No­body can in­tim­i­date me – Masari

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

Gover­nor Aminu Masari of Katsina State came heavy on the op­po­si­tion yes­ter­day over what he termed “un­end­ing and un­nec­es­sary crit­i­cism”, say­ing he can­not be de­terred from restor­ing the dig­nity of the state.

Masari, who be­came gover­nor of the state on the plat­form of the APC, has of re­cent came un­der crit­i­cism from both the op­po­si­tion and so­cial me­dia blog­gers over his style of lead­er­ship, which ac­cord­ing to them was “tak­ing the state to bank­ruptcy.”

Speak­ing when he re­ceived the Emir of Katsina, Al­haji Ab­dul­mu­mini Kabir Us­man, dur­ing the ‘Hawan Bariki’ dur­bar, as part of the Eid el-Fitr cel­e­bra­tions, Masari said there was no need for any­one to threaten his gov­ern­ment ahead of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, not­ing that he would def­i­nitely account for his stew­ard­ship.

He said it was easy to de­stroy, but to repair took time, adding that what he in­her­ited was “a sys­tem full of mess, and we are res­o­lute to fix it, no mat­ter whose ass is gored.”

Masari dared the op­po­si­tion to come forth, say­ing he was ready to give the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of the state and the ex­pen­di­ture in­curred since he came on board.

“The man­i­fes­ta­tion of what we are do­ing now will be felt in years to come,” he said.

The gover­nor said the screen­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment staff and teach­ers was done in good faith, not­ing that the coun­cils could not live up to ex­pec­ta­tions of prov­ing ser­vices be­cause re­sources were hardly enough to pay salaries.

“Ev­ery month, the state gov­ern­ment had to top up over N1.1 bil­lion to ef­fect pay­ment of salaries in the 34 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the state,” he said.

Masari as­sured that his doors would re­main open for peo­ple to of­fer use­ful sug­ges­tions, adding that the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion had been pro­vided with funds to pro­vide sug­ges­tion boxes in all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment head­quar­ters.


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