Francis Sardauna in Katsina
In what might be described as a fatherly advice, the Emir of Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Umar Faruq Umar, has called on the president to extend his developmental drive to the people of the area, stressing that his subjects have been neglected.
This is even as the paramount ruler said Daura people are not getting enough from the centre despite the fact that their son, Buhari, is piloting the affairs of the country as president.
Dr. Umar disclosed this when he received the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at his palace in Daura on Monday.
He said: “Buhari by his nature will not influence the citing of any projects in Daura. But his ministers who benefitted from his appointment should reciprocate by bringing developmental projects to Daura people.
“It is a call to duty for the ministers to make provision in their ministry’s budget of ensuring that Daura benefitted immensely from Buhari administration.
“If the ministers failed to site any projects to Daura, they have betrayed the president and people of Daura.”
The emir reiterated that the political appointees of President Buhari were not doing enough to assist his hometown, Daura with viable projects.
According to Umar, “Daura is faced with the absence of projects for its development and its people are hungry and need federal government’s assistance.
“Katsina has dams and irrigation sites like Sabke, Jibia, Zobe, Daberan, Mai Ruwa dams and if utilised and reciprocated has potentials of feeding the state and its neighbours.”
Reacting to the emir’s appeal, the minister told him that arrangements were in top gear for the establishment of a tomato farm and processing plants that would generate 6,000 jobs for farmers growing tomatoes.
He further assured the emir that his ministry would look into some of the requests made by the emir with a view to addressing them.