El-Rufai vows to re-build Kaduna. Vanguardng reports

Kaduna State governor-elect
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said he would do his best to restore the state to its former glory even as he hinted that the state was heavily indebted at a time when oil prices were low. El-Rufai said that the state had not seen significant development in the last eight years, adding that his government will work twice as hard with half of the resources of the last eight years just to catch up with the state’s neighbours, and we must be disciplined, focused and prudent to do so. He spoke shortly after receiving his Certificate of Return, from the state Independent Electoral Commission’s, INEC’s, office, yesterday in Kaduna. His words, “Kaduna State is indebted at a time when oil prices are low and has not seen significant development in the last eight years. “We are aware of your justifiably high expectations of our government. We will do our utmost to meet them. But we shall need your patience, sacrifice and support as we reform state institutions to instil a culture of probity that insists on value for money, that ensures that government procurement occurs at the most cost effective level and encourages personal responsibility. “We will do whatever is humanly possible to fulfil the promises in our manifesto, the Kaduna Restoration Programme that we have published, circulated and discussed with diverse constituencies of the state. Our commitment to transparency will be manifest as we reform the public sector to be an efficient deliverer of services. “The All Progressives Congress, APC, takes seriously its responsibility to build a harmonious society in Kaduna State. We are committed to fostering a
secure, peaceful environment that gives the confidence to all the residents of the state to make the most of their talents. We will uphold the rule of law and the equality of all citizens. “We intend to work with all communities in Kaduna State without fear or favour. We are all equal partners and stakeholders in this state. There will be no discrimination in Kaduna State on the basis of gender, ethnicity or religion. Appointments and nominations into the incoming cabinet and government will be primarily on the basis of integrity and determined strictly by competence, capacity and capability. “We shall be a listening government, and we shall be decisive in implementing our agreed agenda for change. We shall lose no time in reforming education and healthcare, local government, the public service and leading the processes that will create jobs and economic opportunities for our people. “At exactly 3pm on Sunday, I received a phone call from Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero congratulating the APC for its victory in the elections, and pledging to work with us to make Kaduna great again. ‘’This was followed by a congratulatory
letter later during the day. Vice President Namadi Sambo also called in
the evening to convey his best wishes. I thank them for these acts which have
put the interest of the state above partisan politics. “I hope to meet with Governor Yero as soon as possible to begin consultations on the transition process to ensure that the machinery of government does not suffer between now and when the new government takes office. As I promised you, we will hit the ground running. The work of
rebuilding Kaduna State begins immediately and every one of you has a role to play.”
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