President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday took politicians, especially those of the opposition to the cleaners, declaring that the frequent resort to insults and abuses was unhealthy for the country’s democracy and development.
He therefore appealed to them to concentrate on the development of their states and constituencies because “politics is all about development and not insults.”
Jonathan spoke in Katsina yesterday, where he commissioned a three-lane 48 kilometre Katsina Ring Road, whilst commending the foresight and infrastructural drive of the Ibrahim Shema-led administration in the state.
The president maintained that politics is about infrastructural development and creating an enabling environment for business to thrive and not about shouting on pages of newspapers.
He said that Shema deserved commendation for completing such a massive project at a time most states and even the Federal Government were short of funds to execute major projects.
“Shema is a great supporter of this administration. He is also a great member of our party. This project is being commissioned at a time most states and even the Federal Government are lacking funds to carry out big projects. I commend you for your efforts. Politics is all about development. It’s not about insulting ourselves and shouting on the pages of newspapers. Politics is about providing infrastructure for the people and creating the enabling environment for businesses to thrive,” the president said.
He then thanked people of the state for the love they have extended to him since he became President.
Earlier, Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema, commended the president’s efforts in power, railway and water sectors, saying that his administration had done a lot to transform the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Works, Abdulaziz Isa Kaita, explained that the Ring Road was started in 2009 and completed in 2013 by the state government without borrowing funds.
The president’s plane landed at the Umaru Yara’adua Airport at 10:30am and was received by the host governor, the Ministers of Mines and Steel, Musa Sada, Labaran Maku (Information), Ambassador Bashir Yuguda (State for Works) and Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina.
Former governors Ibrahim Ahmed Shekarau, Kano; Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, Sokoto and Abdulkadir Kure, Niger were also on ground.
In response to the requests by the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, when he visited in his palace, President Jonathan said if government must provide reliable means of transportation to over 170 million Nigerians, it must link the major cities, including Katsina to the rail line.
He pointed out that the Federal Government was targeting all the state capitals with rail lines.
Jonathan also assured that the government would develop Zobe Water Project to provide drinking water to people and enhance agricultural activities in the area.
The Emir had urged Jonathan to extend the rail line to Katsina from Kano State, complete the Zobe Water Project and restart the Windmill Power Project at Rimi Local Government Area which was stopped because the expatriate in charge was kidnapped.