President Muhammadu Buhari has assured residents of Kaduna state that the Nigerian Armed Forces under his command are determined to crush terrorists and criminal gangs operating in the state and other parts of the country.
Press aide to the president, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday, said the president said this at a state banquet to mark his official visit to the state.
”I want to assure the people and government of Kaduna state that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to contain and crush the terrorists who have been threatening our citizens and their property in parts of the country.
Reviewing his program in the state since he arrived on Wednesday, the president said he was delighted to have inaugurated projects undertaken by the government led by El-Rufai.
“I was here in 2017 to kick-start the Olam feed and hatchery project, a multinational agribusiness company that has set up a major factory in Kaduna.
”In August 2019, I had the honor of commissioning Phase 2 of the Zaria Water Project and a road project.
“Therefore, I am not surprised that Malam Nasir El-Rufai and his team have made such a significant investment in infrastructure development.
“I am pleased to say that I have seen with my own eyes the remarkable changes in all three senatorial areas,” he said.
The president declared that he hopes to inaugurate more and more projects in the state.
He praised the Kaduna State Urban Renewal Program ”for its sheer audacity, breadth of imagination and quality of project execution.
”The projects under this program have been described as an unprecedented investment in urban infrastructure in the state.
”When completed, these projects will define the city of Kaduna for the next 50 years.
”State governments have direct responsibility for the quality of life of the residents of their state. Kaduna State is providing an example of how this can be done.”
While highlighting other achievements of the state government, the president highlighted that the hard work of the current administration has attracted 2.8 billion dollars in foreign investment to the state since 2015.
“It was further confirmed that it was ranked as the number one state for ease of doing business in the latest World Bank Doing Business report published for sub-nationals in Nigeria.
“We have also seen the El-Rufai government increase the internally generated revenue of the state in five years, from 13 billion naira in 2015 to 50.7 billion naira in 2020.”
On health, the President recalled Kaduna State’s strong response following the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria in early 2020, and welcomed the completion of the 136-bed Center for Infectious Diseases inaugurated on Thursday.
In education, the president pointed out that the state has also shown a commitment to equal opportunities at the basic and upper secondary levels.
”The policy of making education free and compulsory up to the completion of secondary school is a significant contribution to the development of human capital, and I wholeheartedly congratulate it.
“I was told that in 2015 he inherited a school in the Rigasa area with more than 20,000 students instead of the planned 1,500. We are impressed that the Kaduna state government has built more schools to accommodate these students,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai called for more military action to stop terrorist activities in the state.
”We have spent considerable sums to support the federal security agencies in the State in order to promote the safety and well-being of our people.
“We are implementing a Safe City project, created a Surveillance Service to provide security services at the community level, and established a Ministry of Internal Security and Internal Affairs to improve coordination between security agencies and intelligence sharing.
“We believe that more military action and more troops on the ground are needed to stop the terrorists who threaten our people.
“But as we address security, we must also move forward with the things that our resources and planning allow us to do to improve the lives of our people,” he said.
On ongoing highway projects in the state, the Governor informed the President that Nnamdi Azikiwe Way (the former Western Bye-Pass) is being rebuilt into a group of six-lane concrete highways under the President’s innovative tax credit scheme. .
For this reason, he appealed to the president to order the Ministry of Public Works and Federal Housing to put an end to the two-year delay suffered by the approval to begin construction and completion of earthworks before the start of the rainy season.
He added that vital projects to rebuild the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway to the border with Niger state and the Birnin Gwari-Dansadau highway, which runs through Katsina state and ends in Zamfara state, were also stalled at the Federal Ministry. of Public Works, despite the express willingness of the Dangote Group to work on them.
”With rapid progress in the construction of the Eastern Bye-Pass Government, our government has completed plans to begin construction of a new Western Bye-Pass to link to the Eastern Bye-Pass.
The Governor thanked Buhari for the working visit to Kaduna State as well as for his unwavering support for the development of the state.
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