By Lola SERIKI–IDAHOSA, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai during has given account of his 9-months stewardship as the governor since he took over the mantle of leadership of the state.
El-Rufai who gave his stewardship account during his 6th town hall meeting in Saminaka, headquarters of Lere local government area, revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has so far created over 125,000 direct jobs in the state less than one year in office.
He said that the state school feeding programme created at least 85,000 jobs, including the vendors, their staff and supervisors.
The governor told the gathering that, Dangote and Olam are in advanced discussions with his administration on integrated tomato agro-industrial projects around Galma Dam adding that Olam has also decided to build the largest poultry and feed-mill facility in Sub- Saharan Africa in the State with the ground breaking ceremony scheduled to take place in April this year.
According to him, “the Job impact of ongoing interventions is over 125,000 direct jobs in Kaduna State within less than one year of the APC in office. The estimates of these include: “School feeding programme: at least 85,000 jobs, including the vendors, their staff and supervisors. School uniforms: 11,100 jobs, rehabilitation of Schools: 7,542 jobs, construction of toilets: 6,285 jobs, solar boreholes: 5,028 jobs, KASTELEA: 2,550 jobs, Waste collection: 6,700 jobs, Science and Mathematics Teachers: 2,300 jobs.”
He added, “Stallion Group is to build a 10,000-hectare rice farm and mill in Southern Kaduna to reduce our dependence on imported rice. Other rice farm and mill projects are being implemented by many firms to utilize our zero-interest loans around the CBN Rice Anchor Lending Programme.”
El-Rufai, who was accompanied by the Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial District, Alhaji Suleiman Hunkuyi and other top government officials on a police helicopter for aerial view of the security in that part of the state said operations against cattle-rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal gangs are continuing in the affected areas.