President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared that Katsina State played a key role in his becoming president, and that had it not been for the state, he would not have become Nigeria’s number one man.
Speaking when he paid courtesy visit to the emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, as part of his two-day working visit to the state, Jonathan said he remained eternally grateful to the state.
“I am the president of Nigeria because of Katsina State. Without Katsina, I would have been in Bayelsa as governor,” he said.
Responding to request for the extension of rail line from Kano to Katsina, the president said the federal government intended to link all state capitals with rail network.
“Until we get a network linking all major cities, we have not started yet,” he said, and assured that the federal government would include Kano to Katsina rail line in its projection.
He assured of government determination to strengthen water supply for both domestic and agricultural uses and noted that water supply was on the administration’s drawing board.
Earlier in a speech, the emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, had requested rail line extension to Katsina as, according to him, the agitation started since 1979, even as he urged the president to ensure the rail line project is done during his tenure.
The emir whose speech was interpreted by Wazirin Katsina, Dr Sani Lugga, also appealed for immediate completion of stalled 10MW wind farm power project in the state so as to boost electricity.
LEADERSHIP FRIDAY reports that the president was accompanied to the emir’s palace by the ministers of agriculture, information and mines and steel development.
Others include former governors Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Saminu Turaki (Jigawa) and Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto).
Meanwhile, President Jonathan has advised the Nigerian political class, particulary governors, to copy the prudent nature of the Katsina State governor, Dr Ibrahim Shema.
The president gave this charge yesterday in Katsina while commissioning the N8billion ultra-modern Government House during his official visit to the state.
He said: “I’m really impressed. I wish other governors would emulate this kind of thing because it is worthy of emulation. Politics is about service.”
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