John Shiklam in Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, has called for the urgent review of socio-economic policies to address the current economic challenges facing ordinary Nigerians.
Sani made the call in a statement yesterday while marking the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the theme: ‘Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all’.
Sani, in the statement signed by Mohammed Shehu, his spokesperson, urged “leaders in the public and private sectors to synergise and come up with long-lasting and proactive strategies to alleviate poverty and its ripple effects in Nigeria.
“As leaders, we must as a matter of urgency review social and economic policies to reflect the current realities of our most vulnerable and underserved communities especially those in the rural areas.
“The public and private sectors must partner and come up with lasting solutions to end poverty and hunger.”
The governor said an illustration of this synergy “is the Qatar Sanabil Project for the construction of Kaduna Economic and Mass Housing for the Less Privileged at Millennium City, Kaduna.”
He said when the project is completed, “it will provide a world-class infrastructure and make Kaduna a reference point in modern and affordable accommodation, adequate security and conducive atmosphere for business activities.
“The economic city will facilitate international trade. In the economic city, there will be houses for the poor, clinics, shops, poultry farms, farmlands for the rainy season and irrigation farming.
“The mass housing project for the less privileged is a major contribution towards putting roofs over the heads of the poor, underserved and vulnerable in our state.
“Other empowerment programmes that the poor, underserved and vulnerable in Kaduna State will benefit from Qatar Charity include scholarships for orphans and children of the poor, distribution of sewing machines, welding machines, irrigation pumping machines, salon kits, and drilling of hundreds of boreholes across the state.”
The statement reiterated that the state government remains focused on ordinary Nigerians “who are the most affected by economic policies such as the removal of fuel subsidy and the rising cost of inflation.”