Zam­fara suf­fers from in­ex­pe­ri­enced, un­ex­posed lead­ers - Rep Gusau

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

A mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Zam­fara State, Rep Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, has said that the state has been suf­fer­ing from “in­ex­pe­ri­enced and un-ex­posed lead­ers.”

Gusau who was ad­dress­ing the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives jour­nal­ists at a press con­fer­ence said that there is glar­ing in­fras­truc­tural deficit in ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, health, se­cu­rity and drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply to the pop­u­lace in the state.

He said the fail­ure of govern­ment in the state was a re­flec­tion of the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties on ground.

He said peren­nial bad gov­er­nance in the 15 years of democ­racy leaves hos­pi­tals in the state with only 10 med­i­cal doc­tors and “few nurses” to at­tend to pa­tients.

“My place, Zam­fara State, is be­ing de­graded so fast that I have to do some­thing to res­cue it, and 2015 is the time to do that. 16 years of democ­racy has not yielded any­thing for the people of the state. Take ed­u­ca­tion, for in­stance, each time ex­am­i­na­tions are held, Zam­fara State al­ways scores the low­est; you can check the sta­tis­tics.

“There are no in­fra­struc­tures in the state, no med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and per­son­nel. A sit­u­a­tion where you have less than ten doc­tors and nurses is a cri­sis of epic pro­por­tion, and the in­se­cu­rity that has gone on un­abated is un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

He ex­plained that the state has been re­ly­ing on med­i­cal doc­tors from the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) since the mass ex­o­dus of doc­tors from the state as a re­sult of poor re­mu­ner­a­tion.

On his re­cent de­fec­tion to the PDP, he said since his ANPP cer­tifi­cate was re­trieved back to INEC af­ter the merger ar­range­ment, he had the con­sti­tu­tional right to move to any party of his choice.

The law­maker said his de­fec­tion to PDP would be good for the state, say­ing the federal govern­ment’s projects in the state would now be in abun­dance when there is a PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion on the sad­dle in the state.

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