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El-Rufai: We will continue to take difficult decisions to confront our challenges

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Nasir el-Rufai Kaduna state governor says his administration will continue to take difficult decisions to tackle the challenges facing the state.
Speaking shortly after taking oath for a second term of office, el-Rufai asked the people for their understanding and “forgiveness in advance, for difficult and sometimes painful decisions” that may be taken by his administration.
He said “the challenges confronting us are numerous and they are hard. But if we do our job well we will solve them, with your help, support and prayers.
“We will continue to take very difficult, and sometime painful decisions. We ask for your understanding and forgiveness in advance” .
The governor who was sworn in alongside his new deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, by Mohammed Bello, Chief Judge of the state, said he was grateful for the mandate given to him and promised to discharge it responsibly.
He said his government is for everyone who lives in Kaduna and called on the people to join hands in the task ahead.
“I call on every resident of Kaduna State to join hands with us in the hard tasks that lie ahead. Back in March 2019, we all made our democratic choices, and freely expressed our preferences. “Whatever our partisan affiliations and however we might have voted, we are all compatriots and fellow citizens.
“It is time to put politics aside and work together in the urgent task of improving the lives of all our people, and keeping them safe. Amidst so much poverty, division is an unaffordable luxury” el-Rufai said.
Lamenting the security challenges in the state, he said his administration has spent much on internal security operations, supporting the security agencies with equipment, vehicles and other logistics and funding, noting that “the huge resources that are expended on these internal security operations and containing conflict can be better directed towards improving lives in peaceful communities.”
The governor called for peaceful coexistence among the people to and urged them to unite and promote equality among all.
“Let us unite in a common endeavour to make ours a state of peace and concord, working to promote equality of opportunity for every resident.
“Let us cherish our diversity while embracing equal citizenship, the rule of law, and respect for the lives and livelihoods of all who call Kaduna State home.
“As stated in our acceptance speech after the election, we will continue to do our utmost to unite our state and rid our communities of strife.
“The pain of loss is unbearable, and it has been felt too frequently by too many of our fellow citizens. We must replace the legacy of division and violence with one of peaceful, collective endeavour in progressive undertakings.
“We should not maroon ourselves on the desert islands of identity politics, or neglect the obligations of our common humanity. Strife is not our destiny, and neither is division preordained.
“Let us come together in the ever more urgent task of human progress. To educate every child. To create jobs. To care for the sick. To protect life and property. To comfort the afflicted. To strive for peace in our time” he said.
He promised to to continue the vigorous implementation of his governance agenda of “Putting People First”.
Enumerating his achievements in past four years, he said: “During our first term, we signalled and then demonstrated that we stand firmly with ordinary people. We put the needs of ordinary people at the centre of governance.
“In education and health, we have shown a commitment with investments to expand the access of ordinary people to these public goods.
“We began to reverse the legacy of neglect we inherited in education, starting the onerous task of upgrading the over 4200 public primary schools in the state…
“In the health sector, the focus on strengthening and expanding primary care will continue. It is the best way to reduce maternal and infant mortality, and bring basic care closer to the people. Our commitment to universal health coverage will continue…”
The governor also announced the approval of six months maternity leave for female public servants to encourage the healthy development of infants through prolonged breastfeeding, among other benefits.
He noted that Kaduna had been rated number one in Nigeria by the World Bank in its ease of doing business ranking and promised to continue to ontinue to focus on creating an environment for businesses to thrive.
“We did our utmost in the first-term to leave no one behind, designing programmes for children, young adults and senior citizens. These programmes will be strengthened to provide skills for the young, and support for the vulnerable. We have demonstrated that we believe that the answer to poverty is to enable people to achieve economic independence. Our approach has been to empower people with the tools to make the most of themselves” he said.
He added that his administration will continue to reduce waste, combat fraud and cut costs in government, disclosing that further changes in the structure of government would soon be announced to improve efficiency and better services.

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