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“The Kaduna State Executive Council has approved bills to enact laws for the autonomy of the legislature and judiciary.” – Governor Nasir El-Rufai

Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the 8th Annual Conference of the National Assembly and State Legislative Service Commissions, held at the Umaru Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, on 14th September 2021 


1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Kaduna for the annual conference of the National Assembly and State Legislative Service Commissions.
2. The theme of your annual conference,Repositioning Assembly Service Commissions for Optimal Service Delivery, speaks to an important issue about the substantive purpose of the public service. No country can rise much above the quality of its public service, the men and women on whose shoulders rest the duty to deliver public goods, regulate markets and institutions and enforce law and order. This goal of service requires dedication and zeal, but also the skill, knowledge and human qualities to make the best choices in developing policies and in implementing programmes.
3. Therefore, constant attention to public service reform is a non-negotiable requirement for the progress of any country.The public service requires investments in the skills, training, work tools and welfare of its personnel, along with careful attention to its size and its efficient adoption of technology. Nigeria does not need an endless profusion of new agencies in the public sector, but a more efficient deployment of what already exists, strengthening those are actually needed as part of the effective deployment of public resources.
4. In Kaduna State, we have created new agencies where needed and restructured ministries, departments and agencies. We inherited 19 ministries in 2015, and we reduced them to 14. We have fewer commissioners than previous governments. Where our immediate predecessors had 24 commissioners, we are operating with only 14, six of whom are women.
5. The Kaduna State Legislative Service Commission is responsible for the appointment, promotion and discipline of the public servants that support the work of the elected legislators in the Kaduna State House of Assembly. As you are aware, public servants in the legislative and judicial branches have been agitating for autonomy. I am pleased to inform you that just yesterday, after weeks of deliberation, the Kaduna State Executive Council approved three draft bills for transmission to the State House of Assembly to enact laws for the autonomy of the legislature and judiciary. These are:
1. State Account Allocation Committee Law
2. Funds Management (Judiciary) Law, 2021
3. Funds Management (Legislature) Law, 2021
6. I wish to put on record the fact that the executive branch of the Kaduna State Government has enjoyed a smooth partnership for progress with our State House of Assembly since 2015, working together to enact laws to advance public welfare and development in the state. In six years, I have had the privilege of signing more than 100 new laws to improve governance and promote public welfare in our state. I therefore pay tribute to the honorable members for this feat of cooperation in the service of our people.    
7. It is this spirit of partnership in the public interest that has enabled us to pursue the necessary reforms in governance. We have drafted many executive bills which the Kaduna State House of Assembly has enacted, including laws to introduce electronic voting, modernise tax administration, create a digital land registry, establish contributory health insurance scheme, promote a contributory pension scheme, engage in investment promotion,reform local government administration and fund various initiatives to advance social protection and human capital development.From 2015, the annual state budget has been passed and signed in the previous year, ensuring alignment between the fiscal year and the calendar year. 
8. The concrete results of this cooperation include the unprecedented urban renewal programmes we are implementing in the three main cities of the state: Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria. Unrelenting tax reforms have helped quadruple our internally generated revenue to N50.7bn in 2020, from N13bn in 2015.  
9. In six years, Kaduna State has attracted over $2.8bn in new business and investment pledges. These investments have been in sectors as diverse as iron mining and steel production, chicken hatchery and feed mills, tomato farming and processing, ranching, vehicle assembly, fertiliser production, housing, renewable energy and retail. Investors have validated our determined implementation of our Ease of Doing Business Charter, helping us emerge as the number one state for doing business in the World Bank’s Doing Business in Nigeria report for 2018.  
10. We have taken decisive steps to translate Kaduna’s potentials into economic opportunity. We have anchored our drive for economic growth and development on attracting private sector investments. We have invested considerable efforts in establishing our credentials as a friendly state for business. We have established a digital land registry and automated land administration, made it easier to acquire land and secure title, automated business licensing and issuance of permits. We passed a new tax law, removed multiple taxation and appointed only one collector of all government revenues. With good governance, policy clarity and enabling laws, the Kaduna State Government is a champion of business.
11. Our industrial parks offer investors dedicated spaces and facilities to ease set up costs. The Green Economic Zone (GEZ) is being developed to house businesses engaged in light manufacturing. The Green Agro Allied Industrial Zone (GAAIZ) is already hosting businesses like Olam and OCP Fertiliser, and has been selected as one of the locations for the AfdB-financed Special Agro-Processing Zones.  
12. All these initiatives are being undertaken while paying attention to the welfare of public servants. In September 2019, Kaduna State became the first to pay the new minimum wage, with consequential adjustment of up to 66% for most workers. We raised minimum pension to N30,000 for retirees on the old defined benefits system.We have been robustly implementing and religiously funding the contributory pension scheme since 1st January 2017. Civil servants bought more than 80% of the government residential houses sold from 2017, with the state government working with a bank to support them with mortgages at single-digit interest rates.
13. We appreciate you all for choosing to hold this conference in Kaduna. It is important not only for the state economy, but is also a validation of the safety and security of our urban areas. We hope you will utilise the opportunity to reconnect with a city many of you have known, and see the efforts we are making to make our state a haven for business, a safe space for every Nigerian citizen and a hub for young entrepreneurs to grow and prosper. We trust that you will return here again and again.
14. I wish you successful deliberations. I invite you to please find time to enjoy Kaduna.

LG polls: Victory for democracy, boost for unity in Kaduna State – Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i

Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, on the Local Government Elections of 4th September 2021, delivered on Tuesday, 7th September 2021


1. With utmost humility, I wish to express profound gratitude to the people of Kaduna State for the largely peaceful and orderly conduct of the local government elections of 4th September 2021. On behalf of the Kaduna State Government, I pay tribute to the residents of our state for their maturity and sophistication in exercising their democratic right to freely choose their leaders at the local level.
2. As Governor of Kaduna State, I have always taken the view that we all win when democracy triumphs. We congratulate all the winners in the local government elections and challenge them to use their period in office to serve the people, uphold democratic tenets and promote peace in our state. These local government elections have demonstrated that the APC government of Kaduna State stands resolutely for free and fair elections. We have placed the credibility and integrity of the electoral process above the discredited practice of previous governments that sought to win every contested seat by all means.
3. I commend the people of Kaduna State for showing, for the second time, that there is no obstacle to the successful adoption of electronic voting technology in Nigeria. In 2021, the people of Kaduna State have repeated the conclusive argument first made in 2018 for our country as a whole to fully automate the voting process. 
4. Voters in Kaduna State first made history on12th May 2018 when they cast their ballots on electronic voting machines to elect chairmen and councillors for the 23 local government councils in our state. It is the participation of our people that has placed Kaduna State as the first in Nigeria to use electronic voting, the first subnational in Africa to do so and has also positioned Nigeria as only the second country in Africa after Namibia to use the technology. 
5. The local government elections of 4th September 2021 further validate the Kaduna State Government’s decision to invest in Electronic Voting Machines to promote electoral integrity and transparency. Kaduna State is proudly upholding a new chapter in elections in Nigeria, using electronic voting technology, championed by a government that is determined to respect the outcome, win or lose.
6. As an elected governor, I welcome the successful impact on deepening democracy of the policy decision we took to adopt electronic voting. It is our hope that elected leaders at the local level will use their democratic mandates to advance there forms we have introduced in local government administration in the interest of our people.
7. As leader of the APC in Kaduna State, I wish to express fulsome gratitude to the people of Kaduna State for the support they gave our candidates during the local government elections. Our people again demonstrated with their votes that they recognise our efforts to empower them, to educate their children properly, to secure better healthcare for them and to return their priorities to the heart of government.
8. I am particularly pleased that our governance attainments and determined efforts to promote democracy are helping to further unity in our state. We welcome the results in the Kaduna South Senatorial District as a significant step in advancing political consensus in our state and overcoming division. We are most grateful to the people of the Kaduna South Senatorial District whose votes have helped expand the APC’s footprint in the area. The voters have given the APC victory in four of the seven local government where elections were conducted in southern Kaduna. 
9. In addition to retaining Sanga and Kagarko which we won in 2018, the APC has won in Jema’a and Kauru local government councils. The unprecedented victory in Jema’a augurs well for advancing unity and commitment to common endeavours in the interest of unity, peace and progress in our state. It is an embrace that we do not take for granted. We accept it as a moment for opening new vistas, extending bridges and saying farewell to needless divisions. 
10. This emphatic statement at the ballot box has shattered the unhelpful myth that any part of our state is an impregnable stronghold of any party. It has removed the baseless stereotyping of certain parties as ethnic bastions and religious vehicles. I call on all leaders and citizens in our state to cherish this moment and make it the beginning of an enduring rapprochement. I say to every part of Kaduna State that we can achieve much together if we put our minds and our hearts to it.

11. Once again, I thank all the people of Kaduna State. It is humbling and reassuring that after six years in office, our people find our record of service compelling enough to vote for us. Our opponents portrayed the local government elections as a referendum on the performance of our government. The people have repudiated the vain hopes of an entitled segment of the political elite that our people would punish us at the polls for taking consequential decisions in favour of ordinary people.  The people have spoken again, and their views resoundingly denounce the selfish claims of political merchants. They have rejected populist timidity as credible political behaviour in a state that seeks rapid and enduring progress.


12. Our party has won a great victory across the state. We salute those who voted for us. We did not win every local government, although we campaigned hard to do well everywhere. And having worked hard to make our case to the people, we respect the views of those who chose differently!
13. We have restored democracy at the local level. We have reformed the local government system, enabling them to deliver services at the grassroots and for the bankrupt ones to move to solvency. And we hope that the newly elected officials will run these councils in an inspiring, new way. The elected chairmen and councillors, of any party, assume a sacred obligation to deliver for the people, to move closer to realising the goal for which they were established. We are convinced that democratic governance at the local level must have a substantive, real impact in the lives of people.
14. I wish to put on record our gratitude for the efforts of Dr. Saratu Dikko- Audu and her team at SIECOM for successfully repeating a revolution in election management in Nigeria. I thank the security agencies for providing a safe canopy for our people to joyfully exercise their democratic preferences.
15. However, we have sadly noted that those political forces that do not want free and fair elections tried to sabotage the process. We will investigate and prosecute those indicted.
16. As a government, we are grateful for this resounding endorsement. We do not have much time to savour the victory. We get back to work, to continue to do our best until the next elections.

God bless Kaduna State!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

“Kaduna State Government has demonstrated its belief in young people by creating platforms and opportunities for them” – Malam Nasir El-Rufai

Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the Welcome Ceremony for the Fourth Cohort of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, held at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, on Wednesday, 1st September 2021


1. We are most delighted to formally welcome the young men and women that have been selected for the fourth cohort of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. The first three sets had 16 fellows each. We have decided to increase the number of fellows to 24, starting from this fourth cohort in order to give more young persons a chance to participate in this leadership capacity building initiative.
2. Our fellows have consistently been selected by merit from a pool of many applicants from across Nigeria. The Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship admission process has consistently demonstrated that merit can be an enabler of diversity. The new fellows are from all parts of Nigeria, specifically 16 states out of 36 and the FCT. As they begin this 12-month adventure, they can proudly say that they are here on their personal qualities.
3. Since 2015, this Kaduna State Government has demonstrated its belief in young people by creating platforms and opportunities for them. We have given many young persons appointments and challenging responsibilities. This interest in youth informed our decision to initiate the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, a programme conceived to help widen the pool of young persons whose leadership ability we can help develop and nurture. Just as the appointees in this government come from across Nigeria, we opened up participation in the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship to all Nigerian youths. We hope to open it up to all Africans, including those in the Diaspora, at the most appropriate time in the near future. 
4. We have been most impressed by the performance of the first three sets of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. They have amply justified the hopes and resources we invested in them, giving a good account of themselves in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to which they were posted, demonstrating intellectual acuity in their training programmes, and showing a commitment to the public good. Youthful vibrancy, willingness to learn and reliability in delivery have become notable traits among fellows. It is no surprise therefore that several MDAs now look forward to receiving fellows due to the reputation previous sets have built for hard work and quality. 
5. As the fellows of the fourth cohort settle into their programme, I wish to challenge each of you to live up to the high standards already set. Fellows, it is firmly in your hands to make the most of the opportunities this one-year programme will offer you. In doing so, you can count on our active support and nurturing. The Kaduna State Government, the Governing Board, and the Administrator of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship are committed to making your fellowship a most transformative experience in building public service leadership capacity.
6. It is our intention to challenge you to cover what we observe to be deficits in your education, experience, and attitudes. You will be required to read a lot of books on subjects as diverse as Nigerian history and politics, geopolitics, governance, and global economic trends. Be prepared to read, read, and read, and learn to write and rewrite extensively because we believe these are the keys to your future success.You may find the public service slow and inefficient, but it is the only way to deliver public goods.
7. Dear fellows, I therefore encourage you to give your best in every facet of the programme. That is the attitude that the human and material investments being made in you deserve. Beyond that, the commitment to strive for the best, to focus and to deliver quality are key ingredients of leadership capacity. It requires objectivity, conscious effort and consistent application.
8. I wish to thank all the members of our carefully selected and independent Governing Board for an excellent job in running the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. The Steering Committee and the Secretariat continue to do an excellent job of supporting the Governing Board, and I thank all the members for their efforts. 
9. Thank you for listening. God bless Kaduna State! God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
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Local Govt.

Kaduna North Senatorial District

Ikara, Kubau, Kudan, Lere, Makarfi, Sabon Gari, Soba, and Zaria.

Kaduna Central Senatorial District

BirninGwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, and Kajuru.

Kaduna South Senatorial District

Jaba, Jema’a, Kachia, Kagarko, Kaura, Kauru, Sanga, and ZangonKataf.

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Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

Governor of
Kaduna State

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is a Nigerian politician who is the Governor of Kaduna State since 2015; his second tenure started in 2019. He was previously the Federal Capital Territory Minister from 2003 to 2007 and the Bureau of Public Enterprises Director-General from 1999 – 2003. He is a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.


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Amina Jane Mohammed

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Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.


Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to three successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development. 


Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.

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