Kaduna To Start Free Feeding In Primary Schools January 10, Says El-Rufai

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From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan

Governor Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai of Kaduna State has announced that his administration would commence the implementation of its strategic development plans in four core areas, education, agriculture, peace/security and health.
He also revealed the commencement of free feeding of primary school pupils by January 10, 2016, once a day, apart from provision of free uniforms and text books in line with his declaration of state of emergency on education, with a view to improving the quality of education .
The governor revealed these at the weekend while speaking as special Guest of Honour at the 2016 Moro’a Cultural Day Celebration.
Having glorified God for the gift of wise traditional rulers such as Dr. Tagwai E. Sambo, whose wisdom and experience have contributed to the development of the Chiefdom, the state government and the nation, Governor El- Rufai said his Administration would concentrate on revamping four key sectors that are basic, which would turn the fortune of the state around positively.
He said aside the provision of free feeding, provision of text books and uniforms to pupils in public schools, funds have been earmarked for rehabilitation and furnishing of public schools.
On the agriculture sector, El-Rufai said plans were on to provide farm inputs directly to farmers to reduce exploitation as well as release price on all crops that will be advantageous to the farmers to encourage them to produce more and facilitate job creation for the youth.
Governor El-Rufai said his government would be rehabilitating and equipping 225 health centres, one per ward to provide quality health care delivery under which pregnant women and under-five year-old children will be treated free, coupled with the renovation and equipping to standard, three General Hospitals, one in each senatorial District to handle serious referral cases.
On security, the governor thanked God for the gift of Gen. Matins Agwai, whose report and recommendation have restored peace to the state. He applauded the state commissioner of police and other security agencies who had worked round the clock to ensure the security of lives and property.
He solicited for patience, understanding, support, cooperation fervent prayers and useful advice to enable his administration succeed in providing the citizenry basic needs that will promote all-round development, stressing that his government will not accept or condone discrimination, injustice and black mail.
The governor also thanked God for having a dynamic Deputy in Arc Barnabas Bala Bantex, whose zeal, sincerity and hard-work was instrumental to his being dragged by him into politics and won the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari who appointed him as his Deputy.
The Deputy Governor, Bantex, appreciated President Buhari and Governor El-Rufai for giving him the opportunity to serve, which has given him added experience, adding that the President and Governor sense of justice and fairness were remarkable, which are the drives behind the success of their administration.
While commending the governor over freedom of local government account from state interference, he requested the governor to commission Bantex Centre for National Integration, which will propagate the ideals and programmes of government at community level.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the occasion Engr. David Babachir Lawal, dwelled on the importance of culture which promotes discipline, which should be sustained. He lamented moral decadence in Nigerian youth, tracing it to lack of God’s fear, neo-colonialism and invasion by foreign cultures which must be checked to save the various ethnic groups and the Nigerian state.
He called on the government, ministries of information and culture and tourism to institutionalise the teaching of culture in our schools for sustenance, preservation and development.
While calling on the youth to imbibe only foreign cultures that promote godliness, sustained personal and communal development the SGF appealed to Nigerians especially in Kaduna State to cooperate with government in the maintenance of peace to guarantee speedy and steady development.
His Highness the Chief of Moro’a Dr Tagwai Sambo after giving his royal blessings through the traditional breaking and sharing of kolanuts, appreciated government for the establishment of the Federal School of Statistics and the Rubber Research Centre in his domain and called for their full development to enable them serve their statutory responsibility effectively.
The traditional ruler also called for prompt completion of the Kagoro –Manchok – Mabushi road and provision of a licence of operation of the first Radio station for learning established by Prof- Andrew Nkom, to boost education and support government in this regard.
Applauding government over her development strides in areas of education, health, agriculture and security, President, Moro’a Development Association , Mr Daniel K. Kaggah called for the establishment of a military base in Kaduna South Senatorial District. He appreciated the appointment of Bantex as deputy governor and Dr Tagwai E. Sambo, the chief of Moro’a as the chancellor of the Kaduna State University.
The occasion featured cultural dances from within and outside Kaura Local Government and attended by traditional, religious and political leaders, including Senator Danjuma Laah, Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, the Deputy Governors of Borno and Osun states, General Matin Luther Agwai, Mrs Elizabeth Onaizi, Kaduna state head of service.

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