Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Sunday in Abuja restated the commitment of his administration to reposition the state into an economic hub of the country.
The governor gave the assurance at an interactive session with the state indigenes resident in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Masari, who described the session as bipartisan gathering, said it was aimed at reviewing the various policies implemented by his administration since inception with a view to charting a way forward.
He stressed that the goal of his administration was to create an enabling environment that would encourage both local and international investors to invest in the state.
Masari said that the government was open and not scared of constructive criticism, adding that such criticism would spur the government to be proactive and deliver more dividends of democracy to the electorate.
He blamed decay in the state’s infrastructure to negligence from successive governments and relevant stakeholders.
The governor said that stakeholders in the state had ignored the state government over the years, instead of holding them accountable to spur positive economic changes in the state.
“ We do not have reason to be where we are. Stakeholders in the state have decided to ignore and expect just few people to take up responsibility of changing the narratives of Katsina.
“ In terms of poverty, Katsina ranked third position; in Federal Government allocation, Katsina ranked seventh position; the state also has 15 honourable members at the National Assembly, ranking fourth highest represented state,” he said.
He said the wage bill in the local government was about half, if not more than the allocation accrued to the state government from Federation Account.
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