El-Rufai meets OPS, decries poor state of economy
LAMENTING over the poor state of the nation’s economy, Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said that the Presidential candidate of APC and former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari will inherit a broken and battered economy, just as he will also inherit a bankrupt state (Kaduna) if they are both elected after the 2015 general elections.
Speaking at the organized private sector’s (OPS) interactive session with governorship candidates in the state where he was the first to feature, Mallam El-Rufai explained that Kaduna state is bedeviled with domestic liabilities and owes about N106 billion to various sources, saying that the debt will be inherited after the elections.
According to him, most of the funds presently received or generated in the state are used to settle debts, stressing that about N700 billion has been wasted in the past seven years in Kaduna state, a situation he described as most unfortunate.
The APC governorship candidate further argued that the nation was presently passing through an economic crisis as it was in 1983, noting that, “General Muhammadu Buhari will again be inheriting a broken economy like he did in 1983, just like I am going to likely inherit a bankrupt state when we take over power.”
On his manifesto for the state should he be elected into office, he said he will develop human capital, ensure 9 years of basic education which will be free and compulsory, fix schools and improve teachers training and capacity building, payment of higher salaries to teachers than any other civil servants in the state.