Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the Town Hall Meeting on the 2016 Budget, General Hassan Katsina House, Kaduna; Saturday, 28 November 2015
I welcome you all to this landmark occasion for the Kaduna State Government. This is the first town hall meeting we are convening to discuss the state budget. We hope to make this sort of consultation an annual event that is integral to the budget process. Consultation and engagement are values we cherish, and we have demonstrated this through our Town Hall meetings, the very first of which we hosted on 27 June 2015, less than a month after we were sworn-in.
We have called this meeting today to present to you the broad principles informing the policy choices that are reflected in the draft 2016 budget. The budget is anchored on the commitments outlined in the Restoration Programme, the manifesto platform on which the Kaduna State APC campaigned. This made clear our determination to make Kaduna State great again by reversing the neglect that the public interest has suffered, to restore hope in our people and foster the sort of harmony in our communities that is conducive to peace and security. These are the themes we campaigned on; they are the themes we are governing on.