Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Sunday in Abuja restated the commitment of his administration to reposition the state into an economic hub of the country.
The governor gave the assurance at an interactive session with the state indigenes resident in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Masari, who described the session as bipartisan gathering, said it was aimed at reviewing the various policies implemented by his administration since inception with a view to charting a way forward.
He stressed that the goal of his administration was to create an enabling environment that would encourage both local and international investors to invest in the state.
Masari said that the government was open and not scared of constructive criticism, adding that such criticism would spur the government to be proactive and deliver more dividends of democracy to the electorate.
He blamed decay in the state’s infrastructure to negligence from successive governments and relevant stakeholders.
The governor said that stakeholders in the state had ignored the state government over the years, instead of holding them accountable to spur positive economic changes in the state.
“ We do not have reason to be where we are. Stakeholders in the state have decided to ignore and expect just few people to take up responsibility of changing the narratives of Katsina.
“ In terms of poverty, Katsina ranked third position; in Federal Government allocation, Katsina ranked seventh position; the state also has 15 honourable members at the National Assembly, ranking fourth highest represented state,” he said.
He said the wage bill in the local government was about half, if not more than the allocation accrued to the state government from Federation Account.
According to Masari, when he took over the mantle of leadership of Katsina, he found the state in a deplorable situation, adding that its health sector was in bad shape.
The governor explained that the current administration had so far improved the state healthcare service delivery by engaging highly qualified medical personnel in the sector and upgrade facilities.
He said as part of efforts to reduce cost of governance, state officials rarely travelld on foreign trips except occasionally where they are sponsored by host country for major functions.
The governor, therefore, called on investors to invest more in the state, describing the state as investors’ haven, with assurance that his administration would continue to prioritize education in the state.
Masari disclosed that his administration had introduced a number of empowerment and resettlement schemes to reduce redundancy and curb the activities of a notorious group in the state.
”We have also intensified our collaboration with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to help curb the rising rate of drug abuse in the state,” he added.
The Katsina State Commissioner for Health, Mrs Mariatu Usmam, disclosed that arrangements had been concluded to establish Katsina Teaching Hospital, College of Midwifery and Post Basic Nursing Institute.
She said that the state government had renovated, upgraded and equipped over 100 health facilities across the state in the last two years.
Sen. Abu Ibrahim, representing Katsina South Senatorial District, commended Masari for harnessing the great potential of Katsina through investment drive.
The lawmaker said under Masari much success were being recorded in education, agriculture, health, water resources, work, housing and transportation.