Group, under the auspices of “Southern Kaduna All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Stakeholders” have vowed to continue to support Governor Nasir El-Rufai, in spite of the attacks on members from the Southern part of the state.
Members of the youth group also said they have no regret voting El-Rufai in 2015, insisting they will re-elect APC and Governor El-Rufai, come 2019.
Addressing journalists at Kaduna APC Secretariat on Wednesday, Secretary of the group, Ms Joy Akut, who read the speech signed by Sabo Douglas, explained reasons for the unflinching support for Governor El-Rufai.
According to her, in just two years, Kaduna, under Nasir El-Rufai-led administration the APC Government brought about several investments in Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Education, Environment, Rural and Community Development, Investments and Promotion, Natural Resources, Financial Prudence, improvement in Education and Infrastructures, to mention but a few. The group members have no regrets for campaigning and voting APC and El-Rufai into power in 2015.
While fielding questions from journalists, Ms Akut, who debunked a statement credited to Southern Kaduna APC Youth Stakeholders, which ‘claimed to regret misleading people into voting for the APC-led administration due to lack of projects,’ described it as mischievous and calculated attempt to blackmail the group.
While stating that the “Faceless group” is unknown and out to stir up mischief, Akut said the youth of APC in Southern Kaduna voted the right party, and gave assurance that there are more dividends of democracy that would come to people of Southern Kaduna and all citizens of the state.
The statement read in part: Our attention has been drawn on a statement by some group of youth, who are pretending to be members of our ruling party. This youth claim to regret misleading people into voting for the APC-led administration ‘due to lack of projects.’ We wish to state categorically that we, the youth of APC in Southern Kaduna, who have been with the party even from its campaigning days, do not know them.
We may wish to remind the good people of Kaduna state that in just two years of the Nasir el-Rufai-led administration, the APC Government has brought about several investments in Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Education, Environment, Rural and Community Development, Investments and Promotion, Natural Resources, Financial Prudence, improvement in Education and Infrastructures, to mention but a few.
It is worthy of note that this administration is one of only four states in Nigeria that pays its wage bills as at when due and carry out developmental projects despite the limited federal allocation that was caused by the inability to save from monies accrued when oil price was quite high.
May we remind the good people of Kaduna state that, sometime back – before we got into power – Kaduna state was getting as much as Seven Billion Naira Monthly as federal allocation. Today, the state has to make do with as low as Two Billion Naira; our financial prudence and an improved IGR ensured that Governor Nasir el-Rufai performed astoundingly within this short period of time.
In this last two years, the government has upgraded 6 Business Apprenticeship Training Center (BATC) schools to Community Skills Development Centers (COSDECs), and will be equipping each with a minimum of 100 million naira worth of training equipment.
Today, we have ongoing road projects in all Local Governments of the State. We have schools undergoing renovation; school desks and chairs are being supplied. Even as we speak, we have acquired and distributed assorted fertilizers in this farming season at a rate as low as 5,500 naira per 50kg bag.
So far, a record 294 projects are ongoing in schools around the Southern Region of the state. These projects range from rehabilitation of dilapidated school structures, construction of solar boreholes, construction of toilets, and the supply of furniture to these schools. We are also renovating and upgrading 255 Primary Health Care (PHC) centers – one each in every ward across the State.
Southern Kaduna has multiple government projects going on in Clinics and Hospitals; these projects include procurement of surgical equipments, procurement of Dialysis Machines, upgrading of Laboratory and procurement of Containerized Modular TB Lab, supply of Hospital Furniture, supply, installation and commissioning of Central Sterile Supplies, supply, installation and commissioning of Emergency Intervention Patient Transport Equipment for A&E, and a proposed fencing for each Rural Hospital.
The APC-led administration has engaged in partnerships to transform Kaduna into an “industrial hub” by facilitating the establishment of OLAM (Crown Flour Mill) – a multi-million Dollars investment in Chikun Local Government and facilitating the establishment of VICAMPRO in Manchok. To fulfill His Excellency’s promise to establish a Ginger Corridor in Southern Kaduna, a Commodity Aggregation Centre has been established, which will be upgraded to a Ginger platform to empower the people of Kachia Local Government, Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and Nigeria at large.
Sometime ago, we held a press briefing to condemn the vandalism of the Military base that was commissioned by our governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, and the 26th Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusufu Buratai. We want to use this opportunity to thank the government for ensuring that we now have a formidable military base in Southern Kaduna; we also wish to thank the Nigerian Air Force for deploying fighter helicopters, in order to beef up security.
We therefore uphold a vote-of-confidence on the Nasir El-Rufai Administration. We are proud to be associated with him. We hereby call on the Government and good people of Kaduna State to continue the pursuit of giant developmental strides.