A PDP gubernatorial aspirant for the upcoming 2019 general elections in Katsina State, Arch. Ahmed Aminu Yar’adua has revealed his three (3) main agenda through which he will transform the state if he succeed in becoming Governor.
According to him, if elected, he will accord priority to commercial agriculture in order to reduce abject poverty, give education the full attention it deserved and give rural dwellers a sense of belonging.
Aminu-Yar’adua, a cousin to the late President Musa Yar’adua, confide this to our correspondent in an interview in Zaria, Kaduna State last week when he that the sector had the potential to end poverty in the country.
“As far as agriculture in our country is not profitable, we will never get out of poverty; only agriculture can guarantee employment opportunities to people, regardless of qualification.
“My mission and vision is to effectively address unemployment, under-employment and non-employment by ensuring that people have something doing to earn a living”. He said.
He further stressed that “A responsible government should prioritise agriculture to address many issues such as abject poverty, youth unemployment and bring contentment to the life of the citizenry.”
Aminu-Yar’adua, an Architect by profession and a retired civil servant who rose to become Permanent Secretary, was also Secretary to Katsina State Government and later Director-General, Inland Waterways during the late President ‘Yar’adua’s regime.
The aspirant said he would also give education the full attention it deserved, stressing that he would project the image of Katsina State, especially the education sector.
He expressed regret that his late cousin, as governor of Katsina State, had introduced an education master plan that was not executed.
He also promised to ensure rural development, to give rural dwellers a sense of belonging and to avert rural-urban migration.
“People migrate from villages to urban centres because of the absence of amenities, hence the need to provide amenities in the rural areas to give them a sense of belonging.”
On infrastructural development, Aminu-Yar’adua said he would revamp the late Yar’adua’s infrastructural development programme.
“Almost 90 per cent of the infrastructural development achieved by late Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s administration had made an impact when I was Director, Building in the Ministry of Works, then Permanent Secretary in the same ministry.
“I believe if given the chance, I will build on the solid foundation laid by Yar’adua to bring more development to Katsina State.”