The Katsina State chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) has frowned at what it called the ‘wasteful spending’ of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led state government, saying that it would only take the state back to the dark ages.
In a release issued by its chairman, Abdulmuminu Shehu Sani, and made available to the Daily Times, the party specifically condemned alleged N165 million it said was being spent on consultancy for the forth-coming Economic and Investment Summit being planned by the state government. The party said the event would not serve any useful purpose for the state, but would only set it back from development.
According to Sani, “The Economic and Investment summit will only benefit the elite and the rich people that have the means to establish companies. The summit will surely not have direct bearing to the lives of the people at the grass root level,” he said.
The NCP chieftain also said the state government should “know that no foreign investor will come and invest his funds where security of life and property is not guaranteed.”
The NCP urged the state government to concentrate on providing security for life and property that is being threatened by cattle rustlers.
“All Katsina citizens are aware that the Dajin Rugu forest, where there are gold and diamond deposits, is not secured due to the presence of armed cattle rustlers. This cattle rustlers have been attacking the people of the area and our neighbours in Zamfara State with whom we share the same Dajin Rugu forest. The Katsina State Government should desist from these wasteful ventures and use the funds to provided social amenities to the people.”
The party also advised the state government to focus its attention on the provision of better social amenities for the people. The party also frowned at the decaying educational system in the state which it claimed would, in turn, not guarantee economic development. The party also condemned the state government’s efforts at rehabilitating General Hospitals in the three senatorial zones of the state, saying it “cannot give any value to the health needed by teaming patients across the state.”