Kaduna State Governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said his government will work hard to develop Kaduna State.
Speaking shortly after receiving his Certificate of ‎Return from INEC, El-Rufai said he has to work twice as hard to make Kaduna recover the last eight years of stagnation and enable it meet up with it neighbours.
He said, ‎he has no time to exult in his victory, as there is much to do to make Kaduna great again, explaining that he has to hit the ground running immediately to restore Kaduna to a state that works for its people.
According to him, “We shall be doing so under serious constraints. Our state is heavily indebted at a time when oil prices are low. Our state has not seen significant development in the last eight years. We must work twice as hard with half the resources of the last eight years just to catch up with our neighbours. We must be disciplined, focused and prudent to do so.
“In accepting my election as governor of Kaduna state, I pledge to do all that is humanly possible to move our dear state forward, beginning from today. As soon as I am sworn into office and constitute a state executive council, we shall begin work to meet your expectations of positive change.
Earlier, the National INEC Commissioner, Dr. Chris Ehimoga who presented El-Rufai and other winners of the National and State Houses of Assembly with their certificates of return called on them to justify the trust placed on them and discharge their duties with all sense of responsibility.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Governor-elect, Barrister Muhammad Abubakar of the APC has dismissed the rumours being circulated by some people in the state that he has concluded plans to sack workers in the state.
Barrister Abubakar stated this yesterday in a live Radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Bauchi where he said such rumours were being circulated by his enemies, saying that sacking of the state workers will only increase poverty level in the state.
He explained that, presently, the entire citizens of the state depend heavily on payment of salary and once somebody thinks of sacking workers in the state civil service, he is inviting additional poverty level in the state.
He however said he has plans to improve the internally generated revenue of the state as well as pin down unnecessary ways through which public funds are being siphoned to give opportunity to the incoming administration to execute development projects for the people of the state.
The Governor-elect promised to organise a summit of the state indigenes, irrespective of party affiliations to come together and discuss important issues that will bring positive development to the state and pointed out his readiness to discourage appointment of huge political aides. Instead he plans to focus on empowering people to improve their petty businesses to be self reliant.

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