I will partner with Journalists if elected governor-Kaduna PDP governorship candidate – Veloxnews


From Noah Ebije, KadunaThe Kaduna State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Mohammed Isah Ashiru has promised to partner with Journalists if elected governor in 2023 election.Ashiru said partnering with journalists who he repeatedly described as the fourth estate of the realms, has become imperative because they contribute to the development of the state and nation in general.The governorship hopeful spoke on Wednesday during an interactive session with Reporters at the secretariat of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State council.He also spoke on policies and infrastructures he would put in place if elected, even as he unveiled 5-point agenda on his electioneering campaign.“I will work with journalists as partners in progress if elected governor because as the fourth estate of the realms they contribute alot to the development of the state and the country in general”.He said his 5-point agenda included security, agriculture, education (science and technology), health, youth and women empowerment.On security he said,  “mistrust among citizenry led to insecurity in the state. A situation where one part of the state dominated the other will be thing of the past if we come to power. Poverty also contributed to insecurity. We will do everything humanly possible to arrest the situation. Unemployment is alarming in the state. We have to do everything humanly possible to arrest the situation. Many civil servants were sacked without benefits being paid. So I can go on and on to give reasons for the causes of  insecurity in the State.“Insecurity has contributed to low agricultural activities in the state. Cost of fertilizer has gone up. We will ameliorate situation when we come to power. Kaduna Agricultural Development Agency  is no more, it is now a shopping mall. We have alot to do when we talk of agriculture in the state. We need to support agricultural activities when we come to power.“We used to have 24 science and technology schools in the state, but now we have only 17. Technical colleges are  now mere buildings, nothing is happening. I promised that every senatorial zone has one. People are having it difficult to pay school fees. The truth of the matter is that education subsidy must be retained to make sure parents can pay school fees. So that we should not produce BoKo Haram. We will ensure skill based education. So that you can be on your own if you finished school. If you leave a human being without work he will create a negative work for himself that will make us cry”.Speaking on health, women and youth empowerment, Ashiru said,“when you go to hospitals you shed tears because equipments are not there. Patients cannot afford to pay bills, not to talk of our mothers who have breast cancer. We need three diagnosis centre in the senatorial. We will do that if we come to power.“Problem of retrenchment has made many house wives widows. We are in talk with international organisations on how to support our people. And how to support our youth with grant and loans with negligible repay interest. We will train them to be employers of labours”.He promised that, Kaduna will be again by the special grace of God. We will reignite Kaduna for the betterment of our people if elected”.

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