El-Rufai’s policies impoverishing Kaduna citizens, PDP alleges

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The chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Hassan Hyat has accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai for allegedly implementing policies aimed at punishing and impoverishing the masses.
In a New year message on Friday in Kaduna, titled: “2022: A Year of Great Awakening and Liberation”, Hyat said, “never in the history of Kaduna State have we witnessed a government that places so little value on human lives”.
He aaid, “Never in the annals of the history of our dear state have we experienced a government that designs policies that appear to deliberately punish and impoverish the governed as if it were a government of occupation and slavery.” He said as a result, ruin, constant fear, abject poverty and gloom have taken over the state, “and everyone is sick of the state of affairs in our once peaceful and serene state.”
He said the APC administration has been characterised by horrific killings, abductions and destructions of many communities by bandits and terrorists.
“As we joyfully welcome the new year, the need to pause and reflect on the terrible things that have befallen thousands of our fellow citizens in the year 2021 must not be lost on us.
“Nor must we forget the hundreds of communities that have been reduced to rubbles, the countless number of those maimed or killed, several hundreds of school children that were kidnapped – some of whom are still in captivity after several months, fellow-citizens kidnapped by terrorists, and millions of others living in conditions unworthy of their human dignity, all as a result of the failure of governance in Nigeria as a whole and especially in our dear Kaduna State in the past few years”, Hyat said.
The PDP chairman also decried “arbitrary sack of civil servants without entitlements, demolition of markets and systematic takeover of landed properties of private citizens across the urban centres in the state, and the bastardization of our traditional and religious institutions.”
He said there alarming number of litigations against the state government bordering on illegal demolitions and chieftaincy matters most of which will may be determined before the end of El-Rifai administration.
Hyat also condemned the alleged rising debt profile of the state, which according to him has accumulated to over N250 billion “under very questionable circumstances”.
The PDP chairman said, “To make matters worse, part of these funds are being used to finance capital projects concentrated in only a few Urban LGAs, leaving the rural areas completely neglected as if they were not part of the state.
“We understand that the repayment of the humongous loans will not commence until 2025; two years after the expiration of this administration.
Those to bear the burden of repayment, therefore, will be future governments and generations in the state.
“In addition, the award of contracts is another issue of great concern. Apart from the alleged corrupt inflation of contract sums, we are sufficiently aware of the culture of non-compliance with due process in the selection of contractors and award of the contracts by this government.
“We, therefore, demand the immediate audit of all contracts awarded since the commencement of this administration, and the report should also be made public for all citizens to see what their monies are used for.
“The truth is that from the onset of the present APC leadership in the state, it became abundantly clear that we have been saddled with a regime that was determined to play God; listen to no other counsel outside its own, and muzzle all voices that disagree with its policies. About seven years on, all our fears have been confirmed”, Hyat said.
Hyat said the PDP in the state is determined more than ever before to hold the APC-led government to account and return sanity to the state.
“May I, therefore, state, this 1st January 2022, as the leader of the PDP in the state, that enough is enough. It is time to prove to our patient supporters and members that the allusion that as the main opposition party in the state we are either weak or compromised is far from reality.
“Therefore, my New Year message to our members and indeed all the electorate in Kaduna State is a message of hope and a clarion call to a new awakening.
“From today, the democratic process of liberating Kaduna State and indeed Nigeria from the present state of despair has started, with the youths at the forefront of this drive, as the 2023 general election draws nearer. We invite you all to join in this rescue mission”.

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