Tony Blair Visits Kaduna , Promises to Support El-Rufai’s Administration:
Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair on Thursday visited Kaduna State and promised to support Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai led administration to deliver good governance to the people of the state.
Blair, who was the British Prime Minister for 10 years made the pledge when he visited Governor Nasir El-Rufai at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.
The former Prime Minister now runs a foundation ,which builds capacity of government officials on good governance delivery.
According to him, “Tony Blair Foundation’ will assist Kaduna state in terms of technical assistance and other support to enable it to deliver democratic dividends to its people especially in the areas of investments, basic education, healthcare and agriculture”.
Mr Blair also met with members of the Kaduna state executive council at the governor’s office where he was briefed by the governor and members of his cabinet about the various successes recorded by their ministries as well as their challenges which they ask for his assistance.
He commended the relationship with his country and Nigeria, and how Kaduna and his Foundation will work together to transform the state’s public service sector for efficient service delivery and increase prosperity.
He pointed out that the hardest thing about governance is being able to deliver on campaign promises to the people.
Blair however assured that his foundation’s members of staff were ready to provide necessary assistance to state governments whenever required.
Describing the meeting with Governor El-Rufai as an exciting opportunity to visit Nigeria and see how governance is being run and done, said there is great goodwill and desire for the country to do well under the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, especially in the fight against corruption.
For Governor El-Rufai, the visit of the former Prime Minister is timely as it gave him and his cabinet members to share his experience in governance with them.
El-Rufai told the former British leader that, his government inherited a lot rots, as well as he came in when the nation was facing dwindling economy, due largely to fall in the price of crude oil.
He said the task before his government is how to deliver so much with very little resources at its disposal, hence the need for the Tony Blair Foundation to assist in building the capacity of the key drivers of government.
El-Rufai applauded the former Prime Minister for visiting Nigeria and Kaduna in particular, noting that his visit marks exactly 100 years after Lord Fredrick Lugard planned the city of Kaduna.