October 28, 2014 – The Federal Government is on the verge of completing the Abuja-Kaduna standard-gauge fast rail line – the first of its kind in the country.
President Goodluck Jonathan who made the observation while commissioning the new Governor’s Office in the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna said the ultimate goal of government is to make it easier to traverse Nigeria and increase the integration of people and ability to do business with each other.
“In the last three and half years, we have also completed several road projects in this great State including the reconstruction of the Vom-Manchok Road, the rehabilitation of the Access Road to Kaduna Refinery and the rehabilitation of the Mararaba-Pambeguwa-Saminaka Road to mention just a few.
“Kaduna State has also benefitted immensely from the national reforms and attendant overhaul in the power sector. The construction of a 215 megawatts thermal power plant at Kudenda and distribution projects like the 330kv Kaduna-Zaria-Kano line, and the 132kv Jos-Kafanchan-Funtua-Malumfashi-Katsina Transmission lines among others.
“We are largely agrarian people and our focus in the Agriculture and Water Resources sector, has seen us completing the Galma Dam at Kuzuntu, as well as the Gurara Dam. It is pertinent to note that these major multipurpose dams have dual capacity for power generation, as well as irrigation for our farmers”, he said.
The President explained that agriculture has received high priority under the administration based on recognition that the sector represents a new frontier for growth.
“Our Agricultural Transformation Agenda, which I launched in 2011, has the primary objective of unlocking the huge potentials of the agricultural sector and making it the main driver of our national economy – the way it was before we discovered oil.
“As we witness, for instance, high yields in rice, corn, sorghum, pepper, tomatoes and other crops, we can confidently attribute this to the elimination of corruption in fertilizer distribution as ordinary farmers in our country now have a direct access to fertilizers and input through the e-wallet system. I am glad that the Kaduna State Government has keyed in to the Agricultural Transformation Agenda”, he said.
The President who commended Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero for his dedication and commitment to improving the lives and livelihood of the people of Kaduna State noted that by completing the building and many similar projects, he has sufficiently demonstrated his belief in continuity, which is imperative for sustainable growth and development.
While acknowledging that he is pleased with the prevailing peace and security in the state, he noted that more can be achieved if Nigerians sustain the peace and work in unity in the interest of our people.
“The sustenance of the prevailing peace is necessary to accelerate economic growth and prosperity. Let me again appreciate the Government and good people of Kaduna State for working hard to make this happen”, he said adding that government is committed to working with the State Government in ensuring the protection of the lives and property of all Nigerians.
“We will not, under any circumstance, permit any threat to peace and security in whatever form in any part of our nation . My dear people of Kaduna State, let us always remember that the prime purpose of politics is to engender sustained growth and development. It is gratifying to note that we are all witnesses to evidence of development across Kaduna State, a clear justification of the mandate which you gave to the PDP”, he said.