Nigeria at 56 : El-Rufai Tells  Nigerians to   Support Govt’s Tough Steps for Economic Recovery 

Nigeria at 56 : El-Rufai Tells  Nigerians to   Support Govt’s Tough Steps for Economic Recovery 

…says security forces strengthened to confront needless communal
killings in Southern Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor,Mallam Nasir El-Rufai,on Saturday said  robust
economic decisions are pending ,calling on Nigerians to support all
levels of government to take and put into effect the tough steps that are  needed  to end recession.

El-Rufai, in his 2016 Independence Day address entitled:  ‘Let us
maintain peace and cherish harmony’ noted that,though Nigerians mark
this year’s Day in difficult economic circumstances,  Nigeria will overcome the recession.

However , the Governor  approved the release of three prisoners following
recommendations from the advisory council: “As is customary, we mark
this day of liberation with a gesture of compassion. Following recommendations from the Advisory Council, I have therefore approved the release of three prisoners based on guidelines which include the convicts attaining the age of 60 with good conduct and convicts suffering from ill-health likely to lead to death. I have exercised powers conferred by Section 212 of the Constitution and endorsed the release orders for three convicts”

While saluting Nigerians   on the occasion of our
country’s 56th independence anniversary, , he noted , ” We  have been bequeathed a
country of diverse peoples, faiths and tongues and we have a
collective duty to make it work. We face many challenges, but it is
not beyond us to build a system that moves our peoples into the 21st
Century with functioning governance systems, equality of all persons
before the law and the right to security and happiness.

“We mark this day in difficult economic circumstances, but we can
overcome these as we did previous moments of hardship. Robust
decisions are pending and we must support all levels of government to
take and put into effect the tough steps that we need to begin the
process of economic recovery. We must promptly navigate a route out of
the stormy economic weather”.

He however  said , Kaduna regreted the resurgence of communal killings in
Godogodo Chiefdom in Jema’a and parts of Sango local government areas
of Southern part of the state.

He emphasized : “We have denounced these acts of murder and arson as
senseless and barbaric. We have strengthened our security forces to
confront the criminal elements responsible for the needless assault on
lives and property. I wish to urge every resident and all our
communities to avoid taking the law into their hands, and to report
all incidents to the security forces”

“As many of the security reports show, the recourse to self-help is
fostering and feeding a cycle of reprisals and vendetta. We will
continue to do our duty to uphold peace and security. But we all know
that beyond soldiers and policemen, the greatest glue for peace is the
willingness of individuals and communities to live in harmony and
mutual respect.

The governor added: “Many are those whose livelihood is based on
tearing our communities apart, with regrettable demagoguery and the
elevation of differences in religion and ethnicity above a common
humanity. We should not allow them to succeed”

The governor said within the state: “we have retained our commitment
to cutting costs and eliminating waste of public resources. Our focus
on Education and Health as priority sectors is unflagging. We are
making progress on growing Internally Generated Revenue while vigorous
efforts to attract private investments into our agriculture and mining
industries continue. We rely on these investments to create the jobs
our youths need.

“We shall shortly be unveiling our programme to revitalise our public
service to raise quality, inject youth into the ranks and further
resource the public service to effectively play its role as the
machinery of governance

“The government will in the next few days be subjecting its draft 2017
budget for review and debate at a town-hall meeting, to enrich the
document before presentation to the House of Assembly.

At this point, I must make a note of appreciation to the vast majority
of our citizens who continue to uphold peace and maintain communal
harmony” .