Katsina State Elders’ Forum yesterday reviewed the performance of Governor Aminu Bello Masari in the past eight years and concluded that his record of achievements may remained unbeaten for a long time.
The forum gave the verdict while bidding the Gov Masari farewell in Government House Katsina shortly before honouring him for distinguishing his administration “creditably well.”
Chairman of the elders and Maradin Katsina, Alhaji Ahmadu Kurfi, represented by the forum secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Sani Mohammed, said Masari administration deserves commendation for leadership, untiring human and infrastructure development as well as anti – insecurity efforts.
“No doubt, you have left an indelible record which would be difficult to wipe out and a vacuum that cannot be filled. We pray you get a higher responsibility at the federal level to enable you continue serving your people,” Kurfi said.
The defunct Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) Secretary appreciated Masari’s astute and steadfastness in handling of the state resources and “remarkable achievement on physical development.”
He revealed that through the support and cooperation of Gov Masari the forum had been a partner in progress that culminated in valuable roles towards realization of some vital projects such as the take off of the Federal Teaching Hospital in Katsina.
His words: “The teaching hospital has been conceded to Umaru Musa Yar’adua University for a period of 15 years by signing of an irrevocable agreement between Katsina State Government (for UMYU) and Federal Ministry of Health (for teaching hospital) and the commencement of medical courses at UMYU.
“This agreement would enable UMYU to produce medical personnel including doctors of Katsina State indigenes which would go a long way in improving health care in the state.”
In his remarks, Gov Masari’s tasked Katsina elite to give maximum support to the growth and development of the state, saying “for all of us, it’s payback time for what the state and nation have done for us.”
Gov Masari assured that his administration had been fair to all parts of the state in fulfilment of his electioneering campaign promise to provide leadership for the people of the state.
“As an individual, I have my shortcomings; I am not Mr. Perfect or even close to that, I am not. The best consolation I have in my mind is I have never, God willing, I will never have bad intention either for the state or its people or for individuals; I don’t.
“If I do that, then I would have become an ingrate. I hope I will never be an ingrate.
“I appeal to you to give maximum support to the next administration (of the incoming governor). He is your son, considering our age. To some of us, he may be a distant younger brother but come 29 May, he will hold the mantle of leadership of the state.
“He has the credentials, he has the background, he has the pedigree but he can only do it and succeed with your support,” said Masari.
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