Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, thursday challenged states under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to key in and deepen achievements recorded by the federal government in order to ensure rapid development of the country.
Tambuwal threw the challenge yesterday, at the second quarterly meeting of the Secretaries of State Governments (SSGs) under APC controlled states in Sokoto.
He said now that the nation is at a crossroads, it has become necessary for all APC member-states to ensure that a worthy turning-point is propelled.
â€œIndeed, the journey so far has been very challenging, demands are increasing by the day and the resources available keep shrinking. We have the individual and collective responsibility of moving our dear states forward, no matter what it takes,â€ he said.
Tambuwal said almost two years after coming to power, the federal government has recorded significant achievements especially in the areas of security, job creation, agriculture, education, youth empowerment among others.
He noted that the agricultural sector was undergoing total transformation to enhance greater productivity in terms of food and cash crops.
The governor pointed out that the Anchor Borrower programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has yielded positive results in improving capacity of production during the dry season.
He emphasised that the governments of APC-controlled states are committed in supporting agriculture in many ways for job creation and youth empowerment.
He said the second quarterly meeting was aimed at reviewing the progress so far made on key policy issues such as agriculture, revenue generation, job creation and youth empowerment.
According to him, this is with a view to identifying problems and challenges bedevilling their states for a lasting solution.
â€œIt is also aimed at developing basic framework for peer review mechanism, monitoring and evaluation as well as sharing key governance initiatives and actions in some selected APC states in the federation.
â€œThis is with a view to adopting development initiatives and best practices to be replicated in all APC states,â€ he added.
In a remark, Plateau State Governor and Co-Chairman of APC Governance and Policy Committee, Mr. Simon Lalong, represented by his SSG, Mr. Rufus Bature, said the meeting would share ideas on critical national issues and leadership strategies that will enrich national discourse and move the nation forward.
He expressed hope that the meeting will mark a glorious turning point that would make Nigeriaâ€™s democratic institutions more vibrant for the overall development processes.