Kaduna State LP Guber candidate unveils five-point agenda
By: Our Correspondent
The Gubernatorial candidate of
Labour Party (LP), in Kaduna State Hon. Jonathan Asake has unveiled a five-point agenda which he said would ensure growth, prosperity and development if elected Governor in March 2023.
He unveiled the agenda during a gubernatorial dialogue organized by Partnership For Issues-based Campaign in Nigeria (PICaN) and Legal Awareness For Nigerian Women (LANW) in collaboration with action Aid and Partnership To Empower Reform and Learn (PERL)
Asake promised to run an inclusive government and ensure fair representation that will provide effective leadership to resolve the challenges facing the state,
The LP flag bearer decried the deteriorating security situation in the state, which according to him had crippled agriculture, education, trade, investment and general economy of the capital of the old northern region, the hub of business activities in the past.
He listed; Security, Sports, Women and Youth Development, Human Capital Development, Inclusive Economic and Infrastructural Development, Institutional Reforms as key tripod he would build his administration on if elected.
According to him Kaduna state is the epicentre of insecurity which radiates to other states surrounding it like Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Nasarawa and Plateau, which all suffer insecurity.
The former president of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) lamented high indebtedness of the state of almost half a trillion Naira mostly accrued under the present APC administration of Governor elRufai, questioning the wisdom of collecting foreign loans with virtually nothing to show for it in human and capital development.
He pledged to ensure and uphold the autonomy of local government, saying it’s a constitutional matter which must be respected the law-abiding executive arm of governance.
He attributed the lack of trust, ethnic and religious disharmony among citizens to absence of equity and fairness in the distribution of wealth and resources, particularly in contract allocations by state government, promising to make justice key before taking important decisions that would have far-reaching effects on the people of the state.
” We will fight poverty head-on by providing an enabling environment for citizens to thrive in their respective vocations and different fields of human endeavour so that the state would flourish in business and become attractive for both local and foreign investors.
“We will revamp the educational sector by reviewing high fees charged by state-owned institutions and above all make our educational sector, skill oriented so our young population can be self-reliant after finishing school instead of becoming a burden for the society.
“Traditional institutions will be given their rightful place as custodians of culture and traditions and the values of the people within respective domains.
“We will review the peace commission law and strengthen the local government, ward and committees to address current challenges, and carry out confidence-building with violence prone communities by taking proactive actions to get their input in efforts to prevent communal clashes.
“The state has about 1,678 health care facilities with one of the poorest records, healthcare deliveries due to poor investment in the sector.
“While sustaining the 15 percent budgetary allocation to Health, We will strengthen and expand the contributory health scheme to reach more residents in the state.
“Increase public investment in a climate smart agriculture sector, which will be the key driver of economic development of the state.
In his remarks, State Team Lead of United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) PERL, Abel Adejo, said there’s need to engage and interact with the governorship candidates in Kaduna state,
To know what their programmes are, what their plans are, and what they have for the people of Kaduna State.
Similarly the moderator of the program, Yusuf Goje, of Partnership For Issues-based