El-Rufa’i, show us, don’t tell us

Daily Trust - - OPINION - Ahmed Ab­dul­rah­man, Kaduna, ahmed­patigi@gmail.com

If you want peo­ple to have a high opin­ion of you the key is not to tell them how bril­liant you are. For the past one year, many ini­tia­tives have been pur­port­edly launched by your ad­min­is­tra­tion and each new one has claimed that it is bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tive. In al­most ev­ery pro­gramme so far, it’s yet to im­pact pos­i­tively in the life of the pop­u­lace for var­i­ous and sundry rea­sons.

Mal­lam Nasir el-Ru­fai’s cer­tainly in­her­ited a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion with the great de­cline and the plum­met­ing of eco­nomic rev­enues to the state. But the ques­tion be­comes, what did Gover­nor El-Ru­fai do to try to jump­start growth? He has re­duced gov­ern­ment spend­ing, es­pe­cially for po­lit­i­cal of­fices and some so­cial pro­grams, in or­der to spring up in­fra­struc­tures and re­sources for the state. He went a step fur­ther to screen un­pro­duc­tive and cum­ber­some state’s civil ser­vants strength in or­der to safe money to move the state econ­omy speed­ily.

Kaduna State has yet to re­cover any econ­omy woes the state lost in the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion. Most states in­clud­ing se­cu­rity sub­vert Borno state are now back on track and even adding more quicker in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, but not Kaduna. The state’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery con­tin­ues to lag. Mall. ElR­u­fai likes to cham­pion his in­tel­lect cre­den­tials, but Kaduna State is still po­si­tion as one of the pause states in the coun­try for de­vel­op­men­tal projects. We don’t need more ideas. We need im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Now is the time for clear-sighted, proven lead­er­ship. Poverty is up, the state’s rev­enues are down, few em­ploy­ments were made but yet salaries are not paid and ad­ver­sity rate re­mains well above the national av­er­age. It seems that El-Ru­fai’s mis­sion is a mis­sion im­pos­si­ble.

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