By Midat Joseph
A former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress party and founder of Centre for Values in leadership (CVL) Professor Pat Utomi has urged the people of Kaduna State to give former FCT minister, Mal. Nasir el-Rufai the chance to transform the state.
Prof. Utomi described Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as the kind of leader that can implement good policies and secure premium return on investment.
Utomi, who was speaking as guest lecturer at the el-Rufai Support Group Interactive Dinner held in Kaduna weekend, highlighted what he described as the variables of progress such as policy choices, strength of institutions, human capital, entrepreneurship and culture.
Mr. Isaiah Mohammed, the chairman of the occasion, said the group organised the dinner because its members know that they have a stake in the future of Kaduna State.
He said that the excellence of el-Rufai is unmistakable, and that the people look up to him to lead Kaduna to greater heights.
Speaking at the event, el-Rufai reminded them that Kaduna is the second most indebted state in the country.
with a huge wage bill and very low level of internally generated revenue despite the state’s reliance on federal allocations and the poor level of governance the state has suffered, he will do his utmost to bring change.
He said he will prioritise education and healthcare. All children in the state will be entitled to free and compulsory education for the first nine years in properly maintained schools and with qualified teachers.
He further disclosed that there are less than 200 doctors in the entire state, indicating a shortage of medical personnel. He said an APC government would recruit more healthcare personnel into hospitals that will have better equipment and more medicines.
el-Rufai said that reviving the textiles industry requires regular electricity, forward integration into garmenting and the cooperation of the Federal Government. Hence he said that it is important that General Muhammadu Buhari is voted as president so that a clear-headed Federal Government can work with the state to achieve a revival of the industry.
el-Rufai called on the professionals to actively participate in politics because even if they choose to ignore politics, politics will not ignore them given that political choices and decisions have consequences that impact everyone.