The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said state is far short of medical personnel with the less than 200 doctors in the state’s employ.
He said an APC government in the state, would recruit more medical personnel to man well-equipped hospitals.
if elected as the governor of the state in February.
El-Rufai, a former Federal Capital Territory minister, was responding to an observation by a health worker in the state, who would not want his names in print.
It was during a dinner organised by the El-Rufai Support Group Interactive Dinner, which had in attendance a political economist, Prof Pat Utomi, and other professionals from across the country in Kaduna on Saturday.
The governorship candidate also told his audience that education and health care would be given priorities, noting that as governor,”all children in the state will be entitled to free and compulsory education for the first nine years in properly maintained schools and with qualified teachers.”
He stated that the state was second most indebted in the country, with a huge wage bill and very low level of internally generated revenue.
According to el-Rufai, despite the state’s reliance on federal allocations and the poor level of governance, the state has suffered.
“There are less than 200 doctors in the entire state, indicating a shortage of medical personnel. An APC government will recruit more health care personnel into hospitals that will have better equipment and medicines,” El-Rufai said.
On reviving the collapse textile firms in the state, El-Rufai said regular electricity, forward integration into garmentting and the cooperation of the Federal Government were needed to bring back the industries to life.
He therefore urged the audience to vote Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as president “so that a clear-headed Federal Government can work with the state to achieve the revival of the industry.”
He also called on professionals to actively participate in politics, noting that ignoring politics could negatively impact on the society.
Utomi, who was the guest lecturer at the event, described El-Rufai as a leader that could implement good policies and secure premium return on investment to the state.
He said the state would be glad to have the former minister as its governor, saying he(el-Rufai) had all the qualities of a good leader, which he described as “variables of progress.”
Utomi listed them as policy choices, strength of institutions, human capital, entrepreneurship and culture.
“Real leaders like El-Rufai shape cultures,” Utomi said.