As I once said some few months after the 2015 general elections, “If states were women, Kaduna would have been that lucky young lady that just had a rethink about her life and fell in love with the right guy. Also Kaduna state would have been that lady that got it right after a couple of failed marriages.”
Kaduna state has witnessed a range of reforms across all the sectors in the state aimed at moving the state forward. The reforms which are also evidence of exemplary partnership between the Executive and Legislature. The Kaduna State House of Assembly has so far passed 53 laws in three years making it one of the most vibrant in the country. Governor Elrufai’s administration has made remarkable impact on improving the living standard of the people especially in the area of provision of critical infrastructure, socio-economic development, workers welfare, peace, youth empowerments amongst others.
On the modest achievements of the government in economic development, one is impressed to note that the far reaching reforms initiated by Gov. Elrufai’s administration in the state internal revenue service which saw significant increase in the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from 13.6 billion in 2015 to 26 billion in 2018. Since the first ever Economic and Investment Summit tagged “Kadinvest” the state has witnessed a massive inflow of investors into the state.
Over 40,000 new jobs have been created and $300 million worth of investment in agriculture, manufacturing and power.
On human empowerment, the administration has so far recruited over 2,550 traffic marshals responsible for traffic management and compliance. It has also trained over 20, 470 teachers in literacy, numeracy and leadership. 33,000 primary school teachers were required to participate in a competency testing exercise on which 66% failed. The state took the difficult decision to address the situation and dismissed 21,870 teachers who were found to be lacking. Subsequently, 25,000 trained teachers were recruited and injected into the service. The governor also increased teachers’ salary by 32.5% and 27.5% for those in rural and urban areas respectively.
On health, Kaduna state has invested in capital projects and to date, 255 PHCS and 32 secondary health facilities have been upgraded. The State has also focused on manpower for health as 1,245 health workers have been recruited.
Trust has gradually been restored in governance since the advent of Gov. Nasir Elrufai’s administration. Kaduna people have realized that the man NAE is a lot different from other politicians. He has kept his electioneering promises.
Happy Democracy Day!
Awwal Salisu writes from Kaduna and can be reached via email@example.com or his twitter handle @AwwalSalis