployment in the state as the first priority. Our children have no job to do; we are in pain after spending much money on them in higher institutions.

“We find it difficult to feed them. Some of them, out of frustration, went into smoking marijuana which leads them to committing harm, and other nefarious crimes,” Auta said.

He added that the new state government should be giving some allowances to graduates in the state if it becomes difficult to provide them job opportunities.

In the Kaduna North Local Government area, another resident, Musa Dogara, also suggested that the Governor-elect upon assuming office should allow motorcycle business (popularly known as okada) to thrive by allowing the riders to continue their normal business since there is no job to accommodate all the people in the state.

He said since Governor Yero stopped all the motorcycle riders in the state from doing their business, his own children have been driven out of school since he could not afford to pay school fees. Dogara added: “Last week, my landlord gave me quit notice because I owed him two years house rent.”

But Ester Zamani from Kafanchan Local Government held a different view.

She pleaded with the Governor-elect to complete the road projects started by late Governor Yakowa in the interest of the masses even though their parties are different.

She told Daily Independent that since el-rufa’i was elected base on the voice of the people in the state, he should not look into the differences in the political parties, but that the interest of the people in the state should be top priority.

According to her, all the road projects started by late Yakowa were abandoned by Governor Yero even as people in the interior villages could not transport their farm produce to the nearest market because of bad roads.

“We have enough farm land to produce both cash and food crops in Kafachan. Virtually everybody in Kafachan is a farmer since there is no job to do.

“But our main problem is bad roads. None of the roads started by late Yakowa is completed and commissioned.

“We don’t have good roads to transport our products to the market. Sometimes, we sell our farm produce at cheaper price if we see any one that is ready to buy,” Zamani explained.