by Segun Odeleye
Respected professor and former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress party, Professor Pat Utomi, has thrown his weight behind the ambitions of the APC governorship candidate for Kaduna state, Nasir El-rufai.
Utomi, who is the founder of Centre for Values in leadership (CVL) said El-rufai is the kind of leader that can implement good policies. He called on the people of Kaduna to support the former FCT minister.
Utomi was speaking as guest lecturer at the el-Rufai Support Group Interactive Dinner which held in Kaduna last weekend.
Also speaking at the event, El-rufai told the guests that Kaduna is the second most indebted state in the country. He lamented that the state generates very little internally generated revenue.
He said he will prioritise education and healthcare. 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 further disclosed that there are less than 200 doctors in the entire state, indicating a shortage of medical personnel. He said an APC government would recruit more healthcare personnel into hospitals that will have better equipment and more medicines.
El-Rufai said that reviving the textiles industry requires regular electricity, forward integration into garmenting and the cooperation of the Federal Government. Hence he said that it is important that General Muhammadu Buhari is voted as president so that a clear-headed Federal Government can work with the state to achieve a revival of the industry.
El-Rufai called on the professionals to actively participate in politics because even if they choose to ignore politics, politics will not ignore them given that political choices and decisions have consequences that impact everyone.