It is with immense joy that I join all Nigerians, particularly His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state, to celebrate Democracy Day today, 29 May 2018. For us in Kaduna State, We truly have several reasons to celebrate. Exactly three years ago, Mallam Nasir El Rufai took the oath of office with a vow to rework our dear State that was left prostrate by successive administrations. to change the face of Kaduna State for good. was sworn-in as the Governor of Kaduna State. Three years down the line, Kaduna State is working again. In fact, the State has been severally ranked by both national and international agencies as one of the best governed States in Nigeria. In Education, critical infrastructure, Agriculture, Human Capacity Building, Sustainable Development Projects, to name but a few, Kaduna tops the chart in Nigeria
Faced with the arduous task of speedily creating an economy for the State outside allocations from the Federal Government and also saddled with the task of revamping inherited decayed infrastructures in the State, Governor El Rufai, on assumption of office in May 2015, opted for, and continues to assiduously pursue series of homegrown options. In the last three years, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has attracted series of huge investments to Kaduna State, among which is the biggest poultry and hatchery farm in the whole of West Africa. The agricultural revolution in Kaduna State under Mallam Nasir el Rufai has caught the attention of other top investors, including the highly successful Dangote Group, the Stallion Group and Indorama, one of Africa’s largest fertilizer companies.
Already many ginger farmers in Kaduna State are hitting gold as they are merrily exporting several tons of their produce to China, Chad, Sudan and Ghana while a considerable volume is being sold locally across the country.
Worth mentioning also is that under the transformational leadership of Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Kaduna State became one of the first subnational governments in the world and the first in Nigeria, to conduct an in-depth analysis of local SDGs data and strategy development to implement all 17 Goals in the State. To achieve this, the State has taken drastic steps on the journey to sustainable development to generate sufficient data to understand where Kaduna State stands in relation to these SDG goals, and to help guide policy interventions to target the deepest and most persistent pockets of poverty. Kaduna has become the cynosure of all eyes.
On this Democracy Day, we wish to thank the good people of Kaduna State for your continuing and unflinching support for Governor El Rufai and members of his team. May Allah bless you all. We urge all citizens of Kaduna State to remain peaceful and law abiding. Be assured that much more is coming from your Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai.