The governor of Kaduna State, Uba Sani, has urged Nigeria's ruling class to work toward reaching agreement on their vision for the nation.
Speaking to the people of Kaduna State on the 63rd anniversary of the nation's independence, he said that at the time of the country's independence in 1960, the people had high hopes for a prosperous future and that the country's founding fathers had imagined it becoming the leading black nation on Earth.
He lamented that 63 years later, Nigerians had yet to succeed in creating a truly Nigerian spirit and that racial and religious distinctions were still being used for the benefit of individual and group interests.
He further regretted, “We are still struggling to address developmental challenges, especially in the areas of infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, and security. The increasing poverty level is a major source of worry for political leaders.”
The governor believed that to ensure internal security challenges, the country should resume peacekeeping and enforcement roles in West Africa and Africa, come together, and support their security agencies in the fight against terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other forms of criminality.
In Kaduna State, he said that the administration is fully committed to securing the state and rebuilding trust in its communities by ensuring justice, equity, and fair play by resolving to bring succor to the poor.
As a result, he said that he has constituted the Financial Inclusion and Literacy Committee to ensure that the poor, vulnerable, and underserved in rural areas benefit from state and federal government social intervention programs.
“Rural transformation is a cardinal focus of our administration. We want to revitalize rural economies through massive infrastructural development. We want every citizen of the state to feel the impact of the government. No part of the state will be left behind.
“We want to return Kaduna State to its original place as the melting pot of Nigerian nationalities. We seek the support and cooperation of our citizens to build the Kaduna state of our dreams,” he assured.